UK master of psychological tricks Derren Brown is back on DVD with this his fifth stage tour ‘Svengali’. April 1st is the day we can all get our hands on this 2012 Laurence Olivier Award-winning stage show.
Svengali sees Brown at the top of his game, blowing our collective minds and at his very best.Recorded at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham this show is perhaps Derren’s darkest yet too, especially when the star of the show makes an appearance.
Across this 70 minute live show we see Brown (as is customary) play humorously with his audience. The opening ‘find the shoe’ game is a nice way to warm things up, it also kind of prepares us for what darker tones we are to see later on.
So what exactly can you the viewer expect from this show and what exactly is the Svengali of the title?
Well Svengali is a two hundred year old automaton (a clockwork robot to us laymen), which has the inexplicable ability to possess an audience members body.
You may think you have seen it all, but the scene where the automaton takes control of a random member of the public does make those hairs on the back of your neck rise.
Alongside the spooky looking Svengali puppet, we also get to see Mr Brown extract some secret confessions from the audience, paint a very interesting painting and offer up a wonderfully over the top finale involving the whole audience and some balloons.
Derren Brown’s Svengali is an eerie, entertaining and involving show.
Whilst Brown himself can often be thought of as a marmite person (i.e. we can love or hate him), his stage presence and undeniable skills are perfectly showcased here.
This is a man who knows his trade so in depth, he can play the audience so well you are mesmerised throughout. We dare you not to get drawn into the set-pieces here.
You can buy this award-winning DVD from April 1st via all good retailers.
By Phil Allely
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