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Aibu to think that anyone who believes is derren brown is daft?

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TENDTOprocrastinate Fri 26-Oct-12 21:50:20

I have no belief in derren browns psychic ability. his usual hypnosis shows are blatantly all set up with actors/actresses. I have had many an argument about this in the past with dh. His current 'apocalypse' show- if it were real- would be a Jeremy beadle gone (far) too far. However, this apocalypse show is mildly entertaining. At least he is admiting that there are actors involved- though clearly guy who is supposed to be hypnotised is an actor too. (Dh thinks otherwise)

Ithinkitsjustme Fri 26-Oct-12 21:51:54

I can't bear to watch his programmes so I'm not really sure. I think I'd smell a rat if I saw him walk down the road.

ginmakesitallok Fri 26-Oct-12 21:53:44

Derren Brown isn't psychic?? The whole point of Derren Brown is to dismiss psychics as frauds?

Shakey1500 Fri 26-Oct-12 21:54:28


InvasionOfTheBodyShatners Fri 26-Oct-12 21:55:14

I love him and really enjoy his tricks. I don't think he expects people to believe he's anything but a showman.

GailTheGoldfish Fri 26-Oct-12 21:55:15

He doesn't claim to have psychic ability, in fact he is pretty vocal about the fact he doesn't believe in psychic abilities.

WorraLiberty Fri 26-Oct-12 21:55:24

Exactly ginmakesitallok

WorraLiberty Fri 26-Oct-12 21:56:13

It's people like him who show people they shouldn't be wasting their money on psychics etc.

conkercon Fri 26-Oct-12 21:57:00

I have seen Derren Brown live. He is amazing. He is quite clear though that he is not psychic and does not proclaim to be. In fact he has made a programme about dodgy psychics. He is amazing at reading peoples gestures and from that figuring out what they are going to do. He also cleverly suggests many things which people subconsiously pick up on.

I saw him years ago and at the end of the show he actually showed some of what he had been doing and how he had worked things out.

I really enjoy his stuff and am recording this thing tonight.

UltraBOF Fri 26-Oct-12 21:59:28

I think he's pretty clever and entertaining. This is stretching credulity for me then. I agree that the guy is an actor.

ARightOldPickle Fri 26-Oct-12 22:00:31

Really like him and been to see a couple of his live shows - brilliant! He is quite clear that he does not believe in psychic abilities.

Trills Fri 26-Oct-12 22:00:35

Er, what?

It sounds to me as if YABU because you don't know what Derren Brown is or what he does.

TENDTOprocrastinate Fri 26-Oct-12 22:00:42

Sorry psychic was probably the wrong word (I've had a few glasses of wine smile I don't believe he is actually hypnotising anyone- I think it's all in the name of entertainment (fair enough) but to believe in it is daft surely? If he was really hypnotising the guy on tonight's 'apocalypse' show he'd be going 10 steps too far!!

Basically I'm annoyed that dh thinks the guy in the show is actually hypnotised!!

UltraBOF Fri 26-Oct-12 22:01:30

I suppose I'll still try to catch the follow-up next week though. But if I don't, it won't be the end of the world...


Trills Fri 26-Oct-12 22:02:26

Wikipedia: Though his performances of mind-reading and other feats of mentalism may appear to be the result of psychic or paranormal practices, he claims no such abilities and frequently denounces those who do.

Anyone who "believes in" Derren Brown presumably doesn't watch him or listen to him.

Are you sure you're not thinking of the other one, the one who does think he is magic and appears to have brain damage from spending too much time in a block of ice?

BrightonMama Fri 26-Oct-12 22:02:43

YANBU. Just can't understand why anyone would watch this Apocalypse show when it's so blatantly all so fake. There's no way they would ever get permission to do this to an unsuspecting person for real. What if they never recovered psychologically?

Nothingontvat3am Fri 26-Oct-12 22:06:13

He makes no claims to be psychic - debunks them frequently. He said at a show once he'd stop all his shows etc if he met just one 100% genuine psychic. I love him but does give me the heeby Jeebies though.

apostropheuse Fri 26-Oct-12 22:08:44

The whole point of Derren Brown's show is to debunk the psychics' claims.

He recreates what pscychics do using other methods - and tells the audience this.

TENDTOprocrastinate Fri 26-Oct-12 22:16:49

Psychic is not what I meant (sorry- 3rd glass of wine)). I just find it hard to believe that he actually hypnotises people. There is no way tonight's 'apocalypse' show would be acceptable to do on a real unsuspecting person. Dh thinks otherwise!

McPhee Fri 26-Oct-12 22:19:17

It's entertainment

Tricking the human mind is what he's best at

We know him as Darren though wink

Tiredmumno1 Fri 26-Oct-12 22:21:42

I don't watch Derren. I like to watch Dynamo though he is great (probably not quite the same but ah we'll) grin

Tiredmumno1 Fri 26-Oct-12 22:22:15

well - damn autocorrect

TENDTOprocrastinate Fri 26-Oct-12 22:23:47

Tiredmummo3- I agree- dynamo much more fun- also just entertainment though. smile

TENDTOprocrastinate Fri 26-Oct-12 22:25:22

McPhee- he's just tricking the tv viewer- not the actor on the tv. (Which is my point) it's entertainment but to believe in it is just daft.

HeinousHecate Fri 26-Oct-12 22:28:12

The whole thing is laughable. I saw a bit of it. He went up to the bloke on the bus and put his hand over his eyes and wham, he was under hmm I finally had enough of it at that point and turned over.


Even if I believed in 'look into my eyes' hypnotism. That was bullshit. grin

It was very clear that the 'victim' is an actor too.

I was saying to my husband how ridiculous it is. I said if that was actually done to me - hacking into my phone, my computer, getting everyone to collude in making me think the world was ending, subjecting me to frightening experiences...

I'd sue their arses off. For the trauma!

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