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Posted by Derren Brown February 23, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Crawley last night was much fun. After a mild concern that I might not remember all my words, I did indeed forget a few but enjoyed covering that up. Some minor tech issues for sound and lighting to sort for today, and tonight should be all super-duper.
A lovely little crowd at stage door made for a friendly end to the night. Crawley was the original preview venue, so it’s half the size of most of the theatres we’re playing, and hence this part was more personal than usual. Having said that, I’m likely to be rushing off quite quickly this week, as it’s a long journey back each night for us all. So do forgive me if I have to be quick. (Certainly tonight I must dash back to catch house guests before they leave, so please pardon if I scribble and run…)

Despite the smaller capacity, the crowd was lively and fun, so thank you Crawley. More of the same tonight. Met with some Israeli mentalists after the show (no, not Geller…) who were just delightful. And a very charming interview before the show: thank you Nick.

Currently stuck in traffic on way to Crawley. if I don’t make it in time, Iain has instructions to go on with an armchair and Sarah The Talking Ram.


February 23, 2010 at 5:53 pm
Meredith says:

I’m coming with 3 friends on Friday! Absolutely can’t wait πŸ˜€

February 23, 2010 at 6:02 pm
nettmac says:

so glad it went well last night. Hope you get there on time… thank goodness Iain can cover for you if not! Have fun xxxx

February 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm
vickicrane1979 says:

Oh I really think you should bring Sarah up to Bradford in April… Sheep like it here ‘oop north!

February 23, 2010 at 6:11 pm
roz says:

arf! too bad uri didnt make it, i think he has a crush on you! πŸ˜‰ (OTOH, who doesnt…)

February 23, 2010 at 6:22 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

Have much fun…but rush back home after the show, we don´t have all night to wait ok! πŸ˜›

February 23, 2010 at 6:25 pm
vickicrane1979 says:

Oh I really think you should bring Sarah up to Bradford on 4th April… She could entertain us during the interval!!

February 23, 2010 at 6:27 pm
vickicrane1979 says:

OK, I know I’ve posted twice… I’m not going mad – honest! I think my iPhone is though!

February 23, 2010 at 6:40 pm
Ms G says:

House guests which you need to catch before they leave? Hm .. you mean they tend to leave the moment you step into the house? That must be mouse then.
Weird time they do leave, your house guests. Oh well .. I will not ponder upon those mysteries you create in your writings .. ehehe .. (oh well, mysteries ..). I can imagine though that people, maybe not you (more likely people like me) do want to go home or to the hotel as soon as possible after a few nights of the same (sometimes even the same crowd). After all, I would have given them the best of me already (well, at least the best they can get from me that is).
Oh, I’m making it worse? Let’s stick to mouse then. Pls keep them alive. And stay on the safe side regarding that type of issues.
If I had been your house guest .. zzzzzzzzzzzz

February 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm
Amy says:

I’m looking forward to seeing the show tomorrow night! Hope you don’t have to run too quick after!!

February 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm
John says:

Just about to set off to some see you there!
Muchly looking forward to it πŸ™‚

February 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm
Lewis (Magic Man) says:

Hey Derren, sounds like the tour is going rather swell! I am currently writing my dissertation for my BA HONS Degree in Acting and have combined your skills on stage with acting methods from Stanislavky’s “The System”. Only if you have a spare minute or two could you possible give in an insight to how you prepare yourslef for each performance, and any concious elements you apply durring shows. Your last two shows were awesome, I look forward to seeing this one!

Many thanks

Lewis (Magic Man)

You’re an ispiration

February 23, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Dylan says:

*looks at tickets for Fri 26th at Crawley* …. :D!

Crawley’s a bugger to get to.. but I have FINALLY got some tickets to DB.

Oooh mentalists. I’m self teaching some of my psychology course, so that 1/3 of my exam is a rant about pseudoscience and why people believe in the paranormal. That’s YOUR fault Derren. I got your book and saw Skinner’s pigeon thing etc., and it interested me so much I took psychology. Now I get to do a whole module on that sort of thing! πŸ˜‰

February 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Katie Portis says:

Hi Derren, i will be coming to see the show in Crawley on friday night and cant wait!! If you need audience participation…..i would love to get involved!!

See you soon

Katie x

February 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm
Raymond says:

I wonder who the Israeli Mentalists were?

Roy Zaltsman?
Roy Yozevitch?
Haim Goldenberg?
Guy Bavli?
Menny Lindenfeld?

Mentalism in Israel is so different than in Europe and US. It’s so incredibly fast paced no time to set the emotion and expectation the people want to see prestige after prestige (almost rude).
But they’ve produced some of the best performers in our art.

Forgetting words worry you? Wow! What an inside!
Hence I only have an outlined script in my routine and I improvise the words with that outline, jokes are scripted at least when I ramble on there’s something to laugh about.
Funny to see we all have different approaches in the art. But I guess Andy won’t let you off the hook just winging it πŸ˜‰

February 23, 2010 at 9:28 pm
Emily says:

Oh my god, that would be absolutely epic. xD I’d love to see that! Haha. Good luck Derren. x

February 23, 2010 at 9:42 pm
Steph says:

Last night’s show was absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much for standing around in the cold afterwards to say hello and have your photo taken with us.
Hope the rest of the shows go just as well,

February 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm
Diana says:

Oh I really admire the fact that Derren can multi-task. You have to tell me what vitamins you are on to keep up this stamina. What a dynamo!!

All the best


February 23, 2010 at 10:12 pm
Steph says:

Oops – forgot to post the photo!

