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Posted by Derren Brown News May 28, 2009 at 7:53 pm


1. The man you have to initially blame/thank for the unstoppable rise of Derren Brown is Jerry Sadowitz. They first met in a magic shop in London and after swapping tricks soon became pals, with Sadowitz helping Brown get his first lecture gig for magicians and recommending him to production companies.

2. Brown claims to be flattered that Kenny Craig, the magic act in Little Britain (you know, ‘look into the eyes, not around the eyes’) might be based on him, considering Kenny to be better looking than himself.

3. He studied law and German at Bristol University, where he first took to the stage as ‘Darren V Brown’. V is for Victor.

4. Fellow magician Andy Nyman has been his working partner for several years, having co-created the likes of Russian Roulette and Seance. You may have seen Nyman being disembowelled and decapitated during Charlie Brooker’s Dead Set, while playing the outspoken telly producer Patrick.

5. Although there’s never any question that his helpers on the TV shows are not plants, he often becomes friends with those he has tortured. The guy who loaded the gun in Russian Roulette once accompanied Brown to a screening of Team America to the suspicion of many onlookers.

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May 28, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Re: 2 – Derren thinks Craig is better looking than him? No way!!!

Re: 3 – always wondered why Derren used the name ‘Darren’ instead in those early days in Bristol…any particular reason?

Thanks for sharing this as ever :-)

May 28, 2009 at 7:58 pm
Carmen says:

Ooooh very interesting indeed, I’m studying law!! Although it’s rock hard! :)

May 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm
DeviantDog says:

Well I never knew that Sadowitz played a part in this mystery.
Certainly would make an interesting stage show don’t you think? Come on Derren get one sorted!

May 28, 2009 at 8:08 pm
ScreamingGreenConure says:

6. His real middle name is “F*cking,” as in “That’s Derren F*cking Brown, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!”

May 28, 2009 at 8:10 pm
MediaMakeup says:

I don’t know what Derren did to that horse, but neither of them are able to look the other in the eye..?

May 28, 2009 at 8:10 pm
Tiia says:

Well then.. wouldn’t mind to be tortured! :D

May 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm
Jen and Si says:

I knew fact 3! I’m clever….. Which magic shop? Was it the one in charing cross underground? and fact 5 is actually not that much of a shock. Derren and the rest of the team are all so lovely and friendly that you could imagine a night out with them.

May 28, 2009 at 8:15 pm
Ms G says:

Now then, it’s not all new, but hey … a little refreshment can’t be bad, or ?

I can think of some other facts I’d prefer to read ofcourse … ehehehe …

The horse … nice … what’s Derren doing next to it. Couldn’t he go sit on top of it … would have made the picture even more interesting. He will look good on a horse .. as if he came riding from the past … this gentleman on his horse … not really being busy with social activities as lots prefer to see in his … just a gentleman … riding on his horse … maybe on his way to some business meeting … but certainly not for simple pleasure … (I’m the one who’s racing and considered not very lady like in those days (nor now) like crazy into the hills … screaming out loud ……. escaping from victorian times … escaping from myself … )

Oh well … I sat once on a statue like that … just for fun …’t Peerd van Ome Loeks .. in Groningen.

May 28, 2009 at 8:27 pm
tash says:

oh i thought derren was always derren not darren. I.ll just pretend. I’m going to go cry now.

May 28, 2009 at 8:31 pm
Quite Knowledgable says:

Hasn’t Matt Lucas admitted that Kenny Craig was based on hypnotist turned NLP do-gooder Paul McKenna? So much so didn’t Kenny Craig come face to face with Paul in the Little Britain Xmas Special a year or so ago?

May 28, 2009 at 8:32 pm
karen says:

Derran marry me

May 28, 2009 at 8:34 pm
Lex says:

Is point 5 worded badly or is it just me? Sounds like the folks on the show ARE plants from that, and I thought there was no use of stooges whatsoever, or am I just really gullible?

May 28, 2009 at 8:36 pm
Flapjack says:

If you focus on Derren for 5 seconds, the horse gets subtituted for a gorilla, and you won’t notice a thing!

