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Posted by Derren Brown February 7, 2014 at 6:44 pm

The 2014 leg of Infamous starts on Tuesday in Brighton. It’s all very exciting. If you’re coming to see it, I really hope you enjoy the show – a lot of work and love goes into it. In the past I’ve always done my best to come out to stage door after and sign things and say hello, but this year, the eleventh year (I think) of touring, I’m going to have to stop doing that. This is a big shame, at least for me, as I always enjoy meeting people after the shows and I’m so grateful to anyone who buys a ticket and comes out to see it. The reason is – as some of you will know who have come on nights when I haven’t been able to come outside – my voice. Last year I had to cancel a couple of shows in the West End which is an appalling business, and I’m determined not to let that happen again. For weeks before that, my voice was a mess and I was back and forth to the hospital getting fixed up as well as I could. Looking after my voice is a big part of the show – hence I do a lot of vocal training and the like. And this is the longest tour I will have done. The moment my voice gets tired, I have to go into shut-down mode: no hanging around outside, no talking, a strangely monastic existence until the next show begins. The result last year was that on about, I don’t know, a third of the tour dates I couldn’t go out afterwards. Whereas I used to find 10-20 people and I would spend proper time having a nice relaxed chat, the numbers are now more like 60-100 people, which is amazing and wonderful, but I can no longer chat and sign AND be sure to keep my voice in shape for a six month tour of a two-hour one-man show six nights a week.


I apologise hugely to anyone who was hoping to say hello. I hope you’ll understand even if it’s a bit disappointing. There’ll be some who for whatever reason will be unable to summon any understanding, and will treat this as me just ‘not being bothered’. Most times I’ve apologised in the past for not coming out to sign, I’ve read similar comments telling me I’m just selfish and lazy, and that I owe it to my fans to spend time with them afterwards etc. That’ll happen again of course, and there’s not much I can do other than offer this explanation and apology. I promise that in the past I’ve spent far more time after shows with people than any other performer I know. This isn’t a lazy choice, and the thing I definitely do owe to fans is to put on the best show I possibly can, which is what this is about preserving. Any of you who work in theatre will already understand how this voice business is, and I hope any others of you who had hoped to say hello will understand too. And above all that you enjoy the show.


Dxx

 

 

COMMENTS
February 7, 2014 at 8:16 pm
Little Smudger says:

You are a natural performer of the people and those who truly understand your art will understand this decision was not one you took lightly, nor one you feel completely comfortable in making. Haters will hate, lovers will love and theatre goers will theatre wether they can sniff your neck ( I’ve done this and can say you smell like fresh rain on grass with a hint of stage varnish ) or not – Good luck with the tour Mr DVB x


February 7, 2014 at 8:35 pm
beverley says:

it’s okay.
any real fan will understand,having met you many times on tours,i have often seen you struggle with your voice.you do long tours,and long hours of rehearsal and writing.
the fact you wrote a blog shows how much you appreciate your fans.
i have seen you stand for ages in the rain taking to people,sharing a joke after a show etc.
so i do know you care,alot more than most.
i wish you well for the tour,and see you in may in my home town again.
travel safe! and stay well..toasted tea cakes in wolverhampton ha ha xx


February 7, 2014 at 8:37 pm
AndrewRyan says:

Sounds fair enough.


February 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm
Sarah says:

Of the hundreds of shows I have seen, you have not only been the longest meet and greet I’ve encountered, but also the most down to Earth. On both occasions we’ve met after a show, it’s been like bumping into an old friend (albeit one who doesn’t know your name!). Your courteous, polite and hilariously intelligent persona is instantly warming and my only dislike about this clearly regrettable decision for you is that more people won’t get to witness that.
Your career is what makes you, and your voice makes your career. We’re with you on this one, don’t sweat it :)


February 7, 2014 at 9:18 pm
Gemma says:

I’m coming to see you this year and completely understand why you have to do this. I’d rather not meet you and you stay well enough to continue your tour. Of course it would have been amazing to meet you as I’m a huge fan but I can understand and wish you the best if luck x


February 7, 2014 at 9:20 pm
John mitchell says:

Got tickets for Thursday’s show at the Thearte Royal – can’t wait!!!


February 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm
Invisible Pink Unicorn says:

Oh Derren. I did ask last year at Sunderland if you were OK and you reassured me you were. Seems you were telling porky pies *tuts*
Listen to your healthcare professionals, they know what they’re talking about! Take care of yourself. Please.


February 7, 2014 at 10:14 pm
Sara says:

Look after yourself (and your voice), those who truly appreciate you will understand. I’d rather be disappointed, in the short term, than have you lose your voice altogether and be disappointed for the long term.

See you in May!!


February 8, 2014 at 12:21 am
Bletherskite says:

Saw the show last year and loved it.

That’s what I paid my money for, the show. Would love to have the opportunity for a chat to you but it’s not my right, I didn’t buy a ticket expecting that would happen.

Anyone who would think that you must come and talk to them because they are a fan and have bought a ticket, and then criticises you if you don’t, which assumes their desires should come over and above you looking after yourself and your voice in order to give the best shown possible to everyone, needs to have a serious word with themselves.

Stay well Derren, have a great run.


February 8, 2014 at 12:49 am
Heidi Martins says:

You are a gent Mr B and you must do what is best for you and your voice. Here is to a successful year of shows. Be well x


February 8, 2014 at 4:29 am
Jamie says:

This is perfectly understandable, and I’m amazed you didn’t have to do sooner. I tend to think the whole system is backwards anyway. If I were an entertainer like you, I’d much rather hand out paper and pen or pencil at the end of a show and let audience members scribble down what they’re wanting to say to me and sign their autographs for me to keep. Makes much more sense that way, I think, since the audience just wants to connect. Maybe you could start a new trend?

In any event, I wish you good health, and I hope fans don’t give you flack for this decision. You give it your all when you perform already, which is why we all love you in the first place. I hope to get to see you perform IRL someday soon. xoxo


February 8, 2014 at 4:40 am
Chick says:

Your decision is totally understandable and absolutely necessary. I hope you stay happy and healthy on this tour.


February 8, 2014 at 8:39 am
Keith Fellows says:

Derren, completely understand and appreciate your thoughtfullness. Can you send me a picture so I can superimpose me next to you? Ha ha….
Save your voice and all your other bits.
Big fan
Keith


February 8, 2014 at 8:55 am
Michael says:

Totally understand – hope the shows are a great success Darren.


February 8, 2014 at 9:21 am
Judith says:

I have been lucky enough to meet you in the past and it was lovely at the beginning as you could have a proper chat as you say as not many people there. You have just got too popular! I will always cherish those moments and the shows I have been lucky to witness. I have actually lost count how many times I have seen you now… I will be watching Infamous in April & July. Take care and we all understand that health must come first x x


February 8, 2014 at 10:35 am
Jane Ginniver says:

Just the fact that you think it’s important to make this announcement indicates to me what a genuine, caring person you must be. I agree it is more important not to have to cancel the shows – I would be gutted if the Salford one gets cancelled as we’ve been looking forward to it for soooo long, and that’s not for another 4 months!
Stay healthy!


February 8, 2014 at 11:24 am
André Prata says:

I’ll be coming from Portugal on April to see your show. I’d prefer you be on your best health and putting out a nice show than risking the chance to say “hi” on not seeing you at all.

Be well


February 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm
Hannah Lawrence says:

Totally understand Derren! You were kind enough to come to the stage door when I saw you in Bristol, sign my book and say hello, which, as well as seeing your show, made my day!! I am guessing you have done this for hundreds of other fans so its understandable you can’t any more, seeing your new show (I will be there when you come to Bristol in April!!) will be enough in its self, look after that voice and I’ll see you then!! x


February 8, 2014 at 5:34 pm
Emma says:

Im coming to see you on Saturday in Brighton for my 15th bday present and am really looking forward to it ! My auntie and uncle have seen it and wont tell me a thing so am going mad with waiting !!!


February 8, 2014 at 6:02 pm
Tom says:

Get better soon, Derren. All the best.


February 8, 2014 at 6:04 pm
Eddie O'Keeffe says:

In 2012 Derren Brown signed my can of Relentless with “Eddie – this is odd” and did so with a poorly voice, letting people know beforehand that he wouldn’t be able to chat much. It was lovely that he told us this beforehand and he did seem genuinely sorry about it.

That being said, the spectacle of seeing Derren live was amazing enough, and if he hadn’t signed my strange request it would’ve been well worth the trip anyway.

My Dad threw the can away shortly afterwards as he thought it was a piece of rubbish. I’m still angry about it.


February 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm
Wayne laird says:

Don’t worry Derren all your real fans will understand.
What would they rather have, a few minutes of a hello after or an awe inspiring show? I think we all know. No need to apologize.

Regards
Wayne


February 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm
Caroline Hart says:

I work in the theatre and have found the ‘Alexander Technique’ to be hugely helpful for the voice.


February 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm
Anna McCann says:

…..looking forward to Belfast in March….I’ll probably still hang around outside just in case!…I’m sure I won’t be the only one…


February 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm
silvia says:

Have you tried propolis? It’s amazing to keep those vocal cords healthy and is often used by opera singers. You can find it in Holland & Barrett or similar shops.. drops are the best format I find. They taste AWFUL but really work


February 8, 2014 at 6:05 pm
hannah says:

I think this is very lovely! I saw your touring last year and it was amazing! I didn’t even feel the need to stay behind and hassle you. In the end it’s not fair.
So nice of you to write this down also. Keep that voice strong!

Love your work
Hannah


February 8, 2014 at 6:06 pm
Melanie L says:

Just leaving a comment to say Keep up the good work Derren. Anyone who is a fan of your work and shows will be understanding of this as your obviously trying to maintain your voice to give people the shows they have paid for. Anyone who has negative comments to say about it just has a bad attitude and is not a true fan. Best Wishes from Scotland.


February 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Angela says:

It’s really nice of you to go to the trouble of posting an apology when none should be needed. Take care of your voice, without it you would not be able to bring such amazing events into our lives.


February 8, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Susan Ottaway says:

I will vouch for Derren, I saw the previous show in Nottingham and there were a group of us who waited at the stage door. Despite being ill, full of cold and having problems with your voice, you came out signed as many autographs as you could and allowed people to take your photograph. I, for one, was pleased to meet you and it was lovely of you to spend some time with your fans.


February 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm
Rachel says:

And whoa betide anyone who thinks you should still haul yourself outside when you know its going to prevent you performing the next night .. The only selfish ones are the fans who demand you talk and sign for them instead of protecting your voice… good luck with the tour Derren .. perhaps for your next show , you should look at doing it like a silent movie !


February 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm
michael says:

Awww no but gotta be done michael


February 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm
Maria Crocker says:

Derren, I haven’t yet been able to see your show and am hoping that will change this year. I hope your voice recovers and am pleased you are looking after it. Love watching you on the telly and can’t wait to see a live show. Come to oxford, you know you want to.


February 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm
Donna Lawless says:

Derren,

Hi. I think most people will be understanding. You always deliver an excellent and most entertaining show. Surely people will be very disappointed but I think most of your fans would rather you could do a show rather than having to cancel or to have to stop touring altogether. It’s just one of those things. I hope your voice holds up for the tour. Lots of love and best wishes. D X


February 8, 2014 at 6:08 pm
Susan Breen says:

I Understand . . . but am horribly Heartbroken :-( :-( :-( xxxxx


February 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm
Bellz says:

I think that’s fair enough – I don’t get to see you until June in swansea so definitely look after that voice!!!! Xx


February 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm
Chris says:

I’m glad you’re not sacrificing your show, voice or future in performing by putting excess strain on your voice. I am one of the fortunates that have had the opportunity to meet you at stage door and can appreciate how this may be disappointing for some people. However your art and performance should never be put at risk, as that’s what got you the notoriety in the first place. To sacrifice your art – even for your fans, would serve no purpose . I’d rather see this blog entry than one that said you can no longer perform. Honesty is the best policy by all accounts ;)


February 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm
Alex watts says:

That is bad news, but you must do what you can to preserve your voice. Ever thought of hiring a person to act as Penn to your Teller? I’d be willing! ;-) I have a lovely loud voice theta would be placed at your disposal!! All I ask is a meat pizza and a can of dr pepper after every show….


February 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm
vicky & Matt says:

Hi Darren

My husband and I came to see Infamous and enigma, we’ve loved both of your shows and met you back stage once, if they are true fans of yours they will have seen how much you put into your shows and not complain about not meeting you.

your always a star to us

Vicky & Matt


February 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm
Melanie says:

Good for you. Of course it’s great to be able to meet those who you admire but I’ve always wondered (I did work for a management company many years ago so I understand totally) why watching the show/film whatever isn’t enough – it’s as if people think you owe it to them to come outside after the show.


February 8, 2014 at 6:14 pm
llinos says:

Im gutted I wont be able to meet you after the show but it is understandable. Im looking forward to seeing your show as this will be the first time I have seen you live so like i said looking forward to it :)


February 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm
Rachel says:

Derren, you’re so lovely for offering this explanation, i was very lucky to get to meet you last April after your show in Sunderland and i understand completely as you mentioned your voice being in a delicate state that night. However you signed everybody’s ticket and stayed out as long as you could, I myself know not of any other performer who is as dedicated or as devoted to your fans as you are, and i hope the rest of your fans are equally as understanding.

Look after that voice of yours, don’t sweat it
Rach xxx


February 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Julia says:

Completely understand Derren. Look after yourself so you can be your best :)
Honey Lemon and Ginger in warm water is fab for the throat, though I’m sure you may already know this. I like to let peeps know . Take care Julia x o


February 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Teresa Thomas says:

Hi Derren,
Don’t worry about it. As a true fan I love everything you do on television and on stage. This is the first time I will see you in real life and I am very excited. If you can respond back to me that would be brilliant, better than you signing anything, but take your time I know your busy touring. Love Teresa xxx


February 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Amy says:

We’re seeing your show in Leeds this year and of course this is disappointing news to hear. Having said that, it’s nowhere near as disappointing as a cancelled show would be and you’re right to prioritise your health. Whilst it’s true that some entertainers can be selfish or lazy, this is certainly not true in this case and the selfish people are those ‘fans’ who would prefer you to become unwell than for them to miss out.

Take care of yourself x


February 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm
Ali says:

Protect your voice! Your fans (and anyone who has ever performed on stage or had to use their voice all day every day – like teachers) will understand. No-one wants you to suffer when we all enjoy your work so much!


