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Posted by Derren Brown News August 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Anyone accusing Derren of taking drugs, or saying that he’s LOST his mind would be understood but dismissed immediately. So go ahead and reverse and mess about with this one but there’s a really “Straight Forward” instruction in this one. So if you want a chance to win tickets to a filming of The Events then – You know what to do Johnny, you know what to do.

Ch4 You Tube

August 21, 2009 at 11:12 am
Tash says:

unfortunately i’m not blessed with cleverness πŸ™ lol

August 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm
80s Craig says:

How the hell does he do that?!? He lifts his hands up, WHILE UPSIDE DOWN!!!

Look out Blaine! You’ve got a rival for your floating trick!

August 22, 2009 at 11:13 pm
Helen C says:

tee hee, you do make me giggle

August 22, 2009 at 11:22 pm
Rhian says:

The question is easy.. the weird post is a little .. weird though…..

August 22, 2009 at 11:28 pm
sue says:

Yeh, already done.

Got my Portraits Postcards today… absolutely loved them, very high quality and definately worth the money… recommend them to everyone.


August 22, 2009 at 11:32 pm
Mr Woolf says:



August 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm
Johnny says:

Wow, is that… Directed at me?

August 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm
Jess P says:

Im probably reading into things but …
On this post LOST is in capitals, and on a previous post FINDING was in capitals for no apparent reason.

anyone have any ideas why?

plus why is straight forward in “”s?

and why is it Johnny who knows what to do?

food for thought. πŸ™‚ x

August 23, 2009 at 12:02 am
Jess P says:

what happens if you listen to it backwards? Is there a “secret message”?

August 23, 2009 at 12:02 am
Michael McG says:

Our 3 year old – “Why was he upside down?”
The wife and I – “Cos he’s Derren Brown and he’s ‘special’…”
Our 3 year old – “Why’s he Derren Brown?”
The wife and I – “What? Cos he is Derren Brown, that’s why”
Our 3 year old – “Why did he fall down?”
The wife and I – “Cos he’s Derren Brown”

I get the feeling we’re struggling with our explaination of Derren and what he’s doing….

August 23, 2009 at 12:24 am
Darren T says:

Why was this clip posted yesterday, and then swiftly taken down, and now re-posted?
Was a clue released too soon?

August 23, 2009 at 12:28 am
Mr Woolf says:


It has your name there… so it must be you it’s directed at! πŸ˜‰


The innocence of an open mind eh?
The wonderous possiblities they can see…
before they’re told not to πŸ˜›


August 23, 2009 at 12:57 am
Ali says:

Haha. Those of us who can’t enter have to do SOMETHING to occupy ourselves.

August 23, 2009 at 1:19 am
Brendan says:

Hi all,

First off I am magician in Ireland, have met Derren and am lucky enough to have a signed 1st addition of the book he released in Blackpool 01….and a good friend of mine knows Derren reasonably well from a thingy they attend in Nov in honour of Ron.

Anyway….. having been browsing here and some of the forums I think I have cracked on of the Events. I am wondering if there is a way to let my educated guess be known privatly. I don’t want to put it on a public forum. It’s just a little game I’m having with myself.

Hope Enigma comes to Dublin as well as Belfast.


August 23, 2009 at 1:38 am
Charmaine Gilbert says:

Something’s going to happen in 6 minutes…

August 23, 2009 at 2:07 am
Sarah says:

This is so frustrating. I’ve spent about an hour sitting just trying to work this out but I don’t think I’ve made any progress at all. I have far too much spare time and apparently not enough intuition. Anyone who ends up winning this really deserves it. o_o

August 23, 2009 at 2:15 am
Kat says:

He’s more… standing on his hands as apposed to his head.
I don’t think I can find the forward splash button on my keyboard…

The video did induce a minor giggle fit, by the way. I may sue.

August 23, 2009 at 2:33 am
jbLAZE says:

I am so completely STUPID!!!!!!!!

