Derren Brown Steps Offstage in His New Show

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2023-09-19 16:40:35  • 5 mins

Brown is the co-director of Unbelievable, opening in London, but he wont be onstage. Nor will any other professional magicians.

After decades of stage shows, TV specials and essentially reinventing mind control, Derren Brown is doing something new: Hes getting off the stage, and into the directors chair.

And its been a lot, Brown said in a recent video interview.

Unbelievable, directed by Brown and his longtime collaborators Andrew OConnor and Andy Nyman, opens on Tuesday in Londons West End, and is a family-friendly magic show the likes of which its makers promise youve never seen.

Its also a new kind of Derren Brown show. Previously, Brown, 52, has been at the center of his productions. Brown has long maintained that he is not a psychic, but that his mind tricks are a combination of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship. He has managed to convince people to commit an armed robbery (with fake weapons, of course); to take a bullet for someone (also staged); and that he has healing powers.

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