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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

87
An engaging mind bender that should satisfy fans of magic and theatre alike.

See it if you enjoy mystifying magic and brain-testing puzzles.

Don't see it if the threat of possible audience participation frightens you to the core.

Also It's hard to review a show like this. How effective it is may be depen... Read more Read less

88
Intelligent, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you can throw yourself into the experience of mind games — some of which are exceptional — peppered with a few illusions, in a spartan set.

Don't see it if you like flamboyant staging and a lot of physical effects, are highly skeptical, don't have a playful spirit, or want a show with a story.

Also Some reviews have complained this is the same-old same-old, but I disa... Read more Read less

65
Riveting, Intense, Indulgent, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want some psychological illusion and don't mind not knowing how he did it; if you like audience participation

Don't see it if You're looking for flashy magic (this is slower); if you need to know answers; if you're too skeptical about illusion

80
Clever, Masterful, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if He's a great show man, Very entertaining. Lots of audience participation. Amazing mental tricks. Leaves you in awe.

Don't see it if Not a real play. One man performance w/ audience involvement. Intermission too long.

78
Intelligent, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if If you like magic and illusions you will enjoy this show. Brown is charming

Don't see it if if you want to see a play.

89
Intelligent, Riveting, Masterful, Enchanting, Clever

See it if You want to be wowed with your mouth open at various stages, love magic and/or psychological games.

Don't see it if You can't let yourself go and accept that some people are either fabulous magicians or have real 6th sense abilities.

89
Entertaining, Funny, Clever

See it if A great show for all.

Don't see it if Those looking for a traditional night of theatre.

Also A fun little surprise on Broadway. Very clever and entertaining magic/... Read more Read less

95
Clever, Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if This performance is completely absorbing and interesting not sure what there is not to like about this

Don't see it if If you don't like psychological magic / Mentalist

75
Overrated, Slow, Masterful, Intelligent, Clever

See it if you want to try something mildly entertaining.

Don't see it if you are on a limited budget... see something else... this is overrated.

Also An OK evening out, a bit boring.

92
Riveting, Edgy, Profound, Masterful, Absorbing

See it if You love magic and want to see an extraordinary mind boggling show.

Don't see it if This kind of broadway show doesn’t appeal to you

80
Clever, Absorbing

See it if you wanna be hoodwinked

Don't see it if you are offended by being tricked for 2.5 hrs

Also no, it's a secret

93
Funny, Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, The most fun i’ve had at the theater in ages!

See it if You enjoy charming and quite intelligent patter surrounding amazing stunts.

Don't see it if You’re a complete curmudgeon.

Also Every person left the theater smiling! The show was often laugh out lo... Read more Read less

88
Riveting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if I'm not generally a fan of magic and illusion, but Brown is charming and funny. Most of his tricks are terrific and the ending is wonderful.

Don't see it if You hate illusionists or really wanted to see a full scale Broadway show.

83
Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Funny, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy mental parlor tricks delivered with panache by a charming host. If you love being confounded by tricks.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy audience participation, or being hoodwinked.

90
Mind blowing, Delightful

See it if you have any interest in mentalists.

Don't see it if audience participation freaks you out

65
Masterful, Ambitious, Entertaining, Riveting, Clever

See it if You've ever been tempted to see a fortune teller to tell you your future.

Don't see it if You're trying so hard to figure out how Mr. Derren Brown does the tricks he does that you don't enjoy the show for what it is: pure fun!

90
Refreshing, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You are interested in seeing something new! Remarkable mentalist Darren Brown puts on an amazing display keeping the audience involved...WOW

Don't see it if You are not looking for a Las Vegas style shown that is truly amazing! Don't see it if you want a serious look at the world.

96
Riveting, Must see, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you enjoy having your mind bent by a master showman, you want to leave wondering "how did he do that?", you can suspend your disbelief.

Don't see it if you only want to see plays or musicals on Broadway, you are skeptical and can't enjoy being drawn in by a very clever showman, you're stupid

75
Thought-provoking, Slow, Intense, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy mentalists, appreciate the art of the unknown and want to see a performer who has captivated the world, at the top of his craft.

Don't see it if you want to see something more along the lines of traditional magic. Also, the show is show, painfully at times. There is too much talking

85
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to see a top-notch mentalist/illusionist and have an enjoyable, entertaining evening out.

Don't see it if if you don't like mentalist/ illusionist or magic show performances.

86
Entertaining, Must see, Clever

See it if You love magic

Don't see it if You don’t like magic

45
Cliched, Excruciating, Insipid, Overrated

See it if the tickets are free.

Don't see it if you respect theatre. This isn't a show. There is no plot. Mind reading and magic are BUNK so why bring it to Broadway? It's a cash grab.

92
Riveting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to be entertained by an adorably witty Brit. You are ok with wondering how he did the "tricks"

Don't see it if You hate magic. You hate middle aged men. You want a splashy broadway show.

85
Masterful, Great staging, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you would like to be entertained for 2+ hours by an extremely talented and clever illusionist. This is great fun!

Don't see it if you are looking for a traditional Broadway type show and don't enjoy illusionists or audience participation.

83
Absorbing, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like magic, illusionists, humor and being stumped and amazed - and of course also being very entertained! It is great fun!

Don't see it if you don't like magic/illusion and this kind of entertainment is not your cup of tea.


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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