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Derren Brown - Live
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Derren Brown - Live
Date: 20/09/08, updated on 23/09/08 (128 review reads)
Advantages: Very entertaining, questions beliefs
Disadvantages: Can be hard to follow or figure out
I have been fascinated with Derren Brown's remarkable techniques ever since Mind Control was first broadcast on Channel 4 several years ago. He uses a very clever mixture of psychology, sometimes hypnosis, misdirection, showmanship, body language and cold reading. His ability to convince people that he can read their mind by using these techniques is masterful.
His live performances, though they contain significantly less variety, seem to be all the more impressive, though I don't know if I could go and see him live, I don't think I would have the guts. After all, it's not nice to have someone messing with your mind!
Derren's live shows always seem to take the audience by surprise, like the show where they audience were taken to a secret location and didn't know where they were taken. By the end of the show they had all chosen Shepherd's Bush Green, which is exactly where they were! Then there's his amazing ability to take a member of the audience and getting them to hammer a very long nail up his nose completely painlessly and without blood!
On the subject of blood, there's a fantastic routine from 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' Derren very impressively gets two members of the audience to smash up some glass, check it is real, then he walks across it bear-footed after he has just cut off the oxygen supply to his brain! He then proceeds to lie down on top of the glass and gets someone to stand on top of him! After all this, he gets up and pulls the shards of glass from our of his skin, no pain, no blood!
I have never seen him live but I imagine to go to one of his live performances would be very entertaining, compelling, mysterious, eccentrically amusing and possibly a bit strange.
Summary: A very entertaining and unique performer
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