Throughout his life, Fairnie was fascinated by the power that preachers, dictators and performers could have over their audiences. A power that Billy Graham, Hitler and Charlie Chaplin all used in radically different ways and for widely varying purposes.

Those who remember Fairnie on stage will remember the awesome charisma which he had, and his ability to hold a crowd in the palm of his hand. One of his final projects was to hone this charisma into a stage act mixing comedy and magic, loosely based on the theme of 'Pop Icons of Our Time'. For some bizarre reason, he was billed as 'Cliff Richard's Love-Child', and the show went down a storm. Whether it also featured Fairnie's take on Einstein is undocumented.