A rave review – but no revelations here
The multi-award winning acknowledged master of psychological illusion Derren Brown has stopped off in Bucks with his new show Miracle this week. CAMILLA GOODMAN reviews the show
IHAVE always been absolutely fascinated by Derren Brown, so when I heard he was bringing his new show to Bucks I jumped at the chance to go along. I have only ever seen Derren and his mind-blowing talents on television, so I was really excited to experience a live show at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre.
Derren asked the audience to keep the contents of the show a secret, which I totally agree with, but blimey has it made my job of reviewing it a lot harder!
Before the show stopped off in Bucks, Derren told us that Miracle ‘has a more philosophical flavour, and looks at ways of thinking that might make us happier.’ He also described it as ‘the boldest, most contentious show yet,’ and I have to agree.
As I’m sure many of you know, Derren’s shows use a lot of audience participation for his tricks. They are usually given a ‘free choice’ to select something like a number, phrase or image only for it to be revealed that Derren had predicted the answer before the show. It is simply unbelievable, and I have three theories as to how he achieves this.
The first would be that the randomly selected audience members are stooges, surely they have to be, right? Wrong. The audience selection is completely random, I for one almost ended up being selected. Two, he uses so many of the audience members that cost wise, surely they cannot all be stooges. And three, throughout the show Derren constantly repeats that he does not use stooges, and I believe him.
This takes me to my second theory of how Derren is able to perform these spellbinding tricks. Little 11-year-old Derren got that letter we are all still waiting to be delivered by Owl Post and went to Hogwarts. I believe he
was sorted into Hufflepuff.
However, as much as I truly want to believe in Hogwarts and magic, I do not think this is the correct answer either.
Which leaves us with my final theory, quite simply Derren is a genius.
He does what he does through years and years and years of practice and fantastic showmanship. Derren owned the stage and had the audience eating out of the palm of his hand.
With Derren’s shows, it really is not a case of ‘having to see it to believe it,’ because I still cannot believe what I saw because it was so remarkable, but that all adds to the mystery and spectacle of the show.
You will leave the theatre with your jaw to the ground baffled, but you will also leave there happy. My boyfriend and I left the theatre beaming, we had a fantastic night, had a laugh and we saw some truly unbelievable things.
Take my advice and go and see Miracle, which is on tour up until 2016, I promise you will not regret it.
For tour dates visit www. derrenbrown.co.uk.