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Posted by Derren Brown May 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

The last two weeks have been a delightful hiatus in Birmingham, a city I really like. It was re-vamped a while back with such pride, and the area around Brindley Place in particular boasts enough great restaurants to keep a foodie like me very happy for a fortnight. Bank Restaurant is top of the list, being where I spent pretty much every afternoon, and Loves nearby was a really excellent new find.

It’s also a great city for the tour, as the staff of the New Alexandra theatre are beyond compare. We are lucky enough to have met some really excellent, super-friendly crews during our tours: the Alex bunch are a particular huge joy. Kim, the general manager, had made me an astonishing photo print as a welcome gift, along with some excellent whisky. More of that please. Thank you everyone there, it’s always such a treat.

The famous Brum friendliness was evident at stage door: numbers are so large outside now that it’s always a bit of a rush, but everyone was super-lovely and didn’t seem to mind. We added a tiny new bit to the show that seems to be working well, on top of the improvements we made back in Oxford. The process of continually trying to improve and tweak is one of the real joys of touring, and of course helps keep the show feeling fresh for me.

I donned the classic hat and shades celebrity disguise for a day-off trip to Alton Towers one afternoon with the gang, and we soared and dipped and vomited on Nemesis and Oblivion and Air and all the rest of them. I rather like 13, for what it’s worth. I like a bit of old-fashioned big dipperiness. A bit of plummeting punctuation to my rides. Nowadays it’s all on the one note, all the same velocity and turny-twisty.

Last year I remember riding everything, including the hilarious and terrifying Oblivion, as many times as I could, like a six-year old high on Fanta, and found later that I had strained my throat with all the tension and nearly lost my voice. So this time I was more careful. (Also, I remember, last year we had Jennie with us, who added stage blood to our faces and blackened up our teeth with make-up so we could look horribly damaged in those mid-ride photographs they sell at the exits. I recommend this game unreservedly.)

The past weeks also brought a night where a chap fainted twice on stage (during, for those in the know, THAT bit). Twice! I’m sure it all looked like part of the show, but it provided the sort of extra excitement that I live for.

Tonight is our first of three nights in Northampton. I believe it’s also home to a Torchwood convention this weekend. I wonder what sort of cross-over demographic will emerge. I’ll watch out for John Barrowman costumes or sudden bursts of ‘I Am What I Am’ in the stalls. (Do I have that right? I honestly don’t have a TV so I don’t really know what I’m talking about).

Righty-ho, carry on about your business. Pleased that the Rapture hasn’t affected show attendance, though I did find myself wondering at a couple of second-half empty seats in the front stalls last night.

The picture shows the rubbish collected from just ONE QUARTER of the stalls the other night. We’re such a filthy bunch.


May 22, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Sounds amazing! ^_^

May 22, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Georgina says:

May I be the first to warmly welcome you to Northampton! I recommend Nandos as a good eat! Will be coming to see you on Monday where I will be sat in the stalls ferverently revising from revision cards for my uni exam the next morning. Haven’t got time to see a mind-fiddler when I have an exam the next day! =P

May 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Nick Shakels says:

Looking forward to seeing you in Northampton this week & having a good night out. ๐Ÿ™‚

May 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Fainting isn’t half that bad actually… I have done it twice ( not on purpose) it is just clashing your head of the concreate floor that hurts! lol It is just like a very severe head rush.
Sounds exciting! Hopefully I can get tickets soon =D

May 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm
Barry Snashall says:

Can’t wait 2 1/2 hours to go to see the show. Going to be amazing. Thanks to my lively wife for the tickets.

May 22, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Christine says:

I think if THAT bit is making you faint Derren you’d better stop doing it. You seemed to manage it ok the night we saw you………

May 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Barry Snashall says:

Well should read lovely but lively is quite fitting too!

May 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Mark says:

One day I actually have to meet you. 10 long years as a fan and the closest I’ve got is a reply to my blog comment. Glad everything is goong well for you and best wishes for rest of the tour!

May 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm
Cathy says:

Seriously? Modern-day theatre-goers can manage enough intelligence to book tickets but not to throw their rubbish in a bin. Shameful.

May 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Do you believe in magic?

May 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm
Bex says:

Derren thank you sooo much for the most fantastic show I have ever seen!! We waited 6 months to see the Birmingham show on the 18th and it was well worth the trip and the wait to be sat in such a mesmerising and rather scary show ๐Ÿ™‚ I couldn’t stop thinking about the things I’d seen in it, the finale will stay with me for a long long time! ๐Ÿ˜€ such a gentleman aswell backstage you even thanked me for waiting in the cold for your signature, your fans love you Derren as you are one of the few gentlemen left combined with an incredible giftXxxx

May 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm
Emma says:

Omg have they never heard of a bin?! I’m gonna be voluteering at a theatre in a couple of months…guess that’s what I’ll be doing D: And is that Coops sat on a chair there? :p xxx

May 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Dom says:

Been lovely having you.