February 8, 2014 at 6:16 pm
fouzia aziz says:

I do completely understand this, Ive been to one of Derrens shows and it’s non stop, Its Brilliant, true showman!! keep up the great work Derren!!

Fuzz xx


February 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Dana says:

Dear Derren,

I was at one of your shows a few years ago with a friend (great fun btw). He wanted to stay afterwards to get our books signed, but I felt really bad about this since I thought you might be really tired and busy at the same time after the show and would IN NO WAY show up. But we waited because he was so excited, it was rainy and cold and I never thought you would come out (I wouldn’t). But you did, you were so nice and signed every single book and picture and whatever, you even chatted a little with us and we took photos. I was really impressed by your kindness. So don’t worry. I really think it’s more of a really special extra and nobody should feel entitled to this. I hope your voice keeps up during the tour. And don’t worry about “fans” that will not understand you decision, I would like to see them after an exhausting day of work beeing still nice and caring to dozens of people….We are there to see the show and that’s all that counts


February 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm
Gemma says:

What an amazing person you are. Taking the time to explain this to fans. We pay for the show and anything else on top of that is just a bonus. It should not be expected of you. Honestly, you are one of the most grounded, honest and caring people out there. Absolutely brilliant of you to even think of doing this as a token of explanation. Thank you


February 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm
Moabi says:

No worries Derren, I know I’ve always looked forward to meeting you in person and oh my goodness watching you in theatre- haha , it’s incredible Nice of you to let your fans know! Says preheps infineltly more then you could ever say after
The show anyways .. Hahaha kidding! Get well man so you can blow our minds!

Ps: used my “mind reading” skills yesterday to impress a girl… It was not catastrophic as she thought it would be- haha we had coffee afterwards, thanx for teaching!


February 8, 2014 at 6:18 pm
Naomi Watt says:

Oh no !!! Gutted!! This is the first ever live show I’ve been able to get to. So looking forward and excited to see you at the Lowry in Manchester in June but the show MUST go on. Take no notice of these so called fans that don’t know what it’s like to use and maintain your voice so much. x


February 8, 2014 at 6:19 pm
James Saddington says:

Good blogging, we’ve been to see your show a few years ago in Shefiield, at the city hall and was utterly amazed. I’ll be honest I chickened out of the activity you played to select a volunteer, however on our next visit in March this year I’ll be a little more daring!

Good luck with the voice (Not the BBC programme )


February 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm
Roisin McKenna says:

Any true fan will totally appreciate your need to rest your voice & just look forward to an incredible show. Roll on your shows in March in Belfast. I for one cannot wait & will as always be blown away. xo


February 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm
Catherine says:

What this post actually meant to say was after having met me at the stage door twice, Derren is terrified of other potential lunatics coming to see him. I apologise.


February 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm
Nessa Cursons says:

I saw you in Leicester last year when you had a sore throat, and Nottingham the year before when you were ill too. As much as I’d love to meet you I’d rather you were there for the show than had to cancel. Taking my 18yo son to nottingham as I loved infamous and wanted him to see it. Love all your work derren xx


February 8, 2014 at 6:20 pm
Eduardo J says:

That’s very, very sad! In 2012, a couple of days before the Olympics Games Opening I had the oportunity to travel from my home country (Im from Brazil!) to UK, and after a fantastic evening watching Svengali, I had the oportunity of having a small talk with Derren. Both the talk and performance were so amazing and I came back to my country very inspired to enhance my performances.
Today I’m starting to get a little successful with it all, earning enough to afford a trip back to UK, where I expected to see Infamous and maybe thank Derren in person for the former inspiration. Well! It happens!

Thank you for the kindness of warning us! I hope the effort bring a good repercussion to the tour, Derren!


February 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm
Gemma McCallum says:

I have only managed to go see one of your shows, Enigma, yes old I know but I don’t make a lot of money and now I have fucked off to NZ for a while to de stress myself.

When I came along to your show, I had so much to ask you after stage because you have so much insight on things and would have appreciated some advice. I knew you where gracious in going to the back stage door. I thought about it and personally I don’t like the pressure celebs have from their fans and I was in two minds. I did not go in the end which I regret in a way as it would be interesting what you would say on my query.

I don’t blame you for your decisions, your looking after yourself and any decent fan would see this and you should not care yourself with any negative comments.

I hope you feel better in your own time, I hope some time that I get an opportunity to pick your brain, even if I get a chance to write it down for you to read it than talking (:

All the best

Gemma


February 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm
Caitlin says:

A very understandable reason :) Also it’s lovely that you’ve taken the time to write this to your fans to let them know they won’t be able to see you afterwords, instead of just not turning up! Unfortunately I don’t have a ticket for any of your shows :( But I think your amazing, I’m a big fan and love everything you do!! I hope all your shows are a success (as always) and get well soon :)!

Caitlin x


February 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm
Gillian Hickman says:

Hi Derren, its a shame your unable to come out after shows, but I no I for one would be extremely disappointed if you had to cancel a show. I hope you are able to save your voice and keep doing your shows as I always enjoying coming to see you. This will be the 4th tour for me and am extremely excited. Ill see you in Nottingham in May:-) (those who slate you arent worth the trouble, and arent proper fans!) X


February 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm
Blair says:

That’s OK Derren, perfectly understand would have been nice to meet you when you come to Aberdeen, but hey, maybe I can buy you a coffee instead!


February 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Elayne says:

. We’ve seen you at the Waterfront in Belfast and thoroughly enjoy the educational tour of magic that you offer every time. My husband is 50 this year and I would love a signed autograph. I would be very happy to donate a sum of money to a charity of your choice if it was possible to get a signed autograph as a birthday gift for him. I’ve never requested anything like this before so if it is rude or presumptious, then I apologise and please disregard the request. Looking forward to your Belfast visit.


February 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Robert says:

I completely understand Derren, i get a tired voice after a 3-hour gig doing walkabout!
I hope that in future you voice will get better and you will be able to continue the practise :)


February 8, 2014 at 6:25 pm
Dushan says:

Hi Derren,

I was one of the people that waited for you outside after your Infamous show in London a couple months ago… And I was lucky enough to talk to you for a while (you asked me about my accent and I told you I came to Switzerland to see the show).

I was really saddened to see that you had to cancel a few dates after that, and understand your decision completely. Getting the chance to talk with you and get my ticket signed was a blast, but even without that, the quality and power of your show was plenty reason enough for me to be happy and awaken !

Thanks for your passion and all the great work you do in every shape and form to makes us wonder about the human mind !

Cheers from Switzerland,

Dushan


February 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm
Michelle says:

These people who call you lazy or selfish, clearly haven’t been to any of your shows before, I was fortunate enough to see Enigma at St. George’s hall in Bradford, and had the delight of meeting you afterwards. I have tickets to come and see you again, in Nottingham in May, and I for one am looking forward to it, it’s a shame I won’t be able to say hello after the performance, but your health comes first, no voice, no shows, therefore having very disappointed fans.


February 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm
dan says:

Hi derren. Totally understandable mate !! its thee instrument you need !! take care dude. look forward to your shows!!

all the best. D


February 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm
Kerry Roberts says:

Thank you for letting us know, can’t wait for the show. I’m coming to Cardiff, I’m bringing a friend Chris White who is a real big fan of yours (as am I) if you do have an audience interaction part to your show which you could call him for it would be great he will be travelling from Portugal to see the show.

Kind Regards,

Kerry Roberts


February 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm
David singadia says:

Hello! It’s unfortunate that you can’t meet people
This year. I haven’t been to one of your shows yet although am addicte to watching them on tv even the ones I have seen 20times. I’m in the process of talking my girlfriend round to coming with me to see you this year. One thing that is helping is something I learnt from you in one of your books years ago. It was a long list you had to remember :) I won’t out how so others can read how but Ive told her years down the line I remember the list still. I hope I can eventually meet you some day to say hi and get a picture an maybe a autograph from yourself. I truly love your work! Dave


February 8, 2014 at 6:27 pm
Leanne Martin says:

Awww Derren man, all of us who love and appreciate you most definitely understand! We all still have the honour of being in a room with you for 2 hours after all! I feel lucky to have been one of the people who did get a chance to chat and say hello after a show, makes it an even more precious experience. As a Performing Arts student I realise how important it is to keep your voice in check and how easy it is to overdo it. So much respect for you and how you even thought it necessary to give your fans an apology. Thank you for being forever inspiring and my ultimate role model.

Wishing you much luck and health during your upcoming tour, see you in April!

Lots of Love xxx


February 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Andy stringer says:

Derren,
I thank you for letting all your fans know in advance, and the ones who do understand will be I’m sure your true fans. Hope to see you sometime this year again! Thanks


February 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Matthew Campizta says:

Hello Derren,
Im from Bremerton WA, close to Seattle.. Ive watch almost everything you have done in a month and as a christian i appreciate what you do.. Well i hope i get a chance sometime in this life time see you here in the States.. perhaps a Trick or Treat in America.. i would love to volunteer


February 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Cindy Conway says:

Hi Derren,

I just thought I’d send a note in reply to your lovely message. I wouldn’t be staying behind to say hello to you in any case but that is only because I cannot afford to go to any of your shows. I do, however, enjoy the programmes you do and the shows that are televised. You always seem to have a sincere rapport with the audience and always include the home viewers by looking straight into the camera.

I hope this tour goes fantastically for you and that you are still able to keep your voice at the end of it.

P.S. I also enjoy your art very much

Yours

Cindy Conway.


February 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm
Georgie says:

Completely understandable! We saw you and we were incredibly grateful you took the time to come and see us. People would much rather have an amazing show instead of it being cancelled due to your health


February 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm
Elaine Cloutman-Green says:

Hi – I just want to say that anyone with any empathy should understand what a toll it is to stand up in front of people night after night and carry a performance single handed. To be sensible about that as part of your preparations is sensible and astute and not selfish at all. I for one don’t believe that any performer owes me anything other than to do their best when they are performing. Anything else is a bonus that I really appreciate.


February 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm
Tim Molloy says:

Hey Derren. You inspire us. My partner Robin and I would love to invite you out for a curry, say, in Camden for a laugh and really top class food. I know you won’t be able, but just thought anyway. Loadsa love and all that, Tim x


February 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Jason Olsen says:

I don’t think you need to justify your decision with an apology, Darren. Your health and well being is what’s most important and any one calling you “selfish” should really look at what they’re expecting of you and perhaps reconsider who is really the selfish one.

It’s clear you enjoy meeting fans face to face and I’m sure it’s just as a disappointment to yourself that you can’t do it.

I am looking forward to seeing the show. Take care and enjoy doing what you do best!


February 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm
Pascale says:

don’t worry, we’ll just photoshop you into our pics


February 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm
Mark Gamble says:

Indeed you have came out. I have met you give times now and each time you have spoke with me. Signed cards, books and my tickets. I have a nice selection of pictures you have been kind enough to pose with me. I will miss seeing you after but I won’t miss your shows. Not ever. Looking forward to many more. Take care Derren x


February 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm
Alex says:

perfectly understandable, good luck with your shows, you are a great performer


February 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Sylvia Bleach says:

Dear Darren,

You’re very polite and genuine and that’s what people like about you. Those who do, will understand. Don’t worry about those who moan they will still come to your shows, they are only looking for attention. Hope it all goes smoothly for you with new tour and wish you all the best. I also hope I’ll be able to join the audience at some point this year to enjoy the show.
Good luck! :)


February 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Stuart provan says:

I too have been a performer and more recently spent a lot of time teaching , to preserve your voice and ability to perform you must take these breaks , I have been to see all of your shows and watched every tv show and read every book , I would prefer to keep coming to see you as a performer than watch you burn out .a true fan would appreciate you as a performer and a human being , ignore any poor comments and rise above it which I am more than positive you will, the opportunity to say hello would be a great honour and a pleasure but your health and well being are more important ,.


February 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm
jean~luc Alvarez says:

I hope to c one of ur shows soon,just that would b well tidy


February 8, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Bish says:

People are weird. Would someone really get upset that a performer, an entertainer, can’t say a few words or sign some bits of paper after preparing for months to entertain thousands of people with amazing productions? You don’t have to say sorry. We all say thank you. Rock on. B.


February 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm
Izzy Hancocks says:

He really does try, I have proof! I believe it was the 19th of May 2012 he was unable to come out to say hello after a Svengali show in Bristol, however he left a note on the door (which I may or may not have taken) both explaining and apologizing. A completely justified and fair choice of you ask me.


February 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm
Charley says:

Anyone who leaves negative comments about you should think about how they would feel if they were true fans and had a show they were looking forward to cancel because you’d done damage to your voice talking to twits like them. I hope I get to see another of your shows (I saw Enigma in Newcastle and Svengali in Edinburgh) soon and wish you all the best. rest up Derren :)


February 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm
hannah banana says:

I’m not coming to the shows so won’t be disappointed. (Disappointed I won’t be coming though) so I’ll say hello and ty for your unbelievable and mind fumbling discombobulating things you do to entertain us. X


February 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm
Janelle says:

I would love to meet you someday. Going to one of your shows is actually on my bucket list, but I would never want you to strain yourself to the point of injury. You’re a great entertainer and person, and I hope that you can continue to do what you love for as long as you want to. Be well and continue to be brilliant!
~Love from across the pond


February 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm
Hannah says:

Very smart move Derren! I still can’t wait to come see you here in dublin in March. Looking after yourself is always the most important. x


February 8, 2014 at 6:36 pm
Amy says:

Awwwwwh this makes me sad :( but fair dues Derren, I have already had the pleasure of meeting you twice last year :) and I am still so excited for you show in Dublin this march! Not long left now :)


February 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm
Faye clark says:

I am just so happy I’ve had the opportunity to meet you! You really are fantastic! Ignore the jealous losers who make you feel guilty! It’s not in your job description to suck up! We all love you!


February 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm
Charlotte mier says:

Derren,

As a fan I think all the people who pay to see your show should appreciate just how overwhelmed at tired you must be every night after you do this so should all appreciate regardless of the situation that you aren’t always in a position to chat and sign.

I think vocal rest is vital for your career and without it I know that you will end up becoming incredibly ill and no one wants this. Those who expect you to be outside every night and refer to you as lazy are actually incredibly selfish to think that even after seeing you at a show they should grace them with your presence after a show. Less is apparently more and they should enjoy the night when it ends and not expect too much. If they don’t understand well then in my opinion they aren’t true fans of your work. So if you could take the time to have a full blown conversation with me after your show vocally hahahahah just kidding!!

