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Derren Brown: Secret

From 127 member  reviews
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. More…

This theatrical experience challenges audiences to take a closer look at the stories and beliefs that guide our lives. In the UK, Derren Brown’s critically acclaimed shows have played sold-out runs in the West End and won two Olivier Awards.

Member Reviews (127)


Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking
Avg Score

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Refreshing

See it if you enjoy magicians & mentalists with clever & challenging routines, spending time with an amiable personality, like to be wowed

Don't see it if you're looking for a show with a plot or through line, have no interest in magic or "mind-reading," don't like being fooled or perplexed

Entertaining, Masterful, Absorbing, Amazing, Clever

See it if you want to see a world-class mentalist and consummate entertainer demonstrate his art.

Don't see it if you don't like audience participation or need to know the secrets behind the performance or if you are expecting a traditional play.

Also At 2 3/4 hours including intermission, it could use some trimming. Ent... Read more Read less

Ambitious, Masterful, Thought-provoking

See it if you like to be amazed.

Don't see it if like me you find magic and illusionists boring no matter how good the act is.

Nothing new, Funny, Enchanting, Disappointing, Clever

See it if you want to see a showman performing his own version of mentalist tricks that have been done for years. He has a good delivery, entertaining

Don't see it if you really want to be impressed with new material. This was fun, but not on par with what is expected on Broadway.


See it if You want to be entertained with psychological tricks.

Don't see it if You go to the theater for theatre, not spectacle. Are jugglers and animal acts next? As a season subscriber, I am very disappointed.

Entertaining, Mind blowing, Must see, Masterful, Funny

See it if you enjoy shows that are mind bending, literally. It's part mentalism, part illusion, part WTF!

Don't see it if don't like one man shows that are small, intimate and designed to leave you gobsmacked.

Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Riveting, Refreshing

See it if you'd like to be amazed with Brown's ability to read the minds of the audience, or seemingly predict outcomes of events.

Don't see it if you seek a drama (or musical) with a plot.

Funny, Refreshing, Entertaining, Absorbing, Clever

See it if Whether you enjoy the genre or not. Derron is great as he uses the audience to show his skills and makes everyone laugh.

Don't see it if You like dramas or light comedy

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!

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.

Absorbing, Clever, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if you have any doubts about the mystics of psychics. This guy will leave you dumb-founded. Plus he's charming.

Don't see it if you don't like to me mystified or refuse to believe what actually takes place before your eyes. Heck, go see it!

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.

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!

Entertaining, Not really a play, Theater for people who don't like theater, Clever, Vegas off-broadway

See it if You like illusionists and mind-readers. There are good surprises and craft executed, but not something you expect from Atlantic Theater Comp

Don't see it if You are expecting a traditional play and not a Vegas show. This guy has a cult following; he's good, but I don't see the big deal, frankly.

Masterful, Riveting, Ambitious, Dizzying, Thought-provoking

See it if You want to be repeatedly stunned into disbelief (and possibly even hypnotized) at off-Broadway prices.

Don't see it if You live in terror of mind readers or audience participation.

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.

Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking, Interesting, Unusual

See it if Derren is clever at using the power of deduction and suggestion to reach the conclusion he desires.

Don't see it if If you are a person who doesn't appreciate a 1-man cheat show, stay home.

Clever, Entertaining, Masterful

See it if You have to see it to believe it,He is a master mind reader,lots of audience participation lots of fun

Don't see it if I can't imagine not liking this

Clever, Entertaining, Magic

See it if you are a fan of magic and mentalism. Brown is a very entertaining performer with a very clever portfolio of tricks. Highly entertaining.

Don't see it if you are not into a magic show. Brown's tricks are done with aplomb and great staging, but likely you've seen them or something like them.

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

Mind-blowing, Clever, Masterful

See it if you want to see a show where absolutely everything has a purpose

Don't see it if you're looking for something really deep and meaningful

Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining, Riveting, Clever

See it if You like magical performances and enjoyed being wow'ed.

Don't see it if You hate magic shows.

Clever, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You enjoy magic shows and/or are interested in body language, and psychology.

Don't see it if It's not a play or a musical, and there's no story or plot of any kind.

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.

Also Derren Brown is a mind-blowing treasure. Run to see this immediately a... Read more Read less

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.

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...
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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...
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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 allur...
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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 triumph...
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