Brown is a master of mind tricks, made famous by his Channel 4 Mind
(If youve never heard of him, where have you been? Click
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first UK tour brought Derren to Colne for a sell-out performance
on a drizzly Saturday night. The audience buzzed with anticipation
as the house lights went down.
show begins with an ice-breaker "to get over the embarrassment
factor". Derren hides behind a curtain and throws a ball of
paper out. Perhaps a more formal start with more wow-factor
would have made some of the more unruly audience members behave?
describes the first half of the show as "entertaining, to make
you laugh". (Tip: As with many comic shows, dont make
the mistake of booking a front-row seat.) Effortlessly funny and
somewhat mischievous, Derren is instantly likeable and strangely
as The Riddler. How much did they pay him to wear that suit??
stunts in this half are the kind seen on his TV show, using undetectable
suggestions to sway volunteers decisions and picking up on
signals to read minds.
wonder if the TV editors only show the most successful bits, but
Derren was right 100% of the time.
than his dinner party tricks was the semi-hypnosis. Derren put his
hands over volunteer Frans eyes and pulled her head forward.
I hate anyone standing too close in a shop queue - didnt she
mind Derrens invasion of her personal space? How does he do
the interval, Derren donned his Matrix coat and cranked up the spookiness.
Im not giving anything away but it involves a ouija board
and youll never believe psychics again. By the end, every
jaw was on the floor.
sorry Ive forgotton
a man who can memorise four packs of cards simultaneously, Derren
was rubbish with names. "Mark, no, err, Keith?" Is this
to throw his subjects off-balance or does he genuinely need a lesson
major gripe would be the audience. Some of the 683-strong crowd
thought it appropriate to roll in drunk, kick bottles over in the
silence and clomp drunkenly to the loo throughout the performance.
Its not a cabaret! Give the man some respect.
Derren afterwards and he admitted it had been a difficult gig. With
the spotlight on him, he hadn't realised he'd received a 70% standing
ovation. We might have been a difficult bunch but we loved the show.
Brown minus the Matrix coat...
childhood has provided Derren with a superhuman ability. It's something
everyone could aspire to, but while most of us were busy partying
our way through college, Derren was devoting hours of practice to
goodness he doesn't aspire to world domination (I hope).
is currently working on a book - hurry up with it please. And Mr
Brown, if you ever fancy taking on an apprentice
Worthington, BBC Cumbria