August 23, 2009 at 3:04 am
Mr Woolf says:

Me too sometimes….
Was looking at someone getting LOST in a cornfield maze… my fault though I’m sure.

Did I happen to miss something :/

Technically I should be sleeping about NOW.

August 23, 2009 at 3:42 am
ScreamingGreenConure says:

OMG stop that, the blood’s all gonna rush to your head, dude!

August 23, 2009 at 4:28 am
You says:

Has anyone tried reversing this one?

August 23, 2009 at 4:31 am

Did Derren just order a hit? πŸ˜‰
I know who Johnny is btw. No idea what to do with that information…

August 23, 2009 at 5:07 am
Mr Woolf says:


YOU ARE soooo bloody cryptic sometimes…
it’s like trying to solve a conundrum, wrapped in an engima, boxed neatly into a coded device devised by a possessed DaVinci

But you know what…. you can be FORGIVEN, because so many of us love you


August 23, 2009 at 6:32 am
Kirsty says:

It’s just the camera that’s up-side-down. Although I’m stating the obvious and everyone probably knew that anyway. Yeah, have entered, can just hope now heh.

August 23, 2009 at 9:17 am
Mr Woolf says:

I have an MHPL????

Any Idea what order they go in guys? or is that not the point… as long as they’re brought together?

August 23, 2009 at 9:31 am
flapjack says:

Finally a non-cryptic question I can understand… my mind is mush.
Unless it’s not as straghtforward as it looks… after running the DVD back Martin Kemp picked up at least 3 objects before settling on that one! I’m assuming you’re refering to the object he ended up with after the 3 red herrings, right?

August 23, 2009 at 9:59 am

I had a dream last night that I went shopping in Primark with the crew from the filming on the 18th…were you guys sending out subliminal Primark related messages?

August 23, 2009 at 10:14 am
Mr Woolf says:


August 23, 2009 at 10:38 am
Mr Woolf says:

Unite States of Peace, Love and Harmony!

August 23, 2009 at 10:43 am
Alex says:

one thing that I have noticed is how many times Derren says the word TRICK . He says “on TRICK, thats TRICK, of, thats TRICK of, the mind, thats TRICK, of the mind”

August 23, 2009 at 10:48 am
Mr Woolf says:

One of these bloody things have to be right…. lol

You can forget me posting the weird #’d one’s until I know that none of the forwards ones work πŸ˜‰

August 23, 2009 at 10:51 am
em says:

“the events”

August 23, 2009 at 10:56 am
Mr Woolf says:


August 23, 2009 at 11:08 am
Helen says:

“Off of “? Derren you should be ashamed of yourself!! :p

August 23, 2009 at 11:10 am
Rhian says:

That video fuses misdirection and showmanship…. πŸ˜‰

August 23, 2009 at 11:27 am

Please tell me the next one will be Derren in front of a cheap and tacky blue screen effect of a blizzard with a hair dryer providing some wind effects. I’d pay to see that. πŸ™‚

August 23, 2009 at 11:51 am
Mr Woolf says:

I think I’ve spent too much time on this already…. well moreso.

Considering just, deleting all the silly notes I’ve made
(under a form of instruction) and waiting to watch whatever it is now πŸ˜›


August 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm
frank says:

@ Mr Woolf,

i think your messages have been more cryptic than the real Mr Brown’s, but also i give up…….. well for now

“A thing is not high if one can reach it; it is not great if one can reason about it; it is not deep if one can see its bottom”

August 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm
Sally says:

Ò€A thing is not high if one can reach it; it is not great if one can reason about it; it is not deep if one can see its bottomÒ€.I disagree wholeheartedly. I like things that are in my own universe, and so available to be enjoyed after effort.

