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Posted by Derren Brown June 12, 2010 at 3:41 pm

After a couple of splendid weeks abroad, we resumed the tour in Carlisle. I was all fresh and brown and relaxed; my only concern that I wouldn’t be able to remember my lines. It’s odd to return to a show after such a break: it really feels as if the tour must be over, that it’s surely done and dusted. As it turned out, thIs slight apprehension helped infuse the show with a freshness which is always welcome, and Carlisle was a good gig. The Sands Centre is a multi-purpose hall, and sometimes the atmosphere of a theatre can be sorely missed. But the Sands is a pleasure to play: the audience responses can be heard and enjoyed, which was a huge relief. Those big halls have a habit of sucking up all sounds of enjoyment and can leave the performer feeling like he’s playing to an empty house. So we built the stage, did the show, and packed it all back up again feeling it was well worth it. And, I have to say, Carlisle boasted a particularly attractive audience. The city seems to be Hottie Central. Whodathunkit.

Next, Edinburgh. This city is famous amongst performers for it’s great audiences (though I would expand that in fairness to a list including Bristol and Dublin), and our last stint there a few weeks ago was a real treat. It’s amazing to think that some 12,000 people in total will have come to see it in that city alone. As expected, the crowd was wildly responsive and the Playhouse itself is a delight. I met with the ever-lovely Richard Wiseman and we mooched around the modern art galleries and through the lush, verdant elegance of the rainy city. On our final afternoon I took a cab up to Fishers in Leith, my favourite restaurant in the city, and had their trademark fish soup, which is to die for, and then the most astounding monkfish and prawn skewers, which were to be reborn for, only to die for again even more violently than the first time. The rain not letting up, I had first visited the unfamiliar surround of a camping shop (titter ye not) and secured waterproof trainers, a suitable jacket and a scarfy thing to protect the old throatingtons. Thus, and equipped with a brolly from the hotel, I embarked upon the walk along the Water of Leith back into Edinburgh. As it turned out, the weather improved and the tree-lined walk rendered most of the rain protection redundant, so I carried the umbrella, undid the jacket and arrived rather sweaty and flustered at the end of the hour walk. I considered dumping the umbrella to ease the burden but couldn’t bring myself…

After Edinburgh, I am now at the end of a run in Salford. Wednesday’s audience was perhaps a little quiet, but then again anything after Edinburgh would sound subdued. As the week moved on the crowd has warmed up considerably. Either way, they’ve been great shows and the Lowry is always a tart to visit. We’ve also got to meet up with Andy, our lovely tech genius from the previous tours who works at the theatre. After Thursday’s show we headed out into Chinatown to take Andy to dinner and had a wonderful night. Last night continued the late-night theme with a crew visit to the famous Canal St, where your blogger uncharacteristically shook his booty on the dance floors of some (perfectly reputable) homosexual establishments. Much cross-gender fun was had by all. We think Coops may have briefly kissed a man. I certainly had my arm around a fabulous drag queen DJ at one point. Jen was dancing with the ladeez and Iain and Jonas were twin kings of the dance stages. All in all it was a fun and daft evening, and not the sort of thing I ever find myself doing.

Awoke, not surprisingly, at 12.30 and am all rested and refreshed for the show. If I can just get Erasure out of my head…

June 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm
Michelle says:

Sounds like you had lots of fun in Manchester but somehow I just can’t imagine you on the dance floor lol

June 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm
Beth Anderson says:

I saw you on Wednesday in Manchester; what an amazing show! I was speechless.

June 12, 2010 at 5:09 pm
Alena J. says:

The show in Edinburgh was remarkable, I came to see it all the way from Prague, Czech Republic, and it was totally worth the trip. I’ve never seen the audience leaving any show of any kind with such huge smiles on their faces as I did in Edinburgh. Thank you so much for doing these incredible shows, I’ve never seen anything like that in my life (and I’ve seen a lot, trust me:).

June 12, 2010 at 5:16 pm
bingo says:

shake it like a polaroid picture dez

June 12, 2010 at 5:23 pm
louise says:

Hi Derren!

Saw you last night in Salford at The Lowry, the show was absolutely amazing and then met you and had a photo and programme signed, your such a gentleman! Don’t know if you remember, but I was the one who couldnt think of anything better to say than’ I think your brilliant’ ( which I do but its such a cliche) then you said ‘ thank you very much Louise’ – to which i nearly died!!

Just wanted to say that ( another cliche but cant be helped!) that I’m your biggest fan and must have watched all your shows a million time over! My fav is the ‘Seance episode’ and I love how some of that was incorporated into your show.

