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Derren Brown: Secret (Broadway)
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Derren Brown: Secret (Broadway) NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(251 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
4%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Masterful

About the Show

British mentalist and illusionist Derren Brown brings his unique brand of mind reading, persuasion, and psychological illusion to Broadway for the first time. (Past Reviews)

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71
Déjà vu, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you like mentalist shows. it is interesting and tricks are impressive.

Don't see it if it is slow. Most of the tricks I had already seen on TV. Still impressive how it happens but not really fresh to me.

70
Overly long, Slow, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy magic or mind reading and looking for something different on Broadway.

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional magic show. This deals more with mind reading and audience interaction.

Critic Reviews (21)

September 15th, 2019

CRITIC'S PICK "Review: Being Brainwashed Into Joy in Derren Brown’s ‘Secret’: This one-mentalist show, in which Mr. Brown peers into the minds of his audience, offers exhilaration and comfort to New York City’s head cases."
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September 15th, 2019

4/5 Stars "Mentalist Derren Brown blows your mind in the Broadway magic show 'Secret.'"
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September 15th, 2019

"The show...is infused with a theatrical polish that makes its substantial running time fly by. By the time it's over, you'll be thrilled you've been so oblivious to the evening's devilish machinations that you somehow didn't see a man in a gorilla suit snatching a banana from a podium onstage in plain view. Not once, but twice."
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September 16th, 2019

Grade: A “The tricky thing about reviewing Derren Brown’s Secret on Broadway is that the audience is sworn to secrecy on arrival in the theater. So should I just tell you it’s great, go see it, you won’t regret it, and be done? Okay, fine, you’re here for more context than you’d gain from a tweet, so here comes a mostly cryptic review.”
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September 15th, 2019

"It’s a jaw-dropping, multi-layered reveal with a kicker of a coda. If minds aren’t totally blown, they’re at least scrambled for a while. Even cynical New Yorkers will be at least momentarily stunned."
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September 15th, 2019

"‘Derren Brown: Secret’ Makes Dizzying Magic On Broadway In J.J. Abrams-Produced Dazzle"
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September 15th, 2019

3/4 Stars. "Illusionist's show may not be magic, but it sure is theater."
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September 15th, 2019

"The show is bound to keep audiences guessing how he does it night after night. Hard to believe it’s just a bunch of tricks up his sleeve because he does seem to have some powers of thought control. And now that I’ve said it, I’m wondering who really wrote this rave review - was it me or was it him?"
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September 15th, 2019

"You'll Be Obsessed With Derren Brown After Seeing His Broadway 'Secret': This famed UK mentalist comes to the Cort Theatre after a sold-out New York run in 2017."
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September 16th, 2019

“Derren Brown Doesn't Want Me To Tell You Anything About ‘DERREN BROWN: SECRET’”
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September 15th, 2019

"Derren Brown consistently amazes us with feats that seem to be psychic. This is true even when we know we are being charmed and gently coerced into a state of trust and belief. If he is not a magician, he is magical. He could, I am certain, pull a rabbit out of your mind."
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September 15th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'Legerdemain Unleashed at Cort': UK illusionist offers evening of protean prestidigitation and purely astonishing fun"
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September 15th, 2019

4/5 Stars "'International Man of Mystery and Mind Games': The British TV and Netflix star brings his psychological intrigue to Broadway"
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September 15th, 2019

"Derren Brown brings a sense of wonder to Broadway."
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September 20th, 2019

"A dazzling coup de théâtre explains the title of the acclaimed English magician, illusionist and mentalist's thrilling extravaganza 'Derren Brown: Secret.' Prior to this amazing denouement there's one astonishment after another, all relying on selective audience participation."
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September 17th, 2019

"It's possible you and your date will be picking your chins up off the floor when you see what Brown shows you behind that veil. Hint: Not a wizard. I'm not saying genuine jaw drops happened to my companion and me, but I might be winking at you."
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September 21st, 2019

"He's engaging, very funny, and honest, even honest about all the lies he is about to tell us tonight...He raises up this art form to dizzying heights, and you would be amiss to discard it as anything but unforgettable and incredible."
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September 26th, 2019

"What can be said, is that Mr. Brown is an amazing showman and talented performer. Acts of prestidigitation have enthralled audiences throughout the ages but Mr. Brown has brought this form of entertainment to a new level. A magical, mind boggling experience and a phenomenal evening of entertainment."
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September 15th, 2019

"Some dozen magic tricks over 150 minutes… meant to provoke us to ask: 'How did he do that?' I sometimes shared in that reaction. But I had another question too: 'Is this all there is?'…Too many of his tricks…just didn't feel worth their time-consuming set-ups."
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September 18th, 2019

"Whisking us away with charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent (thank you, RuPaul, but no drag here), Brown’s captivating act is, while not wholly original, wildly entertaining."
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C
September 15th, 2019

"He projects a rare combination of self-confidence and self-deprecation -- there's none of the smarminess that afflicts some of his contemporaries - that makes you not only wish he would never leave the stage, but that you could take him out to dinner after the show."
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