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Ed - Derren insinuates that this is still an early run of the show and they're still working on tweaking the show so I think they're intentionally keep things quiet right now.
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In previous years, derren tends to say "please don't talk about xyz" - because as they refine and experiment with the early shows, he doesn't wanna disappoint future attendees if they end up dropping a certain piece from the show...

I have to say, even the show I didn't especially like, it was still entertaining and engaging...

i'm glad to see you guys are getting to experience his work live and in the flesh! I do think he is the best of the best and has remained consistent (quality wise) too...and considering he's been touring the UK near enough non-stop for over a decade, as well as his tv work - that's no mean feat...
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Is there any dress code for the theater? I am going to the show next weekend and am unfamiliar with the theater scene in NYC. Can't wait to see it!
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Not particularly a dress code but of course you are going to a theater so I would recommend against casual.

Jamy Ian Swiss wrote a blog about a few shows in NYC. It's a good read and I think some comments are very on point about Derren's performance.

http://www.magicana.com/news/blog/few-nights-magic
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There's no dress code per se, but it is the theater after all. Outfits ranged from T-shirt and shorts to business suits. I wish I had dressed a little better had I known I would be on stage, but it was unusually hot in New York that day.

Jamy Ian Swiss' review is pretty spot-on, though I guess he missed Derren's claimer that he would use a mix of psychology, persuasion, illusion and lies. He flat out told the audience I AM GOING TO LIE TO YOU!
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On May 3, 2017, ed wood wrote:
Have there been any press reviews yet?


there are a few. go to Derren's facebook page and you will see.
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In previous years, derren tends to say "please don't talk about xyz" - because as they refine and experiment with the early shows, he doesn't wanna disappoint future attendees if they end up dropping a certain piece from the show...


He says the same thing at this show: to keep it a secret. Though, as this thread shows, not everyone complies with that request.

I went to see the show on its first night and Derren explicitly referred to it as being in previews. According to this article, the actual opening night is Tuesday, May 16:
http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadwa......20170214

I saw the show again this past Tuesday. Stephen Sondheim was in attendance, as were Shawn Farquhar and Meier Yedid. There was also a nice talk-back segment after the show where Derren fielded questions from the audience.
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Not particularly a dress code but of course you are going to a theater so I would recommend against casual.

Jamy Ian Swiss wrote a blog about a few shows in NYC. It's a good read and I think some comments are very on point about Derren's performance.

http://www.magicana.com/news/blog/few-nights-magic


Am I alone in thinking of Jamy Ian Swiss as an insufferable bore?
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I'll keep this vague - Was anyone else surprised about the bold use of buckets before the show? I thought it was a simple thing of beauty. I was expecting some crazy expensive method but it was just so simple.
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I'll keep this vague - Was anyone else surprised about the bold use of buckets before the show? I thought it was a simple thing of beauty. I was expecting some crazy expensive method but it was just so simple.


Simple answer, why run when you're not being chased...
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TheDirectionalist -- I'll say this: Seeing Derren live is something I finally checked off my bucket list! Smile

Yes, janitor-style buckets. Quite bold but unassuming.
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I'll keep this vague - Was anyone else surprised about the bold use of buckets before the show? I thought it was a simple thing of beauty. I was expecting some crazy expensive method but it was just so simple.


Agreed. I chuckled to myself as I placed my "contribution" in.

It was a great show and the audience really seemed to enjoy it. I just moved to new york from pennsyvlania and I am still trying to gauge the new audience, but Darren was viewed favorably by the audience I was a member of.
The night I went, I was fortunate enough to be a part of the "talk back" session which lasted about 40 minutes. It was really lovely.

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Saw the show last night- I loved it!

Robb mentioned that it was pure mentalism- no magic- and while there can be a fine line between the two, I'd have to say that part of Act I's climax is most certainly 100% magic (stage illusion) and not mentalism, right? Perhaps the show has changed between then and now, though; he did mention we're still in previews and he's still forming the show.

And yes- the buckets were great. I loved how often he used the most practical method available rather than an elaborate magician fooler.

My date got to take part in the show, and from her silence, I thought maybe she's been around magic too much. But as soon as we left, she kept asking how any of it was possible, and she raved about it to her friends on the way home.

Oh, and yes, I can't believe that Jamy missed the disclaimers. "I am going to lie to you... I'm honest about my dishonesty," etc.
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Saw the show last night- I loved it!


Cool! I was there last night, too. It's unbelievable how two and a half hours can fly by so quickly. The range of emotions that he evoked over the course of the show is incredible, and I got the impression that he was genuinely tickled to be amazing us over and over again.
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Oh, and yes, I can't believe that Jamy missed the disclaimers. "I am going to lie to you... I'm honest about my dishonesty," etc.


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Oh, and yes, I can't believe that Jamy missed the disclaimers. "I am going to lie to you... I'm honest about my dishonesty," etc.


"A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."

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I was thinking the same thing, but your reference sums it up even better. Smile
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I have tickets for next Sunday, can't wait! I'm a bit surprised at the lack of publicity about Derren's US premiere. After all, he has been a smash in the UK for years, even winning two Olivier Awards. And Andy Nyman, his creative partner for years, is involved as well. It is an interesting departure for the Atlantic Theatre. I'm hoping successes all around and wondering if it could lead to additional US exposure. Smile
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Are there any real people going, or just magicians?
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I would say about 95% "real people"... it's just the magicians and mentalists are really noisy!
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The major papers will review opening night, that should generate some buzz, and I'm guessing they might extend the run a couple of weeks "by popular demand" at that time.
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