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Posted by Derren Brown March 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Well. Here we are. Thank you and hello and yes. About a million years ago, (when there were pirates and dinosaurs, as a friend’s young son cutely pointed out the other day) we opened in Brighton. Madly and with great delight. I switched off Twitter, missed a funeral I desperately wanted to attend, and set about trying to get the show ready for the first preview night. Weeks of exciting 7am – 1am work days and increasingly intense rehearsal spiralled blindly towards the first moment when I would step out and try, for the first time with real people, a show that cannot begin to work without real people taking part.

The first preview was a relief: it always is to receive a lovely reaction and a standing ovation to material that has never been performed before. Nonetheless there was much to change and reconsider, and material was dropped, swapped and kicked into better shape. Polly Findlay, my new director, is a complete poppet and a huge delight. Some of the team is new too: Iain and Jen are not with us this year and have been replaced by a couple of new, brilliant, lovely chaps. It’s a happy bunch, which is very important to me.

Brighton previews over, we opened the official tour in Woking. Now it was time for the show to really get up to speed and find its pace. There’s a tendency, as I don’t work from a tight script, for parts to get fleshed out inadvertently and for the energy of the whole thing to sap. Over this week and the next, In Liverpool, over twenty minutes got added to the show for no reason other than me letting parts sag here and there as I became more comfortable with it. Since then I have done some important reign-pulling and tightened it again. We had some technical difficulties in Woking, and learnt a few valuable lessons, and then heaved ourselves to Liverpool for a week with that most bustling, fun, splendid of audiences. Another brilliant in-house crew looked after us: we’ve been really spoilt so far with excellent theatre teams. It’s a big, heavy set this year to get in. The early shows packed into the back of a van: now we have two juggernauts to house all of our walloping nonsense.

Liverpool was great: the audiences and volunteers a real treat. We finished Liverpool on the Saturday and had to set up in Grimsby auditorium for the Sunday, something which turned out to be beyond our capabilities. At the time we would normally let in the audience, the crew were still building the set. It was ninety minutes late that we opened the house, to, I must say, a remarkably friendly crowd. The venue is a multiple-purpose hall and like many of those venues, you can’t hear the audience from the stage. So I came out fearing that we’d lost everyone’s goodwill, and then trotted through the opening routine to what sounded like four people barely paying attention. It took me a while to trust that people might actually be enjoying themselves. Meanwhile, the desire to make up on lost time helped me knock the pace of the show back into place.

Everything that could have gone wrong the afternoon of that show found its way to spectacularly fail. In a theatre, a huge rig is lowered to the stage and all our lights and headers and things we need to hang are hung accordingly. A hall like Grimsby Auditorium does its utmost to accommodate, but has no such rig: therefore everything has to be hoisted with motors. We broke both of their motors. One of our drivers had got waylaid on the way to the venue through no fault of his own and everything turned up late. The day was one of horrific turmoil. It was only due to the dedication of a profoundly patient, skilled and tireless in-house crew that the show went up at all.

The second night at Grimsby was, of course, super-smooth in comparison. But then the show had to be taken down and packed into those trucks. It was only a two-night run (most are a week or more). Jonas, our sensationally loveable sound and lighting guy, stayed on until the end, which happened at 4 am. He was then up at 7.30 to head down to Southend where we play tonight. Another colossal challenge for everyone involved. Apart from me. The Star. I get to nap and write up my blog…

There has been time for fun. In Liverpool I caught up with my A Level teacher from Whitgift, who is now Headmaster of Birkenhead School. And what a school, and what a headmaster. I went in to be interviewed as part of their quite excellent series of sixth-form lectures – and am sure I dropped the standard having had nothing prepared. Two top prefects – Josh and Tash – kicked off the questions and the whole thing, for me at least, was a pleasure. Afterwards the prefect team of Josh, Tash, Ed and Tom showed me around the beautiful campus. Not for the first time in recent years, I was bowled over by how much nicer pupils are now than when I ranked rather scrawnily amongst their number. How trite it is to complain about the youth of today being such and such and so and so. It’s the automatic, mindless cry of every older generation seeing a landscape of language and culture shift beneath its feet. Kids are without doubt getting nicer. There wasn’t a hint of the snickering shittiness of the class of ’89. I felt like I was meeting university students: already matured, comfortable in themselves, open, tactile, utterly charming. We were NEVER like that. And I have seen this at several schools, although I have no doubt that the residency of John Clark as Head is part of the formula for this school’s particular brand of delightfulness. As a Modern Languages teacher he was always brilliant, bright and effortlessly popular. As a Head he is hands-on, knows all his wards by name and interests, is every bit as popular, and motivated by a deep affection and pastoral urge that I found quite moving. Thank you everyone at the school for making the day such a treat for me.

