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Posted by Derren Brown March 16, 2011 at 4:45 pm

I shall, just whilst touring, sign off from Twitter. There are a few needy souls there who step up into frenetic activity at tour time and can cast a dark cloud over the whole thing: I find they’re much nicer to meet without a flurry of desperate messages before and after. Twitter sadly does them no justice.

The blog shall of course continue to feed through, and I shall most likely post upon it, now and then as we go along.

I look forward to seeing some of you on the road, and must gently ask again that people don’t turn up bearing gifts, as some regularly do: they’re very hard to keep hold of when we’re touring and you spending your money on tickets is more than super-kind and embarrassingly generous enough.

Right, Woking awaits. Last night I realised a minute before going on that I was wearing ridiculously striped socks. I had to change socks with Coops. This is not a good thing: he has a famously adventurous approach to foot-hygiene. Luckily, my magical powers were not too deeply affected.

Today I have chosen more carefully.

March 16, 2011 at 4:50 pm
Paul Wright says:

“Break a leg” and other such performance cliches!

March 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm
joanna says:

tragic turn of events this evening ladies and gentlemen.

March 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm

That’s a real shame Derren. I look forward to your blog posts, and to Svengali in Liverpool on Tuesday.
All the best,

March 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm
Lucia says:


Too much?

Good luck on your tour… I shall be stalking… Hem… I mean seeing you in Oxford.

PS – That is my poor attempt at wit… I am not actually crazy (Pretty sure I’m not anyway)

March 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Bex says:

Woohooo the tour is starting! 😀 can’t wait til may 18th, Alexandra theatre, Birmingham. Travelling from Swansea even more excited about this one than the 1st show I saw of Derrens last year – Enigma in Bristol. It was mind blowing which has made me super excited and hyper about Svrngali 😀 will take note this time of not bringing gifties, your brownies love giving you gifts though Derren! See you in may 🙂 🙂 xxxx

March 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Jules says:

Maybe you should just give up on Twitter, not sure you get it or like it very much. We’ll be more than happy with the blog. Good luck for the tour.

March 16, 2011 at 4:58 pm
Francesca says:

Derren you were fab last night at Woking whether it was with striped socks or not!! It wasnt your feet we were looking at, specially towards the end of the show!
Amazing evening and great to briefly meet you after.

March 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Zoë says:

Good Luck Derren!

You are fantabulously amazing enough to see on stage, hearing your updates on tweeter is simply greedy to ask for ;D

March 16, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Di Brown says:

I guess it’s understandable. Probably for the best. Shame you have to avoid twitter because of particular people. See you in Edinburgh. 🙂

March 16, 2011 at 5:01 pm
HARRYM says:

Derren, your tour is great ….And Svengali, what a pro!

Thx for signing my book to!


March 16, 2011 at 5:02 pm
Bianca says:

Perfectly understandable. Good luck with the rest of the tour, looking forward to seeing you in July.

March 16, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Emma S says:

So excited about seeing you at Sheffield in May. Wishing you all the best for the tour. I will miss your tweets! Toodle pip. x

March 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

I kind of feel chastened now about the item I handmade & presented to you as a gift on the tour’s opening night (Brighton). I’m sorry if it was the wrong thing to do.

I wish you luck with the rest of the tour. Svengali is a really wonderful show.

Take care


March 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Cannot wait to see you in London Derren! 😀

March 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm
Simon says:

VERY much looking forward to see you on Saturday night, Aim high, in the middle and to the left please 🙂

March 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Katie says:

I think I can just about forgive you Derren 😛
So excited to see you in Grimsby on the 28th 😀

March 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm
Robyn says:

Ahh makes sense,
some creepy people out there :’)
Looking forward to seeing you in Liverpool on the 24th!