I think your amazing and I want to be able to watch the man I admire and am in awe of as much as possible.

Have a much needed vocal rest and don’t worry about what other people think because at the end of the day it’s your life and its a busy one at that I think you do enough for people and the fact you have taken the time in the past to physically go out meet and chat to your fans is commendable as not many others do so.

Cannot wait to book to see you again your last show was amazing!

If you can reply to me that would make my year but I understand if you can’t!

Rest those vocals

Charlotte xxx


February 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm
Steph says:

I think people shouldn’t moan. We pay money to see a show and your shows are amazing. They blow your mind and you’re funny as well. Me and my family are seeing you for the third time this year and once we were lucky you spent the time to come out to meet us and sign our programs I wouldn’t expect you too. Thanks for always wowing us and you’re never allowed to retire!


February 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm
Jessica says:

I came to watch the show late last year in London and I can assure you it’s more than worth the wait without speaking to Derren personally. A triumph of a show. X


February 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm
Charlotte mier says:

And my phone lovingly autocorrections everything so please attempt to translate words hahah!


February 8, 2014 at 6:38 pm
Emma says:

I commend you for being honest about your situation. There are a good many who wouldn’t do that leaving people wondering and coming up with their own reasons as to why. I’m sure people will understand, and if they don’t then they are not worth worrying about.
I’m very excited to be coming
To see you in may at Wolverhampton :-)


February 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm
Tracy says:

Oh bless you, that’s so sweet to go to the trouble of telling people. Good luck with your tour xx


February 8, 2014 at 6:40 pm
holly says:

Well I’m still so excited about seeing the show on the 18th of this month! I’m more excited then when i was travelling to New York last Christmas.

Derren your amazing!


February 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm
James Kemp says:

Fair play Derren, you have always been more than gracious with your time.

Have a great tour!


February 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm
Amanda Wincott says:

I was lucky enough to meet you after the show in Birmingham last year, you looked poorly and your voice was strained I totally understand your reasons why and I’m sure everyone else will too, especially when they see all the hard work you’ve fine and what an amazing show it is! I hope you do get to preserve your voice it’s worth saving lol regards Amanda x


February 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm
Scott Hogfoss says:

That’s a pity because I’m sure meeting you is a real treat for the fans. However, I think it’s a commendable decision, so that you can put on the best possible show without risking cancelling an entire show.

Unfortunately I haven’t had any opportunity to see you live as I live in the US. Hopefully one day I will get the chance. I always eagerly await your new shows on TV!


February 8, 2014 at 6:42 pm
Tony Kavanagh says:

You deliver a fantastic show so I’m not sure what else you’re supposed to “owe” your fans. Great that you have chosen to take the time to meet people after the show in the past, but I’m sure anybody that’s seen your excellent shows before will understand your position. We saw the current show in the West End last year, and it was wonderfully entertaining, as were the previous three tours that we attended. You and your shows and TV programmes are amongst the few things entertainment-wise that we all still enjoy and agree on as a family – looking forward to many more tours and TV shows so take it easy!


February 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm
Kate Speirs says:

HI Derren. My family have been to numerous of your shows in the past and my 2 daughters have been privileged enough to have met you after a few of the shows. You are one of the very few performers that I know of that take the time to.meet and greet your fans when you can. You are a true gentleman and my daughters have great memories and photos of those special times. I’m sure your many true fans will understand and respect your decision as we do. We are so looking forward to seeing you in Glasgow in the Sumner and please look after your voice.

Kind regards
Kate Speirs


February 8, 2014 at 6:47 pm
Jo Joseph says:

It’s absolutely true – I’ve met you after a show and you spent ages with us chatting – or trying to get a word in!

Your fans will totally understand

xxx


February 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm
Jasmine says:

I’m sure all of your fans will understand. I can’t wait to see your show in March. Been waiting so long :) could not have been given a better birthday present than tickets for it.


February 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm
Ross Williams says:

Hi Derren my name is Ross. I would like to ask you a question that I have been meaning to ask for I think not far of ten years. I would love as detailed answer as possible. I tell this story to anyone that will listen, at dinner parties, barbeques…………funerals, wakes…..only kidding on the last two. I once went to see you live in the grand theatre Swansea. You were throwing a frizby around and whoever caught it got to go up on stage with you. Throughout the night I think a total of 20 to 30 people got on stage, but when I caught the frizby I got onto the stage and you looked me right in the eye and said sorry Ross I can’t use you, and sent me back to my seat.
Amazed the mourners ask, why could he use all those people and not you. To which I reply, I put it down to my Jedi like skills of which he could see in my eyes, but I have been meaning to ask him. I don’t expect a response to this but I have asked the question and will now add that I have, onto the end of my story, adding a bit of suspence that im awaiting a reply. I wouldn’t worry about the haters regarding your voice, out of a bunch of roses there are always a few pricks. Good luck.


February 8, 2014 at 6:50 pm
jemma stevens says:

For those who think your selfish they need to understand your reasons. Ive not been lucky enough to get tickets for leeds and I had to let them go last year due to family reasons. Have a great tour xx


February 8, 2014 at 6:52 pm
Aislinn says:

Don’t you worry about it, poppet! Ignore those who give you a hard time; you don’t go and tell them off while they’re doing whatever they have to do to be able to work properly. So you just do what you gotta do.

I very much look forward to seeing your show (I’m coming to the Lowry in Salford with my better half). It’s our first time seeing you live and we can’t wait!

Good luck with the tour, and I hope your voice causes you no bother.

Aislinn x


February 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm
Lucian Rich says:

Anyone with anything negative to say about this is no doubt just jealous of your talent. You are a true showman and in my humble opinion a genuinely great guy. Indeed I wish I could meet you if only for a second but as a true fan who cares about you as well as your craft, I can only say I admire your decision to take extra care of your voice at the risk of looking selfish and I hope and believe I am not the only fan who gives you their utmost support regardless.
Lots of love xx


February 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm
Gaby says:

Derren,

I hope you are not too bothered by the fans who care more about their autograph book than your health. Please be reassured that those of us who have nothing but sympathy for you in these difficult circumstances are wishing you a safe and comfortable tour. For me, it is about seeing a truly unique and exciting talent, and witnessing a show that will never, every become boring. I am intrigued by your work, and continue to consider you to be an extremely influential figure in my life. Your decency and composure is admirable.

Thank you for bringing a sparkle to entertainment.

Best wishes for your tour and the future,

Gaby Bright x


February 8, 2014 at 6:58 pm
Christian M. says:

That’s alright- Your health goes first and we’ll keep supporting you.

Hoping to save a little bit and see you in one of your upcoming shows in Bristol
c:


February 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Ray Doetjes says:

Dear Derren,

We all know that you are a very approachable and all out friendly guy.

We need to respect your health and we should not underestimate how much of a strain it is being on stage for 2.5 hours chatting.

If this is the best to do for your voice, so that you can keep performing your lovely live shows for us fans, than this is what needs to be done.
Take care and break a leg for the next run of Infamous. Me and my best friend thoroughly enjoyed it last year; It was probably the best weekend of the year.

Cheers!


February 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Archana ambily says:

Totally behind you 100%… What’s not to understand? To be honest it’s unbelievable how long this tour is and how you manage to do it 6 days a week. All the best! xx


February 8, 2014 at 7:01 pm
Tony Williams says:

Fair play Derren. We’ve always enjoyed the shows, especially the last one in Liverpool where we managed to book seats on the 2nd row! Awesome being so close. Good luck with the rest of the tour and hope your voice holds out. T


February 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm
Joe says:

Fair enough, and totally understandable. Anybody who still doesn’t believe your reasons and thinks you’re lazy probably isn’t worth meeting anyway. Don’t worry about it.


February 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm
Joss Walker says:

I think the sheer fact that you feel enough to put out an apology dismisses any notion of laziness or ‘not bothered’ness”.
Your acts alone show great showmanship and dedication to your work, something I feel a less than active fellow would not pull off, I mean its about the show, right? Meating you afterwards would be a great honour and privilege for many im sure. its unfortunate yet completely understandable and anyone who doesn’t understand and therefore slates you for trying to provide your best for your fans must lack a moral sense of understanding, maybe, their at a mental disposition. What ever the reason, these people are out there unfortunately and part of life.
I think a fitting track to be played after just reading this would be Rolling Stones’- you cant always get what you want (mainly for its comic value)
Good luck in the future,
I think what you do is fantastic.
A fan
Joss.


February 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm
Jamie roach says:

Luckily I got to see him after the show at the empire liverpool, and autograph. Is this a new tour or still infamous.


February 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm
Paul Heeley says:

As another who uses one’s voice to make a living, I can completely understand this. Yes, it is disappointing to miss the chance to get a few minutes with a performer, but I’d prefer others to have the opportunity to see the best performance possible.

It also speaks volumes about common decency to announce it in the first place, rather than a hastily scribbled sign on the door or such.


February 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm
Anne says:

I for one appreciate your professionalism and dedication. Thank you for making the decision to preserve your voice. We drove all the way from Germany to Oxford to catch your show (with two children, 2 + 3 years) three years ago. I would have been bummed if you had cancelled. Other than your comment directed at me as I tried to sneak into our 3rd row seat (“for those of you just arriving….” we drove all that way and couldn’t find the damn theater!) I thoroughly enjoyed your show.
You are a true artist, a master in your field. So glad that I was randomly led to your work via YouTube four years ago. You must do a show in Frankfurt some time!


February 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Maggie says:

It is ashame that you should feel the need to explain yourself. I had the pleasure of seeing Infamous in Edinburgh last May and you were outstanding. It was my first time seeing you live and I do hope to see you again in the future. A fantastic showman! Good luck with the rest of the tour x


February 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Mark says:

Darren,

You offer a such powerful peformance, leaving the audience truly spellbound, almost like like a Willy Wonka tour for the mind.

Thank you for taking the time to learn your kraft and sharing its end results with the world. Personally I believe you have exponentially increased the masses desire to become smarter and more aware of what their minds are truly capable of achieving simple because of the fact you show them what is was possible.

So too be expected to come out and say hello or sign a book is in some way a little selfish on the fans behalf. Let they be thankful just for the gift you share and the hours of entertainment they will receive.

Good look with the tour.
Kind Regards.
Mark


February 8, 2014 at 7:08 pm
Christos Pasiou says:

“I’ve read similar comments telling me I’m just selfish and lazy, and that I owe it to my fans to spend time with them afterwards etc.”

You don’t owe anyone anything, and anyone who says otherwise is just an entitled twat. Surely putting on an incredible, interesting, funny show every night is enough for any fan. For any fan who has had the privilege to meet you after a show, we understand that you are a genuine, charming guy who genuinely cares about his fans and is completely considerate towards them.
I had the pleasure to meet you after one of your Hull shows last year, and even though your voice wasn’t great and you had been advised to stay inside, you still made the effort to come out and greet us all rather than disappoint. If you hadn’t have come out, I may have been a little miffed but nevertheless the show itself was enough to leave me and my friends on a massive high for the rest of the night!

Thank you Derren for all you do for us and for the amount that you consider us.


February 8, 2014 at 7:09 pm
Mark Gunther says:

Perfectly understandable and wow, that is an extensive tour with a lot of demand on the voice. I never think a performer “owes” it to the audience to come and see them afterwards – it is very nice and generous when they do. I have not had the privilege in the past. I hope to in the future, but if not, then no problem at all.

Just look after the tool of your trade and wishing you better


February 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm
Daniel Ek says:

Ceep up the good for !!! Greetings from sweden!


February 8, 2014 at 7:11 pm
Karen Wallace says:

Hi Derren.
It’s totally understandable that you should rest you voice. There will always be complainers. I am coming to see you at The Marlowe theatre in Canterbury and I can’t wait. I was lucky enough to come on stage for the last section of Svengali when you were in London. It was my 30th birthday. The Ferreros and wine were a lovely touch. You made me feel very comfortable and what you do is truly amazing. My husband and I also tried our luck waiting for you behind the theatre. Even though there was a sign saying you weren’t coming out – you did. You were even lovelier then. You posed for a photo and signed my programme. Our picture has pride of place on my fridge now, and the whole experience remains as one of the top in my life. Carry on being fantastic and I look forward to Infamous in July. Much love. Karen. Xx


February 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm
Holly Ditton says:

I am so excited to come to see you again after I did a few years ago… its a birthday present to myself in Ipswich and I am still excited to see you :-) I hope your tour goes so well and you are able to stay well throughout the whole length of it because thats most important!! Take Care and look forward to the shows!! X♥X ♥


February 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm
Ruby Hunt says:

Hello Derren, I went and saw Svengali a few years ago in London and found it so fantastic! I always enjoy every tv show you do and all your experients are amazing. I am just fascinated by what you do and when I saw you live it made it even more real. So as soon as I saw your were coming to Brighton (my home town) I was quick to get myself a ticket and I am so excited to see one of your shows again.
I hope your voice gets the rest it needs, and wish you great success in the rest of your tour.
Ruby (aged 20) xx


February 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm
Cara Gordon says:

I’m really excited about seeing your show! I live in Canada but I’m going home to Glasgow for the summer and have purchased tickets.
I’m glad that you’re taking care of yourself as you have a hectic schedule and I think it’s very thoughtful of you to have even gone to the trouble of posting this blog. It’s completely understandable and sensible of you to preserve your voice.
Take good care and best of luck with the show. Break a leg (just not literally, please)!!!


February 8, 2014 at 7:18 pm
Bonnie Donohue says:

Awh what a pity, but totally understandable. Your soo considerate Derren , most performers wouldn’t think twice if they had to cancel their meet and greet, and there you are apologising and explaining yourself to your fans, such a gent!
Best of luck with your show (and your voice), can’t wait to see it in Dublin! X


February 8, 2014 at 7:20 pm
Tom says:

Hey Derren,

Hope your voice gets better soon. You’re the only celeb I know of that goes to the effort of putting a reading list together so I’m sure most people will understand. Really love your work and what you stand for.

Noticed recently you’re working on your eggs – I’ve been doing the same, omelette and scrambled I’ve got down, will get working on poached!

Oh and Dan Ariely has brought out a new book which will keep you occupied in your moments of silence.

Much love legend,

Tom


February 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm
Rebecca says:

It is disappointing but your voice is the most important thing. A few fans would be upset if there is no meet and greet but everyone would be gutted if their show was cancelled. Anyone who calls you selfish is stupid for not figuring that out. Take care of yourself Derren amd hopefully I will get to see you soon. Your shows always look amazing on TV.