May 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm
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May 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm
Nikki says:

Kim is my good friend’s sister so I got an unexpected invite to your show last Sunday. Enjoyed it immensely, I think I was open mouthed throughout most of the show. It really made my week so thank you for your awesome-ness =)

Oh and I completely agree with you about 13 – brilliant ride.

May 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Hi Derren (& Team),

Many thanks for coming to Birmingham. Surely the nearest to us Mid-Wales folk that you’ll reach…!
A great show once again, leaving us baffled and bamboozled as always. Shall I assume DVD release end of 2012? Looking forward to seeing how the show develops and changes through the months of tweaking.

Many thanks again for coming out after the show on Saturday 14th to sign our goodies, books, and odds & sods. A true delight to be remembered by you, although Charlie this time a little dis-heartened that she didn’t get the chance to *squeeze* you like last time…! (Her fault, not yours!!)

Have fun in Northampton!!

Matt & Charlie

May 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm
PattyMinty says:

Oh I wish I could do without a TV like you, I tend to get addicted to it.
Do keep adding to the show cos I’ve just bought tickets for the Manchester show and looking forward to the new streamlined version as I also saw it in Liverpool X

May 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm
Katie says:

Wouldn’t have put you down as a roller coaster person (not sure why!). Been to Alton Towers twice but only managed to get on Air the second time. Very weird – it’s relaxing yet scary at the same time ๐Ÿ˜›

Glad your having a lovely tour so far! Kinda upset that I went to one of the first shows (Grimsby) so can’t see the changes you’ve made, but will definitely get tickets if you come to Hull in 2012 (fingers crossed!). My mum mentioned to her sister how good your show was, now her and my cousins are going to one of your London shows (I am beyond jealous) haha.

May 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm
Kaz Newton says:

Would just like to add what a fantastic show this was. Probably the best I’ve seen Derren do. I didn’t realise he was so funny as well. As promised I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it but they are in for a real treat! Can’t wait for the next one!

May 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Sounds like you’re having a blast on tour and it’s going really well. Long may it continue…. ๐Ÿ™‚

Take care

LC x

May 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Rebecca Wallen says:

Not long now till Derren Brown comes down to Plymouth! Will be my first time seeing a live show of yours, I also hope to get your autograph at the end as well ๐Ÿ™‚ . I know you like parrots so there’s a place down Cornwall called Paradise Park, it’s a really nice place and it’s good to see what they do to help with the World Parrot Trust. You should pay a visit some day, I know you’ll love it ๐Ÿ™‚

May 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm
Bex says:

When will we see a Derren Brown app? ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

May 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm
Kev G says:

Awesome show last night, really enjoyed the additions since I saw the Liverpool show. Dissapointed you had to dash off after the show last night but it was funny watching your slick operation of running out the front doors of the Alexandra and jumping into a taxi! Hopefully catch you Tuesday after the show in Northampton ๐Ÿ™‚

May 22, 2011 at 6:26 pm
Elise says:

Oh, I love it when you post stuff ๐Ÿ˜€ Alton Towers is amazing. Hopefully going there in June and I’m really excited about riding Thirteen! Oblivion is the best and Rita is wicked…..I could hardly breathe on that one. Huge queue though. We’ve been so many times. I have a feeling this show is going to be the best and can’t wait ’til its on TV (I know………ages away! Lol. xxx

May 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm
Stephen says:

People fainting on stage? Now I can’t wait until next Sunday to see the show! I’m glad that you’re all having a great time so far, difficult get-ins aside ๐Ÿ™‚

May 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm
Stuart Atchison says:

Hi Derren
Great post, thanks for the update, I am looking forward to seeing your show.
BTW, AQfter your twitter posting, I did dream about you, but not until the night after! Is that significant? There was a specific item in the dream, bet you can’t tell me what it was!?
Keep up the good work

May 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm
Jazz x says:

