Showman wows fans at Futurist

STAGE and screen star Derren Brown gave thousands of fans a treat at Scarborough’s Futurist Theatre over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The psychological illusionist, who specialises in mind-bending feats of mentalism, played to an audience of more than 4,000 people during the two-night stop-off on his latest tour “Svengali”.

The theatre’s general manager, Andrew Nesbit, says the show was not just a huge success for the Futurist but for the town as a whole.

He said: “It was a terrific weekend for the Futurist and for Scarborough. It was a mind-blowing show and very well received.

“Big names definitely bring a lot of visitors to the town and local people down to the seafront, making it a busy weekend for restaurants, shops, pubs and taxis too.

“All the town’s amenities benefit so it becomes a win-win situation.”

Mr Nesbit added that Derren had been very complimentary about the theatre itself and had asked for a tour of the building.

He said: “He was a very lovely person - an amicable gentleman and a showman in every sense of the word.

“He said the Futurist was a lovely, traditional theatre and I think he fell in love with it straight away.

“He also said it was really good to come to Scarborough and that he’d love to come back in the future.”

Evening News reporter Susan Stephenson was at the show on Monday night along with 2,098 other fans.

She said: “I thought it was an amazing show and everyone I spoke to thought the same.

“Derren asks the audience not to give away what happens during the performance, but I can say that feats of apparent mind-reading, seemingly impossible number predicting and hypnosis featured heavily.

“Members of the audience gasped as Derren appeared to be able to read people’s thoughts and influence their behaviour.

“Ever the showman he also had people laughing out loud in between some more serious, darker moments.

“Audience participation was key as he took risk after risk in working with people in the crowd he had never seen before in his life.

“But what I can say, without giving too much away, it was a fascinating, exciting show which left me thinking ‘how does he do it?’

“If Derren does come back to Scarborough, and I hope that he will, I would encourage people to go and see this incredible performer.”