March 16, 2011 at 5:16 pm
Zoeyy says:

I can’t wait to see you next Tuesday in Liverpool! I drew you a card last year when I saw you which I don’t really consider a gift… but… I’ll bring nothing this time. Ha!
I’m sure Svengali will be even better than Enigma, if that is at all possible 🙂

March 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm
PattyMinty says:

So looking forward to your show in Liverpool on 24th March it will be my first time seeing you live, after watching a recording of Enigma which I thought was brilliant I just thought I must get tickets to see this. Lots of luck for the tour xx p.s. stripy socks are fine by me in fact I insist you were them now 🙂

March 16, 2011 at 5:26 pm
jo says:

Is there a subliminal message in there that is really saying please buy me non stripey socks.
Looking forward to the rather posh Bradford Alhambra instead of St George’s Hall (oh how the might have risen).
Will miss your musings but totally understand the reasoning.
Good Luck and all that

March 16, 2011 at 5:28 pm
Tanya says:

Really hoping that I get to see this tour, I loved enigma!!
Altho being 9 months pregnant isnt the best time to pop to my local theatre =P
So I reckon il see how it goes lol
Good luck and all the best!!

March 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm
ThisisDebra says:

it always amazes me that you even go into your @ replies after shows lol
i dont use twitter anymore really so im not actually bothered lol it opened my eyes to a world of crazies so i totally get where youre coming from!!
See you in G town 🙂 it better be a good show, considering im letting go of my morals and going to Grimsby for you lol!

March 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm
silvia says:

You brits are so lucky to be able to go and see Derren in one of his live performances! I’m even contemplating ignoring my extreme fear of flying and ear problems to come from Romania and see Derren at one of his shows.
Don’t mind the Twitter haters Derren, you go get ’em and have the best performance ever!

March 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Dezzafan says:

Give Twitter a miss and forget about the minority who seem to spoil it for the rest of us. I will be happy to read your blogs as and when you get a chance to write and that will be enough for me seeing as I am unable to se the tour this year. I’m still holding out for MK next year, fingers crossed you’ll make it there. Good luck for the rest of the tour.

Take Care
Lynda X

March 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Morag says:

See u in Edinburgh and I look forward to ur return to Twitter. Enjoy your tour Mx

March 16, 2011 at 5:45 pm
Emma says:

Alas! Wishing you all the best for an enjoyable and amazing tour, Derren. Although your tweets will be sorely missed, the opportunity to see you live will be ample compensation. Very excited about London in June! May your performances be inspired and fare thee well until post tour. 🙂

March 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm
Jacqueline Oliver says:

That’s a VERY GOOD idea. It will work wonders for many Tweeters lives (And Bottoms & cellulite) 😀 And I’m sure your sanity. Enjoy the rest of your tour the way it should be.

March 16, 2011 at 6:08 pm
Michelle says:

Looking forward to seeing you at Bradford Alhambra… hopefully i can get my book signed this year. Wishing you all the best for this years tour xxx

March 16, 2011 at 6:19 pm
SteveCampbell says:

So what am I to do with this novelty hamster on a string I was going to give you. I spent ages at the taxidermy. Oh well good luck on the tour!

March 16, 2011 at 6:25 pm
Noel Lackey says:

Damn, still no Ireland date

March 16, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Paul Harrison says:

Keep blogging though Derren if you can. I love to read about your adventures whilst touring.

March 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Ohh bother gonna sooo miss your tweets ;( *sobs* but as I tweeted you earlier I understand dear xxx

Will look forward to your blog posts as and when you post them 😀

you must post some lovely pics as & when you can too 😀 would be nice xxx

Ohh what? what’s wrong with stripey socks dear? I quite like them 😀 they’re wicked, I’m always wearing stripey socks! (or sparkly one’s like MJ) xxx

take care good luck with the tour see you soon dear xxxxx

March 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm
sadie says:

had an amazing time last night watching Derren’s new tour Svengali at Woking. It was absolutly incredible and had me on the edge on my seat by the end! Better than last years in my opinion. If you have the opportunity to get tickets to see the new tour i mist certainly advise it. You will not be disappointed!
amazing night Derren, all your and your teams hard work once again was worth it!