February 8, 2014 at 7:21 pm
Sarah says:

I fully understand, and anyone who doesn’t isn’t worth your effort to see them.
I am really looking forward to seeing your show.
Look after yourself
See you in Nottingham
Xx


February 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Craig says:

Derren came out the stage door after his show at the kings theatre in Glasgow a few Uears ago (E.N.I.G.M.A) and could not have been a nicer guy! Was friendly, chatted to is and signed out programmes and DVDs. Will be gutted he won’t be able to pop out and say hi this Year when we attend. Will be in the 3rd row though so will be happy with that! See ya on the Wednesday night of your Glasgow show this Year, can’t wait!!


February 8, 2014 at 7:28 pm
Ash says:

OMG!!! You are literally the most selfish person since people began…….only joking I am inspired and amazed by your theatre performances and enjoy all of your work. Don’t worry about your hello to me this is my hello to you :)


February 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm
Craig says:

Excuse the typos lol


February 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Lucykate says:

You are doing the right thing, looking after you voice and it’s a shame that some people think you are being selfish by doing that.

I am looking forward to your show’s though :-)

Good Luck xx


February 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Zack says:

You shouldn’t need to apologise Derren, you are by far an outstanding performer and everybody who knows you and see’s the effort you put into each of your shows would surely understand.
Yes, it is a little unfortunate that it as to be that way but so be it. I would certainly enjoy having a chat with you and sincerely hope that I could one day in the future.
Reading your apology, and reading things about people calling you lazy is a little annoying. I have seen your shows numerous times, and even have tickets to 2 of your shows this year (only a few days apart as well)…. and I for one could never say you were lazy in any way.
While it is unfortunate, ignore the nobodys who call you anything like this…. your true fans will understand.
Looking forward to seeing your shows later in the year my friend!!


February 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm
Seb Farrell says:

I totally understand, and to back up a little of what Derren has said I saw a show in Warrington on his first tour (which coincidently I’m sure was over 11 years ago) he didn’t just stop to talk to people after he signed posters and autographs, played rock paper and scissors and in my case, as I worked at the theatre at the time, came and had Chinese with us, he was and is an incredibly courteous and grateful gentleman and I’m sure he hasn’t taken this decision easily or through laziness. Lazy men don’t bother putting the work into live shows like these. I can understand people feeling disappointed but who who knows maybe after a year of monking it up his voice will be better than ever and he might make a U turn, in the meantime enjoy his shows because there’s nothing out there quite like Derren Brown.


February 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm
Owen says:

Fair play to you Mr. Brown. My wife bought me tickets to the Manchester show and I can’t wait. All the best for the tour. O


February 8, 2014 at 7:34 pm
Aarron Hoy says:

Hi Derren, I was hoping to see you after the show in nottingham as it’s on my birthday , but I completely understand your reason for not I work in sales and teach martial arts and modern zen philosophy, so I completely appreciate the importance of vocals to do what you do.

I hope to attend your future shows and we’ll be able to meet and say hello.

Good luck on the tour and see you in notts.

:)


February 8, 2014 at 7:36 pm
Ash says:

Don’t apologise Darren… Your shows are pure genius, that’s what us fans love you for… I saw Beyonce last summer and she never came out after, nor felt a need to apologise… And the same for Robbie… So don’t sweat the small stuff, we think you are brilliant!


February 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm
Claire Shaw says:

Good for you Derren, I would be more upset you cancelling a show than not being able to see you afterwards, I go to the show to see you and your talent. I have been to your shows and you can see how much effort and hard work you put in to it and that is a credit to yourself and it shows the dedication you have to your audience. You need to look after yourself and your voice and still be able to entertain as you do. If people are so desperate for something perhaps you can send your crew out with some signed cards…
Take care and I look forward to seeing another of your shows soon!!


February 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm
Ann-Sofie says:

Dear Derren, we are from Belgium and planning to see you again next week. Last time we visit you was in London and you signed my travel journal what I loved, even more because since that day (if I calculated backwards) I had my daughter with me and she is the greatest gift. This time I’m pregnant of a babyboy and somehow it seems nice to let you know that our children both experience you in a unique way. Sorry for the English, but I wanted to share this with you, to let you know I prefer to watch the show and let others enjoy your shows than to see you outside, even if it was always nice to see you. I do wish to be able to visit you with my children and tell them this story too.


February 8, 2014 at 7:38 pm
Alia says:

I am sorry to hear that, hope your voice training helps to make the troubles with your voice bearable for yourself and your special someone! And although I always like meeting you after the show I understand completely and I know most will… And the ones who don’t, I don’t think you could persuade them with any argument…so indeed don’t bother…

Courage!!!


February 8, 2014 at 7:39 pm
Paul Tighe says:

While it would have been lovely to meet you in person I would personally prefer to see you on stage giving it your all. If we are meant to meet I’m sure we will at some stage. Really looking forward to seeing you live.
All the best,
P Tighe


February 8, 2014 at 7:42 pm
Jodie Cowlishaw says:

Hi Derren, I’m really pleased with myself and you should know why. I bought my Fiancé tickets to your show last year for his 21st birthday, and I was lucky enough to get them for the show on his actually birthday (at a venue near home also) which was the 15th May 2013. This was a surprise gift which I kept to myself til the very moment we pulled up outside the venue and he turned and saw the poster advertising your show. I was very pleased with myself at this timing (although it was actually an accident) and he was thrilled. Also in true ‘Derren Brown style’ I bought the seats numbered 10 and 11 to make 21 as it was his 21st. I think I’ll be boasting about my amazing (and well thought out I may add) present for years to come :)


February 8, 2014 at 7:43 pm
Jack Strange says:

Perfectly understandable Derren. I hope the vocal issues get resolved soon, and you can return to your gracious meet and greet routine.
In the meantime heal up well, and I hope to catch you at a show soon.


February 8, 2014 at 7:46 pm
Lindsey says:

If people cannot understand and respect why you cannot come out after shows anymore then they are just immature and, well, stupid, heh. I so wish I could come watch you preform again, but unfortunately I live in Sweden and cannot afford the trip.

Keep on being awesome Derren!

/Lindsey


February 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm
Paul Halgarth says:

All sounds fair enough to me. I absolutely loved Senegal. All the best with this tour Derren! :-)


February 8, 2014 at 7:49 pm
Amira says:

Hi Derren, I totally understand.
I think you are an amazing performer, who genuinely care so much about fans .. I love you no matter what, not only for what you do, but also for the person you are.
I hope your voice gets well soon. And i hope one day I have the opportunity to meet you in person. I wish you best of luck with your tour and I will come and see you again :)
Just please look after your health. Afterall it’s the most important thing.
Lots of love xxxx
Amira


February 8, 2014 at 7:51 pm
Paul Halgarth says:

This all sounds fair enough to me. I absolutely loved Svengali. All the best with this tour Derren! :-)


February 8, 2014 at 7:52 pm
christian king says:

Arrrrr Hope your voice is ok i think most people will understand and people know its not a lazy thing cause you make your money from fans so it would not make any sense to avoid us lol will see you at your shows


February 8, 2014 at 8:01 pm
berry Parsons says:

Hi Derren. Just wanted to say love your work and your amazing. People need to realise that you are human too and not superman. We all get problems one day even you :-) regards. Berry Parsons
Ireland


February 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm
Lara basini says:

Agreed. You have always gone above and beyond and come out and chatted and signed away. Will be there again this year and I cannot wait. Your show perks me up for weeks after and generally reinforces my belief in mind control xxxxx


February 8, 2014 at 8:05 pm
Craig Elliott says:

Hi Derren,

I have met numerous famous people over the years, usually rock bansd types, and can honestly say I’ve never met anyone who has gone to more effort for “the fans” than yourself.

As well as a few after show queues of a hundred people I was also lucky enough to have you actually come out of the theatre and spend 10 minutes chatting while you hand corrected my “portraits” book. A genuine highlight leaving me tongue tied for once in my life.

All the real fans know you are the most genuine person on Earth, how ironic for such a tricky trickster?!?

All the best.

Craig.


February 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm
Ezmeralda Edwards says:

hello Derren.
Thank you for being sensible and giving people prior warning and reason.
Its nice that you think of your fans.
If anyone complains, (have your manager/PA) to say after a football match, do people bitch and moan because they dont get a kick around with their favourite player?
No, they dont.
All the best, hope your voice recovers soon.
If not, learn sign language, it may inspire others!!!
Take care, enjoy your tour :)


February 8, 2014 at 8:06 pm
Janet says:

I have been lucky enough to see all of your stage shows and my daughter has participated in two of them, we have also had the greatest of pleasures in meeting you after some of the shows, you remembered my daughter, posed for photo’s and signed various memorabilia, you’ve always been extremely courteous and chatty. Your true fans will understand that you have to look after your voice, best wishes xxx


February 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm
Debs says:

Aww. I’m from New Zealand so no luck seeing any of your shows so far, but I completelyun derstand the voice issues! Had similar problems of my own, if I overuse my voiceiIstart choki ng in the middle of a conversation which is always incredibly awkward. Take care and hope to see your show one day!


February 8, 2014 at 8:08 pm
Sarah price says:

That’s understandable, and for the people who say your lazy are very ungrateful, because they are quite lucky to have you come out after the show to meet us in the past years. Hopeful I will see you for the first time in this tour, and I didn’t expect you to come out to meet us; and knowing that you did do the years before is still great to know. (p.s. Sorry for any spelling mistakes, I’m not good ;] )


February 8, 2014 at 8:10 pm
keiran says:

Derren, it sucks to receive negative comments so I thought I’d make sure you get at least one positive one! I think anyone who sees this as an act of selfishness is in fact a selfish person. You may be a celebrity but that doesn’t mean you have to destroy yourself for the sake of others entertainment. You’re explanation is more than what most would have offered and completely understandable.

Good luck with the show!


February 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm
Mulan Hegedus says:

Dear Derren,

I am so sorry to hear about you losing your voice! As an actress and singer I know how horrible this situation is :( However, you are definitely doing the right thing by conserving your voice, and it is so kind of you to explain and let the public know what is going on. I have seen your show last year and it was GREAT! :D You are an amazing performer and such a creative magician – I really hope you will feel better soon. You are definitely doing the right thing by preserving your voice, and any true friend/fan will understand that.

Take care and good luck with your awesome tour! :)

Sincerely,
Mulan


February 8, 2014 at 8:11 pm
algernon says:

Hello Derren,
I hope your voice will get soon better, you´re doing wonderful work there! Of course we all want to say hello – so this would be my virtual one. (You really could start collecting guest-books after your shows, you know:)).
Thank you for the post, have a great tour!

Alg.
PS: my airline ticket got cancelled, so I won´t make it, but greetings from central Europe anyway!


February 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm
Lois says:

This is a shame, it was great to meet you outside Leeds grand theatre last year but a lot of other people don’t bother at all so don’t feel bad. I’m hoping to catch you again in Leeds or London this year!


February 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm
Carol Dodds says:

Would love to have got an autograph at the Belfast show this year ur an amazing performer and love ur work however I respect your decision good luck on your tour, can’t wait to see you in march

Big fan

Carol Dodds xx


February 8, 2014 at 8:15 pm
Maria Gore says:

If people dont understand this…they are morons….its very nice of you to explain….looking forward to seeing you in Milton Keynes..I just know it will be a fantastic, intriguing, fascinating show so excited!!
Sending you love Maria x


February 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm
Scott Beardsley says:

Hey Derren! I don’t live in the UK unfortunately but I wish I could come to one of your shows and see it live! I love watching your shows on youtube and I am a huge fan of yours. You are also an inspiration in my magical career and I hope to one day meet you. Magically,
Scott


February 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm
Wayne Ashton says:

Mr B

Will you be answering and talking to your fans on facebook instead? You post a-lot and if we can’t meet you in person we could at least hang out online and talk scrambled eggs and Putins last adventure!


February 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm
Aria says:

If people do act so ignorant and say that you’re lazy etc then they can’t be true fans.
Looking after yourself should always be paramount and I would much rather see you perform and astound my tiny mind for two hours than chat to you for 10 minutes afterward.
You are a performer and that’s what they are paying you for so to expect you to go above and beyond at the detriment of the biggest expressional tool to your performance is ridiculous.
I hope you remain in good health for the next 6 months.

Aria x


February 8, 2014 at 8:24 pm
Gail Hatton says:

No one who has seen your live shows would think you’re lazy Derren, you’re a sweetheart, and I’m so happy I had the pleasure of meeting you last year after my first viewing of Infamous, you even gave me a wee hug, which made my day. What do I do with the little gift I bought for you?, do I give it to someone at the box office?. Lots of love, look after your voice, cant wait to see the show again.


February 8, 2014 at 8:30 pm
Peter says:

Darren
We would rather see you at your mischievous best. I wouldnt worry to much about the trolls who will always find some excuse to vent their spleen.
I’m sure the shows will be as intriguing, confusing, astonishing and downright entertaining as they always are.

Regards

Peter


February 8, 2014 at 8:33 pm
Fiona Thompson says:

Hi Derren,

I do not work in theatre, as wonderful as it would have been to tread the boards, but I do work in a callcentre and ‘talk’ for around 7 hours a day 5 days a week, and the voice was never intended to do that, and sometimes it just gives up. So I know that need for silence, although friends and family even find it hard to accept that as much as I love talking to them, I cant talk all day at work to strangers, and then talk for half an hour or so to them too because every word I utter at that point hurts so much when my throat is not at its best, but sometimes they dont understand, so I dont doubt that there will be many that think you somehow owe them your time whatever the cost to yourself.
You are first and foremost a performer, and that is what people come to see, the meet and greet at the end was an added bonus, but should never be any more than that, and certainly not to be expected, although because you have done it for so long, it had become and extension of the show itself.
So should you have started doing it in the first place, who knows. Glad that you did from one who has a treasured signature from a rainy night after a show at The Empire Sunderland many moons ago, yet even then you weren’t well that night, but still stayed to sign and pose for photos even though you couldn’t chat, but I was more than happy with my signed book and a cheeky grin.
You cant please everyone, nor should you even try. As long as you give the best performance you can that is all that you have to do, and you should never have to explain, though lovely of you to do so, but the only person who can look after yourself is you, and finally you have accepted that.
So there, you gave me the opportunity to reply so I did.
Take good care of you.