Aw hi Derren ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad the tour is going amazingly for you! Sorry to hear of that huge scratch and your swollen eye ๐Ÿ™ also heard you had some trouble with your poor throat a while ago ๐Ÿ™ I’m not surprised- what with the amount of effort you put in! Glad you had fun at Alton Towers! I would love to go there someday soon. I am very excited as I am coming to see you three times! 4th June at the BIC, 18th June at the Shaftesbury and March 2012 at the mayflower in my hometown! So I’m traveling a lot for you Derren!- feel special ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha can’t wait to see this amazing show and hopefully meet you in person! Your an inspiration to me, amazing skills and besides the work- you are a truly delightful person ๐Ÿ™‚ thank you for everything Derren! Love Jazz x

May 22, 2011 at 6:56 pm
Alison Jones says:

Amazing show, as always! I was lucky enough to get up on stage this time for the end trick, yay! Next time you are in Brum I definitely recommend Purnell’s x

May 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Samantha says:

Oh My Gosh Derren, I saw you on 20th May in Brum and it was the most amazing and tense three hours I have ever spent in a theatre! I bought my boyfriend tickets for his birthday and both he and I were amazed (and freaked out by THAT PROP you used!! Haha!).
I actually thought you were mad right at the end of the show and haven’t stopped playing it all through in my mind since I left the theatre!
I wish you all the best in Northampton (where I actually live (I reside in Brum as a student)) and hope that your tour is a massive success!!
p.s. I recommend teh restaurant Ask at the top of the road where the Derngate entrance is, gorgeous Italian food!! ๐Ÿ˜€

May 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm
Martin says:

Enjoy Northampton, and I will see you in Plymouth on Friday night!

May 22, 2011 at 7:24 pm
Rebecca says:

It was really good to see you (went on the 17th May) and it was the first time to see you live.Glad you enjoyed Birmingham and of course the restaurants.
Don’t know whether it was you but saw someone going through the Mailbox a bit before the show with your well known cap on.As I was sampling the tapas in Bar Estilo and I am thankful of you signing my ticket, as now not many people pop out after a show to see their fans. I was impressed too of how well mannered everyone was waiting for you afterwards. And how polite you were even though you haven’t much time and were probably tired.
Any way all the best for the rest of the tour!

May 22, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Matt H says:

And Birmingham loves having you! Everytime you come here, the shows get better, I look forward to you coming back in the future.

May 22, 2011 at 7:36 pm
claire eagles says:

You were amazing in birmingham, really loved it , just wish i was picked out of the crowd, but not for the second half cause i would of fainted to ! I cant wait till it comes out on dvd ! hope you enjoy the rest of your tour you clever clever man x x

May 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm
Kat says:

Will you be doing any signings in Northampton? Seeing you in memory of my brother, he adored you and wanted to see you but sadly he passed before he had the chance. I can’t wait me and my partner will be seeing you Tuesday night, we’ll be high up in the stalls and far away but i’m sure the experience will be unforgettable ๐Ÿ™‚

May 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Great stuff : ) I love the pic, sure fans will take the hint. You could always have a devil recycling bin at the door. I worked in Alton Towers (on the children’s farm) the year Oblivion opened. Don’t look down haha. I’m now eating a Cornetto Enigma ice cream : ) Wishing more fun ahead for the team.

May 22, 2011 at 8:58 pm
Ella says:

Sounds like you’re having an amazing time Derren.

Hope the fun continues, and we miss you back in London – we can’t wait to see you back here!
Lots of love, take care. Xx

May 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm
Vikki says:

Hi Derren,

Just wanted to thank you for a brilliant show on Tuesday 17th May. It was my Mother’s Birthday (Debra) and we were sat in the front row of the stalls.
I think she was surprised to find herself on stage, taking a bow with you and being serenaded! It really made her day ๐Ÿ™‚
It is the second show we’ve been to (the first was Enigma) and you never fail to amaze us, not just with the show itself, but how lovely and down to earth you are in real life!

Glad you have enjoyed your time in Brum and looking forward to the next show already! Hope the rest of the tour goes well Xx

May 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm
Ben says:

Half time @derngate. Poor woman…. How embarrassing!! รฎยลก

May 22, 2011 at 9:03 pm
Charmayne Wynn says:

Derren and your wonderful team
What can I say …………………… what a great show my husband brought the tickets as my birthday present and it was the best present in ages. I was unsure at first as when I found out where our seats were I didn’t take it to well. We sat in the gods and I dont deal with heights very well but you soon took my mind off that. From start to finish I was in another world and loved every minute of it.
So thank you all for my birthday present and keep doing what you do best.
( A very grateful and can I go again now) Charmayne and Husband

May 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm
SereneBlueSky7 says:

Lovely reading about the tour, even though I wouldn’t see Svengali live. I will buy the dvd in the future at some point when it finally appears all translated etc. I take it Alton Towers is a fun fair? Nice that you had fun there.
Only just watched Enigma and really keep wondering how it is possible to control people by hypnosis in that a way. I guess I’ll never really find out how. Or be that observant. Anyway, thank you for being you and I don’t know, giving something to me that I don’t think anyone else could give. Thanks for making me see things better! ๐Ÿ™‚

May 22, 2011 at 10:23 pm
Emma says:

You walked past me at Alton towers, am gutted cause I convinced myself it wasn’t you, coming to see you next April in Torquay, absolutely can not wait!

