Derren Brown - "Something Wicked This Way Comes"
Birmingham Alexandra Theatre 24/4
Derren Brown is, according to his website:
"a unique force in the world of illusion - he can seemingly predict and control human behaviour.
He doesn't claim to be a mind-reader, instead he describes his craft as a mixture of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship.
Whatever you choose to call it, his unparalleled performances amaze and unsettle all those who watch him. This is a powerful and provocative form of entertainment, unlikely to be imitated for a long while."
What did I think?
I thought he was really good, but I'm finding it hard to recall specifics.
Maybe all he did was turn up on stage, spend 5 minutes putting the whole audience into a trance, told us we would wake up thinking he was great, and then spent the next 2 hours reading a book*
Then again, that would be pretty impressive anyway, wouldn't it?
I also watched "The Sting" and realised how much Hustle owes to this film. For one episode in particular, they should have been paying royalties.... blatant.
* with apologies to Kenny Craig