by Laren Wafer-Kiddle
Renowned illusionist Derren Brown is returning to Leeds this week with a more personal, stripped-down show.
Brown, alongside his director and friend Andy Nyman, are bringing the Derren Brown: Infamous show to Leeds Grand Theatre from 24-29 March.
He told Yorkshire Voice: “We tried to come up with a sort of experience that you couldn’t get anywhere else. Not from a play, not from a magic show.
“It is about finding images or moments that you know will haunt people, and making sure the show has plenty of light and shade and is constantly surprising. If you think you know what’s coming and that’ll you get, it’s not that interesting.”
Brown, who likes to keep his shows secret, lost £10,000 in a previous show when a betting trick went wrong.
“An audience member was presented with a box containing either £500 or £5000, and if he could guess correctly which it is, he could have the money. I got that wrong twice, losing £5000 each time.
“It happens, it’s not the end of the world, and I know that it just reminds people I’m human. A juggler will drop a ball from time to time to remind you how difficult his job is.”
Brown is famous for tricks such as playing Russian roulette with a gun on live television and predicting the National Lottery numbers in September 2009.
It has been said that Brown is now banned from every casino in the UK.
Tickets are on sale at leedsgrandtheatre.com, or from the box office on 0844 848 2700, priced from £35 to £38.50.