Fi


February 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm
Annette MacCaul says:

Will miss seeing DB at the stage door, but I understand the reasons why. Taking my 72 year old mother to see the show in Canterbury – she’s going to kick right off…


February 8, 2014 at 8:36 pm
Jen Fulton says:

Can’t wait to see the show in bristol! Very kind of you to apologise for not being able to chat. Good luck with the tour x


February 8, 2014 at 8:37 pm
Amy Caldwell says:

True fans will understand. Derren I feel honoured to have met you after your previous shows. Your health comes first (plus you are getting on a bit x) People who attend your shows get a fab experience & won’t be disappointed. Good Luck with the tour & ignore the bad comments. You’re a genius IMO !!! xx Amy xx


February 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm
Michael Galano says:

No worries. In still waiting for a show in the US that I can finally see you in. Hopefully Vegas over NY.

take care


February 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm
Sophie Haines says:

Darren you are such an amazing and down to earth guy and I hugely respect you. I can imagine how hard and upsetting it must be that you’ve had to make this decision but please know that as a fan I completely appreciate it and you. The very fact of being able to see you live on stage would be enough for me! Unfortunately I don’t get out much as my husband and I have a three year old son Camren who was born at 26 weeks gestation and as a result of his prematurity he has severe cerebral palsy, he is mainly affected by his condition in a physical sense, so although four years old in May, he cannot sit unaided, crawl, stand or walk. We plough much of our spare time into fundraising so we can reach our target of £15,000 to get him the therapy he needs and spending time with him and his 9 year old sister Bethany. So although we don’t manage to get out to your theatre shows, I follow you on Facebook and love keeping up with what you’re doing and we love your shows on t.v!!!! Please keep doing what you’re doing, we think you’re great, we love watching you and please take care of yourself especially your voice!!!
Much love and respect,
Sophie x x


February 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm
Clare Scott says:

Hope the voice keeps good for you! Love your shows! You are a very dedicated performer and in sure all your fans know this…good luck for the tour x


February 8, 2014 at 8:42 pm
JP says:

I think it’s understandable and wish you all the best on your tour.


February 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm
alex morris says:

I came to see you in Bournemouth last year and the infamous tour is amazing!
However I did feel for you as you struggled through drinking lots of honey and lemon/blackcurrant (can’t remember) and I’m sure everyone will understand :)
I would, however, love to meet you in person as you are an inspiration to me. I think you should start hosting tea mornings with people :D
Good luck this year and hope it blows people’s minds as much as it did mine.
Much love <3
x


February 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm
Tony Miller says:

Greeting your audience after a show is a classy thing to do. However you need to put your health and work ahead of that. Take care of yourself so you continuing entertaining for years to come.


February 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm
Kirsty Gordon says:

How could people say that about you? You clearly love what you do and the people you share it with! I understand completely! Although my line of work is completely different (I work in a gift shop), I often find that talking for hours every day does make my voice hoarse and some days I find it almost impossible to get a sound out! I hope that people do understand and don’t give you a hard time over it! And even if some do remember there’s more of us out here that love everything you do and want you to continue but only if you are happy and healthy enough to do so! I hope you feel better soon! Much love xxxxx ♡


February 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm
Ed says:

Derren, I loves your shows, both televised and those performed in the theaters. I’m coming to your show 22nd May at Nottingham Royal it will be the first time I see you live, I am very excited and I think your illusions are phenomenal I hope you have the opportunity to perform your shows for many years to come. I rather like you taxidermy collection, very eccentric, but it’s obviously quite a talking point.
Ed


February 8, 2014 at 9:04 pm
Joe says:

I am absolutely gutted that I won’t get the chance to possibly meet you on the night (Monday 19th May by the by :D), but I totally understand about the voice preservation. I’m having to prepare and keep my voice in shape for the Nottingham Trent musical this year. You are the most amazingly passionate performer I have ever seen! It’s the first time I’ll be seeing you live, and I’m looking forward to it greatly!


February 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm
Debbie says:

Hey we are coming to see your Canterbury show. My husband and I are big fans, this will be our 4th show, it’s becoming quite a tradition, my husband receiving tickets to your shows for his birthday. I was wondering if you could possibly send a signed ‘something’ scrap paper or a picture if you have one floating around, so I could get extra brownie points with the birthday boy this year. It would be muchly appreciated.

Debbie


February 8, 2014 at 9:11 pm
Nicky says:

Dear Derren

I’m sure anyone with any sense will understand!
I have been to a few of your wonderful shows
and have also been one of those who waited
outside the stage door only to be left disappointed,
however I always considered the fact that you would
have had very good reasons for not coming out, excuse the pun! Lol
I have known you many years now and although we have
lost touch and I would be over the moon to see you in person again
I realise you have a very busy and demanding life now.

Much love to you
Pronuptia girl xx


February 8, 2014 at 9:12 pm
Michael says:

Totally understandable and I hope the voice recovers well after the stress it goes through. I cannot imagine what kind of strain it is under, I only hope it doesn’t cause any other side effects or other internal problems as time passes. All the best and I hope you are considering a show in Australia sometime soon!


February 8, 2014 at 9:15 pm
Laura says:

We heart you derren. We can’t wait to see you in Brighton next week. It will be the first time I get to see a live show. That in itself itself is a treat. we were hoping to meet you after but totally understand your reasons . All the best, laura and York


February 8, 2014 at 9:22 pm
Andrew John says:

Thank you Derren. I feel that anyone who appreciates what you do will understand, completely. There is a saying,”what people think of me is none of my business”. Your health and well being come before anyone, be they fan or family.

Those who have had the pleasure to see you are more than lucky to have had the opportunity. Those of us, say from across the other side of the globe in Australia, would be more than thrilled just to have a chance to see a show. We’ll have to wait for the videos I’m afraid.

Be well, stay the course and all will work out.

Cheers.


February 8, 2014 at 9:27 pm
Felipe B says:

Last year we had tickets for one of the canceled shows, and were able to get some for the one after you were out. You put an amazing show and the effort you put in was palpable. It was nonetheless a wonderful show and we appreciated it immensely. It is sad indeed but you’ve always been great to your fans and audience, and I’m sure everyone of them will support your decision.
Take care.
F


February 8, 2014 at 9:28 pm
Jamie Atkins says:

This June will mark 10 years ago since I first saw you live, and being a 13 year old being pulled up on a west end stage was absolutely fantastic. I’m sure your true fans including myself will totally understand about you not being able to come out after shows. Your voice is the main part of the show! Your imagination and showmanship are brilliant and without your voice you would not be able to show people what you have trained your whole life to do. Your shows are extremely entertaining, mind-blowing and just phenominal. Keep up the great work Derren. We love you! :)


February 8, 2014 at 9:30 pm
Damien Kavanagh says:

I’m coming to the show at The Lowry in June and was hoping to be able to say hello afterwards, however I completely understand and really appreciate your taking the time to post this apology.
Arse biscuits to the nay sayers!

Best Wishes

Damien


February 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm
DES says:

Better to be able to put on your shows , your health is very important and if that means you can’t do after show signings etc i’m sure most of us should respect that .


February 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm
Hannah says:

Last year I had the pleasure of seeing one of your shows in London. It was just an absolute delight! We didn’t even know you normally come out to greet people! we were just so mesmerised and happy to have the experience of the show. I think people will understand you not being able to come out and sign and chat anymore
- I studies theatre at uni and anyone on stage can attest that after the show you’re exhausted as it is, let alone going and chatting after when you have a long string of shows ahead! All the best and thank for the showing truth to the world.
Regards,
Hannah from Brisbane Australia


February 8, 2014 at 9:37 pm
Gelena says:

Dear Derren,
I hope you voice stays stable this year and that your tour remains undisturbed.
Although my tickets are yet not booked, I keep checking on the tour dates and in case if you’re not coming to London, I’ll emerge to the nearest performance location.

Wishing you a great tour!
With much admiration.
Gelena. :)


February 8, 2014 at 9:38 pm
Rachel Toner says:

I am a singing teacher and just want to say that you have absolutely made a good decision in choosing to look after your voice. As I constantly tell my students, touring requires a lot of stamina and vocal health is paramount. I have seen every live show you have done and I have loved them all. I think it’s great that you have been courteous and honest enough to post this, and I wish you every success with your next tour. Looking forward to seeing whatever you do after that!


February 8, 2014 at 9:41 pm
Brian Noonan says:

il be at the march 11th show in Dublin and although itll be disappointing not to see you afterwards im sure its going to be a fantastic show. best of luck


February 8, 2014 at 9:43 pm
Ollie Tipler says:

Hi Derren!

Yeah a bit disappointed but at the end of the day I will love the show and no doubt I’ll bump into you sometime in the future. I fully understand and appreciate why you’re not greeting fans and I cant wait to see the show! See you in Milton Keynes!


February 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm
susie b says:

I think anyone that doesn’t understand this is a complete moron. You need to take care of number 1. We would rather see your show and know your fit and well. Thanks have to struggle and cancel. Take care. I think your a very talented man. And live watching your show. XxX


February 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm
Laura says:

Derren, I wonder if you would ever come out to Australia to do a show? The flight is a killer, but you could rest your voice for a whole 24+ hours :)


February 8, 2014 at 9:53 pm
Christina says:

I’d much rather you didn’t come outside to see a few people than disappointed a whole audience by having to cancel. Especially if it’s the show I’m going to see :) There’s always going to be people who make rude comments just because they can, you’re allowed to ignore them they’re idiots!


February 8, 2014 at 9:56 pm
becca says:

Derren,

Thankyou for explaining that.

To stand and wait to see someone after a show and not have them turn up is very disheartening. However, this simple explanation means we can understand why you cant come out and means people won’t be unnecessarily standing out in the cold for someone who isn’t coming.

Real fans would rather you looked out for your health and to be the best you can for all your other shows for all your other fans.

I look forward to seeing you on stage and in full voice when you head up to Leeds next month,
Becca


February 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Andrew Bond says:

Hi, you won’t remember this, but many years ago I watched your show in the st. Davids hall , Cardiff. It was a great show and was exactly what you try to show. My girlfriend at the time (now my wife) was blown away by what you did. To be honest I had always been a fan of contemporary illusions, and had always thought what you were doing was great.

Anyway after nagging her to stay after the show, you finally got to us to sign our programme after signing what looked like a hundred others
. thank you for that, it really ment a lot to us, especially me. We were the last in the cue that day, but you still had the decency to seem greatful. Since this initial show you have obviously gone on to great things, but even back then it really did mean quiet a lot. I do apologise for the grammar and punctuation, I’m on my phone.

I do apologise for the spelling and grammar, I’m on my phone. But when I saw this I had to respond. Since this initial show, you have obviously gone on to better thinhs


February 8, 2014 at 10:10 pm
Brett powers says:

Hi Derren,

I am coming to the show at the Bristol hippodrome in April 26th. I just wanted to send a message to say I think that you are absolutely brilliant and I think that you trying to preserve your voice is doing a great justice to everyone that has bought a ticket.

I have been to see one of your shows before and I have always said that you are one of the worlds great performers. I completely understand you reasoning behind not being able to meet and greet.

I wish you all the best on the infamous tour.

A truly appreciative fan.

Brett Powers


February 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Ole-Jacob Hovengen says:

Hi!

I just want to say good luck with your new show infamous!
Im a big fan and I love all of your work!

Thank you so much for all the inspiration you are giving to me!

Best regards Ole-Jacob Hovengen ;)


February 8, 2014 at 10:13 pm
Graham says:

Totally understand Derren. Take care of that wonderful voice so we can enjoy it for years to come.


February 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm
Tracey Morgan says:

Completely understand. Have spent many a happy while chatting to you at previous shows
and cherished it. Take care xxx


February 8, 2014 at 10:27 pm
Richie Beckford says:

As a performer my self most understandable, I’m glad I got a book signed when I could :-)


February 8, 2014 at 10:29 pm
Janine says:

No you owe it to yourself to look after yourself so fans can continue to watch your shows and performances.

I remember waiting backstage as long as I could to meet Bill Bailey but I have children and a babysitter at home. Most of your fans who have children might not be able to get out and see/meet you but they will still be taking time to see your shows.

Good on you, you are human, look after yourself and you do great work for the world in keeping it honest :)


February 8, 2014 at 10:33 pm
Adam Thompson says:

I find myself wanting to write a comment/reply to this statement but can’t help wonder if it will be read by you Derren.

It’s just a note to let you know that I don’t think you realise how much you really have done. You do great shows an all that, but to me its not just ‘Gasping’ at your great illusions, but its the way you perform on AND off stage. You have that attitude were you look at life and say to it “Get lost I can do as I please!”

You Derren have – I’m afraid – have given me inspiration to change a few things in my life AND to maybe follow this strange path that I hope to advance in, mentalist/illusions.

I live in hope that one day I can sit in front of you are not ask how your tricks are done, but why you do them and how you came about starting this amazing path. Have a speedy recovery and you don’t need to apologize for anything.

Hope I didn’t lick ass too much,
Adam


February 8, 2014 at 10:35 pm
Michelle says:

You have to do what is right for you and to maintain your voice/vocal chords, us true fans know how humble and grateful you are and we support you all the way, We want to see an amazing show and you never disappoint, and if that means you don’t meet and greet for a while so be it, Ignore the negative comments and opinions, those people really don’t appreciate you at all. Good luck with the tour, you will as ever be mind blowing.


February 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Jessy says:

I actually think you are such a humble and amazingly kind person when it comes to your fans. xxxx


February 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm
Karyn Hannah says:

It’s about what’s good for you, so I’m sure the fans will understand. I’m wondering though, where do you derive the greatest joy. From performing your show over and over to the greatest number of people, or from the other kind of interactions afforded by conversations with people between shows. I assume it’s the former, as that’s what you are doing.


February 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm
Heather Anderson says:

I can totally understand that. Your health comes first; what a scary thing to consider losing! And as a performer you can’t be too careful. Can I also say how gracious to even write an explanation. I saw Infamous in the first run and it was incredible! I know I’ll never see another show quite like it.

I did meet you once, in the Glasgow Royal concert hall in 2002. I was a teenage goth in a floor length velvet dress (I dressed up, even if no one else did) and I asked you about your ginger kitten, and you told me his/her name was “Spasm”. I was thrilled and thought this name was delightfully cheeky for a piece of taxidermy, but the crowd’s reaction was to actually recoil, you could *feel* the atmosphere in the room change. And you responded by standing back, opening up your arms, as if in a giant embrace, and brought the room back together. Masterful…


February 8, 2014 at 10:56 pm
Martin Murphy says:

That’s fair enough and very understandable. I have been to see your shows at the Alex in Brum over the last few years and did notice how weak your voice was sounding this time round. I would rather see and hear a great show and know that you are healthy than spend ten minutes of my time generating a ‘guess who I saw’ pub story to the detriment of your well being.


