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

84%
(254 Reviews)
Positive
95%
Mixed
5%
Negative
0%
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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Member Reviews (254)

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866 Reviews | 898 Followers
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.

841 Reviews | 1006 Followers
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.

929 Reviews | 379 Followers
95
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. Read more

741 Reviews | 121 Followers
87
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.

MJK
677 Reviews | 186 Followers
85
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. Read more

612 Reviews | 269 Followers
80
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 Read more

597 Reviews | 121 Followers
90
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. Read more

628 Reviews | 93 Followers
83
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. Read more

Critic Reviews (21)

The New York Times
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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Time Out New York
September 15th, 2019

4/5 Stars "Mentalist Derren Brown blows your mind in the Broadway magic show 'Secret.'"
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The Hollywood Reporter
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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Entertainment Weekly
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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Variety
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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Deadline
September 15th, 2019

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

3/4 Stars. "Illusionist's show may not be magic, but it sure is theater."
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NY1
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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