Thursday, January 07, 2010

Project 365 (7/365), And Backstreet Boys Return To Manila!!!

.:7/365: Derren Brown:

Derren Brown is one of the most recognizable names in mentalism if you’re from Europe, and with good reason. As a mentalist, Derren’s very fresh approach to mentalism has been a huge success in England, and has made him one of the most “unusually attractive” men on the planet. He’s witty, he’s funny, and he’s quirky. He’s got all the tools a mentalist needs to put on a good show, especially with the kind of material he has to work with.

His numerous TV shows, as well as his critically-acclaimed collaborations with Andy Nyman are stuff of legend. Most mentalists realize that he’s not really reinventing the wheel. What he’s doing is that he’s making mentalism cooler than ever, and he’s doing such a great job at it.

While many people think less of him because he has come out of the closet a few years ago, I think Derren’s value as a performer should never be undercut by his sexual preference. The man is a genius, and the epitome of a guy who knows how to dress up the simplest of effects so that they can become interesting again.

Derren’s performances are very gripping and exciting. To be honest, the way he presents a lot of his acts tend to make me re-evaluate how I am as a performer, and make me reconsider how much showmanship should really matter. Many critics of mentalism say it’s boring, but Derren’s act is anything but that.

I can keep on singing the man’s praises, as well as his influence on me, but ultimately, all you need to know about Derren is that he is one of the most amazing individuals in the mentalism industry today. It’s a crying shame if you never get to experience the kinds of things he has been able to pull off, and if that video was any indication, his mammoth memory cannot be understated, either. He is simply one of the most brilliant minds I have ever met, and I can’t help but feel completely floored by the man’s accomplishments, period.

I’ll end up talking about a few of his other feats as well, by the way. One thing you need to watch out for is his infamous newspaper prediction: a feat that I have managed to duplicate with great difficulty, but was certainly worth the effort.

Derren Brown is the real deal. He has taken mentalism to its logical next step, and he really did a bang-up job with it, to say the least.

.:Backstreet’s Back, All Right!:.

The Backstreetboys are coming to Manila on February 27!

Can I hear a “Sqqqqqqquuuuuuueeeeeeeeeee?!?” A manly one, at least? I’m excited beyond belief! I am sooo going to go out there and watch this amazing ensemble of talent and beefcake all on one stage.


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