From the sublime, to parrots and monkeys. Yesterday I went to visit the National Parrot Sanctuary and Zoo in Friskney, near Skegness. I am, as you may know, their Patron Saint. The big news is that they have expanded into monkeys. Any lingering stresses of Grimsby’s first night were lifted the second our shoulders were occupied by huge, friendly Macaws or glorious lemurs. All these animals are rescued, and populate the largest sanctuary of its kind on the planet. Or maybe Europe. I should check. Steve, who runs it without a break, is the greatest expert on parrots in the country – maybe Europe or the universe – and still, after twenty years of running the place, is fuelled by the most contagious passion for understanding the creatures. To listen to his stories is such a pleasure: how one night he sat outside with a glass of wine while a lone African Grey pierced the moonlight with an aria from some previous owner’s favourite opera; how he stood in an aviary and made repetitive clucking noises as part of a test to see how quickly a new sound would be picked up and disseminated amongst the bird community, only to be greeted with an extended stony silence followed by a single ‘Shut the fuck up’ from the ranks of anonymous Greys.

Coops and I were allowed into the lemur house with a dish of raisins. How extraordinary it is to have a creature with opposable thumbs feed from your hand. They don’t grab the bounty from your palm as expected: these glorious, friendly, spirit-lifting bundles of highly attentive fluffiness reach out and grab your wrist and pull your hand closer, and don’t let go until they’re done.

Delights and wonders. Do go see the zoo if you’re anywhere near that part of the world. Unlike any other zoo, where the animals pace or lie bored in a corner, here you walk past and through aviaries where the inhabitants flock to you and beg your attention with a thousand sweet hellos. You leave soaring: every bit as daft and weightless as they are.

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COMMENTS
March 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm
tracey__66 says:

Thank you for the Blog post, sounds like it was a bit up and down at the beginning. Good luck to a smooth run from now on. I absolutely love those pictures. Xx


March 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Actually bouncing off the ceilings lol. Can’t wait to see. Haha. In the second pic, the Lemur to the left on the log looks freak’in possessed lol. :D


March 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Junaid says:

I find your positive approach and pursuit of excellence an inspiration. I wasn’t lucky enough to get tickets this time around so am enjoying your comments and will try harder next time. Please keep writing out, you brighten the day of many. Onwards.


March 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm
David Palmer says:

Should you really be talking about Coops This way?
“How extraordinary it is to have a creature with opposable thumbs feed from your hand.”

BTW Grimsby on Sunday was great, Thanks Geezer!


March 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Brian says:

Hi Darren, I just wanted to say that everything sounds great. I’m travelling from liverpool to Birmingham to watch your show. It was a present for my girlfriend and I’ll be honest I thinks she loves you more then me she is that excited. I think I speak for a lot of your fans when I say we appreciate all the hard work you and your crew do to put this show together. I’m looking forward to your show. Keep up the good work and it will be a pleasure to come and see you. Good luck and god bless. Brian


March 29, 2011 at 2:49 pm
Alan Lacey says:

Great to read your progress blog Derren.

Enjoyed your great show at Liverpool on the last night there last Saturday – good fun, bizarre feats (and the rest I will keep secret as requested!)

After seeing enigma in the London run I think I preferred Svengali (although the benefit of having 7th row stall seats was a huge benefit for Liverpool).

Good luck with the rest of the tour!


March 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Lorraine says:

Wonderful photos of you at the sanctuary sounds like you had fun


March 29, 2011 at 2:56 pm
Croz says:

they are adorable! coops looks so happy!


March 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Ben Major says:

Saw the show at Grimsby last night Derren, and was completely blown away. I didn’t think much could top the ending of Enigma, but you did it again!


March 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Matt Livermore says:

Nice to hear you can fit in a bit of R&R time while extremely busy on the road. Looking forward to seeing you in Birmingham. Keep up the hard work Derren & Team, you’re all wonderful. Mx


March 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm
Simon says:

A cracking show in Woking it was too, brilliant to see you on top form Derren and roll on the next tour.

Simon

P.S how does one get to see a “preview show” ?

Msg from Abeo: The preview shows were just the first shows done, tickets were available the same way as the rest of the shows :)


March 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Great blog post as usual, Derren…..

I had the pleasure of seeing Svengali twice at Brighton. Minor glitches aside it was a wonderful show. A real mind-boggling, brain-baffling, thought-tease. And thoroughly deserving of the standing ovation on the opening preview night. :-)

And what beautiful photos, thank you for sharing them.
I donate to the Redwings Horse Sanctuary. These sort of places that rely almost wholly on public funding to care for rescued animals, or in your case, birds and monkeys, need nurturing and all the help they can get. I have nothing but admiration for the volunteers etc, who help and run these places.

