Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FOLLOWING the success of last summer's Derren Brown Live,
the controversial magician returns to the West End with a new
show - Something Wicked This Way Comes, which
opens at the Cambridge Theatre on May 31, 2005, for a limited
period only - until June 18, 2005.
Brown, who trained as a lawyer, began his performing career in
cafes and bars. His big break came in the Channel 4 show,
Mind Control, in 1999. Several series later, a new series
entitled Derren Brown: Trick of the Mind is airing on
In October 2003, Brown provoked an international outcry when
he staged a game of Russian roulette on live television. Nonetheless,
the one-off programme attracted more than 3.3 million viewers
in the UK.
Brown prefers to think of himself
as a psychological illusionist rather than a magician - his craft
a 'mixture of applied psychology, magic, misdirection and showmanship'.
All of which, enables him to predict, suggest and seemingly
control human nature.
Not surprisingly then, Something Wicked This Way Comes
is descibed as a 'powerful and darkly disturbing two-hour fusion
of magic, suggestion, psychology and misdirection' unsuitable
for the under-12s and the 'very squeamish'.
The London engagement follows an extensive two-month, 45-venue
tour which ends in Edinburgh on May 28, 2005.
The Cambridge Theatre has been dark since February 19 and the
closure of the controversial yet award-winning musical, Jerry
Springer - The Opera.