Other Half had given me an amazing surprise Christmas present of tickets to see Derren Brown, and it had been a long six months waiting to see the show. Derren has been touring with his Enigma show for two years and was near to the end of his run when he was playing Milton Keynes. We arrived an hour before doors opened and, were greeted by one of Derren’s assistants who asked to take a photo of each of us for involvement in the show later on. Nervously we both agreed and proceeded to let our imaginations run wild about what it might involve!
We were in our seats just after seven and it never ceases to amaze me how many people turn up last-minute – personally, I like to soak in the pre-show atmosphere as it builds!
Just before Derren arrived, 60 members of the audience were invited to the side of the stage to list their 3 favourite things – I would have gladly joined in but we were in the upper circle so there was never a chance of beating the stampede below!
Derren came on stage at 7.35pm and proceeded to entertain and wow us all in equal measures – he has an amazing gift of interacting easily with the audience, making on stage volunteers feel at ease while sometimes making gentle fun at their expense. Frisbees were randomly thrown out to the audience throughout the night to pick volunteers (though Derren says that there is nothing truly random!)
Our moment of fame arrived in the form of human ‘Guess Who’. Much like the children’s original board game, 30 of us had had a close up photo taken and we were paraded on the big screen on stage. Volunteers mentally picked a face and put one hand on Derren’s shoulder. He asked them questions which they answered in their head, and then used ‘the force’ to identify the face and name they were thinking of. The last volunteer chose a lady and all girls photographed had to stand up in the audience. Derren slowly swung his arm round and we each had to shout our name out when he pointed to the area we were standing in. Just from this, he was able to work out which one of us she had picked (sadly, not me!)
There was a 20 minute interval and Derren came back to entertain until 10.30pm – it was a truly amazing show. As an avid follower on Twitter, I knew he regularly comes to the stage door for a meet ‘n’ greet after the show, so we went straight there after exiting the theatre. We waited for an hour and at last, with many apologies for keeping us so long, we got to meet Derren in the flesh.
I hung around ’til most of the crowd had dispersed and he signed my ticket and programme. I reminded him I was in ‘Guess Who’ and also mentioned the telephone/sausage/monkey list (to anyone that doesn’t understand, read Derren’s brilliant book Tricks of the Mind). He said every time he manages to forget about that list, someone always reminds him!
With lots of photos under our belt, we left for home having had a thoroughly fantastic night!