Russian roulette man comes to town

HE caused controversy when he played Russian roulette with a loaded gun and is renowned for his ability to read minds. Now Derren Brown is taking his talent on the road in a tour that will stop off in Ipswich next year.

HE caused controversy when he played Russian roulette with a loaded gun and is renowned for his ability to read minds. Now Derren Brown is taking his talent on the road in a tour that will stop off in Ipswich next year.

Tickets for the date at Ipswich Regent on May 12 go on sale tomorrow morning .

Derren started his career as a magician using tricks and sleight-of-hand to impress his audiences. However, he gradually left that behind to work more with people's minds.

He said: "I slowly left behind the props and sleight-of-hand to work with the psychological techniques that are the real stuff of magic. I have to learn people's patterns, step inside their heads. Then I can play."


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He has since made a name for himself with impressive mind-reading powers which have seen him predicting and copying things he has no way of knowing about.

The result is a powerful, provocative and thrilling form of entertainment.

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However, until Sunday night his talents had always been displayed in relatively safe situation.

A television audience of three million watched as the mind control expert played Russian roulette live on TV.

The 32-year-old chose one person from 12,000 who volunteered to load a single bullet into one of six numbered chambers a handgun.

Some 12,000 people volunteered to load a single bullet in one of six numbered chambers of the Smith and Wesson handgun. Then using psychological techniques he predicted in which chamber the bullet had been loaded.

He was seen firing the gun at his head three times and twice at a sandbag. The second of these shots fired the bullet.

While Derren's live show will not include any feats of such extreme danger it does promise to involve many baffling but impressive mind tricks.

Therefore the show is not recommended to under 12's due to the concentration factor and the fact restlessness can disturb other members of the audience. Audience interaction will be involved but the show does not involve any hypnotherapy or psychic interaction.

n Derren Brown will by at Ipswich Regent on May 12. Tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow priced £13.50, £15.50 and £17.50. They will be available from the Central Box Office, in Princes Street, Ipswich, by calling 01473 433100 or online at www.ipswich-ents.co.uk

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