DERREN Brown is not psychic.
You must remind yourself of this again and again in his latest show Infamous, as the master of psychological illusion performs feat after feat of astounding mental agility.
In fact, the mentalist goes to pains to show that mediums, psychics and all others claiming to be able to talk to the dead, may as well be having a conference with Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy.
The genius of Brown has always been his frank admittance that none of his seemingly superhuman abilities are magical or mystical. All while performing mind-boggling tricks of mental manipulation, mind reading and mathematical certainty which leave the audience all asking just one question -‘how the hell did he do that?’
Taking a step back from the recent elaborate, spectaculars of Apocalypse and The Events, Brown presents a pared-down, more intimate offering with Infamous.
But while this latest show lacks a little of their awe, the performance allows you to enjoy Brown for what he is; an expert showman.
Whether he’s eliciting gasps at his incredible talents, laughs at his quick wit or simply baring his soul about his experiences of childhood bullying and coming out, the enigmatic Brown had the audience eating out of his hand from his first stride onto the sinister-set stage.
After being requested not to reveal the exact details of the show, I will leave the contents a mystery for it’s that gripping, suspenseful air of ‘what will he do next?’ that makes Infamous so enjoyable.
And no one should reveal the punch line before the gag.
But I can make my own prediction; go and see it and you will enjoy it.
Until Saturday, May 25.