February 8, 2014 at 10:57 pm
Anna says:

My menagerie & I were fortunate enough to see you after the show in Sunderland and it is a memory that we treasure. While it is a shame that others will not have that experience your health is paramount and I hope others will understand. x


February 8, 2014 at 11:01 pm
Matt Sharp says:

Hopefully the fans understand, and also that they are very lucky to see you live. I live in New Zealand and am a huge fan, have been since Russian Roulette, and it would cost me thousands of pounds to come to a show. So to bang on about you being lazy is just an unjustified sense of entitlement.

I love when a new tv spacial comes on, every show is better then the last. I work in the film industry and had the privilege of filming a short piece with the great Steven Fry and after the shoot the first thing I asked him quite literally was about the programmed assassination experiment and he told me that he was just as amazed about the outcome as I was and we had a great chat about his experience.

Keep up the amazing work and maybe one day Ill get the chance, like your UK fans, to see one of your stage shows.


February 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm
Matthew Pering says:

It’s too bad you don’t ever “hop across the pond” to do your show (or am I just unaware?) But I will be sure to catch it online somehow, I’m sure. I would have to add that to take the time to be thoughtful enough to console the people that will inevitably whine anyway is not lazy, but what do I know? Anyway, love your stuff and wish you well on your tour.


February 8, 2014 at 11:07 pm
David O Neill says:

Good evening Derren,
My name is David. I am from Ireland. First of all, It is such a shame that you are unable to meet up after the show. I have watched your shows for the past 5-6 years and I am fascinated with your work. It has and always will be my dream to meet you, even if for a five second handshake. I know it may not seem like a big deal to you, but to me it would mean the world. I am a philosophy student who has always been interested in magic and skeoticism. You are one of my greatest heros and inspirations. If there ANY chance at all of meeting you when you come to Dublin? Before the show? Five seconds of your time would make my dream come true.

Best Wishes,
David


February 8, 2014 at 11:11 pm
Sue Faulkner says:

You need to look after your voice. It is your job, your work tool, your vocation. Fans will understand, haters will hate anyway .People always hope to see their (dare I say it) Hero. If they enjoy your show they will go home happy xx


February 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm
Mark Homan says:

A perfectly good reason and well explained. I hope that your tour is as successful as your previous shows.


February 8, 2014 at 11:21 pm
Jim Biniares says:

Totally understand. Just waiting for a tour to Australia. All the best. gargle ouzo. Old Greek remedy my mother introduced to me.


February 8, 2014 at 11:25 pm
Louise says:

You’re taking care of yourself and that’s what’s most important. Anyone who doesn’t understand this or feels the need to verbally berate you on your laziness and lack of dedication to your fans isn’t worth your time. I appreciate the tremendous effort you put into each of your shows and thoroughly enjoy watching them. (On C4 since I really can’t afford £30 a ticket on minimum wage – sorry!)
I hope you manage to keep your voice strong for this tour and look forward to being bamboozled by your mind trickery once again.

Love from Scotland! You’re amazing!
Louise xoxox


February 8, 2014 at 11:31 pm
Julie Powell says:

Derren, I do hope your fans understand how a voice in constant use gets tired, As a teacher I often come home after a long day of talking to students and cannot summon up the energy to say more than 2 words to my family. Your voice is precious, and once damaged takes a hell of a long time to recover.


February 8, 2014 at 11:32 pm
Marshall Penn says:

You work very hard already to provide us all with some first class entertainment – all those people who think you owe them something more should take a reality check. They dragged up to the show, had a few drinks maybe or whatever and had a chilled evening, but you didn’t – every minute from the moment you arrived at the venue was hard work, making sure everything was in place and every thing and every body was ready for the show, so you don’t need to apologise. Marshall


February 8, 2014 at 11:35 pm
Al Griffiths says:

rest well pal you look after your voice, sod the trolls they can climb back into their very luxurious bridges with build in wifi! take it easy mate good luck for the future.


February 8, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Nick says:

This is a real shame, Derren.

Since booking my ticket for Infamous, I have entertained the idea of having a ‘chat’ with you before or after the show. However, if I were presented with the opportunity, I would merely take it to say a big thank you for persuading me to never take things at face value. So, thanks! (also, mysterious talents can give you the upper hand in social situations)


February 8, 2014 at 11:40 pm
Craig gunn says:

Your voice is a powerful tool and a presidios thing to have. As an ex forces senior rate we are taught that it is also a valuable weapon and keeping it in good order is the best way of making sure you can use it to its full potential. I’ve had that honour of meeting you twice when it was still only 10-20 people waiting to see you after your show. I understand fully that as you’ve become more famous/infamous more people would come see you after the show. Yes it is a shame your usual routine has to be stopped but your voice is the main weapon you have on the stage so you’ll need to keep it well maintained and safe too. Don’t worry about the usual comments of lazy and too stuck up to see his fans comments. They’re usually from people who don’t understand the strains talking for two hours solid have on your voice day in and day out. Hope your tour this year is still good for you.


February 8, 2014 at 11:48 pm
Sami says:

You’re so lovely Derren!
If they were truly your fans they would care far more for your well being, than a quick meet and greet, however lovely that may be.
Have a fantastic tour,
Well wishes

Sami


February 8, 2014 at 11:51 pm
Paul Weaver Jr says:

No worries mate! Top Bloke, I haven’t been to one of your shows sadly for a few years, but hopefully this year I will make it!

Break a leg!!


February 8, 2014 at 11:55 pm
Bella says:

So I know you probably will not read this Derren but anyway so I have been waiting for 2 years and 9 months so I could be old enough to see your show but if you can’t say hello it’s not your fault you don’t need to apologise you don’t owe us anything I have been to loads of different shows but you are the only person I know that waited at the stage door!! I take my hat off to you for doing it for so many years. Have you considered doing it inside to help your throat. Or maybe you could get the theatre to sell signed programs or flyers or something. I am seeing you on Tuesday in Brighton in the second circle row C possibly something like seat 12 I can’t remember . So excited!! Remember rest your voice so everyone can watch your show. Hope you get this before the show!! This is my first ever show of yours I have been to so I am super excited !


February 9, 2014 at 12:03 am
Bella says:

Thursday not Tuesday :) silly spelling corrector and seat 22


February 9, 2014 at 12:04 am
Thomas says:

Mr Brown (quite the title),
You’ll never be able to satisfy everyone. I’ve never had the opportunity to see your show live (I like in Malta of all places) however from the youtube clips and my copy of “Live Collection” you always seem to give 100% on stage! Also very decent of you to put this out there for your fans in advance. Doubt it was easy making the decision as you obviously feel you’re letting your fans down. To sum up I just wanted to say thankyou, both for sharing your amazing talents as well as outdoing yourself every show :) I hope you have a wonderful day and an even better year!

Eagerly awaiting your next impossible feat,
Thomas M.


February 9, 2014 at 12:05 am
Justin Andrews says:

I understand Derren :)


February 9, 2014 at 12:10 am
Sadhbh says:

Totally understood Derren, shame I won’t get to meet you but thank you so much for this tour. Stage-door signings are a rarity and the fact that you even took the time to apologize for your inability to do them says it all! Best of luck with the tour, looking forward to seeing you in Dublin :)


February 9, 2014 at 12:11 am
Max says:

I hope huge monolithic man mountains like yourself continue to look after themselves? Yourself? I buggered up the grammar there but to apologise for not throwing in a privelidge like you did is fucking wonderful and thank you.

Xx


February 9, 2014 at 12:11 am
stuart says:

The show’s the thing.
Much rather have a great show with no meet and greet than the other way around.
Stay well.
God bless (((d)))


February 9, 2014 at 12:25 am
Alex B says:

Just saying as a fellow performer who relies on voice, I truly understand where Darren is coming from – when your livelihood relies on it you really get how much strain the voice is under and how delicate and temperamental it can be. Most people take it for granted. They don’t realise how damaged it really is after a long night in the pub! Try entertaining an auditorium full of people when it feels like that


February 9, 2014 at 12:36 am
Ben Lashmar says:

Being that your voice is a prime component of your performance (therefore I’d say just a -little bit vital- ) I’d say it’s a perfectly acceptable thing to Rest as required.

Sure, it means you may have to skip out on the meet-and- greet but Given your frank, and in my opinion perfectly acceptable advance apology for doing so. I’d say it was alright.

Go nuts, or not as the case may be either way sir?

Look after yourself :)


February 9, 2014 at 12:42 am
Natalie Slater says:

Hi
I honestly didn’t know that you come out after the show to say hello, and it’s great that you used to, but it’s a long tour and you will need your “own and personal time too” and obviously preserve your voice! It’s fantastic and very polite that you have informed people that you won’t be comming out! :-)
I’m comming to see you for the first time in May in Leeds as my partner bought me the tickets for Xmas and I really can’t wait to see the show!

A big fan looking forward to seeing the show!

Nat x


February 9, 2014 at 1:00 am
scott jones says:

I can understand this, it’s a long tour and after talking nearly non-stop as you do for 2 hours a day and then going out into the cold and talking more would definitely have an adverse effect on your voice, my only regret is that me and my wife couldn’t make it to this show, but i am waiting for the dvd at the very least, i hope it all goes great and you boggle the minds of the UK once again.

Scott.


February 9, 2014 at 1:02 am
Natalie worrall says:

Hi Derren,
I totally understand your reasons and hope your voice is getting better. I’ve seen you on tour and thought you were incredible. And I have to say that even though I didn’t talk to you, it was actually nice not too, because it keeps the mystery and fascination of your talent and you as a person.

Hope the shows go ok for 2014!!! Your incredible !!

Kind Regards Natalie Worrall xxx


February 9, 2014 at 1:08 am
Serene Millward says:

Completely understandable Derren., I think most people would do the same, if they had some self-respect and were content enough within themselves to not need every bit of extra fame they could get. You’ve offered an explanation, out of care and kindness, which you didn’t have to do, and I for one, wholeheartedly accept it, thankyou. The fact that you bothered to take your time to do this shows that you are not just lazy or can’t be bothered. I think this decision of yours is actually for us, the audience… you are choosing to put all your energy into the show – so that it is as great as it can be for US! So thankyou again :)


February 9, 2014 at 1:19 am
Juliana Tong Angelakis says:

Add oil Derren!!!! I am sure a lot of people has said this before, I admire everything that you are doing and did~ The amount of effort that goes into putting on every show, is something I can’t fathom. If I have a chance to glimpse and experience your amazing talent, it would have checked off the top of my bucket list^^ The way you came out and apologise is beyond what any performers would do, even though I would LOVVVVVVVEEEEE to meet you in person. Keep up the great work and I will try to fly there and make it to your show next year. Love & Support!!!!!


February 9, 2014 at 1:28 am
Laura Brennan says:

I think that is completely understandable Derren. Your true fans will understand… we were very lucky to get to meet you after Svengali in Birmingham and you were charming, captivating and it was worth the cold wait at the stage door. Your signed programme is framed and sits proudly in our hallway. Its sad that everyone cant get that experience but for me (selfishly) thats what makes it even more magical. I hope your voice holds out for many more shows to come. Laura xx


February 9, 2014 at 1:47 am
Charlotte says:

Hi Derren,
First off I would like to say I’m a massive fan of yours! I was totally sickened when my family tried to get tickets to your show for my birthday but they couldn’t get a hold of any. But in regards to your blog post, I really hope your voice holds up a bit better this year for your sake and I think it is fantastic that you even care about your fans enough to truly feel sorry and give an explanation. Not enough celebrities actually appreciate their fans like you do and I hope no one is selfish enough to try put you down for this decision!
I wish you all the best for the show, although I know it is bound to be amazing as everything you do is, and hopefully I’ll get to see you in action someday myself!


February 9, 2014 at 2:38 am
Alexandre says:

Hello Derren, i do understand really, my job is far from being similar to yours, i am a techer in a vocational university and know that after few weejs of lecturing my voice is affected so I can imagine what you are enduring.
Take care. I love your shows

Alex


February 9, 2014 at 2:39 am
Suzanne graham says:

Hey derren I understand xx love your shows and know do ya best to please ya fans xx hope you ok and do ya best at what you do


February 9, 2014 at 4:04 am
Chris Montgomery says:

BOOOM!
Derren Brown,

If you do your tour and end up in the US or specifically Chicago. I would see it in a heartbeat. You are a big inspiration for me. I love to work behind the scenes and wish you the best on the tour.

just 1 question before i sum up.. Have you ever made a mistake on stage, and passed it off like it was nothing?

Thank you for being a great role model and guide in society. We need more people like you.

Chris Montgomery


February 9, 2014 at 4:18 am
Leon haynes says:

This comes as a huge shame too me, as I have followed you, loved you and respected you for more years than I care to remember and I was planning on loitering behind the stage door at the lowery when I come to see you later this year… But of course I so understand :) good luck on your tour and even tho I will not get to meet my idol face to face I’m sure I will be spellbound by your show none the less :) xxx


February 9, 2014 at 4:22 am
Leon haynes says:

Ps: I can’t promise I still won’t be there as I NEED to meet you :) (not in a wiered stalkerish way tho) :)


February 9, 2014 at 5:00 am
Matt Ryan says:

Hi Derren,
The fact that you took the time to explain that, shows that you are a true gentleman and are dedicated to your fans!
I was in the UK a couple of years ago for a 3 month holiday, and when I found out you were doing your Svengali tour, I stayed in the UK for an extra month absolutely broke, just so I could see you do your thing! It was amazing! I consider myself extremely blessed to have been able to meet you face to face after the show. It was snowing, and I made my girlfriend at the time wait for an hour, just so I could shake your hand! I had you sign a deck of cards I brought with me, it was a Svengali deck of all things! It is one of my most prized possessions, as soon as I got home I covered them in a clear plastic wrap and they get brought out to brag about my 5 mins of excitement spent in your company, so thank you for the talent, the memories and the fact that you are an amazing human being.
If you ever come to Australia, you always are welcome over for a BBQ!
Matt


February 9, 2014 at 5:15 am
Farid says:

What a a nice and sincere bloke you seem . Best of luck derren
Coincidently saw this post on the rarest of occasions I’ve lost my voice as well (can’t muster a squeak) tomorrow I’ll be mostly walking around with a pencil and pad.


February 9, 2014 at 5:17 am
Li Hong says:

Hi Derren, do take care of your voice, you got a lovely one. Maybe consider incorporating a voice-less segment in your future shows after infamous? You are a treasure, national or not. Many people including myself love you. I wish you all the best.


