Derren Brown: Secret
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Derren Brown: Secret
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Derren Brown: Secret NYC Reviews and Tickets

86%
(128 Ratings)
Positive
98%
Mixed
1%
Negative
1%
Members say
Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking

About the Show

Atlantic Theater Company presents British mentalist and illusionist Derren Brown's new show featuring mind reading and other psychological feats.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (128)

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58 Reviews | 8 Followers
100
Clever, Epic, Mesmerizing, Exciting, Brilliant

See it if you like to be amazed, kept on the edge of your seat, & screaming HOW DID - WHAT DID - THAT'S NOT - HOW!!! (hopefully silently in your head)

Don't see it if you hate joy. Read more

111 Reviews | 208 Followers
95
Absorbing, Dizzying, Epic, Intelligent, Must see

See it if you love your mind being pushed in new directions and like mental trickery done in a fun and respectful way.

Don't see it if you don't want to be chosen to participate! I went in not preparing to be chosen and I ended up going onstage!

147 Reviews | 29 Followers
95
Clever, Dizzying, Edgy, Quirky

See it if You love to be amazed

Don't see it if You want a traditional theater experience with a plot and characters

207 Reviews | 29 Followers
95
Dizzying, Masterful, Riveting, Thought-provoking

See it if You really want to AMAZED in every sense of the word. This show is much more than 'magic', it may leave you gasping in wonder.

Don't see it if You don't like psychological mind-reading shows.....but you will be missing something special.

182 Reviews | 17 Followers
93
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining, Great staging, Intelligent

See it if Master magician / mentalist. A magic show with good directing

Don't see it if You don't like magic. Derren Brown is the best out there for mentalism.

269 Reviews | 26 Followers
91
Absorbing, Masterful, Intense, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you love magic and illusion -- he is captivating! still thinking about how he did what he did!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy an evening of illusion and mind control!

118 Reviews | 26 Followers
91
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Mind boggling !

See it if You still have a sense of wonder!

Don't see it if You hate not being able to explain everything.

58 Reviews | 33 Followers
90
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Refreshing, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy a master at work, and like a break from traditional plays and musicals. Brown does not insult his audience.

Don't see it if You loathe mentalists or magicians, or any kind of tricks of the mind. It's sort-of performance art.

Critic Reviews (23)

The New York Times
May 16th, 2017

“An enthrallingly baffling one-mentalist show…Mr. Brown segues, with an Astaire-like grace, into more elaborate and improbable ruses. And he is upfront in telling you they are ruses. It’s in the second act that he seems to be plunging into the deepest recesses of his victims’ — I mean, volunteers’ — thoughts, with results that have you slapping your forehead…Throughout, Mr. Brown is calm, chatty, amiably insulting.”
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Time Out New York
May 16th, 2017

“It will be hard not to be at least a bit bowled over by ‘Secret’…Brown oozes confidence and charisma, the kind you don't quite trust but can't turn away from nonetheless…It's a combination of jaw-dropping ‘How did he do that?’ moments and inspirational speeches that veer dangerously close to the litanies of motivational speakers…What transpires in 'Secret' is enough to make even the most hardened skeptic think twice.”
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Deadline
May 16th, 2017

“An ex-lawyer and Olivier Award-winning mentalist whose sole purpose is to astonish, and perhaps scare the crap out of, you…The technique is to do everything possible to unnerve you by appearing to remove any possibility of audience plants while unlocking secrets of the mind with the same triumphal glee that an escape artist shows when emerging from a skein of solid steel chains and unbreachable locks. If you need to know how it’s done, you have my deepest sympathy.”
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Entertainment Weekly
May 17th, 2017

“Brown dumbfounds with a stunning colonnade of tricks, physical and psychological, limned by the sensation of third-rail danger…Brown is also acutely aware that his gifts of seduction and sleight of hand are used by con men for much less entertainment-related activities…He aims to prove the allure of chicanery by exhilarating the audience with its power…A thrilling spectacle. Especially for the die-hard doubters in the crowd, ‘Secret’ is real magic.”
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Theatermania
May 16th, 2017

“An astounding piece of psychological theater, and not knowing anything about it makes the experience all the more mind-blowing…The first-act finale is as thrilling and mind-boggling as any of the great curtain-closers from the entire canon of American drama…Like all great illusionists, Brown is the perfect salesman…The two-and-a-half hours of ‘Secret’ fly by…It is bound to make audiences want to see it again, if only to pay attention to different moments."
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Lighting & Sound America
May 17th, 2017

“An entertainment that I thoroughly enjoyed...In his offhand wit and remarkable ability at coaxing behaviors out of audience members -- all while seemingly doing nothing -- he is very much a talent of today…We've been getting a lot of magic shows lately, but Derren Brown makes the others look like pikers. He practices the greatest disappearing act of all, dispelling the audience's skepticism with a wave of his hand.”
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CurtainUp
May 16th, 2017

“Brown makes brilliant use of a bag of tricks similar to what most such performers employ…Brown is definitely a master showman. He's congenial and funny. He's ironic but not judgmental…What makes mentalists' shows so interesting is their unique combination of surprise and predictability. Often we know exactly what's going to happen. But sometimes we are totally blown away. And there is nothing more delightful than being converted into believers despite our better judgment.”
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TheaterScene.net
May 24th, 2017

“It quickly becomes apparent that Brown is a master at reading body language--no less than facial and vocal expressions--to manipulate the many audience-members who participate and to read their inner thoughts. Brown's patter is also built on an almost glib sort of false modesty, such as his saying, near the end, ‘This only works because we are story-focusing creatures.’...he knows just exactly how to get us all to see only what he wants us to.”
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