Wishing you all the luck for the future, you deserve it and will follow you to the end!

Love Louise

June 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm
Stephen says:

And there was I thinking that the hopscotch game you played on the link in the ‘3D Magic Spectacular’ and the pole-dancing moment in the end credits of ‘Tricks Of The Mind’ were the most public displays of dancing that you had performed post Ballroom Dancing, anyway! It is good to know that the tour continues to be fun for performer, crew and audience together. Thanks also for the tip about the Waters of Leith!

June 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm
Sophie says:

We saw you on the Friday night, despite having awful luck getting there and missing 20 mins of the show – it was still brilliant – my jaw hurts from all the moronic shocked faces I made during the evening.
Hoping Canal St served you well and noone took your eye out with one of those luminous bunny ears.

June 12, 2010 at 5:31 pm
Suzanne says:

Hey Derren. Good to see you back in circulation after your break – hope you enjoyed it!

June 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm
Shelley says:

After weeks and weeks of anticipation I would have seen you last night at the Lowry, but a darn chest infection means I’ve been coughing all week (I am sure neither you nor your audience would have appreciated this!). A friend subbed in on my account so my other half didn’t have to go on his own (thanks Andy!)
Next time I guess, next time…. it will be worth the wait I am sure!

June 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm
Ben says:

Fantastic Show last night, im yet to spoil the ending as im terrible with secrets. Thanks again for signing the books and hopefully the crowd were not to much like vultures.

June 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Emily :) says:

Edinburgh was awesome!! Thank you!! =D ♥ xoxoxox

June 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm
Thistooshallpass says:

Oh…I would have paid ‘good’ money to see you dancing to ‘Erasure’ Derren lol and spending the afternoon with the adorable Mr Wiseman…bliss

June 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm
amanda says:

A super duper post, lots of great vibrant images. Great storytelling.

June 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm
Emily says:

Wow… That dancing. Mustve showed off some of your ballroom grace eh? How dapper.
PS Come to Salisbury next year 🙂

June 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm
Yvonne says:

I saw you on the first night of the Edinburgh second stage travelling over especially form Dublin having missed you there in April as I was on my hollers.
Great show Derren- ***SPOILER REMOVED*** 🙂
Really buzzing – enjoy the rest of the tour and yes I got ‘damp’ walking around Edinburgh too – great city!

June 12, 2010 at 6:52 pm
Hikky says:

Lmao… Derren you hyperactive individual…lol… Sounds like your night out clubbing was a lotta fun…wish you had taken more fun during the rest of the tour…its nearly over. .:-(..Take care..:-)…xxx

June 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm
melanie says:

Hi Derren, my fella and I were at the Wednesday show at the Lowry (front row!) and you gave Ste so much stick! It really cheered him up. thank you for an amazing night :o) Mel

June 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm
James Knutton says:

You were fucking amazing last night and I’d love to learn how todo it all!

June 12, 2010 at 7:48 pm
Billy Geddes says:

Saw your show for the first time in Edinburgh Tuesday evening…. Even better that the TV stuff I have seen.

Looking forward to your next tour already, (even though it will probably not be for a few years yet)!!

June 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm
June says:

I was one of the ‘hottie’ Carlisle audience, loved every second of the show…truly amazing and inspiring (well to the level of card and memory tricks from your book which i am thoroughly enjoying). It was soo lovely to meet you afterwards and will hopefully get a pic next time:)

June 12, 2010 at 8:08 pm
Stella says:

Hey we weren’t quiet on Wednesday! Well I wasn’t anyway! LOL. Maybe we were in awe of you. Fabu show at the Lowry, Salford. Thanks for autographs, pics, vids and the kiss (on the cheek (on my face!). Pics on your Facebook group. Come see us again soon please with another fantastic show. Oh and my friend wants to know if you will ever got to Bermuda to do a show??? Remember signing my ticket too and telling me my address? I was like “What the…..!” Then you told me it was on my ticket – LOL ! Doh! You are too cool for words and I love that you meet your fans. Much love xxx

June 12, 2010 at 8:14 pm
Aoife says:

“Hold ooon, to the niiiiight,
There will be no shame.
Aaalways I want to be with you,
And make-believe with you,
And live in harmony harmony

Heh, that’s the only Erasure song I know. Curse you, Robot Unicorn Attack!!