Good luck with the rest of the tour and I hope you’ve kept that glass engraving I made for you. ;-)

Take care

LC x


March 29, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Frank says:

Great blog Darren. I’m booked to see you in Birmingham in May, can’t wait. Grimsby sounded grim, zoo sounds fabulous! Keep up the good work.


March 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Gemma says:

Fab pics!! the guy in the 2nd pic looks like Garth from Waynes World!


March 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm
Mark says:

Not a footnote in sight? I demand a footnote haha ;D


March 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm
Mark says:

I might add that unfortunately I may not see Svengali for a whole nother year :-(


March 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm
Danielle says:

Hello Derren!
I attended the Grimsby show on the dreaded Sunday evening with my boyfriend. I have to say, although technical difficulties occured, I dont thinkt this deterred anyone…in fact I believe it added to the show! We all started to get a bit paranoid assuming it was part of it in an attempt to get our anxieties flowing in theme with the Svengali show, making us wait to build up the tension! (even to the point were my boyfirend insisted theyd upped the temperature to get us all heated!) Even if the acoustics werent the best we certainly heard you and I thought the show and audience participation was great! Fantastic evening.


March 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm
mike says:

I was lucky enough to be at the Liverpool show on Friday. It was brilliant and you were right about the crowd, they were energetic and got involved. Amazed by the show as always. Somehow you managed to top enigma


March 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm
Andrea says:

Great post as usual. Very excited about the Birmingham
show and this time I’m bringing my son. He’s such a know it all, I’m hoping you’ll render him speechless!


March 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Steve Brady says:

Saw the Grimsby performance on Monday evening and as usual came out totally amazed at Derren’s powers. My wife says you are on an OT level 8 along with Tom Cruise…lol. Best 2 hours of entertainment anywhere.


March 29, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Sabina says:

Thank you for sharing your tour goings on, it’s great to hear what you’ve been up to and how it’s going. Adore the Parrot Sanctuary tales. ‘Shut the fuck up’ – hilarious!

You look very happy in the photos and it sounds like you had a fantastic time. I must get up there again some time to see the new lemurs section and meet with the parrots again. Love the place.

Saw the show in Woking and after Id picked my jaw up off the floor, I was left with ‘how the hell did he manage that?’ and chuckles whenever I think of the funny bits. Another amazing show, well done to you and your hard working team. Can’t wait to see it again at The Shaftesbury in the summer.

Happy touring!

Sx


March 29, 2011 at 3:48 pm
Berber Anna says:

Saw the Liverpool show on Thursday. It was lovely. It incorporated so many of my favourite things this year (can’t say which or I’ll spoil it for those who have yet to see it), I was literally bouncing in my seat. Quite different to the previous shows, with more of an ongoing story, which was a nice development. We were lucky enough to get both Iain and Derren’s autographs on our programmes, too — very happy about that!
I’ll see it again in Bristol (I’m not an obsessed fangirl, honestly… *shifty eyes* I just have another friend that wants to see it with me!), already curious to see what it’s grown into by then.


March 29, 2011 at 3:54 pm
cat says:

saw the show in woking,, A M A Z I N G.

lovely to see the pictures of you with a parrot, the invite still stands to visit us at Birdworld. Please come visit, cheeky charlie a yellow crowned amazon is dying to meet you – i would like to see you hypnotise him :-)


March 29, 2011 at 4:01 pm
tiram says:

awww, finally a blog post – yay!

Saw the show in Liverpool, and it was very nice indeed – as usual. In my mind, nothing can quite beat the ending from Enigma though :)

Looking forward to hear more as the tour goes on!


March 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm
Jazz x says:

Hello Derren :) wonderful blog update as always :) lovely to hear that you are having lots of fun on tour as well as work ;) glad to know that the previews went brilliantly as I’m sure that opening to an audience with completely new material must be nerve-racking :S happy that despite glitches and problems, you and your wonderful., hardworking team pulled it off and delivered what I’m sure was a fantastic performance! :)

Am very much looking forward to coming to see you on the 4th June in Bournemouth and again on 18th June at the Shaftesbury Theatre :) very excited for the experience and can’t wait to hopefully meet your fine self afterwards providing that your throat is ok and you are feeling up to it :)

Enjoy the upcoming shows and rest assured that even if the theatre eats away the sound of the audience- they will DEFINITELY be laughing, gasping and very much enjoying themselves! I have no doubt in that :) why wouldn’t they? :)

Have lots of fun and I’ll see you in June :)
Lots of love from Jazz x <3 x


March 29, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Amanda says:

Grimsby was far from grim Frank… I too was there on Sunday and it was fantastic and pure genius… so what if it started late the you made up for it from start to finish! NIce one…..