May 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm
Linda says:

LOVED the show once again,, thanks for coming back to Northampton, always a treat. xx

May 22, 2011 at 11:18 pm
Linda says:

I have seen you live many times now, and I think this show is back to what you do at your brilliant best!! Loved it and can’t wait for the next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

May 22, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Emma Jones says:

Oops those empty seats were next to me but as least I got to stretch my legs out lol!!! Brilliant show by the way – was a bit scared by THAT bit but loved it too at the same time, totally mind boggleing :o)

May 22, 2011 at 11:59 pm

It sounds like you’re having a wonderful time and sounds like a brilliant show if you’re managing to get people to faint on stage (the last time I experienced fainting was when my wife passed out on the way in to the Penn and Teller show in London last year after she’d started feeling ill on the way down, so we missed the performance!) I hope you managed to catch the poor guy before he fell, it’s quite scary when someone becomes a dead weight.

Really wish I could be at one of the shows, hope the tour progresses well and I’m really looking forward to the DVD coming out.

May 23, 2011 at 12:11 am
Barry Snashall says:

Amazing show tonight thank you so very much. A fantastic weekend away and topped off with your show. Back to the real world tomorrow. And we came 125 miles to see you. Well worth it. funniest thing though on the way back to the hotel the taxi driver took us to the wrong hotel then we spent 15 mins showing him how to use his sat nav until I found it on my phone and directed him. We did laugh! Eventually!

May 23, 2011 at 1:30 am
Carl says:

Banging show, loved it. Enjoyed it so much, even better that I got to be a part of the show. A true dream come true, a life goal if you will. Struggled to speak afterwards when i got my ticket n programme signed, even managed to stick around long enough after the crowd and get a picture. Took days to sink-in. Derren you the man. Plan to get tickets mid-next year (hopefully on filming night see if I can get back up on stage) and check out the improvements, if u could improve.

May 23, 2011 at 5:01 am
Callum says:

Loved the show on Saturday night, it was an absolute blast! It made my birthday complete!

Also, thank you for taking the time to meet so many of us at the stage door. Having so many adoring fans must be very tiring.

Lastly, thank you for playing that instrumental role in bringing Hannah and I together. I knew that if she was glued to the sofa she couldn’t get away and I’d have a better chance of stealing a kiss.

Best wishes


May 23, 2011 at 5:02 am
Callum says:

Loved the show on FRIDAY(!!!) night, it was an absolute blast! It made my birthday complete!

Also, thank you for taking the time to meet so many of us at the stage door. Having so many adoring fans must be very tiring.

Lastly, thank you for playing that instrumental role in bringing Hannah and I together. I knew that if she was glued to the sofa she couldnรขโ‚ฌโ„ขt get away and Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขd have a better chance of stealing a kiss.

Best wishes


May 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm
Bex says:

Any jobs going at Brown Towers Derren? Am miserable in my job:( hope we get another update soon from his royal Derreness to cheer myself up! Xxx

May 23, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Gemma says:

I do love reading your blog posts Derren, they always make me smile. I have seen Svengali twice and could happily watch it over and over again! The effort that goes into the preparation does not go un-noticed and the energy and enthusiasm you bring to each performance makes it completely addictive. The patience and manners both yourself and your crew show at stage doors night after night is incredible and is not taken for granted. I feel honoured to have met you and the lovely Coops; who stayed for a chat despite being busy. I hope you continue having fun on tour and that the voice holds up so you can really go and ‘knock them dead’ in the West End. Thank you for making the world that bit more exciting and lovely, you are such a babe ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

May 23, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Jess xxx says:

Oh, oh! I want to know what THAT bit is! Can’t wait for the 20th at Shaftsbury! ๐Ÿ˜€

ROFLing at the Alton Towers game! Would love to see the faces of people seeing those pictures up on the screens!!!

May 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Marcus says:

I sense that the prices of the drinks, chips, popcorn, choclat etc are up to the same level as elsewhere in theatres … You see … I’m psychic .. and however I wished it to be different .. I also sense the brits to lack, indeed, just as much as elsewhere .. especially when they’re not at home …

Stage blood … aah … Can you hook me up with Jennie please .. .. I sense something crazy in her … in me ..

