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Posted by Derren Brown April 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

Left Bournemouth and said goodbye to Cheryl. Here we are: me, Cheryl, Bagel and Rob:


And after a long drive, where I pretty much slept the whole way and left Coops to smoke fags and hum, we arrived in Nottingham yesterday afternoon. None of us had had more than a few hours’ sleep the night before, so crew energy was quite low. 

The show, however, was great: best so far. The differences would only be noted by those of us who know the show well: even a night that might seem a little flat to me (audiences differ geographically; different weeknights bring in different moods and levels of rowdiness; my own level of concentration, enjoyment and energy will naturally fluctuate) will hopefully be enjoyed by the audience to roughly the same extent as a night I think was a triumph. But last night felt very good, and the response at the end was amazing. I hope tonight will have a similar feel: the set-out of the auditorium means it’s tricky for people to get up on stage quickly. The danger is in such places that the overall pace can slip a bit if we’re having to routinely wait for people to get up on stage. In the Royal Concert Hall where I’m playing, it can take people two minutes to get down from upstairs – these are the things I have to check before the performance starts. Two minutes is an eternity to wait during a show. There are times when such a wait holds: there’s a lot that has to be balanced to keep the spirit of the show bouncing along in all the right places, and for the darker, slower sequences to not feel interminable. 

The people after the show were as lovely as ever: the stage door at the RCH opens into the street,  so this is one venue where there’s a tendency for signings to last for hours as passers-by attach themselves to the outer reaches of the friendly gathered crowd. I had to be a little more hurried than usual last night as we had to make a dinner reservation, but thank you all of you who gathered there, and apologies again that I was rushed. 

It’s a rainy morning in Nottingham, and having packed nothing suitable for wet weather, I may have to postpone the bits of shopping I need to do for myself and the show. Yesterday managed to make it to Debenhams here before early Sunday closing: just in time to have a very sweet member of staff at the till recognise me in a blushy, lovely way, while I knew I had to then pay for a bunch of pants I’d just bought. I considered just stealing them to avoid the embarrassment, but imagine the scandal if I was caught. Like a cheap Winona Ryder. At least she’d have been caught in House of Fraser. 



April 27, 2009 at 11:26 am

Can’t wait to see you again Derren, I came down to London last year and thought the show was amazing. Hopefully the weather will be better tonight and I can grab an autograph off you? Please 🙂

April 27, 2009 at 11:55 am
Tash says:

yeah letshope you have enought energy for autographs – obviously the show will be excellent but i’m most excited about meeting you. Please please please sign in oxford. xxxx

April 27, 2009 at 11:56 am
Glenn Horsley says:

So nice of Derren to bother to write the blog. Great to read, always look forward to his updates.

April 27, 2009 at 12:08 pm
lauralou says:

I hope they were nice pants, it would have been terrible buying grandad pants!

April 27, 2009 at 12:13 pm
Doug says:

Fantastic. So glad the show is going well, really can’t wait for London now!

It’s really sweet that you’re keeping us updated too, Derren. A nice touch seeing as you are so often too busy.

Wish you all the best! =)

April 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm
Liz says:

So excited about tonight’s show now 🙂 It’s meant to be brightening up this afternoon in the Midlands, so you never know……………..plenty of “pant buying” opportunities. Good luck to all for tonight – audience dynamic aside, I’m sure it’ll be amazing!

P.S. I do hope the powers that be feedback to the crew about the apparent “buzz” surrounding this years tour. So far I haven’t heard a bad review, and I do worry that the odd “flat night” dominates in the minds of those working so hard to make it work. 🙂 It must be nerve wracking standing up there night after night – how wonderful to know it’s a hit!

April 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm
marie says:

and now I feel even more sorry for myself for having been away when tickets were announced. I think the least you could do is drop in for a cuppa!

April 27, 2009 at 1:17 pm
Mikey says:

Went to “Enigma” last night in Nottingham. Thoroughly enjoyed it; better even than “An Evening of Wonders” last year.

Took a couple of people with me who’d never seen Derren before and they were completely dumbfounded. And the finale was really quite spectacular.

Many thanks to Derren and the cast of thousands who put the show together.

April 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm
Ciara says:

Hi Derren!

Last night was amazing, and you totally deserved the standing ovation at the end. How you managed to do what you did, I don’t know (and I fell for every trick you pulled – you’ll know which ones I mean!).

Thank you for standing outside last night and signing. You made my night and my friends are so jealous 😀

Good luck for the rest of the tour, I really hope that it goes well for you and all the people who have worked so hard behind the scenes – this was definitely the best tour to date.

Ciara xx

April 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm
Helen Kennedy says:

Ooh I’m really excited about tonight now. I haven’t seen one of your live shows before but me and my boyfriend can’t wait.
We will definately be at the stage door to meet you if you don’t mind, It would be an honour!
I’m nervously excited about what you might reveal to us. I can’t wait!

Can’t we have a private show now..5 hours is such a long time to wait!! I’m easily amused, a couple of card tricks should do it!

We’re in row K, to the right of the stage, aim frisbee or cuddly or whatever over here to me!!!


April 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm
Flapjack says:

Are emergency pants among the bits of shopping you need to do for yourself and the show? I had no idea stagefright got to you like that 😀
Good luck for the rest of the shows!

