Review: Derren Brown's Svengali tour

PUBLISHED: 16:56 31 May 2012 | UPDATED: 21:27 20 February 2013

Review: Derren Brown's Svengali tour

Review: Derren Brown's Svengali tour

Reviewer Sarah Bowden attends the opening night of Derren Brown's Svengali tour as it comes to the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury


Derren Brown: Svengali, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre

May 29-June 2, 2012

By Sarah Bowden

Derren Brown is known for priding himself on being an illusionist, using suggestion and psychology, rather than claiming any paranormal powers. Regardless of this coming straight from the horses mouth, some of his tricks are so incomprehensible to the human eye that the public have been questioning and debating his abilities for years. Even entering the theatre as a sceptic yesterday evening, I found myself repeating; This man has a gift after I watched the show Svengali at the Waterside Theatre in Aylesbury.

Welcomed on stage with wild applause, Derren Brown sets the atmosphere with eerie music, a laboratory setting, and a background tale of Svengali, creating an underlying theme of possession. This show is filled with a variety of fresh acts; each one topping the previous as the show proceeds. These are original and complicated routines and the finale leaves your sanity and logic feeling fried! As he continues to tour, Brown has requested that the content of his act be kept a secret so that each individual can feel that same element of surprise and astonishment when they watch the show and I couldnt agree more so Im doing my best to keep quiet!

I believe that Browns success on his tours thrives from the audiences involvement. He has you guessing, moving and panicking about what he may be able to read from your thoughts, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. This show is extremely quick paced which not only makes the detail all the more spectacular, but also limits your thinking time and increases your amazement. It is difficult to doubt what you see in front of your eyes when you are involved and I challenge anyone to please do so.

Again I must admit that I was sceptical to his talent before seeing this performance live. However, there were countless times where I got a shiver up my spine and my eyes filled up, simply out of disbelief at what I was seeing followed quickly by nervous laughter. Once more, I must draw particular attention to the conclusion. Obviously I cannot give anything away, but everything happens right before your eyes with cooperation from the audience and the result can only be described as supernatural.

It has been suggested by many that stooges must be involved. Brown has always denied these claims, making the following statement: If no one thought it, I imagine Id need to change something! I expect and receive all sorts of reactions, from the overly-credulous to the overly-cynical.

It is difficult to explain quite how incredible this show is without going into specifics, however I couldnt recommend seeing this more! If you want to be wowed, amazed or to even prove me wrong, please go and see this show for the sake of a one-in-a-life-time experience. Tricks or real magic, it truly is a masterpiece that pushes boundaries you couldnt imagine and it has to be seen with your very own eyes. Five stars.

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