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Derren Brown to cast a West End magical spell



Review by David Munro

INFAMOUS TV magician, Derren Brown, is to bring his new stage show to London’s West End for a limited two-week season, from June 7.

Derren Brown Live will captivate audiences at the 1,400-seat Palace Theatre, which was recently vacated by Les Miserables after 18 years.

It will also precede the world premiere of Sir Andrew Lloyd’s Webber’s eagerly-anticipated The Woman in White, starring Michael Crawford, which will be hoping to pull off its own magic during a packed autumn/winter season.

Brown’s London dates will follow a two-month UK-wide tour, which will have visited 40 different venues by the time it concludes in Belfast, on May 16.

The charismatic magician, most famous for staging a game of Russian roulette on live television last year, was originally trained as a lawyer, before starting his performing career in cafes and bars.

His breakthrough came in 1999, when Channel 4 asked him to put a show together, for television, and the show which resulted, entitled Mind Control, became an instant hit, spawning several series.

A new series, Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind, is scheduled to begin on Channel 4 on April 23 - paving the way nicely for his West End dates (which are expected to be sell-outs).

Brown prefers to think of himself as a ‘psychological illusionist’ rather than a magician or mind-reader, and is quoted as describing his craft as a ‘mixture of applied psychology, magic, misdirection and showmanship’.

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