“We are all trapped inside our own minds.”
One of the most entertaining nights in a theatre was had this week watching Derren Brown: Secret. I actually had no idea what I was getting into, as I had never heard of Derren Brown. Mr. Brown is an English mentalist and illusionist who came to light with Derren Brown: Mind Control in 2000. Since then, he has produced several shows for both for the stage, and TV. He has also written books for magicians. Brown does not claim to possess any supernatural powers and his acts are often designed to expose the methods of those who do, such as faith healers and mediums. In his performances he often expresses that his magic tricks are achieved through purely psychological means, but in saying that Mr. Brown truly knows how to manipulate and bend an entire audience and it is amazing.
In reviewing this show it is rather hard in the normal way, as the audience is bound to a vow of silence. I choose to keep this vow as it would truly ruin the show for if I spoke out of turn. All I can say, is this guy is the real deal and he is
Written by Andy Nyman and Andrew O’Connor, also its directors, and Mr. Brown the show is witty and enlightening. He claims that the stories we tell ourselves limit our perceptions. I am not sure I believe that, but after seeing the entire show, I am willing to contemplate that theory.
Mr. Brown is personably, chatty and intriguing. Audience members are recruited so every thing is at random. My favorite section is when he uses one of them to draw a painting which seriously blew my mind.
This is a show you should not miss, as it will definitely make you think about how easily we are all subconsciously connected.
Derren Brown: Secret: Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St. until June 25th.