August 23, 2009 at 4:07 pm
jbLAZE says:

Wow censorship huh? I stated that people on here werent the brightest because they actually had to ask how he moved his hands without falling. I dont know, the same way he stood upside down without his jacket tails hanging upside down, hmmm how did he stand upside down while the furniture was right side up????????oh he must have glued everything to the ceiling and also glued his jacket in place……

Derren may misdirect people in order to put thing in to their mouth but what you did was erase what I said and completely come up with something new………Sure, maybe the vast majority of people on here are Lay people but there are some of us that have logical minds and are also performers. My 4th grade cousin new instantly that he was not standing on his hands. No respect for the art

August 23, 2009 at 4:59 pm
Wonderer Woman says:

Firstly, how mental is he??And secondly, this isnt as straightfoward as I’d hoped, is it? Unless it IS straightforward but they’re all just TRICKING us! 😯

August 23, 2009 at 8:08 pm
Claire says:

*Brain Explodes*

August 23, 2009 at 8:17 pm
vampirebloom says:

hehe, try watching that upside down x) it wil mess your head up, bit like derren brown himself.

August 23, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Derren is not upside down at all. The camera is.

August 23, 2009 at 11:23 pm
silly--moo says:

I REALLY WANNA GO!!! what if i could find some way of entering every word in the dictionary?
telephone sausage monkey button book cabbage glass mouse stomach cardboard….. i think i would happily create that many e-mail addresses for myself if need be!

August 24, 2009 at 2:05 am
sam says:

argh i have already entered the competition but looking back on it he does say trick a lot of times πŸ™
if it was a trick question will we find out?

August 24, 2009 at 2:26 am
Johnnylvg says:

ME!? :S

August 24, 2009 at 10:43 am
Francis says:

Looks like I was barking up the wrong tree with reversing this video, if it really is straightforward… I’ve just realised though, this is the 999th post! Dun Dun Duuuuuun! Roll on 09/09/09….

August 24, 2009 at 11:57 am
Luke says:

He said “forward splash” instead of “forward slash”

August 24, 2009 at 11:58 am
Nopke says:

Ehehehehe ….. so the post from some time back about backward driving is not that unknown in the UK huh? Actually I can see it in a few walking back ward .. the way they need to press their feet back ward .. gives it away .. if you play people walking normal backward it will not show the energy they put into it … I think. Looks intriguing though .. the whole setting .. very alive and busy setting .. and brown .. as the point that sets you at ease .. although is russian tongue does not. Ehehe …. He keeps having the same voice so I wonder .. what did they do with the sound of him ….or was he really speaking backward … sounds like that a bit .. energy pattern in vocal pattern makes me think like that a bit .. but .
The guy picked up a whisk. I remember as I thought .. how boring ..

August 24, 2009 at 12:05 pm
Ms G says:

Up side down huh? (I did not comment to this one yet ..) .. AHAHAHAAHA … that’s too easy ofcourse, but funny. Especially the way you glided out of the scene at the end .. We have a commercial with someone upside down right now (had a few commercials in this area) .. we normally check the face (how much pressure is there, how is it hanging (easier with the oldies or those with a blood hound face) and the body posture, clothes, hair .. In your case this was not necessary .. hahaha! Ofcourse .. you can trick us by using some extra tools to make the things you normally look for look normal .. so get you on the wrong foot ..
It does not give anything away of the EVENTS huh? That sucks. Now people HAVE to watch it .. ehehe .. They would have watched it anyway??? How weird ..

August 24, 2009 at 3:05 pm
silly--moo says:

After what seemed like and eternity of searching and attempted second-guessing last night, did anyone else get Stuck like i did? i am still confused by the numbers on the lamp post though. but noticed there was what seemed to be a latin motto on the manchester united sites ‘logo.’ only it wasnt latin, or any other language. im definatley gonna get stuck with this part too. damn.

August 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm
LairyT says:

‘Lost’ and ‘Johnny’ are both mentioned in the post. The song ‘Lost Johnny’ by Hawkwind has the following lyrics at the beginning

‘You only get a single chance
The rules are very plain
The truth is well concealed inside
The details of the game’

Very fitting I thought, even if only a coincidence!

