British illusionist Derren Brown, who brings his one-man show to the West End’s Palace Theatre for a two-week stint this month (See News, 14 Apr 2004), may want to watch out: award-winning American mind-reader Marc Salem (pictured) is heading back to town next month.

Salem’s Mind Games will have a limited three-week season at north London’s Tricycle Theatre, running for 24 performances only from 21 July to 8 August 2004, after which he’ll head back to New York to complete an extended engagement at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre.

Mind Games was a hit at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and received its London premiere in October 2001 in a three-week season at the Hampstead Theatre. In spring 2002, it ran for eight weeks at the West End’s New Ambassadors Theatre (See News, 22 Jan 2004).

A behavioural psychologist as well as an entertainer, Salem has used his academic training and understanding of non-verbal communication as a consultant for the FBI, the New York police and several US corporations. Salem's new book Mind Tools will be published by Simon and Schuster in early 2005.

Prior to the new London season of Mind Games, produced by Andrew Fell, the Tricycle presents: Talawa Theatre’s revival of James Baldwin’s 1964 play Blues for Mr Charlie (running from 16 June to 10 July 2004), based around a race-driven Mississippi murder trial and currently at Ipswich’s New Wolsey Theatre; followed by a one-week stint (12 to 17 July) of comedian’s Mark Thomas’ new one-man show.

The Tricycle’s current in-house production, Guantanamo - 'Honor Bound to Defend Freedom', the theatrical documentary about the Cuban detainees in the ongoing “war on terror”, continues until 12 June (See News, 3 Mar 2004).

- by Terri Paddock