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Last Chance To See Svengali

There are a few tickets still up for grabs at some of the venues for the final leg of the Svengali tour.

Derren’s live shows are immensely popular and often sell out well in advance.

However, we have it on good authority that if you move with the swiftness of an oiled gazelle you stand a good chance of snatching up one of the last remaining tickets for Derren’s mind-warping show.

We’re telling you about it first because you’re a blog reader and we do so love our blog readers.

So get cracking! Tickets are selling like hot cakes on a cold day and when they’re gone; they’re gone.

You can browse the list of venues over on the Svengali Tour page.

Best of luck!


#DBMillion

Derren Brown reaches one million followers on Twitter

****Competition has now closed****

If you follow Derren on Twitter you may be aware by now that he has just passed the one million follower mark.

To celebrate the occasion, DB has devised an ingenious competition with the prize being a trip to The Ivy in London for dinner with Derren.

Watch the video below for full details (Your entry must be made via Twitter, not in the comments below!):

 

****Competition has now closed****

Derren: Number was 758 031 (looked at my Mac and noted time & date when I thought of competition & needed a number. 7:58 on 3 Jan).
Found a few that are close. Will keep looking later & announce winner.


New Portrait – Michael Sheen

‘Michael Sheen’ – acrylic on canvas 2011

I have known Michael for a little while, and recently went to see his Hamlet, directed by Ian Rickson and currently running at the New Vic. It’s phenomenal. Afterwards we had dinner and Michael spoke at length about what he and Ian had done with the play and why. A couple of weeks later we met again, I cooked an appalling piece of chicken and we asked him about his Passion, a mammoth modern unfurling of the Christ story spread across the streets and beaches of Port Talbot (an industrial port and market town where he grew up, and which has also produced Rob Brydon, Anthony Hopkins and Richard Burton). Michael is deeply energised about his work, and if the formula for success is TALENT + ENERGY (as noted by my manager, who added wisely that the formula for stardom is SUCCESS + ATTITUDE) then Michael radiates them powerfully. He’s surely one of the most extraordinary actors of our generation, and possesses a phenomenal creative drive without any of the exhausting ego that normally accompanies mere dull ambition.

So, as I tend to paint people that I know and find extraordinary, I asked if he would mind awfully. A bit over a week later, interrupted by Christmas of course, and tweeted in its various stages, the large (it’s five foot high) portrait above was completed. For those who do not tweet, or for those who do but who might like to see the sequence together, and above all for those who give a jot because they paint and are interested in the process, I shall set it out as best as I can. Here then, is how it came together:

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Channel 4 to take over London’s tube for New Year’s Eve


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“Channel 4 is to become the first advertiser to take over every digital screen on the London underground with a New Year’s Eve campaign featuring 16 stars including Jamie Oliver, Zooey Deschanel and Gordon Ramsay.

The campaign, which showcases next year’s Channel 4’s shows, will include three 40-second video clips of its TV stars becoming “increasingly more debauched” over the course of the night.

The “party carriage” video clips – which feature stars including Derren Brown, Alan Carr, Jon Snow and Kirstie Allsopp as “unlikely tube fellows” – aim to mimic a typical commuter using the tube to get to, and from, New Year’s Eve parties.

The videos will run from 6am on 31 December until “early morning” on 1 January.

Channel 4 said the first video clip will see its stars travelling on the tube “side by side, minding their own business, on their way to their respective big nights out”.

Later on, the scene will change and become “increasingly more debauched featuring Channel 4 stars looking slightly the worse for wear”.

Digital poster panels on escalators will appear to show Channel 4 talent travelling alongside commuters to catch the tube.”

Read more at The Guardian


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