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120 Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking
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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.


90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Entertaining, Magical genius

See it if Like any great illusionist, such as Hudini, Brown works with 2 psychological phenomena simultaneously 1) he insists to the audience made

Don't see it if You are not interested in magic shows

Also mostly of fans that his acts are not to be believed, and 2) he works w... Read more Read less

90
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining

See it if you are open and want to be dazzled! Derren is very charming and extremely talented. Definitely worth checking out!

Don't see it if you are close-minded and afraid of audience participation.

90
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy a one man show that engages the audience with his mastery of illusion and 'magic'. It will leave you asking; 'How did he do that?'

Don't see it if you don't have any imagination or intrigue about illusionists' work and magic!

89
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained by a congenial, engaging and intelligent showman; you can enjoy a scratch-your-head, how-did-he-do-it evening.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy audience participation, illusionists/mentalists and a little trickery. You need to know, rather than experience.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if You want a thoroughly entertaining evening of dazzling illusions by a fantastic mentalist at the top of his craft. You can't figure him out!

Don't see it if You don't like show in the "magic" genre. Even so, you should probably make an exception and see this show!

89
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you're looking for something a little different, and are willing to let yourself get pulled into the experience. Skeptics need not apply.

Don't see it if you want straight theatre. This isn't a play - it's a performance that involves audience participation and possibly personal revelations.

89
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Clever, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if You love magic and/or mentalism and can still be awed by tricks, even when you are aware of how they generally work.

Don't see it if You're a pessimist who'd be put off by 2.5 hours of "magic" and couldn't enjoy yourself because you'd know it's all contrived.

89
During previews
Absorbing, Intense, Thought-provoking, Entertaining

See it if If you want to see a very different evening at the theater. It was an amazing night but audiences are asked not to share details so go&enjoy

Don't see it if You don't enjoy shows with audience participation (optional)

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you think magic shows/sleight of hand are antiquated--this will change your mind

Don't see it if you can't understand British accents or if one-man shows aren't your thing.

Also That the show kept being diverted into multiple simultaneous direction... Read more Read less

88
During previews
Clever, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if for a great mentalist and illusions. His style and approach is spot on. It must be the British in him that creates his style.

Don't see it if if you want a traditional show or play. This is like a David Copperfield style entertaining show.

88
During previews
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Long, Excellent magic

See it if you like a really well-done show of illusion, mind reading, and fun. Derren is incredible, and this was an excellent night out.

Don't see it if I took a magic skeptic to this and even he enjoyed it, so I think you should go in with no expectations and just enjoy yourself. Trust me!

88
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Profound, Entertaining

See it if you are okay with wondering how this master illusionist pulls off his mind-blowing tricks; he is a master of mind games and you are a pawn..

Don't see it if if you are averse to being manipulated (although that's no secret) and told you will be lied to, but no matter, you fall for it anyway.

Also DB has a philosophical point to make and the experience of his show ma... Read more Read less

87
During previews
Ambitious, Edgy, Enchanting, Intelligent, Thought-provoking

See it if You love a show that confuses and astounds. See it if you're skeptical.

Don't see it if You don't like "magic" or "mind reading".

86
During previews
Edgy, Great acting, Masterful, Riveting, Great staging

See it if You like mind reading and illusion shows. As a skeptic, I left the show not wanting to know how Derren managed to do any of the feats.

Don't see it if You are not a believer in hypnotism. You refuse to accept any unexplainable happenings.

Also Derren Brown is as entertaining as David Copperfield. I really enjoyed... Read more Read less

86
During previews
Clever, Delightful, Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if You enjoy "psychic " magic shows. You want a light, fun evening. You want be surprised & wonder "how did he do that!"

Don't see it if You don't like magic shows. You're expecting theatre: this is an entertainment, not real theatre.

86
During previews
Absorbing, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You like mind reading, mind control, hypnosis tricks

Don't see it if You are a skeptic of mind reading, mind control, hypnosis tricks

86
During previews
Absorbing, Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Must see

See it if You're open to the possibility of mental telepathy and the idea that there are things we don't understand

Don't see it if You pride yourself on your skepticism.

85
During previews
Clever, Intelligent, Masterful, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy slight of hand performances. You can be blown away by the mystery of knowing about the audience with no contact prior to show.

Don't see it if You don't believe in magic or mind reading.

85
During previews
Clever, Entertaining, Fun, Fluffy, Discussion-provoking

See it if You want to be entertained. Derren is a showman, you let yourself enjoy magic and mental tricks. Go with friends to talk over the show

Don't see it if you dislike magic or always want to be logical. You want to see theater - this is not a typical show. You don't like audience participation

85
During previews
Entertaining, Mystifying

See it if you like magic shows featuring mental-ism. Brown's one man show is engaging and baffling. Holds interest throughout, despite length.

Don't see it if you don't like magic shows.

85
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy mentalism performed by a master of the craft

Don't see it if you are expecting rabbits to be pulled out of hats. This isn't one of those types of magic shows

82
During previews
Dizzying, Thought-provoking, Refreshing, Mind blowing

See it if you like illusionists and psychics, and enjoy being genuinely amazed.

Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional theater piece - this isn't it. I really wish I knew how he does what he does, because it's incredible.

82
During previews
Absorbing, Dizzying, Intense, Quirky, Entertaining

See it if Psychological illusionist Brown works his craft with disarming ease; giving just enough personal detail to overcome any critical backlash

Don't see it if Two & a half hr length (25 min intermission) sucks energy but 2nd Act allows Brown to really enmesh us in his mental gymnastics Engrossing!

80
During previews
British mentalist wows the audience

See it if How does he do it? Talent, for sure, but also distractions and some trickery. All fun. He chooses audience participants with frisbees

Don't see it if you don't like magic, illusion or mentalist or mind games shows.

80
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy magicians, mentalists, and the power of influence. Makes me want to study psychology. Reminded me of the recent show Verso.

Don't see it if you're a skeptic that rolls their eyes at this kind of fair.


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