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Derren Brown: Secret (Broadway)

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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) More…

From the show:
From stage to screen, two-time Olivier Award winner Derren Brown has mesmerized millions worldwide with his unique brand of mind reading, persuasion, and psychological illusion. Now, for the first time ever, this U.K. phenomenon and Netflix star brings his talents to Broadway.

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed run off-Broadway at the Atlantic Theater Company, Derren Brown: Secret returns with a spellbinding experience that dares us — in the most jaw-dropping way — to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide our lives. Behold a theatrical event of the mind in this “thrilling spectacle of psychological magic” (Entertainment Weekly). Performances begin September 6 at the Cort Theatre.

2h 30m | Already closed | Cort Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (248)


Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Masterful
Avg Score

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.

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.

Clever, Great staging, Riveting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy magic-one of the best, most entertaining I’ve ever seen. Not just illusions, his storytelling woven between tricks is impressive!

Don't see it if You don’t like magic/illusion shows. No matter how mind blowing he might be (and he really is!) if you’re not into it don’t bother.

Also This was fun...mind blowing...and impressive on so many levels. I love... Read more Read less

Riveting, Refreshing, Mystifying, Clever, Entertaining

See it if u want to be dazzled by a smart, witty, charming mentalist who has conceived a clever, captivating audience-participatory divertissement.

Don't see it if ur a cynic loathe to sit back & enjoy the seemingly inexplicable happenings; u hope for the Vegas theatrics of Copperfield, Blaine, et al.

Also It's hard to tell how much of the audience involvement is staged, but ... Read more Read less

Impressive, Educational, Quirky, Entertaining, Clever

See it if for the clever often improvised commentary that brings a large audience into an intimate experience & Brown's astonishing abilities

Don't see it if you expect a play. No plot! But an amusing evening of curiosities.

Clever, Quirky, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if Old-School (not for The Vegas Strip) Brit illusionist/mentalist with more than magic on his mind. Immersive for his willing-prey subjects.

Don't see it if Best consumed with conjured innocent eyes if you can. Ones where all things are possible. If not, the 2.5 hrs will feel interminable.

Also Bahnahnah. "Don't take your head off!"

Extraordinary mentalist derren brown performs amazing feats; but many are too perfect, robbing them of the illusion of magic

See it if mentalist routines beautifully constructed; Brown low-key & funny, interacts well w audience

Don't see it if feats performed in 2nd act so perfect/symmetrical that illusion of the supernatural/sense of wonder is blunted; some patter is anodyne

Also You go to a "magic" show like this not only to be wowed by the tricks ... Read more Read less

Delightful, Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You want a funny, interesting. Sometime leave you with HOW did he do that. Fast pace show with audience involved in.

Don't see it if If you want music, and dancing.

Also It was a great show and a lot of HOW moments.

Indulgent, Overrated, Quirky, Thought-provoking

See it if Derren Brown has a good stage presence, but as it went on I couldn't believe how much talking there was and not much actually happening.

Don't see it if SLOW. Takes too long to perform these mind reading tricks. Not that interesting and payoff is not that great.

Also Lots of audience participation. So character of show is somewhat depen... Read more Read less

Masterful, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like to see a great show with a masterful mentalist. Derren has a smooth and very entertaining style. Audience gets involved.

Don't see it if you don't like shows with mentalists even for entertainment value.

Also Lots of laughs and the time goes quickly. By his own request I will no... Read more Read less

Better than i expected

See it if You want to see a Las Vegas style magic show right here in the Big Apple

Don't see it if You are expecting this to be a play with a plot. There’s no story it’s just 2 1/2 hours of mind reading

Also My best friend is an illusionist so I’m very picky when it comes to an... Read more Read less

Pretty amazing.

See it if You believe in magic.

Don't see it if You don't believe in magic.

Thought-provoking, Dizzying, Not a broadway show, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you like magic.I don't usually, but this show was delightful.I resent that it is in a Bway theatre, but it is fun, clever & hard to forget

Don't see it if you expect to be able to figure out how he does it.He is just too good!!

Clever, Surprising, Entertaining

See it if You like medium like performances and incredible magical feasts. If you like participatory one man shows. If you enjoy being amazed.

Don't see it if If you are not into magic or surprising magical acts. If you prefer traditional shows.

Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Ambitious

See it if you like to be entertained in any way, shape, or form.

Don't see it if you have no pulse. You should get that checked out, first.

Also Can’t say much of anything as not to spoil, but wow this was a great t... Read more Read less

Refreshing, Thought-provoking

See it if 🤯 Mind blown! Perhaps there's way more of our thoughts and behaviors that are controlled externally than we would like to admit!

Don't see it if About 8 sets to the "magic" show. No linear plot, but some personal anecdotes. Skeptics might find it hard to explain how he does it all...

Also Diversity: 1 man show, gay white English man.... Read more Read less

Delightful, Great staging, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Just one word to describe this show, AMAZING. Derren Brown refers to himself as a mentalist. Whatever label he uses, the show is brilliant

Don't see it if If you don't like seeing a mentalist show, then you should skip this show.

Clever, Mystifying, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you want to be amazed & find yourself repeating, "How did he do that?" People were certainly entertained by the feats and his personality.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of psychic powers and mental feats. I'll admit it--this kind of show (magic, illusion, mind games) has always intrigued me.

Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You like magic shows. He's quite impressive.

Don't see it if You want to see a regular Broadway show.

Intense, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy somewhat old-school mentalism (guessing your thoughts, some hypnosis)

Don't see it if You want magic, this is pure mentalism.

Clever, Entertaining, Enjoyable

See it if you want a solid if fairly unsurprising magic/psychic/illusionist show. I enjoyed it more than I expected to, but I also saw right through

Don't see it if a couple of the bits. But ultimately it was an enjoyable night out. Don't go if you're expecting anything more than a magic show. There's

Also no deeper message to be found.

Fluffy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if I’m a sceptic and I liked it. Derren Brown is a mentalist. He reads people and shares information about them. He was amazing.

Don't see it if Lots and lots of audience participation. No plot. Two distinct parts. Great buildup in second half to a very fun finish.

Also Everyone in the audience participates no matter where you sit. It’s fu... Read more Read less

Slow, Overrated, Entertaining, Confusing, Clever

See it if You like magic, mentalism, and excellent stagemanship. You're curious about psychology or "psychic" manipulation.

Don't see it if Incredibly long, repetitive bits; copious audience interaction; or unexplained mysteries bug you. It's a bit preachy.

Entertaining, Quirky

See it if you like magic, but don't expect too much. Brown is very good with the audience & occasionally does something surprising.

Don't see it if You are expecting lots of mind-blowing magic.

Riveting, Ambitious, Masterful, Exquisite, Entertaining

See it if you want to see some of the best magic and showmanship that has been on a Broadway stage in a while. I now believe Derren can read minds.

Don't see it if the idea that someone can break into your thoughts and secrets makes you uncomfortable. There is a lot of audience participation.

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 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...
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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...
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