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Derren Brown: Secret

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Masterful, Thought-provoking
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Critics
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23 reviews
Members
86
119 reviews
 

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

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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.

 

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Reviews (142)

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Avg Score

72
During previews
Clever, Banal, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if you want to be entertained by magical mind-reading tricks. Well done for what it is but a little disappointing from the Atlantic "Theater"

Don't see it if you're looking for "theater". This is light entertainment.

70
During previews
Absorbing, Cliched, Slow, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You like magicians, mentalists and mind-readers or have an open mind and want to try something new. You are OK with not knowing the answers.

Don't see it if You don't like the above and don't want to give a great entertainer a chance to impress you. You don't like audience participation.

79
During previews
Clever, Long, Well-done

See it if ..."mind reading," hypnotisim, and illusion are your thing, this show packs a wallop -- and ends with an impressive finale.

Don't see it if For the cynic-at-heart (like me) and others who have seen similar shows before, it still stands out, but at 2:40, is just too long.

77
During previews
Clever, Overrated, Entertaining

See it if Like magic shows and mind readers.Best in first part where he gave explanations of how he did it. Second half slow but results astonish

Don't see it if If do not like mind and magic shows. Felt manipulated and that had seen versions of some of stunts several times before.

Also Too many "coincidences " in people picked and absurd semi raunchy or l... Read more Read less

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

95
During previews
Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Jaw-dropping, Wow!

See it if you want a spellbinding and theatrical experience. Can Derren Brown really read minds and predict the future? You need to see for yourself.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in many jaw-dropping psychological illusions. You will leave with more questions than answers.

Also There's lots of audience participation, so sit up in your seat and be ... Read more Read less

51
During previews
Indulgent, Banal, Overrated, Entertaining, Fluffy

See it if You are into plotless shows that revolve around " mind reading ", " magic " tricks and.... you got the picture....

Don't see it if You don't easily fall for this kind of shows. The tricks are impressive and too good to be true but the feeling of being manipulated is real

75
During previews
Absorbing, Edgy, Fluffy, Intimate, Audience participation

See it if you love Penn & Teller, altho they're funnier, more thought-provoking, and more honest about illusions. DB's a UK star; great op to see him.

Don't see it if you want a take-away. DB is pure entertainment; you go to be gulled. And gulled you will be, until you go home and google….

Also It annoyed me that DB wanted it both ways…he says he's not a psychic (... Read more Read less

79
During previews
Funny, Clever, Enchanting, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if you like magic, mind reading, psychic ability, parlor tricks; audience participation (lots). don't go expecting a play.

Don't see it if you dislike all of the above, want to see a "real" play (this is sheer entertainment); hate or fear audience participation (there is lots).

Also He's a brilliant performer (i suspect most of this is illusion or behi... Read more Read less

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

100
During previews
Delightful, Thought-provoking, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see a true world-class master artist in a rare intimate venue. Truly unbelievable, thrilling theatrical experience.

Don't see it if you only want a narrative "play". This is something else entirely. No one is required to participate, but the participation is central to it

75
During previews
Absorbing, Entertaining, Amazing, Incredible, Unbelievable

See it if mind reading magic

Don't see it if are a skeptic

96
During previews
Masterful, Profound, Riveting, Mindblowing

See it if you love illusion; you love understanding how humans work, how we communicate, and how we think. Smart, funny, leaves you hungry for more.

Don't see it if you need a plot, you hate illusion, or audience participation. I would mention the significant length, but honestly it goes by in a flash.

Also I will be telling everyone I know to see it. Everyone in my group want... Read more Read less

91
During previews
Riveting, Fun, Astonishing, Irresistible

See it if It's psychology, mentalism & a pinch of magic, but never cutesy. One revelation follows another for nearly 3 hours & your jaw drops time &..

Don't see it if ...again at his ability to read his audience. Loads of audience participation & even shy people want to be called on by this master artist.

100
During previews
Funny, Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Must see, Entertaining

See it if If you like magic and psychic performances. Derren is a true master. But everything is a "SECRET" so go and that's that!!!

Don't see it if SEE IT! SEE IT! Then it won't be a SECRET anymore. Hmmm. Yes it will....Ha!!!

79
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Entertaining

See it if You like magic, illusions, "how did he do it" stuff. Original and fun.

Don't see it if You don't like audience participation, if magic isn't your thing. Derren talks a bit too much.

100
During previews
Funny, Clever, Entertaining, Mind blowing

See it if you want almost three hours of terrific entertainment that will make you wonder how in the heck does he do it.

Don't see it if you have no imagination, or if you only like straight plays or musicals. This is a bit different but absorbing.

Also Perfect for any age, but most of the audience was in their 20s or 30s.... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Masterful, Must see, Riveting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if like being being AMAZED in a way that you have NEVER been before.

Don't see it if you are not open to an entirely new kind of theater experience.

Also OMG! I went to see the show not know what to expect. When I arrived at... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining

See it if Best magic and mentalist show you'll ever see. Audience participation. Ending of act 2 after first curtain call is quite amazing!

Don't see it if Can't think of any reason. Many shows are selling out.

72
During previews
Absorbing, Ambitious, Dizzying, Indulgent, Entertaining

See it if you're a fan of Derren Brown or psychological manipulation/hypnotism. I felt like the only person in the audience who hadn't heard of him.

Don't see it if you are not interested in the above, hate audience participation, or are looking for narrative or truth.

Also This is not usually the type of thing that I seek out, but I was offer... Read more Read less

100
During previews
Absorbing, Clever, Masterful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see something unlike anything you have seen off-Broadway and if you want to have a truly fun evening at the theater!

Don't see it if You do not like illusionists. But really, this is unlike anything I've seen so even so you should give it a chance.

96
During previews
Funny, charming genius of a man performs illusions

See it if you are interested in magic/mind reading/ cognitive illusions

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

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".

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

90
During previews
Absorbing, Delightful, Intense, Riveting, Entertaining

See it if you have an interest in how the human mind works. You are fascinated by mentalists, psychic manipulation, hypnosis, the power of suggestion

Don't see it if you're expecting a play or something involving a plot. This is much more akin to a magic show involving lots of audience participation.

Also I had an absolute blast watching this show, and I recommended it to se... Read more Read less