Anywho, glad you had fun. 🙂

June 12, 2010 at 9:03 pm
Frach says:

Sweet show in Ed on the 8th matey, although I felt like a scruff being, with all likleyhood, the only member of the audience with 4day old clothes having been touring the highlands for a few days. Being on top of a munroe in sky and seeing you do your stuff in one day, hard to beat!

June 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm
roz says:

fresh, yeah…but arent ya always brown?

it’s awesome that yer brave enuf to overcome any nagging self-consciousness & get out there in public to try something different. and have phun at it too! 🙂

that’s me lad, dex.



June 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm
Josie says:

I was at a family friend’s 30th birthday today, and was talking to lots of people who haven’t seen me since I was about 7… Instead of the usual awkward chit-chat, I spent the whole afternoon talking excitedly all about your show Derren!
I saw it last night and oh my word. I’m still in awe over it. More so, the fact I got your autograph and a photo!?
One of the best moments in my life!
Thanks. 😀

June 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm
Natz says:

I was completely blown away by the spectacular show in Edinburgh. So was my Mum who I had with me on the 7th when we met you and Coops. What lovely guys you are and it was such a pleasure and a joy meeting you both. I really enjoyed speaking to you the night after that as well. I hope you return soon!

Natalie xxx

P.S. Was the scarfy thing you mentioned, a neck tube, by any chance?

June 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm
Colin says:

I can’t imagine who you were looking at in Carlisle but it is definitely NOT “Hottie Central”. Maybe you had some beer goggles on because if you were to really look then you would see that it is more like Chav Central.

June 12, 2010 at 9:50 pm
Jim says:

based on these two tour entries, your “uncharacteristic booty shaking” seems to happen often enough to consider it “characteristic”

June 13, 2010 at 12:03 am
Elise says:

HEY HEY!! Thou hast returned xxx. Glad you enjoyed your break and are having a tonne of fun by the sounds of it. I am planning on shakin’ my booty next weekend in Swindon, haha. Watched the ghost hunter thing AGAIN because I liked it so much (plus you were looking particularly gorgeous in that one)……………..*stupidly giggles and grins*. Nighty night.

June 13, 2010 at 12:25 am
Ken says:

Just got in now from watching Derren at The Lowry (one of my favorite “modern” theatres) and I have to say it was a pile of absolute…..GENIUS!
Loved every minute. Seemed more comedy in this show from when I saw Derren in Evening Of Wonders. Was that because of the crowd Derren or is that part of the show? Either way I had, as always, a fantastic time.
AND Derren was stood 2 feet away from me *swoon*! Do you remember the “farty” girl? I was sat 2 seat from her. 🙂
Sometime ago Derren had inspired me to study Magic, Psychology, Showmanship…etc, but I am ashamed to say my studies have lapsed. Watchin Enigma has got my juices flowing again…Sincere thnks to you Derren for bring the spark back to my imagination, and desire to perform
Still can’t imagine you booty shaking though…;)

June 13, 2010 at 12:38 am
meriel says:

Seen your awesome show twice this year: the first time in Swansea where I had the nerve-wracking pleasure of meeting you after the show, and the second time in Cardiff where I had the pleasure of meeting Coops before the show 🙂 I only wish I could see the show one more time before it ends its run….Much love x

June 13, 2010 at 2:12 am
Ophelia says:

I saw you earlier Derren, thankyou for signing my booklet, it was actually from when I saw you in Milton Keynes on my 21st birthday! Thankyou so much for another wonderful day, and for pronouncing my name correctly 🙂 hugs and kisses and hope your throat is ok xxxxx

June 13, 2010 at 11:54 am
Livvy says:

Saw you last night at the Lowry, Derren, you were amazing. You came along my row at one point (shan’t say when or why, because that would be a spoiler) and you were stood practically in front of me, you do smell nice 😀

I was totally blown away, you’re fabulous!

June 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Margaret says:

Went to see the show last night in Manchester and it was absolutely amazing!!! (I’m still trying to figure out how you do it Derren!!)

And then I went to meet Derren at the stage door, got my programme signed, but I couldn’t think of anything to say to him at all…:S I regret not telling you are fantastic Derren, so if you are reading this, I love you and you are amazing! There, that’s what I should have said last night!! 😉 I wish I didn’t come across so quiet, I’m not usually like that, I guess I was just starstruck!!!! 😛

Can’t wait for the next tour, definitely going to try and meet you again Derren, and I’m not going to be so quiet next time…XD


June 13, 2010 at 12:29 pm
Andrew Goulding says:

Came to see you at the Lowery last night and you were absolutely amazing. Shall defiantly be booking tickets for the next shows. Keep up the good work Derren.

