We were going to dress Derren up in a Santa outfit or photoshop something clever, but we found this totally awesome picture of wolf-deer instead, they have totally excellent antlers!
We’ll be back in a few days and judging by the numbers not many have been here anyway. You’re probably all stuffing turkey or getting ready to ask for a refund on all the stuff you got that you don’t want or maybe you’re like Phillis, hiding in a dark room with a weeks supply of TUC biscuits and a pile of “trilogy” DVD releases and shouting “Bah Humbug!” at the passing shadows.
A special shout out to all of those of you born over these few days – you get shafted by the whole “Oh! Yeah! Here’s a birthday AND Christmas present” thing – so our hearts go out to you. It sucks, so we say “Happy Birthday to you” we hope you have an extra nice day.
To the rest of you we say – enjoy the crap TV, over eating and cheap booze and have a happy holiday.
Beginning his musical career in the swing era with Harry James and Tommy Dorsey, Sinatra became a solo artist with great success in the early to mid-1940s, being the idol of the “bobby soxers”. His professional career had stalled by the 1950s, but it was reborn in 1954 after he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
He signed with Capitol Records and released several critically lauded albums (such as In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, Come Fly with Me, Only the Lonely and Nice ‘n’ Easy). Sinatra left Capitol to found his own record label, Reprise Records (finding success with albums such as Ring-A-Ding-Ding, Sinatra at the Sands and Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim), toured internationally, and fraternized with the Rat Pack and President John F. Kennedy in the early 1960s. Sinatra turned 50 in 1965, recorded the retrospective September of My Years, starred in the Emmy-winning television special Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music, and scored hits with “Strangers in the Night” and “My Way“.
Sinatra attempted to weather the changing tastes in popular music, but with dwindling album sales and after appearing in several poorly received films, he retired in 1971. Coming out of retirement in 1973, he recorded several albums, scoring a hit with “(Theme From) New York, New York” in 1980, and toured both within the United States and internationally until a few years before his death in 1998.
Sinatra also forged a career as a dramatic actor, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in From Here to Eternity, and he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Man with the Golden Arm. He also starred in such musicals as High Society, Pal Joey, Guys and Dolls and On the Town. Sinatra was honored with the Kennedy Center Honors in 1983 and awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Ronald Reagan in 1985 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1997. Sinatra was also the recipient of eleven Grammy Awards, including the Grammy Trustees Award, Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
The above painting bt Derren in 2002 is available as a limited print from the art store.
The complete Enigma tour is now announced. We’ve added some new towns to the end – Nottingham and Leicester. It’s highly unlikely we will be adding any more locations after this, so if you’re waiting for Derren to come to your town and it’s not on the current Â schedule you may have a while to wait.
Ticket sales for a lot of venues have sold out. There’s still some left for the new dates and some for the previously announced venues – so it’s an ideal xmas pressie to request from Santa (if you believe in him like we all do).
On the extremely slim chance we add new dates to the current list you’ll find out here first.
If you have tour tickets to sell/swap/etc you can get them verified via @phillisdorris on twitter.
Whatsonstage.com are holding their annual ‘The Theatregoers Choice’ Awards, covering the best of the 2009 theatre, all you need to do is follow the link below to vote. You can vote in as many or as few categories as you like but be sure to give them your email address at the end if you want to be entered into their prize draw to win a year’s free theatregoing.
If you’d like to vote for Derren you will find him in ‘The MOBIUS INDUSTRIES Best Solo Performance’ Category for Enigma.
We recently mentioned a couple of competitions running, first was the Parrot Zoo â€“ Poly Wants a Cracker Draw.
The Parrot Zoo would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who entered their Christmas Fund Raising Prize Draw for The National Parrot Sanctuary Trust. They had over 800 entries!
The total amount raised from the draw is more than Â£1,600 (not including Gift Aid). And the winners are:
1st – Alice G, Bristol
2nd – Katy C, South Yorkshire
3rd – Navin K, London
4th – Helen R, Bourne
5th – Leon S, Netherlands
6th – Matthias K, Germany
7th – Amber T, Wiltshire
8th – Christopher T, Somerset
9th – Nicola W, Aberdeenshire
10th – Kelly F, Radcliffe
11th – Paul T, Gloucestershire
12th – Ben L, Loughborough
13th – Graeme R, Livingston
14th – Alex B, Beverley
15th – Steven L, Bourne
Second was the Why Do We Read ultimate magic book comp. The prize was an incredible TASCHEN book of MAGIC 1400s-1950s, signed by Derren Brown himself and priced at a whopping Â£130. And the winner is:
Congratulations to all the lucky winners, but to anyone who didn’t win this time, fear not! We will be running some more competitions on the blog soon 🙂