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News Archive > All > Titan marks culmination of eight year dream for effects fan

Titan marks culmination of eight year dream for effects fan

By Lisa Davidson 3rd August 2005

WHAT STARTED out as a New Yearís Eve gimmick eight-yearís ago provided the spark of inspiration for one Newquay man to launch a global business.

A self-confessed special effects fan and founder of Cyberstein Productions, Nik Fielding came up with the idea to build his own robot when trying to think of an outfit for a New Year party.

Nik, a former panel beater, knew he was onto something from the moment he saw the public reaction.

"I stepped into town on New Yearís Eve and was suddenly swarmed with people taking photos of me and it was at that point that I realised that I really wanted to do this and that I have so much energy to put into it."

With no experience but a determination and drive to succeed, Nik headed for the bank where he was first refused a loan for what was thought to be a Ďmad ideaí.

But instead of putting him off the idea he found help from his father who secured the vital loan. Since then he hasnít looked back and now Nik can command fees of £1,150 for each 20-minute show.

With the help of his team, brother Martin Fielding, Anton Mackman, Mark Foggott and Brian Lynzey, Nik has built five state-of-the-art robots in the past eight years; Robocop, Cyberstein, Ed209, the Xbot and his latest invention Titan, which was showcased at Glastonbury last year.

Titan marks a new generation of robot costing around £30,000 to bring to life over four-and-a-half years.

The nine-and-a-half stone robot was built out of necessity as previous robots had led to back and knee injuries for the performer.

"Although the costume does weigh more than nine stone, the adrenaline just kicks in but if I do any more than 30 minutes I can really feel the strain" said Nik.

Titan has since been used in performances all over the world, from the Chinese new year festival infront of 200,000 people to the MTV awards in Sweden to opening Live 8 in Ireland and doing the premier of I Robot with Will Smith in Leicester Square.

Nik is now one of the most successful street theatre acts in the United Kingdom and over the last few months has spent time performing in Hong Kong and Dubai and is now getting bookings as far forward as 2008.

He said: "Iím not a robot geek, I do it because I look at the robot as a work of art. Itís an addiction, if I donít wear the robot for a while itís almost like I get withdrawal symptoms."

Titan can be seen performing today (Wednesday) performing in Bank Street outside Woolworths at 1.30 and 3.30pm.

Meanwhile, Nik and his team are currently creating a new carbon fibre robot, which should be completed in November.

To find out more visit www.robotx.co.uk or www.cyberstein.co.uk

By Lisa Davidson 3rd August 2005

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