March 29, 2011 at 4:16 pm
Cris says:

Thanks for taking the time to write this blog! I’ve really enjoyed reading it and now have even more respect and admiration for your dilligent crew, and a new found desire to visit monkeys and parrots… I’m so looking forward to seeing the show in April (I’ll be flying out from Ireland- yeay!)


March 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Renate says:

Hi Derren!

So nice to read this blog! My mum and I had a great time seeing your show in Woking, it was absolutely worth the trip from the Netherlands!
I will be going to a convention in Birmingham in May and I just managed to get a ticket for your show too. *insert hyper smilie* Can’t wait to see you again!! And hopefully I will get a picture with my tattoo this time, I totally forgot after the show in Woking… :(
Good luck on the rest of the tour!

Greetings,
Renate


March 29, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Flo says:

Hi derren
my ticket for one of the birmingham show’s arrived yesterday im so excited as its the first time seeing you live, have loved all your televised stuff so really looking forward to it.
the parrot sanctuary looks amazing and will definately be visiting and maybe staying over in the parrots nest!! enjoy the rest of your tour and keep doing what you doing – amazing us all
love
flo x


March 29, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Awww, so lovely…
It xerainly looks like you’re having a fun time :)


March 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm
Becky says:

Derren! So beautiful! You are gorgeous and adorable as ever! Can’t wait to see you in London! Keep up the good work :)

Hugs and kisses!

Becky xxxx


March 29, 2011 at 4:47 pm
Alex says:

Brilliant to hear from you Dezza. See you tonight. (will coops be out to sign aswell??)


March 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm
MaRtiN PuGh says:

I had two doses of your Enigma tour and loved it but i’m losing hair and fingernails trying to get to see Svengali! As I live in Chester, Saturday 25th May in Birmingaham is my prime target. Several tickets have slipped through my fingers but I AM DETERMINED!!! HELP ME!!!!!

Love your bloggs. Love your books & love your voodoo (hoo doo voodoo? Yoo doo :-)

Love Pugh

XxX


March 29, 2011 at 4:50 pm
Lisa says:

I saw the Liverpool one on the 26th, my 20th birthday. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. Not only was I in awe the entire time, it was really really funny too. I mean, anyone who was there that night will only need to hear the words Toffee Hammer and instantly giggle like children. It was a brilliant night. A brilliant show. And Thank you for making my Birthday wonderful.
xx


March 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm
Phil says:

I’m going to see Derren tomorrow night in Southend! I don’t think I can hold my excitement, PLUS, I think I saw Coops earlier!


March 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm
B. Miller says:

I’d love to experience one of your shows and interact BUT I have a problem with blushing. My face turns red at the slighted thing.

This is holding me back soo much from wanting to take part. If only things were different I could sit front row and see you perform… maby oneday. Who knows ey.

Good luck with the tours. Not that you need it.

B. Miller , – London.


March 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Chris Rawlins says:

I was there on Saturday in Liverpool (26th) and not only was the show mind blowing and hilarious but Derren was lovely to meet, I will do my best to get out and see the tour again, i thoroughly enjoyed it, good work to everyone involved!

Chris


March 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm
Katie says:

Hi Derren :) saw your show last week and it was amazing! You are such an inspiration i bought your portraits book and just found it incredible! the amount of hard work and effort you put into your shows and your work is unbelievable! You are so friendly and funny too! i will defiantly want to see another one of your tours in the future and recommend anybody to go! :D
Good Luck with the oncoming shows
Katie xx


March 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm
Jay Embry says:

Derren, you’ve got to bring that tour to the U.S.. It sounds great and frankly its borderline criminal to subject us to knowledge that this stuff is happening, and deny us the experience… C’mon, man.


March 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Hi Derren

It was great catching up with you backstage at the Grimsby gig. Sound like Sunday was a bit of a ball ache, but you more than made up for it on Monday. Despite peoples claims Grimsby is not all grim lol. Next time ya in town give me a shout and I’ll show you that Grimsby has to offer ( not just fish and chips lol )


March 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm
Keirren-Leigh says:

Hi Derren,
i attended the second night of svengali at Grimsby and i was stunned at how more amazing you was in person!
I loved every second of it and would like to thank you for sighing my fligher for me after getting confused with my name (en not an or on :D ).
Love your show, thank you for a memory to remember,
Keirren :) xx


March 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm
Phil says:

Thanks for an insight into the tour so far. I was also was lucky enough to see the show at Grimsby on Sunday. Absolutely amazing and the delay did not detract one little bit for us (a 150 mile round trip from Leeds). Can’t wait to see you on tour again.