August 24, 2009 at 6:26 pm
Mr Woolf says:

@ jbLAZE
You funny, haha πŸ˜› x

The answer (I believe) is similar to something this world is greatly lacking in currently.
Personally, I think I’ll leave out ‘winning’ this one.

Wouldn’t be fair now would it πŸ˜€

Got other plans anyway πŸ˜‰

Peace, Love and Harmony people!

August 25, 2009 at 12:38 am
Mr Woolf says:

Upon enquiring, it turns out I didn’t actually know what the answer was, haha.

I was wrong, but then I never claimed to be perfect… just good.


August 25, 2009 at 1:19 pm
Enigma says:

@Johnny – Have you done anything?

Since being told you know what to do, I mean. That way we can work out if it was directed at you, or just misdirection to confuse us more and detract from the (possible) simplicity of the question.

@Mr Woolf – What did you think the answer was?

August 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm
Mr Woolf says:


Doesn’t matter… was waaaaayyy off, I thought it was an instrument.
But you can’t play the answer to this question,
well maybe you can but not in any conventional way.

Anyway, back to life…

Peace people!

August 25, 2009 at 11:37 pm
Enigma says:

@Mr Woolf – Am I safe to assume that there’s more to it than meets the eye? That the answer is not, as it appears to be, a culinary implement of some description?

@Johnny – Still want to know if you’ve done anything πŸ™‚

August 25, 2009 at 11:38 pm
Enigma says:

@Mr Woolf – Not that I am assuming that the question is anything but as straightforward as it seems to be…just keeping it as a possibility πŸ™‚

August 26, 2009 at 12:53 am
Enigma says:

I really do hope there’s some meaning behind all these things other than that of Misdirecting us entirely and leading us on a Wild Derren Chase!

August 26, 2009 at 1:35 am
Mr Woolf says:


Well, it’d appear that you know what the answer is to the question (I wont put it down… I refuse… haha πŸ˜‰ )

I just had a weird, misguided ‘certainty’ about the answer, which I feel was possibly ‘planted’ in my head.

I’m sure it’s all just a part of my standard neuroses really πŸ˜›

Where Derren (and indeed the Universe) is concerned… there’s always more to it than ever meets the eye, but then I would imagine you’d know that already 😐


August 26, 2009 at 12:20 pm
Enigma says:

@Mr Woolf

Mmm…but it all seems a bit too easy :S

Any thoughts on the whole LOST, FINDING, TINY, MASSIVE, TEA/T and, more recently, LOOK FOR HIDDEN ITEM thing?

August 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm
Mr Woolf says:


Why do I get the feeling I’m being picked on here πŸ˜‰

I deleted a hidden item numerous times… has an S on it.
But I don’t trust items that are hidden and where the origin’s unknown… the V numbers didnt ‘add up’ either!

And yes… I have also noticed the continious references to CERTAIN music.

Grrr… trixy buggers.

Why am I still here? haha.

Peace People.

August 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm
Mr Woolf says:

@ frank

So I guess you needed to be frank then πŸ˜›

What’s that about seeing someone’s bottom? Flattered but… πŸ˜‰

High = Position/Goal (or stonned…. oh are you that frank? Not needed ta.)

Great = Universe (Everything… I’m also great too, lol)

Deep = Sea? (hmmm)

August 27, 2009 at 3:32 pm
Bebecca says:

Isn’t the whole point of this to make you think that it is all one big trick and the simple answer you think is right is right, but watching the video over and over again will make you doubt yourself and assume it is wrong?
That is what he does, make you doubt that your seemingly conventional answer is right.

I could be wrong.. It’s a possibility yes, about an equal a possibility as me being right of course.
I refused to watch the video more than once.
People read too much into things (not that I can talk with my posts on The Event advert blog)

September 1, 2009 at 12:26 am
lucy says:

right now derren, i would love nothing more than a back pat off you :):):)

September 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm
Disaidra says:

teeheehee it’s so easy