February 9, 2014 at 5:27 am
deano Hollett says:

I totally understand derren, my bro is in the business-he’s a singer and comedian and is always resting his voice especially whilst in pantomime.

How do i go about getting a signed photo of you? I think you are the best and have the utmost respect and admiration for what you do. You are so clever in your craft and i know how hard you have worked for it!

Take care,

Kindest regards,

Deano Hollett x


February 9, 2014 at 5:45 am
Brett says:

Just to let you know, sipping oxygen enriched water is very good for your voice, good luck.
Quite happy to be sharing the planet with interesting folk like you!
Have a gooden


February 9, 2014 at 6:20 am
Helen-Louise Foster says:

Dear Derren,

my fiance (Gray) & I will be coming to your show at the grand in wolverhampton in may as a joint birthday pesent to each other. We do not think you would be selfish to save your voice,in fact, we think that it’s common sense. You want to be able to perform each show for all of your fans. Showbusiness is a cutthroat business and to know that you care so much for fans is heartwarming and uplifting. We hope that you metaphorically ‘break a leg’ and enjoy yourself doing this show.

Many thanks,

Helen


February 9, 2014 at 6:28 am
James says:

Lol. Don’t worry about it. Cannot wait to see the show in Leeds. Me and the missus are very excited.


February 9, 2014 at 7:05 am
Rob L (Sydney) says:

I’ll be completely understanding and forgive you (on the condition that you bring the show to Australia (most particularly Sydney) :)


February 9, 2014 at 7:45 am
Elena says:

Hello Derran,

I’ve seen your last 3 shows including infamous and I waited to see you after the show. Each time you were so lovely and signed things with a personal message, especially the book of your paintings which you thanked me for buying. I agree that you interact with your fans much more than any other performer and if others cannot understand that then they are not true fans. All the best with the tour and I hope your voice stays healthy.

Elena x


February 9, 2014 at 8:10 am
Chris says:

I think that in this modern age the fact that you take the time to see your fans is testament to you. I’m taken back by your apology and I understand that you have to do what’s right by you and keep your voice in check. If you didn’t so many other people would miss out.
I have never made it to a show but would really love to, I have read some of your books and follow you on FB and watch your shows.
I like the clip you put on about happiness and it struck a chord with me. The x Y graph you spoke about and trying to keep on that, it’s hard going with modern pressures. I hope that not meeting you fans at the strange door won’t effect your graph.
All the best mate, take care
Chris.


February 9, 2014 at 8:53 am
Liz Mundell says:

Oh Derren, it is truly horrible that you have to justify yourself like this. I am a huge fan of Mika and have been since he had a few hundred fans and over the years I’ve watched in close quarters how people stop seeing him as a human being and started treating him like a product that they can buy and own. He, like you, and every other performer, struggles with his voice and has the same mute off stage existance that you have been forced to endure. He too loves to meet his fans but risks cancelling subsequent shows. The pressure you are under due to the legal and financial obligations is immense and any ‘fan’ or even random ticket buyer who ‘heckles’ you either in person or via this nice anonymous inter web world needs taking down a peg or two by the rest of us.
I have had the pleasure of seeing your show (Svengali) in Llandudno. It was fasinating and entertaining and 100% worth the price of the ticket. What was not included in the ticket price, which is what people forget, was the chance to meet you afterwards. However, we waited patiently and you did come out and speak to us. Us, the group of complete strangers, daunting and expectant, without your stage mask on. Had numerous photos taken, signed many a ticket and had to think of something to say to each of us. You did all that and I’m sure the rest of the group went away as we did…..beaming and replaying every little thing you said. It was unforgettable but had you not come out, the show itself, that we had paid for, would too have been unforgettable.
Good luck with the voice for this years shows. And good luck with keeping your resolve to take your well deserved rest after each exhausting night so that you are able to enjoy the small amounts of free time that the schedule allows.
I’ve argued this so many times with Mika ‘fans’ but I’d like to see any of them cope with this type of thing. See how stressed, grumpy, tired, shy, etc they were when pushed and pulled into these extra curricular activities.
You sell what you sell, and you provide the goods that have been bought, outside that, you are a free man!!! Don’t let ‘them’ get you down!!!


February 9, 2014 at 9:03 am
Jess Hong NZ says:

Hey Derren

Gotta say first off I’m a big fan, even though I have never had the priviledge of seeing a live show (due to living in the isolated country of New Zealand.) Hopefully whatever negative comments in response to this very kind apology will not get you down! As an amateur theatre practitioner, this unknown teen understands your mighty problem at least. :)

Warm regards
Jess the Hong, unknown girl from god-knows-where


February 9, 2014 at 9:10 am
Amie says:

Don’t worry about what people think, your health comes first and if your fans don’t understand that, then they are not true fans. Your true fans will just be happy that your fit and well and will applaud you for your hard work :) xx


February 9, 2014 at 9:34 am
srotideuk says:

It might not be a lazy choice….buts it’s blatantly not your choice.


February 9, 2014 at 9:52 am
Simon Goldberger says:

Hey Derren

Thanks for taking the time to write this, I’m very much looking forward to seeing you in March and completely understand your reasons for not coming out for the “chat”, it’s your livelihood for crying out loud.

If anyone doesn’t get that they just need to think about when they’re ill at work. chances are they don’t let thousands of people down at a time if they have a “sick day” so pay no attention to the naysayers and just be well.

Just watched Russian Roulette recently again and realised they cut it down at the beginning (the part where I was in it, I was a reserve) still a brilliant piece of TV regardless of it’s age or knowing the outcome, here’s hoping to working with you at some point.


February 9, 2014 at 9:59 am
Jon says:

Hi Derren,

I was fortunate to meet you twice over the past couple of years and was very honored that you came out to your fans. Sneakily i waited with my sister towards the end of you signing photos and having photos taken with your fans, so when it came to our turn everyone who had already met you had either walked off or just simply left you alone. So it was more or less you, me and my sister who at the time thought i was great because of me offering to wait for you. Real happy with that moment as you have influenced me to do many different things n my life for example i am now hoping to purse a career in psychology counselling.

That comment started a little off track towards your apology of not been able to come out after your shows and say hello. My response to this however is that i cannot understand how people would think you couldn’t be bothered to come out after shows anymore. It might be easy for me to say because i have been fortunate to meet you twice and some haven’t but it should be more than understandable that you have reasons why you are not able to do it (for now) anymore. As a brief singer i understand how using the voice every night can eventually cause wear and tear. So on behalf of me and my sister we like many others understand.

The only regret i have is that you did not telepathically tell me when you were in my town that you were having a coffee or breakfast n my local cafe just outside the Regent Theater. Naughty man!! :)


February 9, 2014 at 10:03 am
Jonas Feyaerts says:

if people are true derren brown fans, they would accept not seeing you after your show and prefer you being able to do more of them.i have seen only a few limited youtube videos on your shows and specials and i definitely count myself as a fan.

keep up the good shows and keep that voice in prime shape :)


February 9, 2014 at 10:04 am
Aaron Green says:

I’ll bring a notepad so we can write to each other over the table. Sorted!


February 9, 2014 at 10:06 am
Joanne Walsh says:

Hi Derren, thank you for taking the time to help us understand the turmoils you go through. You have a gruelling schedule, unlike some of the working general public and in all honesty after the show has finished it is your rest and recouperation time!! You really must look after yourself and keep yourself well!!
I have seen you live on numerous occasions and will be doing so again in April, I would be very disappointed if you were unable to perform.
Those who do not understand your need to look after yourself are selfish and self centred, this is not about them it’s about you and your health!!!
Look after yourself, love and best wishes for the start of your wonderful show
Jo xxxxx


February 9, 2014 at 10:10 am
jane davies says:

I understand im just greatful i have tickets to see you on stage again and after converting my new husband to become a fan it will be his first Derren Brown show and we are both very much looking forward to being amazed and blown away.


February 9, 2014 at 10:20 am
Shannon Freeman says:

I understand, still looking forward to seeing you May 13th, that is a dream already just seeing you on stage, been a fan for many years, Shannon


February 9, 2014 at 10:21 am
Claire Mullen says:

We are coming to see you in Belfast 21st march! Can’t wait to see you and understand why you can’t come meet people after the show!

=]


February 9, 2014 at 10:25 am
Jasmine says:

Unfortunately I can’t make it to one of your shows, but I just wanted to say that your reasoning for not coming out etc, is more than fair. You don’t owe it to us fans to come out and say hello, I’ve not heard of any other performer of any kind that does that. All you owe us is a fantastic performance which you deliver every time :) so if anyone does try and claim that you “owe” it to them, just slap them in the face. Mentally of course because otherwise it’s assault :)
Much love
Jasmine


February 9, 2014 at 10:25 am
Edwina Carson says:

Thanks Derren you’re such a lovely bloke :-) don’t worry xx


February 9, 2014 at 10:27 am
Polly says:

Very lovely that you ever did it! It would never have occurred to me that you should, so there is absolutely no need to feel guilty. Enjoy your new show – can’t wait to see it.


February 9, 2014 at 10:33 am
samantha welford says:

this is totally understandable however I am desperate yo get a signature mr brown lol!


February 9, 2014 at 10:45 am
Leanne says:

I love that you have come out to meet fans after the show, I have several signed items (including Derren Pyjamas which my friend made me and Derren knickers which you signed ‘I don’t know what to say’ ) but I completely understand your reasons for not coming out.

9 years ago was the first time I came to see you. My daughter was 4 and really wanted to come too. I handed you the programme and told you that I’d had to tell my daughter she couldn’t come because she was so young. You wrote in the programme “To Ashleigh, I’m sorry you couldn’t come, but if I’m still doing shows in 8 years time maybe you can come and see me then.”

We’ve always counted down to her coming to see you. She wanted to show you the programme and tell you in person how she had actually waited 9 years to come and see you like you’d told her. We couldn’t actually make it last year (she was gutted) and so I promised her to see you this year. I told her about your blog post and she cried out “Noooooooooo!”

She’ll still be coming to your show, but we’ll have to find another way to get her to meet you :)


February 9, 2014 at 10:49 am
Ian T says:

Don’t worry about it Derren. What’s important is that you are able to perform. I’d much rather you look after yourself and be able to perform the next night, than have to cancel. I saw the show in Sunderland last year, it was fantastic.


February 9, 2014 at 10:53 am
Paula McGuirk says:

Hey Derren, just want to say I was lucky enough to have my photo taken with you after one of your shows a few years ago. It was my first time out after a traumatic experience and the crowd made me a little shaky, by pure luck and in an effort to escape the crowd push at the end my friend and I found ourselves by the stage door and decided to wait (first in line woo!!) You gave me a lovely and unexpected hug as my friend took a picture, I looked a mess but had a beaming smile, it was such a buzz and made me smile properly for the first time in quite some time. So thank you very much for that. You seem such a nice genuine bloke and I’m sure it really does make you sad to make this decision, but you can’t do everything!! Take care of your voice fella your fans adore you xxx


February 9, 2014 at 10:54 am
Bernard Hazell says:

Totally understandable!
You could always wrap yourself well, come out, levitate a bit and do a majestic royal wave and disappear in a puff of smoke… and sorry, no pun intended in any of this, honest (I’ve just re-read it)
My and my partner Michael are super admirers of your work and love being amazed by your powers of illusion on TV (but you already knew that)
We’re yet to see you live. But that will be resolved as soon as I check your London dates.
Keep on shinning, lovely man!
Bernard


February 9, 2014 at 10:59 am
Alex Greens says:

Hi would it be possible to get backstage passes.

I will be at the show in June at Glasgow & would live to get a few photos


February 9, 2014 at 11:13 am
Jess says:

I’m glad I got to meet you ha


February 9, 2014 at 11:15 am
Ross Ayling says:

Thank you for this Derren. I certainly support your reasoning. You have to look after yourself. By going on tour will showcase to your fans your appreciation by coming to them, rather than them coming to you.

Thank you for putting on some great entertainment.

When are you due in Plymouth again? Would be great to see you in the South West again. Maybe by boat this time!!


February 9, 2014 at 11:30 am
Caitlyn says:

Hi Derren,

Just looking forwards to seeing the show!! Look after yourself and everybody will enjoy it!!
So excited :)

Caitlyn x


February 9, 2014 at 11:31 am
Ryan says:

Sign language me your signature. Thanks


February 9, 2014 at 12:12 pm
Mark Worley says:

Some of the best memories my wife and I have of live shows is meeting the performer (singer, musician, magician, whatever) outside after the show. We’ve always looked on it as something ‘extra’. It’s not something we paid for in the ticket price, it’s a perk. We’ve never thought less of a performer who didn’t do it, especially if they have a good reason like this. Of course people will moan. The sense of entitlement in modern society is all prevailing, and Derren’s fans will be no different. But most will be fine, and in the end, I’m sure we’d all rather have a show that isn’t cancelled than an autograph!

Good luck Derren, and thanks for signing our ticket in Stevenage!


February 9, 2014 at 12:15 pm
Gareth Jackson says:

No worries Derren, you are a legend. If your voice is playing up you should take as long as you need. Any true fan will understand. Keep up the good work!


February 9, 2014 at 12:16 pm
Kelly says:

I think the fact that you have taken the time to think about this and write it down to everyone shows that quite obviously you do care about the people who come to see you!! As much as I love what you do I would rather not have the chance to meet you in person and watch the show than have the show cancelled because of your voice!! Unfortunately I can’t see the show this year which I am gutted about but keep up the excellent work, you are amazingly mind blowing!!! Xx


February 9, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Amiee Metcalfe says:

Hi Derren
That’s a shame for I was hoping to have a chat with you after the show but I completely understand where you are coming from. Doing that amount of shows a week for so long must be very tiring so you need to rest to put the best show you can on every night and by seeing you on tv you do a perfect and entertaining show every time. Hopefully one day I’ll be able to have a little chat with you and I do hope that time will come. All the best of luck withthe shows qnd im looking forward to seeing you perform in Birmingham.


February 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm
Heather says:

Health comes first Derren and if your true fans can’t understand and accept that then they aren’t true fans at all. I am sure it will be a great show for all despite this minor setback for the fans. Surely it is better to not have a “hello” from you and still have a bloody good show right?!

Look after yourself Derren and best of luck with the tour!!