March 29, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Carly says:

Hey derren, just want to say, I was in grimsby on sunday and there is no need to apologise, the show blew me away, it was so good that on monda night the day afteI i felt all depressed that it was all over. You made my friends nught, she went on stage, she has been on cloud nine since, you have actually inflenced her into a career involving pshycology, honestly, you should be bragging about your achievement with his tour, I know I would! WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


March 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm
roz says:

what the devil is a “pastoral urge”…?


March 29, 2011 at 6:34 pm
Will says:

Hey Derren, Just wanted to say that Monday nights show at Grimsby was brilliant, and me and my girlfriend were so happy we got to meet you back stage and thanks for signing our books :) unfortunately my camera stopped working so I’m hoping if anyone here got any photos from back stage if they can post them on the Derren Brown Svengali – 2011 Tour group page on face book. Thanks :D Great Night


March 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Sarah says:

Thanks for the update!! Cant wait to see the show in London, until then, I enjoy hearing all the news!! Great photos too :) Enjoy the rest of the tour xx


March 29, 2011 at 6:57 pm
Jenny says:

Aaaw… Wonderful to read about the tour so far. I wonder how far away the parrot zoo is. Will check. Might take my little sister there this summer. I still expect to book tickets for London, so I hope they´re not sold out yet. They can´t be. Am very jelauos of the nice weather, in Stockholm it snowed today.


March 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm
lily says:

hey derren,
i saw the first night in woking and was completely blown away, me and some other a-level students came on a group psychology trip and everyone loved it. me and my friend (who came to see you at the stage door) are actually coming to see it again on the final night in london. we couldn’t be more excited! next time you’re in surrey please come and visit godalming college, it would literally make my life. thank you so much for doing what you’re doing, you’re an amazing person and we’ll be waiting backstage on the night of the last london show to (hopefully) get a picture with you this time! you’re an inspiration WELL DONE for outdoing yourself again and good luck for the rest of the tour- i can’t wait to meet you again and don’t wait too long before starting a new tour please! xx


March 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm
Rachael says:

Great update! I went to the show on Friday in Liverpool which was amazing. I was even lucky enough to be picked for the last part (i won’t go into detail…) which I never thought would happen to me!! Absolutely brilliant and I haven’t stopped talking about it ever since – probably much to the annoyance of everyone I know! Loved every minute thank you :)


March 29, 2011 at 7:10 pm
Elise says:

:D I love it when you write your blogs. All sounds crazy and fun. Those lemurs are soooo cute! And I am so jealous of the one getting a kiss :( LOL!
I know of one school that is an exception to the “pupils are getting nicer” rule, haha! I went to an awful school and apparently its gotten worse…hmm.
Anyway, thanks for keeping us all posted and enjoy the rest of the tour and keep having lots of fun and continue to blow people’s minds, lol.
LOVE LOVE LOVE,

Elise ;)


March 29, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Saw your last show in Liverpool which we though was fabulous & have been baffled trying to work out how you did certain things. I would go to another show for sure & have been singing your praises to everyone without giving any of your secrets away.
Thanks


March 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Cathy says:

:D

I want a lemur now..


March 29, 2011 at 7:36 pm

Hi Derren
Lovely to meet you at Grimsby and glad you liked the portrait. If you want a matching one of your partner you have my contact details.

thanks again for a great show.

John


March 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm
Georgi Moon says:

Don’t worry about your first night in Grimsby, i was there and IT.WAS.ACE, it was so worth the wait, amazing :D


March 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm
Roshni says:

Hey derren, so nice to hear from you again, thank you so much for the amazing night on the 18th of march in woking! Absolutely epic! Really enjoyed it, wish I could go again! You’re a legend :D dying to tell people who have asked me what happened, but you’ve sworn us all to secrecy hahaha so I said if they wanted to know, they’d have to go and see the show :P just too mindblowing for words- my explanation wouldn’t do it justice! Great to hear it’s all going well with the rest of the tour, and that parrot just looks gorgeous haha :D thanks again for that breathtaking night and good luck for the rest of the tour! :D roshni xxx


March 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm
Bex says:

7 weeks and 1 day until Birmingham :-D got very excited at the mention of juggernauts transporting all Derrens goodies, ooooh what’s in store for us??!! :-D beautiful pics, so very cute both animals and Derren! Xxx


March 29, 2011 at 10:29 pm
Dan says:

Hey Derren

Well considering the state my girlfriend was in after our wait for you at Grimsby i’m surprised we stayed to see you haha. Although i believe waiting since christmas for your show was enough motivation she needed to stay. Anyway was an absolutely excellent show (our first seeing you live) and if stuff went wrong then i don’t think anybody cared to notice haha. I would like to ask one thing also, i wish to gather a little info on the reading of body language if you would be so kind. Psychology students have to have something to do to their friends who insist it is the study of man who believed we wanted to have sex with our mothers. It would also brighten my day to see a physicist confused over what i read in his body language haha.