May 28, 2009 at 8:37 pm
dan hicks (sans hot licks) says:

i swapped tricks with a man once. we are no longer friends. coincidence? i think not.
thank you for being the only interesting man on tv, other than stephen fry, derren… and an awfully decent chap, too. :)

May 28, 2009 at 8:47 pm
Helen says:

Eek! I knew four of those five facts… I really didn’t think I was that much of a stalker………

May 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm
JennyH says:

I started at that photo for 5 seconds, I didn’t see gorilla. I did however realise that is not a real horse……

Interesting about Andy Nyman! Kind of want to see him get decapitated but I have terrible fear of Zombies so that may not be a good idea.

P.S. Someone should sort Andy Nyman’s Wikipedia page, he doesn’t even have a photo, poor thing.

May 28, 2009 at 9:11 pm
Dani says:

Hurray for watching Team America!

May 28, 2009 at 9:55 pm
Cheryl says:

I didn’t realise Andy Nyman was in Dead Set! Did that programme seriously traumatise anyone else afterwards?? 0_0 I thought it would be pretty sedate, being on TV and all, but my goodness!

‘If you focus on Derren for 5 seconds, the horse gets substituted for a gorilla, and you won’t notice a thing.’ – HAHAHA!
I love reading the comments on here, there are always some hilarious ones! Your fans are a witty bunch Derren :) x

May 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm
Liz says:

‘Although there’s never any question that his helpers on the TV shows are plants’

is a wonderful example of ambiguity. The surface meaning is different to the grammatical one. The following statement does not clarify which meaning is meant as it is completely unrelated to the ‘plants’ statement apart from a tenuous thematic link.

May 28, 2009 at 11:05 pm
Doug says:

What Liz said

May 29, 2009 at 12:20 am
ScreamingGreenConure says:

Come on guys. I started you off and not one of you has followed up. We have five facts – that’s a pathetic, miniscule amount. I bet everyone knows at least ten David Blaine facts and that just won’t do. We need more – and because we are all so imaginative we can do much better than real facts and should damn well make them up.
I repeat:

6. His real middle name is “F*cking,” as in “That’s Derren F*cking Brown, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!”

What is number seven, fellow blog commenters?

May 29, 2009 at 12:37 am
li says:

yes it is worded badly, more of an error i think. but the meaning is clear enough.

May 29, 2009 at 12:45 am
roz says:

indeed, it should read “although there’s never any question that his helpers on the TV shows are NOT plants”

…altho it’s possible they could be animals!

May 29, 2009 at 12:50 am
chantelle says:

Kenny Craig better looking than you Derren???

WTF are you on? or are you blind as a bat??? sorry but man I can NOT believe you think that!!! You’re a handsome & very stunning man Derren THE most handsome man on the planet (In MY opinion)

sheesh I think i shall have to bring some glasses for you & a good mirror when I see you again in a few weeks if you can’t see what I see!!!


May 29, 2009 at 1:15 am
Imelda says:


May 29, 2009 at 1:19 am
R harris says:

ho is this Derren Brown fella ?

May 29, 2009 at 8:45 am
ReliegiousMarie says:

@SGC…nr. 7 is Derren victor Brown =DVB =equals 665 (initials) = FFE (6th letter alphabet, sixth again and 5th letter) equals= F#cking Fabulous Entertainer.

Hows that for an equation ;-)

May 29, 2009 at 9:19 am
Rob Perkins says:

Point 5 is worded in such a way that it confirms you opinion depending on your scepticism.

“5. Although there’s never any question that his helpers on the TV shows are plants”

It is so ambiguous and personally I think the way it is written is a detriment to Derren.

May 29, 2009 at 9:20 am
Julie says:

Isn’t the little Britain hypnotist based on Paul McKenna? PM thinks so anyway. Maybe they told PM it was him so he’d go on their show. Cheaper. ;-) Thinking about I thought that goatee looked familiar.

