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Derren Brown Live Collection [DVD]
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A box set containing three of Derren Brown’s must-see live theatre shows, including:
An Evening of Wonders
The psychological illusionist takes us on a journey through mind control and subliminal suggestion and recreates the jaw-dropping 'Oracle Act' from the turn of the 20th century. The show features audience participation, shocking stunts and mind games, as Derren shows why you have to see him live.
Something Wicked This Way Comes
This DVD features the Olivier Award-winning stage show. Derren stops his pulse, walks on glass, and armed only with a few newspapers drives the show to a tour-de-force finale of prediction, influence and showmanship that will leave you breathless.
A special tone leaves the audience hypnotised and a woman finds herself sleep-walking through the rows. Is a supernatural force summoned within the Spirit Cabinet or is the medium somehow doing Brown's bidding? Derren is again at his finest in this stunning theatrical event that brought him more rave reviews up and down the country and "sees him climb to artistic heights rarely, if ever, achieved by any other legends of the magical arts" (Time Out).
"Unbelievable, jaw-dropping, gasp-inducing"--Official London Theatre
"A terrific magician. This is breathtakingly ingenious entertainment"--The Times
"Derren Brown is simply astonishing to witness"--The Stage
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Certainly Derren seems to be in his element on stage, effortlessly commanding the rapt attention of his spellbound audiences, and his enthusiasm and delight are infectious. His undeniable charm and charisma carry you through each live show and the surprising variety of acts, from the light-hearted and fun, through the dark and frankly quite unpleasant and each time culminating in a jaw-dropping, awe inspiring finale which will have you helplessly grasping for explanations and happily failing to fathom it out!
Derren is a master craftsman and makes it a pleasure to be fooled by his disgustingly talented array of skills and techniques. Even on the tantalisingly rare occasions when he explains how certain acts were accomplished, this somehow serves to confound us even more, as the layers of complexity are peeled away to reveal just what astonishing depths lie behind each stunt. Similarly, these fabulous live shows lose none of their wonder upon repeat viewings, but rather allow the opportunity to try and get your head around what on earth is really going on or spot things you missed first time but, more often than not, simply marvel anew at just how infuriatingly clever and deliciously bamboozling Derren Brown is.
He will surely leave you, like me, bewitched, bothered and very happily bewildered!
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!
The 3 DVDs are more than worth the price paid for this. A must buy for Derren fans but also a good introduction to any one who have not seen his act before.
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