Thank you Dan Undergraduate Hull Uni


March 29, 2011 at 10:41 pm
Matthew says:

Oh, it is SO illegal to kiss a monkey ! *lol*


March 29, 2011 at 10:42 pm
nettmac says:

Awww! I wanna go n play with the lemurs!! Loved the show in Brighton, can’t wait to see it again :D


March 30, 2011 at 12:20 am
Thistooshallpass says:

The picture of you kissing the lemur is adorable…in fact; I’ve had to make it my desktop background lol. Really hope the show went well tonight Derren. We have tickets for tomorrow’s performance and I’m thrilled you made the decision to tour again this year…bless you x
Sue


March 30, 2011 at 12:42 am
Thomas Robinson says:

This is realy cool. I went to grimsby to see you on Monday night which was awesome btw and you also pulled me good freind Dan up to the stage! And the parrot sanctuary! In Friskeny iv never been and i live in Wrangle just down the road. I realy need to make a trip there this summer to test the new camera out on the Parrots amazing patterns!


March 30, 2011 at 12:44 am
Alex says:

OMG, if anyone complained about the wait, SHAME ON THEM! The show exceeded expectations (i was in the finale at cliff’s). Honestly, you will give me no sleep and i have decided to take A-Level psychology because you make it so interesting.

Alex


March 30, 2011 at 2:22 am
/(*-*) Lee says:

I cant wait until i see the show, its great to see some excellent reviews. Glad to see you were able to get a bit of time out and enjoy yourselves at the zoo, we all need to retain our sanity. Knowing how much you put into each show by the time i see it, it will be beyond perfection, how can you top that?


March 30, 2011 at 8:08 am
Andrew says:

Hi Derren
Why do you do so few tour dates when they always sell out? Nothing for Nottingham yet.

Msg from Abeo: The show will also tour in 2012 when it is our intention to tour venues not played in 2011.


March 30, 2011 at 9:00 am

Hi Dareen

HaVE TICKETS TO SEE THE SHOW IN BIRMINGHAM, can’t wait.

I find your shows the hightlight of a theatre trip and so entertaining. I believe you when you say, it’s just entertainment !!!, but you are so good, I don’t want to know how you do it ……… just sit back and enjoy.

I have recently had a Epiphany moment in my life and I was compelled to put it on paper. I felt I was guided by some spirits ……… good I havce to say. I would love to share this with you and get your honest opinion.

Please reply with an email and I will send the short paper in confidence.

Thank you for entertaining me ……… you are special.

Eddy Ankrett


March 30, 2011 at 9:35 am
Freks says:

Hurry up and get your bum to Sheffield will ya!!


March 30, 2011 at 11:54 am
Andrea says:

Hi Derren, Coops and Iain,
It was so lovely to meet you all at Liverpool on Thursday. The show was amazing, anyone who hasn’t seen it is in for a real treat!
Thank you also Derren for being so patient and charming with us fans after the show, you made sure that everyone had got everything they wanted signed before leaving (and you gave us a little wave from your cab). It is so lovely to meet someone who has so much time for their fans. Thank you for your lovely little messages that you put on my dvd and Portraits book, that means so much to me.
Me and Mum missed the train home and had to get a cab, but it was well worth it! Lovely to meet Iain and Coops as well, both so sweet!
Sorry things didn’t go smoothly at Grimsby, I hope all goes well for the rest of the tour,
Love, Andrea.


March 30, 2011 at 11:58 am
Andrea says:

P.S. LOVE the pics from the zoo. Please can everyone donate and support such places so these beautiful creatures live in such a lovely and safe environment. xx.


March 30, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Rebecca Wallen says:

After reading all the comments about the show I’m SO looking forward to seeing Svengali at the Plymouth Pavilions on the 27th may!!!!!! I’ve never been to any of your live shows before so this is going to be a great experience; even more so now because I’m going to see the show with my sister and a friend. :-) it’s gonna be such a laugh!!!

If you like lemurs why not pay a visit to Monkey World in Dorset, they do such a wonderful job helping to rescue apes and monkeys.