March 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm
Lucy says:

Saw svengali last night… It was amazing!! Loved it, anyone who hasn’t already got tickets get some!!! It was so good, good luck for the rest of the tour xx

March 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm
Kev says:

hmm twitter is down. what have you done derren?

March 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm
BeckyC says:

Will miss you but definitely sounds like the right thing to do. I’m sure the tour will be fabulously fantastic as usual- hoping to catch it next year!

March 16, 2011 at 9:01 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Best wishes to the team. Watch the throat Derren. Enjoy and relax.

March 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm
Cris says:

Will miss your tweets but am really looking forward to seeing the show! Yeay!!

March 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm
roz says:

figures, i finally get on twitter & you get off it. sigh. well, good luck…& let’s hope yer feet dont grow any fur! 😀

March 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm
EmilyT says:

Saw the show in Woking this evening, I have four words to describe it:

Absolutely brilliant, utterly bonkers!

My housemate and I loved it and were suitably baffled, impressed and amused. Also, a shout out to those people that rarely get mentioned – the set designers – brilliantly done, looked amazing, really added to the atmosphere. Hope everyone else in all the future shows enjoys it as much as we did. 🙂

March 17, 2011 at 12:01 am
HDavies says:

I’m going to keep to my word and not tell anyone about anything 🙂 my lips are tight shut! x

March 17, 2011 at 2:00 am
Sarah says:

Saw the show tonight with 5 friends, we all loved it like we did with Enigma last year! Unfortunately last year we went on one of the few nights you weren’t signing, but were successful tonight – I want to say thank you for taking the time to sign, have pics and a brief chat 🙂

March 17, 2011 at 6:43 am
Chris says:

No gifts? What if we brought perishables such as cakes and sandwiches for the crew? Haha!

I’m looking forward to the show! Have a safe journey on the road.

March 17, 2011 at 7:33 am
Lotte says:

Hopping on a plane from Copenhagen to see your show in Grimsby. Can’t wait!!!

March 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Mark says:

Ah the Twitterverse isn’t always good then 😀

March 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Sarah says:

Can’t wait to see the show – wish I could have come to Woking, but coming to London for your opening night and very excited I am too!!
Good luck with the tour (and the socks 🙂
Sarah xx

March 17, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Elise says:

Good luck, hope all goes well. And stripy socks are fun! Lol. xxx Would love to go to one of your shows but I think I would have a heart attack before I even got there, HAHAHA! I feel queasy just thinking about it…..:S (because I think you are absolutely amazing). xxxxx

March 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Mark says:

There’s always the Micheal Jackson look?

March 17, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Faye says:

Good luck!!! Looking forward to the show in Northampton!!xxx

March 17, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I cannot WAIT for the show on Tuesday, I’ve been dreaming of seeing you on in real since I watched your first show. I keep trying to learn Neuro Linguistic Programming but I know there’s more too it. Anyway, sorry to hear about the socks!

Hope all goes well with the show and see you on Tuesday.

March 17, 2011 at 8:47 pm
buckles says:

rah rah Svengali. glad i didn’t cart the stuffed monkey along but if you want it for your collection…

March 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm
Sabina says:

Ridiculously striped socks?!

Everyone would’ve demanded their money back! 😉

(I’m wearing stripey socks as I type).

Have a fantastic tour Derren.You work so hard to keep us entertained and we really appreciate it. But I know you have lots of fun on the road too, so enjoy!


