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This review is from: Derren Brown Live Collection [DVD] (DVD)
As someone who has seen two of the three stage shows in this box set live, I ordered it mainly as a memento of the shows I'd seen. I must say, however, that the DVD of the show I missed -- Something Wicked This Way Comes, the first in the set -- makes me wish I had actually seen it live.
If you haven't seen these shows live, prepare for a different side of Derren Brown than the one seen on television. In his stage shows, he seems a bit closer to the classic Victorian vaudeville trickster, with acts that range from physical 'geek tricks' (in Something Wicked This Way Comes) to dancing tables and mass mind reading (An Evening of Wonders), as well as a spirit cabinet (Enigma) and lots of audience participation throughout the shows. All three shows close with a bang, so to speak. The ending of Something Wicked is hilariously funny, whereas the closing routine to Enigma is truly amazing.
The one missing star is due to the fact that while bonus scenes are included on the first two DVDs, Enigma is sadly limited to the hour-long excerpt that was shown on tv. While that hour is filled with many wonderful tricks, it does leave out some of my favourites from the actual stage show that I had hoped to see included as bonus material.
In closing, if you've seen the stage shows, these DVDs are a lovely memento. And if you haven't, they may well convince you to go and see Derren Brown's upcoming tour!