Saturday, 23 April 2005

the bell that rings inside your mind


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?

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In other news, I bought some more Tim-Tams in town today, and after dinner this evening, I enjoyed a Chewy Choc Fudge Tim-Tam Slam. Nice.

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.

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* with apologies to Kenny Craig

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