March 18, 2011 at 12:39 pm
Reliegiousmary says:

yeah, dezzy…why ridiculous? God im sure you’re having fun on the road..dont work tooo hard i mean so many secrets its hard to keep track right xxx lovely
@sabine… what a coincidence!, i too as i type am wearing a stripey sock on me head 😀

March 18, 2011 at 7:06 pm
Cathy says:

Eeee, I can’t wait!
Bradford Alhambra 4/4/2011
To be honest, it’s my dream to meet you so I really hope I will..
I bought a Svengali t shirt to wear too, and I think I’ll bring Confessions of a Conjuror for you to sign (if you could, please?)
Anyway, BE PREPARED. I repeat, be prepared.
That is all I will say.. 😉

March 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm
kitfaust says:

Break a leg derren

I wish i could be like the others who have stated that they are going to see you

but i can’t due to the fact that i can’t afford the tickets as i am a poor student and the astonishing number of followers you have .

But i’m sure there’s a way, through magic 😉

March 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm
Marcus says:

Oh, you’re on tour! Already. For over a week, I see now.
Well, enjoy all of you!

March 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm
Claire says:

I really cannot WAIT for this Saturday, seeing you at Liverpool Empire Theatre again, great venue, great show, and you even ‘put me under’ last time so I’m hoping the same will happen again!!! 🙂 Good luck with the whole tour, not that luck has anything to do with it… 😉

March 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm
Michelle13 says:

Hi Derren, Just wanted to say ‘BRAVO’ on your extraordinary performance yet again at The Liverpool Empire last night! Throughly enjoyed by myself and my Husband who attended. Looking forward to purchasing some of your DVD’s that we somehow missed?!? And having you all to ourselves in the privacy of our own home (well via the TV!)

GOOD LUCK with the rest of Svengali Tour and hope to see another live perfomance in the future.

Best wishes
Michelle xxx

March 24, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Rebecca says:

I leave near Liverpool, it is so strange you will be here tonight and I am not there!

I have got tickets to see you on July 1st though, in London. Really looking forward to it…

Fantastic stuff.


March 24, 2011 at 8:49 pm
tom welch says:

we are going watching your show at liverpool tomorrow any chance if you could wish my girlfriend (jenn Brookes) happy birthday would make her day thank you

March 25, 2011 at 8:50 pm
lucy says:

Sooooooo excited to see your show this sunday in Grimsby…. Love your work Derron!!!!

March 26, 2011 at 12:33 am
Luce says:

Amazin show @ Liverpool Empire 2nite! 2nd half was unbelievable!!! Greatest showman of our generation. Bravo!!!

March 28, 2011 at 9:47 am
Flapjack says:

Really enjoyed the Liverpool Empire show on the 25th… some brilliant setpieces. Can’t wait for the next one!

March 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm
Alan Lacey says:

Great show at Liverpool Empire on Saturday 26th!

Some surprises during the show …… – don’t worry the secrets are safe with me!

March 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm
Heidi says:

Have a great time on tour. Hope you’ll be back twittering soon 🙂

March 29, 2011 at 12:56 am
Danielle says:

Just got back from the Grimsby show! Got to meet Derren after and took a quick photo and he signed my book!

He also advised me that as well as seeing Penn & Teller’s show, I should also go see a magician called “Matt King” when I go to Vegas this year.

Amazing show, I’m still feeling giddy from it!

Much Love, Danielle

March 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Robert says:

Tickets arrived for London show this morning, really excited about my first live encounter with Derren.

March 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Alan Lacey says:

Not quite up to the Vegas standards …. But I have front row seats to see Barry & Stuart on their tour in Runcorn (!?) in June!

April 12, 2011 at 1:50 pm
Nadine says:

Awwww gonna miss your tweets loads….but completely understand your reasons 🙂 So sad that you have to avoid twitter though just cause of some strange people 🙁

Good Luck for the tour……hopefully gonna come and see you in Edinburgh….can’t wait….think you’re amazing!! x

August 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Melinda says:

I really want to watch a live show of Derren Brown but sadly I do not live in the places he is constantly touring. He should make a live show in Canada. I would spend all the money of saved up to watch his performance. I obviously don’t have a lot of money, as I am only sixteen (almost, anyway). I wish I lived in Britain…