Wednesday, May 19, 2010

witness

Emma and I take our seats in the theatre, for illusionist and mentalist Derren Brown's 'Enigma' show. All about us, there is an adrenal air of anticipation. Behind us, a young couple take their seats. With thoughts towards the seeds of likely tricks, the young man speculates to his irony-free companion.

Man: Back there, in the foyer - I bet there were loads o' subliminal messages an' that.

Woman: I didn't see any.

I smile to myself.

The show turns out to be excellent - as much for Brown's mastery of the stage, as for the mental mechanics of the acts that we witness. We were sworn to secrecy, so I'll say no more than that.

6 comments:

Pat said...

Some folk have all the fun.

hilaryusfun said...

Were you a fan of the TV show because I was never that convinced. I hear he's awesome live - does he tell you how he does it?

Shane said...

P - Oh pish. I've heard all about you!
H - A large part of the show is about debunking and demystifying some otherwise other-worldly phenomena. I'd only seen a small amount of his TV work, but enough to know that I'd like his own end-of-show unpacking of what had gone before. And so it was.

Brennig said...

Tease!

LB said...

is he good? I find his TV shows a mixture of 'brilliant' and 'immensely irritating'.

(on an unrelated note, are you still at the same e-mail correspondence doodah?)

Shane said...

Bren - Derren made me do it.
LB - yes to that.