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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 (241)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Funny, Masterful
85
Avg Score

88
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.

88
Masterful, Dizzying, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if Brown has a deft showmanship to spotlight has remarkable gifts and I enjoyed the show more than expected

Don't see it if Prospective audience members should read on existing press for show so they are aware of the show the will be attending

83
Quirky, Great writing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you are open to seeing something that isn't a play but is equally entertaining

Don't see it if illusions are not your thing or if you can't get behind the premise of the show.

89
Refreshing, Intense, Masterful, Enchanting, Absorbing

See it if You like the infinite possibilities of magic and are ready to take the leap of faith &be Amazed feel good wonderment

Don't see it if You want a traditional night at the theater

85
Quirky, Masterful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are a fan of mind games. Brown is a master at "mind reading" I have no idea how he does what he does and won't even begin to try

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional play. this is more a 2 hour night club act but given that it IS worth seeing

84
Quirky, Entertaining, Clever, Amazing

See it if you want an evening that's completely different with astonishing and seemingly inexplicable outcomes and lots of audience participation.

Don't see it if you don't like mentalism, psychic experiments, or audience participation.

95
Quirky, Riveting, Hilarious, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You like an illusionist who can truly pull the wool over your eyes.

Don't see it if If you are skeptical of magic and illusion.

Also I loved this show. I kept thinking "how did he do that" after each tri... Read more Read less

65
Not my thing, Impressive, Ambitious

See it if You're interested in parapsychology, and the occult.

Don't see it if Mindreading is not your thing

82
Holds your attention, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You’re willing to surrender yourself to the fun and possibilities. Go with a friend and you’ll be asking each other what just happened?

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy the banter& audience participation. Got to discuss the surprises after with people who were on stage & we were all baffled!

100
Must see, Masterful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if You want to watch a clever and masterfully executed show lead by the charismatic Derren Brown.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy mentalism shows.

84
Masterful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You have an open mind and want to see a fantastic performer/audience connection.

Don't see it if You are a skeptic. You will not appreciate what takes place.

89
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You want a witty charismatic mind bending diversion.

Don't see it if If have to figure it out to enjoy.

93
Cleverness no secret

See it if You want a change of pace with a showman in charge.

Don't see it if You are a born cynic or skeptic seeking to discredit upon entry.

Also I have no doubt that there are a plant or ten in the vast audience. Bu... Read more Read less

79
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you enjoy illusionist/mentalist shows. Brown’s mind reading and painting capabilities were very entertaining.

Don't see it if you don’t like illusionist/mentalist shows and prefer traditional plays and musicals on Broadway.

80
Intelligent, Entertaining, Ambitious, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you want to be left wondering how they pulled it off! Lots of interesting tricks and psychology references. Some participants seemed stunned

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional performance - this one is heavy up on audience participation. some parts were slow as it unfolded

91
Must see, Riveting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You want to be entertained with awe amazing acts that have the WOW factor. I am sworn to secrecy not to reveal anything. A must see for fun

Don't see it if Not interested in illusions or psychological experience

95
Riveting, Masterful, Enchanting, Clever, Delightful

See it if you are a fan of mentalists, Derren does a phenomenal job at drawing you in from the first act to the last.

Don't see it if you cannot handle not knowing how he's done it; if you don't like one man shows, if you want plays, musicals, dance etc

85
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You have a taste for the unexpected or any aspect of the occult.

Don't see it if You like traditional theatrical shows

80
Absorbing, Riveting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Like to be amazed

Don't see it if Dislike magic shows

75
An unconventional broadway show

See it if You are interested in mind reading and/or enjoy shows with audience participation.

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

85
Masterful, Entertaining, Captivating, Mesmerizing, Fascinating

See it if you want to be spellbound. This guy is a total showman.

Don't see it if you're not into mentalists or tricksters. You're missing out though. I'm not a big fan of this stuff, but it was still fascinating to watch

Also This show was almost 3 hours, but I was invested the whole time. Brown... Read more Read less

75
Derren brown is a very charming fellow, but more "illusionist" than mentalist, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if Derren Brown has a 'Secret' but the only way to 'really' learn it is to attend the show more than once. He has other secrets too ... yours!!

Don't see it if Don't see if you can't keep secrets nor wish to reveal any. Skip if U don't like improv-oriented shows that require audience participation.

85
Edgy, Thought-provoking, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are into illusion and mind reading.You will be mystified and blown away by this wonderful, entertaining man.

Don't see it if You are not into illusion and mind reading.

98
Magical, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You like magic, mentalism and want to be thoroughly amazed. Best magician and mentalist I’ve ever seen. Read New Yorker article on Derren

Don't see it if You don’t like magic or mentalism

Also New Yorker article is a great read on Derren... Read more Read less

75
Entertaining, Sly, Whimsical, Mind-boggling, Perplexing

See it if nothing entertains you quite like an illusionist who predicts the future and reads the minds of audience members right before your eyes.

Don't see it if you live in mortal fear of audience participation, you insist on being the smartest person in the room or you like razzmatazz in your magic.

Also Memorable line: "That's not what the word 'secret' means."


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...
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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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