Keep up the good work .. needless to say .. so many people enjoy it ..

May 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm
Carissa says:

Thanks awfully for an exceptionally entertaining evening on the 21st Derren. I was left perplexed and aghast as per usual. Bravo.

Methinks an entry from yourself for DMD2 would be fantastic. You have a penchant for portraits after all.

May 23, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Karen says:

Had a fantastic night at the show last night…have waited 7 months to see it and was not disappointed. My husband is a huge fan (he was the one in the tux outside afterwards!) and is very grateful for the signed book and photos! Glad to see your eye was better. Good luck with the rest of the tour xx

May 23, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Alex White says:

Checking that you’ve seen the Charles Rennie M house in Northampton, worth a peek.

May 23, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Maria Albani says:

You lucky people in England! Iร‚ยดm here in Germany and have to work ๐Ÿ™ I realy wish to visit the show of Derren Brown he is just great !

May 23, 2011 at 5:58 pm
Claire T says:

Amazing show last night Derren, all 11 of us loved it. Some first-timers in my group and they were blown away as I knew they would be. We all came to belatedly celebrate my 30th birthday and it absolutely made it one to remember having caught a frisbee and found myself on stage taking part. I wish I had had the nerve to volunteer for the first bit but then I got a chance to take part later anyway (fate perhaps? althought I don’t believe in it…) Then you kindly signed things, wrote messages and posed for pics. You are just fabulous and so patient and kind to all your fans who were waiting to see you.
I wish you all the best with the rest of the tour xx

May 23, 2011 at 7:28 pm
Becky says:

Had an amazing night on the 19th, can’t believe me of all people went on stage and was involved in the finale! That night will stay with me for a very long time, it was an amazing show and I felt honoured to be a part of it. Thanks for a night I’ll never forget Derren, and I wish you the very best for the rest of the tour! xxxx

May 23, 2011 at 8:12 pm
Barry Snashall says:

Hi derren any chance of some dates in Kent? Would love to discuss sesonry accuraty and how one can learn to read signs so quickly. No time to calibrate beyond hello. Amazing skills. Great show last night. One last question when you paint is it a time for peace or pondering ideas.

May 23, 2011 at 9:17 pm
Briegeen Sweeney says:

You HAVE to come to Ireland (atleast Northern Ireland!) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 24, 2011 at 7:56 pm
Jess says:

Was a brilliant show enjoyed it thoroughly, was in hospital and complained i was gonna miss the show so after lots of whining and a male nurse who loves you overhearing, i got ward leave on strict instruction to come back after the show :).
So glad I went, if they didnt let me i probably would have sneaked out anyways ๐Ÿ˜›

May 26, 2011 at 9:20 pm
Leanne says:

You are a truly charming gentleman Derren! I couldn’t stop myself loving you if i tried. You blow my mind with how hard you work and the amount of thought you give to your fans, you really are incredible. I’m coming to see you in Milton Keynes next year, and i don’t think there’s words to explain how excited i am!! I’m really hoping to get the chance to meet you after the show, it would make my year… no, i think it might just make my life! He he! Sounds like Alton Towers was great, i’m a huge theme park fanatic, roller coaster junkie, adrenaline addict etc, and i live for extra excitement too! I’ve been there too many times to count, but i can’t imagine how fun it would be to go there with you – your gang are unbelievably lucky!
Good luck with the rest of the tour.
Love Leanne xx

May 28, 2011 at 3:33 pm
Hannah says:

Argh no way! I went to Alton towers that day too(monday 16th may I remember) and saw yourself but I convinced myself that it was a really (really) good look a like so I wasn’t sure whether I should say hello. now I feel like an idiot knowing it was definitely you! maybe next time? ha.

May 30, 2011 at 12:02 am
Luke says:

Hi Derren. I saw your show at the Derngate on Tuesday, and I loved it completely. It was my first time seeing you live and I can’t wait until your next tour. I always find that in long shows, my attention starts to wonder after a while but with you, I was totally focused for the entire show, trying to figure out what was coming next. I was startled to find myself locked in the main feature (I hope that’s cryptic enough for anyone who hasn’t seen the show but makes sense to those that have!) it’s a very odd feeling and I can’t get over it. You terrify and fascinate me at the same time and you’d be a very interesting man to share a pint with. Please never stop and come back to Northampton!
Kind regards and adoration
Luke ๐Ÿ™‚

November 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm
Cameron says:

Who bought a FULL SIZE carton of orange juice to that gig?