February 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm
Hayleigh & Brian says:

Hi Derren we just wanted to say the show last night was FANTASTIC! I bought tickets for my boyfriend for Christmas and we had a great night, your show had us amazed from beginning to end and even afterwards as we couldn’t stop talking about how great the show was. We were really hoping to catch you afterwards as we were ***SPOILER REMOVED*** and say hi to you but we weren’t sure if this was possible. We will definitely be coming to see more of your shows in the future. Thanks for a great night and good luck with the rest of the tour πŸ™‚

Hayleigh and Brian

February 23, 2010 at 11:08 pm
verus says:

Bring on Saturday! I’ve had these tickets for so long I almost forgot where I’d put them! Might not be able to resist hanging around stage door to get my poster signed :S

February 23, 2010 at 11:46 pm
Steve says:

What does ttfn stand for?

Msg from Abeo: “‘ta ta for now”

February 24, 2010 at 12:22 am
John says:

Great show today, 2 standing ovations well deserved, must feel good getting that night after night!


No frisbees remotely close to our corner πŸ™
You looked smaller than I imagined πŸ˜‰

February 24, 2010 at 12:38 am
GAVIN says:

A great show Derren (Feb 23). You really do appeal to all ages. I was there, 42, my dad, 77 and my nephew 11 and we all really enjoyed it (I already have a Derren Brown evening planned for my nephew on Friday which he will love).

With all of the bands and musicals on at every venue you turn, it really is refreshing to see something just a little bit different and where the audience really feel a part of the proceedings. Each New Insight Gets More Appealing. πŸ™‚

February 24, 2010 at 1:38 am

Have just seen the show tonight, and I thought it was absolutely wonderful! Can’t convey how brilliant it really was. Just awesome! πŸ˜€

And to meet you afterwards Derren, what a lovely, kind man you are. First thing you said to those of us who waited was that you didn’t have a lot of time….well you could have fooled me, cos you were still so incredibly gracious with what time you DID have and I never felt you were clock-watching or anything.
You not only had time to sign my Portraits book, but also to accept my gifts, pose for a ‘double’ photo with my friend, chat and even give me a kiss! Thank you so much for that, for tweeting me after and for making it a thoroughly wonderful, wonderful evening.

You’re the best. πŸ™‚

Take care

LC x

February 24, 2010 at 9:11 am
Vikki Foster says:

Saw the show last night and its AMAZING! Well done derren! Very impressive show πŸ˜€ Would love to see it again!

February 24, 2010 at 10:05 am
Lilranky says:

Hey mate!

“An evening of wonders” was shown on t.v here late one night, and after watching it, I have become more intrigued about your shows and your profession. As living in New Zealand can be quite isolating from anything remotely entertaining in the world, I was hoping to convince you with some mild jedi mind tricks, to come to NZ with your stage show?……or even just to promote your decent “non-american-survivor-crap” television shows to better our 3 national t.v channels?
Or better yet, a plane ticket to the UK to see you over there *laughs* the exchange rate kills!!

All the best Derren and Crew

February 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm
rogibson says:

I’m going to see it on Monday in Buxton – CANNOT WAIT!
Incidentally, how do others posting on this blog have a user pic? Do I need to sign in somewhere or something? :/

Msg from Abeo: Sign up for gravatar at

February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm
Simon says:

Hi Derren

Really just wanted to give you my support! Seen alot of your shows, absolutely delightfully phenomenal – as the mastermind behind.

Really wanted to catch Enigma like the ones ^ up there ;D
Just have to wait for the dvd experience!

Best of –> luck

February 24, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Zoeyy says:

I’m so excited to see the show next week πŸ™‚

February 24, 2010 at 7:24 pm
codifier says:

I’m very pleased to hear the show is going well – the audiences seem to be having a great time.

So, when’s this fancy new website slated to go live? Or are we doomed to have to click through this quote from Baudrillad’s The Precession of Simulacra for the rest of eternity?

February 24, 2010 at 7:41 pm
rogibson says:

Thank you Abeo!

February 24, 2010 at 10:38 pm
Pixie says:

Saw the Swansea show on 11th Feb and have to say it is jaw dropping stuff! (Well worth an 8 hour round trip from Wirral….couldn’t get tickets nearer to me for even a kidney).
Derren you really do put Merlin to shame!

February 25, 2010 at 12:05 am
Nikki says:

Really, really, really hope you set a tour date in Oxford. OK so we have some pretty small theatres, but there’s loads of cool taxidermy in Pitt Rivers museam (if you class shrunken heads and mummies as taxidermy, that is!) Would love to see you here πŸ™‚

February 25, 2010 at 11:03 am
JayKay says:

@Codifier said ‘Are we doomed to have to click through this quote from BaudrilladÒ€ℒs The Precession of Simulacra for the rest of eternity?’

Hohohoho! The nightmares, the nightmares…

February 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm
David says:

First off I have to say that I didn’t believe in all this magic, illousion mumbo jumbo, but after going to the show last night 24/02/10 I have to say you left me in total shock of the amount of talent you have. Watching it on the t.v is so easy to say that it is staged and fake, but watching live you changed my mind.
Worth every penny I spent on the tickets and loved the show, after we left could not stop talking about what happened and woke up still thinking how the hell do you do this.
So wish I could go back just to watch it again and see if I can work out how you do it but know that I never will.

Good luck with the rest of the tour and hope everyone else walks out as satisfied as what I was.

February 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm
Jess xxx says:

Been looking at some of the reviews online, and everyone is saying that the ending is astonishing. Ooooh, can’t wait!!! It’s my birthday today, and all I’m looking forward to going to see Enigma next month!

February 25, 2010 at 8:53 pm
Simon says:

Hello Derren!

I saw you in the lift last night! I thought I recognised you from somewhere, but only realised it was you once you had gone. Still, at least you got out of the embarassing situation where a member of the public showers you with praise!