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Derren Brown: Secret (Broadway)

From 241 member  reviews
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

90
Masterful, Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like mind magic. Brown is master at of illusion of the mind. Fun audience participation. 2 hours of pure entertainment. Highly recommend

Don't see it if you don't like magic that doesn't have the card tricks and the typical illusions

80
Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if Enjoys conjurer and mentalist.

Don't see it if Dislikes mentalists and magic

76
Enchanting, Great staging, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You want to see a different magic show 😉 I want to say more but had sworn the secrecy.

Don't see it if You prefer a traditional performance such as a musical or a play.

70
Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if you like magic/illusions with some explanation

Don't see it if it's not a traditional theater entertainment, so you can get the gist of the performer's skills by watching him in other media

69
Fluffy, Slow, Clever, Ambitious

See it if If you like 1 man mentalist or magic shows and can sit thru 2 hours with sporadic action you would enjoy this show.

Don't see it if Too slow and in a way dated even with an unusual twist or two. If you like Plays, i.e. Drama's or Musicals or Comedy then skip this one.

87
Masterful, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy psychological magic.

Don't see it if You prefer a plot-based show.

90
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Profound, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You like mysteries and believe in the unexpected. Derren Brown is incredibly talented and this show is something to see!

Don't see it if You don't like magic.

85
Thought-provoking, Riveting, Enchanting

See it if you want a unique experience in a Broadway theater and are open to having your mind expanded and your jaw dropped

Don't see it if you prefer to see the standard play or musical on Broadway, or don't enjoy "one man" shows with a sparse stage

78
Uneven pace, Thought-provoking, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would enjoy an entertaining, personable performer with impressive skills as a mentalist with psychological insights into people.

Don't see it if you're expecting a dazzling magic show as this is more about "mind reading" and interactions with the audience.

Also Derren Brown is an extremely entertaining, personable performer who bo... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Masterful, Incredible, Mind-blowing

See it if you like a fun and entertaining night out. Quite some feats I've never seen done by other performers.

Don't see it if you prefer a plot line. Some feats might be beyond belief

80
Fluffy, Edgy, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if You want something different and are looking for a fun night out.

Don't see it if You are not into mentalism or magic.

86
Intelligent, Entertaining, Fun

See it if You enjoy the science of mind reading/telepathy mixed with magic. You like interactive, participatory shows - very positive tone

Don't see it if You don’t like interactive theatre - if you don’t buy in/engage it might not be fun - tonight’s audience was all in and loved show

Also Show has a sweetness to it - appropriate for young teens but younger k... Read more Read less

85
Clever, Masterful, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you like mentalists. Brown has mastered his craft, but he also has a great stage presence and adds elements to keep if funny,

Don't see it if you don't like mentalist or magic acts on Broadway.

Also Admittedly, I like mentalist and magicians. This show has a lot of the... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Clever

See it if You enjoy sleight of hand performers and or illusionists who are very talented.

Don't see it if You prefer a play or show with a plot

88
Dizzying, Absorbing, Clever

See it if You are into mentalists who will blow your mind

Don't see it if if you don't like magic and one step beyond or audience participation

80
Funny, Entertaining

See it if Like Mentalist performances

Don't see it if Hate mentaLIST

90
Absorbing, Refreshing, Masterful, Intelligent, Clever

See it if You love surprises, mysteries and the unknown.

Don't see it if You dont believe in magic or the element of suggestion

79
Very funny and intriguing, but the finale is obviously fake

See it if You enjoy mind reading by a very witty star

Don't see it if You don't

90
Intelligent, Masterful, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if you want to see a top notch mentalist/magician/painter charm you with his great showmanship.

Don't see it if you’re looking for a show with a narrative.

85
Masterful, Great staging, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if you love to be surprised and amazed by a talented mentalist and enjoy a funny entertainer.

Don't see it if you have trouble suspending your logical side and want everything revealed on how he does it.

90
Delightful, Funny, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if you still have the capacity for wonder buried somewhere inside you, even if you think you can't be impressed by a mentalist act.

Don't see it if you hate the very idea of a magic/mentalism show on Broadway and abhor anything with audience participation. But you still might like this.

Also I didn't have tremendously high expectations, as I fell in the eye-rol... Read more Read less

77
Slow, Clever, Fluffy, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You want a light, fun Las Vegas kind of entertainment. Expertly executed.

Don't see it if You are looking for something with meaning or depth. Or if you're over 50. He doesn't include anyone over 50. Go figure on the agesim.

90
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Derren Brown is a delightful, engaging mentalist and illusionist. He has a secret...I know what it is, but am not allowed to tell...

Don't see it if One person show, can't pay attention, expecting a rabbit out of a hat...

72
Thought-provoking, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you want to see an entertaining mentalist put on a show for those who believe.

Don't see it if you're skeptical of mentalism or are looking for a play/musical. Many tricks take a long time to explain and set up, so it can be slow.

90
Masterful, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if you are open to being flummoxed by a royally clever mentalist.

Don't see it if you have no patience for audience participation and cleverly distracting patter.

Also This kind of show is usually not my thing. I was not wowed by Derek De... Read more Read less


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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