Ok, ScreamingGreen, here’s fact number 7…

7. As you can see from the above picture Derren has a special connection with horses. He is hung like one.

Fact number 8 anyone?


May 29, 2009 at 9:21 am
Julie says:

PS: I am trying to ignore the wording of fact number 5 lest it shatter my illusions.

May 29, 2009 at 9:34 am
Julez says:

I have 5 Sadowitz facts if anyone wants…

May 29, 2009 at 9:57 am
ScreamingGreenConure says:

LOL. It took two fake facts for it to get into that? Nice.
Marie: damn, he needs to be 666. How do we make this happen?

May 29, 2009 at 10:05 am
Michelle says:

You can see by the context of the rest of number 5 they meant he never uses stooges, just badly written!

May 29, 2009 at 10:39 am
Wendy says:

Anyway, Darren turned me into a newt.

May 29, 2009 at 11:03 am
Flapjack says:

OK, for a fact number 8 what about his cameo acting roles in both the BBC’s “Crooked House” (as a 17th century occultist) and short film “Medium Rare” (as a waiter).
I know regular posters here knew about “Crooked house”, but what about the other one?
And my favourite fact 9 (from Tricks of the mind) would have to be that he instigated a deadly tarantula scare in Bristol indoor market with a combination of bogus warning posters and a spider made of pipecleaners!

May 29, 2009 at 11:49 am
ScreamingGreenConure says:

Alright, Flapjack can come up with the real facts to intersperse with our “new and improved” ones.
Fact 10: Derren Brown acted as a technical consultant for the movie The Dark Knight. He invented the Joker’s “pencil vanish” technique when an overenthusiastic fan asked him several times to demonstrate a “trick” in a pub. The matter was settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.

May 29, 2009 at 12:50 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

@SGC…ooh yeps, that would be better… Lets make a Browny from Brown …out of affection and because it´s just jummy, that would equal to 666 :evil:

@Flap…what was that about fact 9 and spiders?..

May 29, 2009 at 4:28 pm
Flapjack says:

ReligiousMarie – It would take a while to type out the entire story, but in my hardback copy of “Tricks of the Mind” it’s on page 197.
The basic summary (Derren tells it way better) is that when Derren was a student in Bristol, he and a flatmate set up a bogus flyposter warning campaign featuring an Orange-kneed tarantula which had allegedly escaped on it’s way to Bristol zoo insectarium, and was reputedly at large in the Clifton area. “Should not be dangerous to adult humans” and “believed to be carrying eggs” were added to the poster to spice up the story.
Greengrocers were encouraged to check all their fruit for spider colonies, and a ‘Tarantalert’ hotline was provided on the posters which was actually the number of a Cardiff insurance company.
For good measure Derren and his flatmate Simon created a dodgy arachnid out of pipecleaners and stuck it to the top of the archway next to the Clifton Arcade with some arosol cobweb from a joke shop. Derren and Simon then made a point of passing through the archway and staring at it for as many attempts as it took to get the public to believe it, and let the power of suggestion do the rest. It took several hours for someone to suggest it looked fake and to poke it with a rolled up magazine.
Personally, I feel the spider should be returned to it’s rightful place!

May 29, 2009 at 5:07 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

Ohh rofl @Flap…thas just Brilliant!…always a classic, i hope they filmed the reactions too :-D

I would have believed it immediately, …am shit scared of spiders!

May 29, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Cheryl says:

LMAO at the spider story! That’s well good! xD I would have loved to see some of the reactions! Made out of pipecleaners…haha! xD

(It would have freaked me out though – terrible phobia!)

May 31, 2009 at 12:59 am
Julie says:

@SGC apologies for lowering the tone ;-)

(assuming you were referring to my ‘fact’)


May 31, 2009 at 11:24 am
ScreamingGreenConure says:

Oh no, it was a lovely fact. The more the merrier, I think.

November 6, 2011 at 10:58 am
ellie says:

I know another thing about Degree. The primary school he went to was Reedham Park School and he had a crush on my friend’s mum called Helen.I am in year 6 and I go to reedham park school. I am not lying!!!!!!!


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