Good luck with the rest of the tour and best wishes to you and all that help to put the show together. X x
Hopefully you can sign my programme after the show as well! Thanks :-)


March 30, 2011 at 3:19 pm
Flapjack says:

Can’t give much away about Svengali as I’ve been sworn to secrecy, but * ****** ******** *** *** **** *** stuffed badger *** *** ********** ** *** *** ****** ******** *** grapefruit ** * ****** ** *** ********* without them being aware of it…
That’s one mental image no-one in the audience will ever forget no matter how much they might want to. God knows I’ve tried.
Otherwise I thought it was a fantastic show. Especially the *******


March 30, 2011 at 4:23 pm
chantelle says:

hmm seems my coment didn’t go through (thought it hadn’t prob my stupid phone as usual)

anyway i basically said I’m so sorry to hear of all the problems you’ve been having & I hope things get better from now on :D

The photo’s look very gorgeous Derren you look totally beautiful as always can’t wait to see you next week in Braford ;) xx take care much love & hugs Chantelle

@John Morton you don’t happen to be a karate instructor from Hull do you? that was my karate instructors name when I was a kid


March 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

“Kids are without doubt getting nicer.” I feel the same way. Thank you for putting it into words. Cowardstupidme never dared to.


March 30, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Katie says:

I’m a little late, but thank you so much for the Monday night show in Grimsby. It was really amazing! And thank you so much for taking the time to sign my programme and take a picture. Ive been kicking myself for the past 2 days because I hardly spoke to you, I was just totally starstruck and couldn’t believe I was standing next to someone as talented and gorgeous as yourself ;) Came home so excited to put up the pic on facebook and realised Ive lost the bloody cable! (Had to order another one off ebay – £2.69, not too bad!) Have a great rest of the tour, and to anyone who still has to see Svengali, I’m so jealous. It really is a great show!
xxx


March 30, 2011 at 10:28 pm
lorna says:

Wow that was a big blog post! Hope your having fun and Good luck to the rest of the shows. Can’t wait to see you at one of the Bristol shows. And all I can say about the pictures is Awwwwwwwwww :D


March 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm
Carmen says:

Saturday 26th march at Liverpool was fantastic, we had excellant seats, loved every minute of it. Anyway, keep up the good work and thankyou for finding time to write your blog, xx


March 30, 2011 at 11:37 pm
kzk says:

It’s wonderful to hear from you! I do hope everything goes well with you and I’m very much looking forward to seeing your new show in the near future.

Best wishes and Please take care of yourself. xx


March 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm
Chirag says:

Nice pictures and a great read! I hope you are enjoying the shows, I cannot wait to see you in Oxford next month for the show there. Keep up the great work Derren your a legend.


March 31, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Thistooshallpass says:

I just have to congratulate Derren on a spectacular performance at Southend last night. After a milestone in Derren’s career, I was delighted to find that this year ‘yet again’ he has managed to come up with another brilliant show. ‘Svengali’ is a masterpiece. It contains everything you would expect from a Derren Brown live performance…. and then some. There were so many ‘gasps’ from the audience that by the end of the show, you felt like you had been on an emotional rollercoaster…. If you haven’t got tickets yet, try and see the show in the west end (Shaftesbury Theatre) …it’s amazing. Thanks also goes to Coops and the rest of the team….clearly, you all worked very hard to make it a success.
Sue and Paul xx


March 31, 2011 at 2:33 pm
alan says:

“Polly Findlay, my new director, is a complete poppet.”
You might want to reconsider that description Derren. Mr. Fry says it’s a doll, used for sticking pins into. To invoke injury through use of the black arts.
“he stood in an aviary and made repetitive clucking noises as part of a test to see how quickly a new sound would be picked up”
Ah! I wonder if he’s the person responsible for the dawn chorus at 4am in my garden every morning. Where one of the little perishers keeps mimicking a mobile ‘phone, at two minute intervals.


March 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Thank you for the post Derren : ) Best wishes for the rest of the tour.
(Now the sanctuary has monkeys and lemurs I can see a visit to my parents coming up.)


April 1, 2011 at 2:39 am
Karen says:

congrats on the show opening, and good luck with the rest of the tour!

wish I could see it….oh, wait thats right. I’m all the way in America.
life is cruel.


April 1, 2011 at 11:37 pm
Davy says:

Really enjoyed reading your blog Derren; I flew down to London a couple of years ago with a friend to watch your previous show and thought it was “mind blowing”; so as a special treat for my 30th birthday in July my thoughtful sister booked tickets for us to once again fly down and see your show; I am ssssssoooooo looking forward to it and reading your blog puts a big smile on my face to think in about 3 months time I will get to see you first hand WHOOP WHOOP!!! Great snaps by the way!! All the best with the rest of the shows!!!! D :-)


April 5, 2011 at 8:45 am
jo says:

Hi me and My daughter Becky came to your Bradford show last night.I have seen every tour when it has come to Bradford but last night was Becky’s first time and she is now a total Derren convert.Being 14 she is hard to shut up at the best off times but last night she was speechless- so if nothing else a big thanks for that .
Loved the show was amazing thanks for the pics and the signing after much appreciated.Our advice to anyone without tickets yet is to go snap some up Svengali has something for everyone in it!
Keep being your brilliant self.
Jo and Becky


April 5, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Dan says:

Saw the show in Woking….even got to take part…..and i so want to tell everybody about it, but i’m sworn to secrecy!