Kind regards,
Heather :-)


February 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm
laura says:

It is a real shame, I have always wanted to meet you and was hoping the next tour would be third time lucky! It’s understandable though, maybe you should do a separate sort of meet-and-greet or something to give people the chance, or a book signing as I have never seen you do one …. or perhaps turn up to one of your art exhibitions? :)


February 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm
Lydia says:

So sorry to hear that – it must be frustrating as a performer not to be able to communicate as you like :/ Have you tried voice yoga/ voice therapy? You come across as quite a self-critical lad beneath the bald jokes, so it may be partially psychosomatic (crikey, I sound like Sherlock now…) and as a result – if you’re not satisfied with your performance or the audience’s reaction – off the voice pops.
In any case, best of luck with the Infamous tour! If you ever feel like misdirecting Germans, I’m well underway of spreading the Derren fever over here ;)
Lydia


February 9, 2014 at 1:17 pm
Nia says:

Very sorry to hear that Derren. I’ve regrettably never had the opportunity to meet you after any of your shows that I have been to see but I’ve heard from friends and seen online that you go above and beyond to accommodate the large number of people gathered outside to meet you. You’re an absolutely fantastic performer and if there are people who don’t understand that that’s the most important part of the evening then I really don’t know what to tell them. I hope I’m lucky enough to meet you after any future shows that I get to attend, but first and foremost I hope you take care of yourself. With love and admiration, Nia X


February 9, 2014 at 1:27 pm
Sean says:

Focus on continuing to provide outstanding entertainment, Derren!

Of course, it’s lovely to have a meet ‘n’ greet after each show, but I’m sure that the audience will understand – far better to able to go and see a spectacle again than forfeit future spectacles on account of wanting to meet the genius behind them.

All the best for the tour, and hope that the voice continues to improve.


February 9, 2014 at 1:43 pm
Matt says:

Perfectly understandable.


February 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm
Sally says:

Is lovely when a well loved performer come and says hi after the show. However, I think that this is not a “must” and from my mind I am sure no one will (or should) say that the performer is lazy or selfish just because you did not come out to stay behind.
You already did what the audience paid for by doing the amazing performance.

Look after yourself, and I wish you good health and all future success. Whiles I have never been able to see you live, may be one day I will be able to.

Best Wishes.


February 9, 2014 at 1:55 pm
Aileen Caldwell says:

I’m seeing you in Aberdeen in July and it would be an awful shame if you were struggling with your voice for the show (and therefore probably not really enjoying the show yourself). Very excited for you coming, all the best with your tour!


February 9, 2014 at 2:07 pm
Caroline says:

Dear Derren,

I think it’s wonderful that you are accessible to your fans online, so we understand the problems you’ve had with your voice.

It’s sad that you feel the need to apologise; I know I don’t know you but you always come across as bring a kind, considerate person. Boo hiss to anyone rude enough to express otherwise.

It isn’t at all selfish that you try to make it through all of the shows you have booked, and in doing so bring pleasure to thousands of people.

I’m sure it cannot be easy to not speak (hell, I’m a woman; I’d surely combust if I had to keep all my words in…!)

Best wishes for the tour, and for you and your voice.
Kind regards,
Caroline


February 9, 2014 at 2:10 pm
Andrew Glen says:

Hey Derren, I have watched every single show you have ever done, and you have been extremely entertaining. The preservation of your voice, I believe is crucial also and don’t feel bad, i think you are doing the right thing! Maybe start putting on annual “meet Derren” shows or something? :P Thanks!
Kindest Regards
Andrew F Glen


February 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Lisa McColm says:

I totally understand about not wanting to sign autographs at the end of a gig. It’s cold and late and you have already done your work shift. People should understand who have bought a ticket that seeing your actually gig is far mote inportant and better experience then standing outside at the end waiting for a signing. Your voice is your job and not cancelling gigs that people are excited for is much better. Can’t wait to see you in Nottingham :)


February 9, 2014 at 3:11 pm
Mike Ramshaw says:

Hi Derren,

So sorry to hear your voice is suffering. Irrespective of what fans may say you have to look after your health and people should understand that. I can imagine it’s gutting not to be able to share time with the very people that come to see you. However, the caveat is that if you try to please the fans in every aspect, and in particular this problem, it would then jeopardize your health to the point you may not be able to return. I’m sure the genuinely compassionate fans will understand this. Anyone’s health should always be their number one priority.

I hope the tour goes well.

Kind regards, Mike.


February 9, 2014 at 3:46 pm
Val Meyer Hall says:

We are coming to see you at Ipswich later this month and are really looking forward to it.
Of course we understand about the voice problem – take care of yourself and don’t do anything to jeopardise it. Very best wishes
Val and Laurence Hall


February 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm
Peter Hansell says:

I will be seeing you in Leeds having already seen you in Bradford last year. All I can say is, I remember the lead up to the show in Bradford that you were saying how bad your voice was getting and I was thinking “I hope he doesn’t cancel”. If you need to stop doing meet and greet after shows so that you can carry on then so be it. You are an amazing entertainer and I’d rather see a full healthy person than someone struggling to perform. Thank you.


February 9, 2014 at 3:50 pm
Louise Christie says:

Health always always comes first, rule of thumb. No need to apologise. My father had terrible throat problems when the 3 of us were kids, very testing to him not being able to shout at a 9, 6 and 2 year old who liked to be into everything haha!

Take care of your self

Lou x


February 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm
Joshua Cunningham says:

Don’t even know why people would say such a thing it’s absolutely appalling and should just be grateful that you have done so in the past


February 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm
Juliana Tong Angelakis says:

Add oil Derren!!!! I am sure a lot of people has said this before, I admire everything that you are doing and did~ The amount of effort that goes into putting on every show, is something I can’t fathom. If I have a chance to glimpse and experience your amazing talent, it would have checked off the top of my bucket list^^ The way you came out and apologise is beyond what any performers would do, even though I would LOVVVVVVVEEEEE to meet you in person. Keep up the great work and I will try to fly there and make it to your show next year. Love & Support!!!!!


February 9, 2014 at 4:49 pm
Alan Evans says:

Saw your Svengali show at The Lowry in Salford and can personally vouch for the time you spent outside afterwards signing autographs and posing for photographs with the fans. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you again for my autograph and picture. I also recently read your book Confessions of a Conjuror and enjoyed it immensely. Look forward to seeing your new show later this year, and I remain a devoted fan.
Alan Evans


February 9, 2014 at 4:50 pm
Kevin says:

Will Infamous ever be put on a DVD or aired??, I would really love to catch this but im just too far away :(


February 9, 2014 at 4:52 pm
Sarah says:

Derren I think most people would forgive you anything; you’re a fantastic example of a decent human being. Saw Infamous last year, loved it. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Sarah Xxx


February 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm
Stephen Meunier says:

Good luck with the shows! I hope I’ll get a chance to come & see one of your live shows one day, so do please look after yourself ’til then! I think you’re amazing! :-)


February 9, 2014 at 5:26 pm
Zoe Hastie says:

I hope you’re feeling better! I saw you in Edinburgh for my birthday last year (I left you a hat and a note :) and I really understand how important your voice is to your performance. It must of been a difficult decision to make, so I respect your decision a lot!
I’m not seeing you this year again, unfortunately, but I’m hoping to see you again some year! Maybe next year, if my mum is willing to pay for it haha :/
Can’t wait to see what’s in store for this year, Derren! x


February 9, 2014 at 5:27 pm
Becky Jones-Westcott says:

Stuff the Pessimists. Us optimists are grateful that you spend such time and dedication in the pursuit of our entertainment. Can’t wait to see you in Cardiff! Hope all goes well with this new tour :-)


February 9, 2014 at 6:03 pm
Paul Smith says:

It is completely understandable Derren. I was lucky enough to see you on your last tour and still hoping to make this one at some point. I know I would have been a lot more upset if you had to cancel the show I saw and if it is a choice between the integrity and continuance of the tour against coming outside you have made the right choice.

The tour poster does not say ‘+ a one to one with Derren outside afterwards’ so I can assure you that everyone that matters understands fully why you have made this decision. For those that don’t, one wonders why they are coming to the show at all.

Keep up the great work.


February 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm
Darryl says:

We need to see more of your special here in the states.


February 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Dean says:

All of your longtime and loyal fans such as myself understand Darren. I look back at doing performing arts myself a fair few years back, and though nothing compared to the time you have to put in, my voice was distroyed after only a short period of time.

Keep up the charming, excellent and frankly mesmorising performances both on stage and television. You’re adored by many and those that don’t understand should not be where you focus your energy.

Best regards,
Dean


February 9, 2014 at 6:31 pm
Dean says:

Derren* damn iPhone!


February 9, 2014 at 6:33 pm
Chris says:

Comedians, Rockstars, Circus, Opera Singers.

More hours, Longer tours.


February 9, 2014 at 7:49 pm
Billy Stone says:

Ah Derren, that’s a shame. Was looking forward to meeting you. I had tried to get to some of your previous shows but college had me tied down unfortunately. However, as disappointing it is I totally understand. I hope the whole tour goes well and your voice holds up. See you in Dublin on the 11th March. :) All the best, Billy


February 9, 2014 at 8:33 pm
anne says:

Completely understandable, though I would loved to have come say hi :)
I made you a portrait that I’d like to give you, you see, I’ll have to go find your fanmail adress instead I suppose…


February 9, 2014 at 9:18 pm
Denzil John Asche says:

Greetings Derren,
I’m a magician from Canada coming to London this spring. The two things I wanted were to see you perform and to see The Magic Circle. I was so lucky to get tickets for both. I was so fortunate you had a show at the time I was there! Meeting you in person afterwards was not something I would have thought possible, much less expected. I am not disappointed, but rather in awe that you have been so kind in the past, especially after a performance. Thank you so much for doing that over the years! I love your work, but particularly loved your book Trick of the Mind. I and my friend are very excited that we will be able to see your Infamous show.
Yours,
Denzil John.


February 9, 2014 at 10:17 pm
Phil Coulson says:

That’s such a shame but totally understandable. Will still thoroughly enjoy the show I’m sure and by looking after your voice you can ensure that you can give you fans the performances that they deserve.
Thanks for keeping producing the fantastic shows!

Phil


February 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm
Jaymily Halcyon says:

Well said. While it will be dissapointing for your fans not to get the chance to say hello , if they are decent enough they will understand .


February 10, 2014 at 4:05 am
Alexi says:

Break a leg Derren!


February 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm
Alison Horn says:

If anyone knows anything of you or your work lazy is certainly not a word you’d associate with you good self!! Your true fans will understand…….look after yourself and that lovely voice of yours!! xx


February 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm
Kerry Allsopp says:

I have been to see each tour at least once and I am very grateful to have met Derren each time so it is sad that this won’t happen,but if it means the tour is able to carry on and that Derren’s voice holds out then it is the right thing to do. It is a decision that will not have been taken lightly


February 10, 2014 at 7:42 pm
Simon says:

Such a gent! Hope you complete the run in good health. Be seeing you in Canterbury in July!


February 10, 2014 at 10:03 pm
Suzi says:

Completely understand. Husband and I have come to see you each year in London, we love your shows. Never yet managed to see you afterwards, but maybe one day…..Its the power of the show you give which is so amazing. A chance to meet you would just be the icing on the cake!


February 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm
Petra says:

The Daily Mail puddle new story you just posted on your facebook page just had me in utter despair for humanity and feeling quite sad. How nice it is for you to explain this and reading all the lovely comments has been really warming and my faith in humanity has restored :)


February 17, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Patrick says:

I really enjoy all your shows and all written work. Im sure you know how much your “tricks of the mind” was loved by your fans, and i selfishly hope you publish more books in the near future.


February 20, 2014 at 8:20 pm
David says:

I am impressed not just by you but by your fans too, what a nice bunch. Looking forward to seeing you in Milton Keynes. Perhaps you could be the inverse of Teller, talk on stage but not off stage.

All the best, Dave


February 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm
Ann Scott says:

We were at your show on Saturday 22nd in High Wycombe. You picked my son Sam to be part of the show, (a big part!) so we both got to meet you and shake your hand! Thanks for a brilliant evening, Sam was so chuffed to be part of it. We will continue to come and see you, we both think you are fantastic. Oh, and look after the voice! xx


May 11, 2014 at 9:05 am
Priya Patel says:

I saw your show for the first time in Wolverhampton Grand Theatre last night. You were nothing short of incredibly amazing!! You were utterly astonishing in the way you performed and hypnotised the audience. You captivated us all your performance. Brilliant!!

I feel like I’ve already met you by watching you perform!! Best of luck for the remainder of your tour, your skill set is superb and breathtaking!! You are inspiring! Continue to perform your craft!!


May 13, 2014 at 9:41 pm
Michelle says:

I bought my friend tickets for Xmas we. Came to see your show last night you were amazing we were blown away I will defo cone and see you again x


June 9, 2014 at 5:28 pm
Lisbeth Robson says:

Really sorry to hear that Derren has suffered with his throat, but I understand fully about the need for him to preserve his voice. I was hoping to meet him again this year when I go along to the Lowry on Friday next, but I will enjoy the show thoroughly as ever from the auditorium.

Years ago, when I lived in Bristol, my ex-husband Lee met Derren through a mutual acquaintance and got to know him. As a result I was lucky enough to spend time with him on a number of occasions and a lovelier gentleman I have yet to meet. Since I moved back to the north west almost 10 years ago, my sister and I have been to see each of Derren’s shows and have been lucky enough to meet him afterwards. It was lovely that despite the passage of time, Derren always remembered me and had a friendly word for both of us. So I’d like to send my best wishes to Derren and tell him that my ex-husband Lee sends his greetings as well and if Derren still has his email address, he would love to hear from him.

Lisbeth Robson (formerly of Somerset and now of Liverpool)


June 20, 2014 at 1:01 am
Lisa says:

Hello DB. Just got home from your show tonight and just want to say you have completely astonished me! I was a little skeptical before but now I believe it all. How you did everything is just far beyond me! I cried in amazement. Just want to add, please ignore all the idiots who complain, that makes them the selfish ones not you!! Hope you keep yourself relaxed after your shows!
Thank you so so much for an amazing experience. I will certainly be coming to see you again next time!
Take care!
Lisa.
19th June 2014 lowry.
Xx


June 26, 2014 at 10:14 am
Tracey Fisher says:

Wednesday 25th June 2014

My sister and I went to see you last night at The Grand Theatre Swansea. We had an awesome time , were amazed and gob smacked. You are the ultimate performer. Looking forward to the new show in 2015…..are there going to be Swansea dates ?????/ Please , please, pretty please ! xx


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