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On Board


What are the main challenges of performing on a cruise ship? Repeat audiences are a slightly tricky thing because on tour I like the fact that people will come back and see the show and go ‘Oh, so that bit happens every night’, or the bit that you think happens every night doesn’t. I like people questioning how much they are supposed to believe or not, but if they literally just go out and come back in to see the show again sometimes that can be a bit too immediate, even for me.


So tell us, how do you do all the clever ‘mind-reading’ in the show? In essence it’s simple stuff. In conversations one person will be talking about their parents, pets or holidays and you listen to them, but you wait for them to finish so you can jump in with your own stories about your parents, pets or holidays. A lot of it is probably what a therapist does at some level; when person is talking to me they are telling


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me their model of the world, so that beneath the words they are using they are unconsciously building a picture of their world. It’s very simple; it’s not about forensic bits of body language.


Would you film a TV show on a cruise ship? We thought about setting an experiment on a cruise ship for a recent show. The idea was to see if you could get someone to confess to a murder they hadn’t committed. We looked into filming on a cruise ship because it had that kind of feel. It would have been good fun, but we went for a hotel in the end, as it was more manageable.


Do you have any plans for another cruise? I would definitely go on another cruise. I can see myself doing one of those transatlantic New York trips on a Cunard liner, or maybe doing a P&O world cruise or something like that. That would be really lovely... as long as I have a balcony!


Derren Brown performed onboard P&O’s Arcadia on a three-night cruise from Southampton to Bruges and Le Havre.


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