The best live show I’ve seen in ages, can’t wait to come and see you again…i might stay in my seat next time!

Thanks again


April 5, 2011 at 6:24 pm
Renegade says:

Was a pleasure to see the show last night at the Bradford Alhambra, and I’m now going to try write a review saying how tremendous it was, but with the painstaking task of making sure nothing is revealed; in accordance with Derren’s wishes, of course. I just want to say that it was truly fantastic; a brilliant night that was awe-inspiring, highly amusing, and simply wonderful. I’d also like to express my thanks for signing an envelope for me – Ben – and my friend Ryan – even though we’d had to dash off home. Thankfully you took the time out to sign them for us whilst signing our friend Emily’s, and it’s great you take the time out after an exhausting show, to come out and see the fans.

Keep inspiring!
Ben x


April 5, 2011 at 6:42 pm
Steven Mills says:

Its a shame you sign off twitter for the tour, I’ve only just signed up, ill be at your show on April 21st. Was considering proposing to my girlfriend at your show, would be nice if you could set me up, probably not possible with your water tight show though :)

Good luck with the tour!


April 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Lorna says:

You look very at home with a small animal perched on your shoulder. Very wizardy. Or perhaps piratey.

However, i do wish you’d bring the show to Manchester already! I’m bursting to see it!!
Til then
xx


April 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm
Will says:

Accidently on purpose bought front row tickets for your show in stoke for £120 I blame you for this Derren!


April 8, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Hi Derren/Phylis and the rest of the gang

Cant wait to see your when your up here in sunny Scotland really really looking forward to it.

Wonder if I could ask a favour, will only take like a minute and either a blackberry or a iphone…….I am doing a youth group weekend away end of this month and we are doing a daily countdown….this consists of a wee video for like 10secs or more simply saying like 10 days to go or 9 days to go etc

Would you be willing and able to do a quickie for me :) you can pick any day from 5-10 would be ace

Ronnie


April 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Linda says:

Didn’t realise you had a blog. Yay, another thing to read to keep me sane while job hunting!

Just want to say, love your work, you’re a brilliant entertainer and hope to catch you the next time you’re in Dublin (unfortunately missed you the last time you were here).

Good luck with the Svengali tour! :)

Linda


April 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm
Penny says:

Morning came to see the show in norwich last night as usual brilliant ! although extremely intriguing as to how you are able to extract the info so accurately and relieved i could just watch and not take part .Would highly recommend Svengali


April 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm
Emma says:

Oh lucky you!! I want to kiss them too!!! ;-)


April 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Honor says:

I’m so excited! I’m going on Saturday at Norwich theatre Royal! Will you be at the stage door afterwards? I wan’t a signature! (Don’t worry, I’m not the straight-on-ebay kind)

Love all your work!

Honor, 13


April 23, 2011 at 9:28 am
Lorraine Pepper says:

Brilliant show last night in Oxford. Sorry to stumble upon you and your team at the hotel, but thanks for the autograph. You were all very polite and charming. Lorraine x


April 24, 2011 at 1:51 am
Ella says:

I was lucky enough to see Svengali in Woking – which was fantastic! Derren was an absolute gentleman when it came to meeting him, even though he was in a rush to get somewhere!
I loved it so much – I’m going again in June and July! :) and… DEFINITELY NEXT YEAR! :-) X


June 2, 2011 at 12:40 am
darren gast says:

Derren just got home form svengali( bristol ) it was a fantastic show very entertaining and very funny you are a true showman extremely entertaining will not forget the XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX for a very long time.cant wait to see whats next from the amazing mr brown!


March 6, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Martin Ash says:

Just got back from the Manchester show, Its the best show I have ever seen, great entertainment and mind blowing . My son will never forget it.

Thanks again,You’re a fantastic artist too, a man with many talents.


March 28, 2012 at 10:16 am

Waterfront Hall Belfast ..a faultless performance and as usual I am sure you were happy with the friendly and humourous audiance !!
I felt you had a pain as you took your final bow ??? I hope I was wring .you are always a delight to have in out city BUT my I ask you to consider and look at the Grand Opera House…a masterpiece od elegance and veru you .
I had hoped to look into the hotel close bu to get to say hello, this is Wednesday ,your final night so who knows….have a great time in dublin…i know you will


May 16, 2012 at 12:34 pm
ellie blackburn says:

love the pictures!!!!! i live very close to the zoo (boston) sorry to hear that you had to miss somebodys funeral though


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