April 27, 2009 at 3:36 pm
Diana says:

LMAO @ “Like a cheap Winona Ryder”

I spent a lot of my childhood in Notts! They have the best cookie stall between the big two shopping centres (Broadmarsh and ?forgetten the second centres name). I can’t remember its name for the life of me, but I still remember those cookies! Yummy!

April 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm
s-a-m says:

These little tour updates from Derren are refreshingly fun to read 😀
Glad to hear the tour is going so well. I havn’t heard a bad word spoke of the tour so far, apparently the best yet…which is good to know! It does leave me rather intrigued as to what could possibly be in the show to make it so mind-bogglingly brilliant! 😀
The Glasgow show seems a long way off, but I’m sure it’ll be worth the wait! I hope the whole stage door into the street thing doesn’t put you off doing signings after the Glasgow shows…it’d be great to get to say hi.

happy pants shopping 😛


April 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm
Alison says:

Thanks Derren for a truely spellbinding show last night. I was amazed enough to risk joining the standing ovation at the end, no easy feat for someone perched at the back row of the theatre and a fear of heights. You’re a truely decent chap also to spend time meeting with your fans. I hope tonight goes well. x

April 27, 2009 at 6:47 pm
Lisa B says:

Hey I caught a frisbee last night! I have been to two other shows from different tours, and i think the finale of this one was fantastic. Thankyou very much for making my day and giving me a kiss on the cheek, and may i just say that your shoes looked lovely 🙂 x

April 27, 2009 at 7:34 pm

First time I’ve seen Derren live and boy was it worth the wait. Absolutely fantastic. Both myself and partner were gobsmacked from start to finish. I’m still trying to work out how you do it but suppose I’ll just never know.

If you’re going tonight you’re in for a treat 🙂

Rob W

April 27, 2009 at 7:41 pm
Ben says:

I too caught a frisbee last night and I think it goes without saying that it was a fantastic experience. My only regret is that I didn’t take the opportunity to ask for a untimely autograph whilst up on stage. Oh well.

Anyway thank you for the show Derren. It was truely amazing.

April 27, 2009 at 7:46 pm
Gaz says:

Hey Derren, thanks for a fantastic show last night, and thanks for spending some time to sign a few things 🙂

April 27, 2009 at 7:57 pm
Josh says:

I steal pants all the time from M&S. I go in the changing room, put on the new pants – sometimes 10 pairs, put my trousers back on and put my old knickers back on the shelf. It gives one a satisfying feeling knowing someone has spent £8 on your used pants and that you have swapped bodily fluids with another person without getting intimate.

April 27, 2009 at 8:20 pm
Flapjack says:

Josh – Which branch of M&S do you say you get your pants from? On second thoughts, perhaps I’ll just get mine at Next from now on 😉
BTW when you leave M&S doesn’t it look as if you’re wearing nappies with all that padding? How does this not attract attention?

April 27, 2009 at 8:48 pm
Josh says:

All branches! I have to travel to make it less obvious. At first I thought you were hoping to find one of my pairs!

I got banned from Next nationwide in 2004 but used to love their off white briefs… would hide a lot of sins.

Are you in need of concealment tips? Well I go for kilts or flasher macs, no one can be 100% sure then… or maybe I just have some water retention.

Good luck!

April 27, 2009 at 11:46 pm
Helen and Adam (No 5) says:

Thanks for a great show Derren and crew, really enjoyed it, couldn’t see a lot of it coming!

Thanks also for coming out after the show, was lovely to meet you and tah for talking to my parents-a random request I know but thanks for going along with it!

Maybe see you at the Parrot sanctuary one day!

April 28, 2009 at 12:38 am
Amanda says:

loved the show-no gorillas this year?

April 28, 2009 at 11:05 am
Les says:

Went to “Enigma” on Sunday in Nottingham. Thought it was amazing – thanks so much for putting all that together!!

Great way to spend my 41st Birthday evening.

April 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm
karen says:

Had a fantastic night on your first show in Nottingham. You were UNBELIEVABLE Derren.!!! My only regret was not knowing you’d come out to give autographs. I could kick myself.

May 4, 2009 at 11:56 am
Richard says:

Hey Derren,

Went to see you at Nottingham on the Sunday. Really great to meet you, especially as I admire the way you perform etc. Being a man of magic myself I feel I appreciate your shows in various different ways, from the point of view of the audience and from a performer.

My brother was the one, who you may or may not remember, worked down the road from the Parrot Sanctuary at ‘Bakkavor’.

Once again many thanks for coming out at the end, especially as I now have my copies of Pure Effect and Trick of the Mind signed. I just need to find somewhere to buy Absolute Magic now…


May 9, 2009 at 12:49 pm
Beth says:

I know my comment is a little late but I felt I just had to say that Notts was excellent! I was way back on the very top row but it didnt spoil the show at all (once i got used to the dizzy feeling, lol). You never fail to blow me away & get my mind working overtime. Thank you Derren just for being you x

September 26, 2011 at 1:29 am

I have worked at the Captain’s Club a few times now, both for close up and children’s entertainment! It’s a lovely hotel.