June 13, 2010 at 2:05 pm
BiggestDerrenBrownFan says:

When are you going to come to South Africa! 🙂

June 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm
Tommy C says:

I saw The ENIGMA yesterday Super awesome wicked cool
btw will you ever do Peppers Ghost. Can I be you Ghost?
Tom 15

June 13, 2010 at 2:31 pm
Tuheen says:

Last night was the first time I saw you live. I have followed you since the “this is the winning ticket” moments of 2000, and realised that as far as the antichrist goes, you are not bad looking really. Easy on the one eye and all. Anyway, I had to rush off to a rather nice “straights turn gay” party last night which was a bummer, cos nothing would have given me more pleasure than to say thanks in person. So all I will say is congrats, you now have another stalker! But a harmless one.

June 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm
Steve says:

Wonderful show at t’ Lowry last night. Thank you.

(PS. Can I take my fingers out of my ears now?)

June 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm
Stephanie Buchan says:

Saw the show last night at the Lowry! Must say well done! you were fantastic and some of the things you did absolutely mind boggling 😀

Can’t wait till the next tour which i will definitely be booking tickets for. Only got to go to this one because my friend ended up with a spare ticket but how glad i am that she did! Cracking performance and loved every single second of it.

Only didn’t like not being able to do the ***SPOILER REMOVED***.

Keep up the amazing work. We all loved you adn you are such a fantastic guy xx congratulations

June 13, 2010 at 4:36 pm
Rhian says:

Loved the show last night and thank you so much for signing my t shirt 😉

BTW Do I win a prize for spotting the deliberate typo in paragraph 2? 😉

June 13, 2010 at 6:07 pm
Cathy says:

Saw the show at the Lowry last night Derren, and I must say these months waiting were definately worth it, you were AWESOME!
The *spoiler* bit at the end was just brilliant!
You walked in my row 😉
Anyway, thanks for such a show, and I hope to see you again!

June 13, 2010 at 9:25 pm
Heather says:

Saw the show in Carlisle on Sunday night and I have to say it was absolutely brilliant 😀
Without spoiling anything for those yet to watch, it was altogether amazing and the ending was particularly fantastic.
Special thanks to Derren for coming out the back to talk to me and my parents and sign my stuff, it was much appreciated 🙂

P.s. lol ‘Hottie Central’, well it’s nice to be appreciated 😛

June 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm
Jess says:

Hey Derren,
I saw your show on saturday night. It was fab! You are amazing blah blah. etc etc. ***SPOILER REMOVED***.
I will come back next time and bring more of my friends.

June 14, 2010 at 4:40 am
Sophia says:

You little dirty dancer you x x

June 14, 2010 at 11:05 am
Jess xxx says:

You can lie till you’re blue in the face Derren, we KNOW you shake your booty more often than you’re letting on. 😉

June 14, 2010 at 6:05 pm
sabine says:

Oohh, can’t wait for the shakin’ booty table levitation routine in the next show….
S x

June 15, 2010 at 1:59 am
Andy.B says:

Hi db it was Great to see you all and thanks for dinner had a fab time injoy the tour love Andy.B

June 15, 2010 at 8:29 am
Phil says:

Saw your show at the Lowry on Friday. Absolutely loved it!!! Can’t wait for the next tour!!!!!

June 15, 2010 at 10:29 am
rogibson says:

Not Tuberculosis then?

June 21, 2010 at 3:12 pm
Glenmoranjie says:

Dancing to Erasure? You tart.

(Saw this show in London last year, BTW. Quite jaw dropping.

June 22, 2010 at 7:00 am
graeme says:

hey derren was at carlisle n yes we are a pretty bunch rnt we lol

loved the show agen n cnt believe u remembered me from blackpool, thankyou for signing all my stuff, felt abit cheeky bringin so much tho n lovin the pic with ur hair hahahaha

hope coops allowed you to have some of his rum if not let me know n ill post him out another bottle for you both

was a great pleasure meetin u yet agen n cnt wait to see what ur new tv shows all about


November 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm

i live in carlisle and was really upset when i couldent get hold of a ticket hope u come back soon!

January 16, 2011 at 2:58 pm
zoe says:

u look like ur doin the salsa!! spicy!

p.s: i might be goin 2 ur 2011 show at the edinburgh secc, but im only goin 2 be 13…. can i still go???

Msg from Abeo: “The performance is not suitable for children under 12 years of age.” So yes you can 🙂

February 24, 2011 at 7:29 am

You have many helpful ideas! Maybe I should consider doing this by myself.