Show seen: 1st December 2015
Palace Theatre, London

Derren has asked that the details of his show Miracle are kept secret, which makes reviewing it a challenge. However, there are lots of thoughts here so I’m going to give it a go. This is a review by a magician, for magicians. Not that any methods will be discussed, or any secrets revealed, but non magicians will find little of use here. If you’re a non magician and thinking of going, just go. Derren is a master at the top of his game and you shouldn’t miss this opportunity to experience it live. I mean it – book now, you will not be disappointed.

Now for a magician’s thoughts. This is a show of two very different halves with a common thread – a little stretched sometimes, but it’s there. I don’t think it’s giving anything away to say that the first half is a mix of predictions, divinations and a beautiful set piece of psychological showing off. Typical Derren material, beautifully executed. The thinking behind all of these was clever, the routining was tight and clean and it used a mixture of methods. The team have made back tracking really difficult and the effort isn’t wasted. The Act 1 finale is just brilliant, a fantastic bringing together of new technology and an old mentalism effect. This is a creative team working at their best.

The second Act is brought together with a very tight theme. This is used to pack in a bunch of great effects, linking them together and culminating in a moment of magic which took my breath away. I was giggling like a child, how wonderful as a magician to have that feeling again.

I want to touch on elements of dangerous magic. There are times in the show where audience members are put in perceived danger. One of those moments could really encourage people to go and do something very reckless themselves. As a magician who has struggled with the morals and responsibilities behind these effects, I wasn’t happy to see these performed as they were.

This is Derren and his team at their best. I’m a big fan of his shows (especially the ones with Andy Nyman’s involvement) and it didn’t disappoint. Having said that, I think the formulas and concepts here are running their course and I’m hoping Derren and his exceptional team find the next big thing for their next outing.

 

Paul Longhurst

A professional magician working mainly in the South of England. Also a professional director and actor.

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