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Derren Brown: Invisible Man Sketch

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Derren Brown: Invisible Man Sketch

Derren Brown persuades a film student that he’s invisible.

Derren Brown is a talented artist and a great performer. He is a major force in the world of illusion - he can seemingly predict and control human behaviour. He doesn’t claim to be a mind-reader, instead he describes his craft as a mixture of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship (and he admits to telling the truth about not telling the truth.)

Whatever you choose to call it, his unparalleled performances amaze and unsettle all those who watch him. This is a powerful and provocative form of entertainment, either live or on the screen.

I haven’t yet seen Derren Brown live - but will do in May in Sheffield (check out his website for dates for the current tour). I’ve watched most of what he’s produced on DVD and read one of his books (Tricks Of The Mind). Some of the things he does are pure trickery, some are misdirection, some are downright obvious, and some are just well.. amazing. This being one of them.

Edit: there’s a website mentioned before and after the video, which I don’t believe is connected or endorsed by Derren. Of course you can look at it if you want, but personally, I’d steer clear of it and look for more established and trusted sources.

So, watch as the performer ‘tricks’ the film student into thinking he’s invisible - can you guess how it’s done? If you enjoy this performance, I’d highly recommend checking out Derren’s DVDs.

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Lucy Porter Explains And Builds A Time Machine

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Lucy Porter Explains And Builds A Time Machine

Mad scientist and secret physicist, Lucy Porter (also a comedienne), explains the theory of time travel, builds a time machine and experiences the intricacies of time paradoxes.

Lucy Porter On StageI have never seen her ‘live’, and I’ve been to quite a few comedy clubs, but based on her videos, she is an engaging and fun performer. (I was going to add petite, but wasn’t sure that’s quite politically correct nowerdays).

So watch the video, and let Dr. Porter show you her time travel exploits. Check out her official site for her tour dates.

Thanks to the National Carrot Association for this bit of information, and the BBC and That Mitchell And Webb for the images.

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Cabbages : Inkyfingers Theatre Company

cabbages from inky fingers theatre companyCabbages From Inkyfingers Theatre Company
Reviewed By Roy Gray
Photos by Ruth Tuck ©2006

The Geeks of Yesteryear

Who were the geeks of the 1950s? For Lawrence Ghorra and Mark Winstanley, writers of Cabbages which ran from 14th-18th February 2006 at Manchester’s Contact Theatre they were the librarians.

This is horror in the asylum as Dr Spinoza, the self-proclaimed genius psychiatrist in charge of Ravenscroft Mental Asylum, decides librarians are the key to world domination. They hold the world’s knowledge and he intends to hold them.

In the park outside that institution two librarians Geoffrey Ramsbottom, a cliché naive trainee, and his fully qualified co-worker, Audrey, are courting. Audrey suddenly disappears in the midst of declaring her admiration for Geoff’s “natural flair for the Dewey System”. One act later two detectives are accusing Geoffrey of murder. His denials are worthless because he can’t remember what did happen. So what’s to do but ship him to Ravenscroft. Will he find Audrey? Can a librarian’s innate knowledge of Dewey Classification Numbers help resist the evil machinations of the megalomaniac Dr Spinoza? At first it seems so but Dr Spinoza has reserved at least one further horrible assault on the mind of the librarian, picture books!
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