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Posted by Derren Brown News November 5, 2012 at 9:52 pm

Friday 9th Nov (9pm Ch4)

November 5, 2012 at 9:58 pm
Berber Anna says:

Very interesting. I suspect that the ‘military drug’ is actually a placebo and the show will be about how you’re not actually scared if you don’t fall into that pre-set pattern (because you believe you’ve taken a fear suppressant). Because I can’t fathom why the military would want a drug that kills fear. Fear can be debilitating, but it’s also what makes you cautious and has you avoid risk. I suspect a fearless soldier would be a dead soldier all too soon.

November 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm
Beate Veronica says:

I want that pill. Even if it may be a placebo, I still want that pill.


November 5, 2012 at 10:00 pm
Vicky says:

This looks like a test on how Placebos and suggestion work together.

November 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

Looks Great!!! Can’t wait to watch it!!!

November 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm
Mark says:

Wew… Something I could be doing with. An extreme fearless makeover. That’s wishful thinking though. I’ll be enjoying this one, hoping to pick up on anything to cope with this life of fear. Excited. And considering I didn’t speak of the Apocalypse on here, I will now. Sincerely I thought it was beautiful TV. Topped Hero. Definitely beyond what Hero conveyed in the actual show. To me a lot of hero was the background stuff, the ads leading up to the event etc.Which a lot of people didn’t get, unfortunately. With this show yous nailed it! I even seen a gambling man with tears min his eyes watching you Derren. Because he can see what you can do too. anyhow, I’m yammering like a soppy fool but Apocalypse definitely as great as you all set out to make it. X

November 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm
Lauren Harper says:

Can’t contain my exitement… Everything Derren does is truely fantastic and inspiring…

November 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm
scot honeyman says:

looks like another great show πŸ™‚

November 5, 2012 at 10:04 pm
Barry Hamilton says:

fear and faith looks brill if anything like apocolypse i will be strapped to my seat and without the subliminal part to make me sit there. Derren a true legend and blessing to the world of conjuring

November 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm
Jack says:

With only 5% uncertainty I can say that the “drug” will just be a placebo

November 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Placebo effect with an anti-fear drug? More brilliant Derren Brown TV. Good stuff.

November 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm
Richard Saunders says:

Loving the idea of using placebo to make people change their persona. My expectations are high for this one, Derren!

November 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm
Tiz York says:

Hmmm, looks interesting . I love your shows, and will definately be watching !

November 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm
T says:

pretty sure it’s a placebo πŸ™‚ looking forward anyway

November 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm
John says:

I haven’t even watched this clip (and may not) but laughed at the stop-motion frame of derren in dapper attire, hands in pockets just casually standing watching a man (possibly tranced out of his mind) teetering on some fence precipice…yah typical db stuff. lol.

November 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm
Leslie Marie W. says:

Perhaps two of the most fascinating things about the human mind: fear & faith. I am amazed at how powerful these two cognitive actions are and how much of our lives are dependent on what we do with them. I am so excited to explore further into this with Derren Brown & his team. Their creativity is seemingly endless as it is effortless…just like MAGIC! Always a treat.

November 5, 2012 at 10:48 pm
Kris says:

Derren is a living legend.

November 5, 2012 at 11:25 pm
Jess says:

I have a feeling that fear is very subjective, similar to pain. Do people only fear spiders because of the other millions that do? Interesting stuff, looking forward to watching this!

November 5, 2012 at 11:37 pm
beth says:

Omg it look well cool goood jod keep it up

November 5, 2012 at 11:47 pm
aisha says:

Omg i can’t wait πŸ™‚ looks really good !!! – I thought Apocalypse was the end of Derren Brown Tv for another year, but so happy there’s more x

November 5, 2012 at 11:55 pm
Gena says:

How was the victim of the apocalyptic stunt protected from post traumatic stress syndrome?

November 6, 2012 at 12:18 am
colin says:

Looks very interesting, can’t wait to see it.

November 6, 2012 at 12:39 am
Ronald M says:

So obviously the pill is fictional or it wouldn’t be a Derren Brown show? I need to know that you’ve tried one of these specials before and had it fail and not aired it. Otherwise I find it too hard to believe. There are too many things that could go wrong and yet they never do. You’re a magician, you either don’t give yourself room for error, or you film a lot of people (the horse race betting wins is a good example of that). Did you have multiple zombie subjects and Steven was the most convinced? Steven had so many opportunities to be skeptical, were these moments edited out of the show or did you just find the most gullible person in the world?

November 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

no pile exists the power of placebo!

November 6, 2012 at 10:51 am
Paul Houghton says:

Derren I would really like to take part in a show πŸ˜€
Would love the opportunity and the potentail to be part of one of yourr many shows
Many thanks and cheers for taking the time out to read this …. Paul

November 6, 2012 at 10:59 am
J says:

If we know Derren at all it will be a placebo…

November 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm

This looks really interesting!! I’m sure Derren will point his signature psychological twist on it as well!!!

November 6, 2012 at 4:34 pm
Elle Diem says:

You guys are so talented. It makes me smile big time!
Well Done!!!

November 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm
Alice Hitchcock says:

Eeeek! So excited! Can’t wait, looks amazing! I think I know a few people that need that “drug” to give them a kick up the bum and get them off the sofa πŸ˜‰ xxxxxxx

November 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm
catherine says:

oh god,i cant wait!!!! derren ,you thrill the bejaysus outta me,i cant get enough of your genius,keep going stronger and harder,i!llscream if you ever stop!!! hmmn,i read this back and said holy shit,sounds like a big o./
……fact is….it is…you are MAGNIFICENT!!! lol
please keep thrilling us all like you have been doing for past eleven years
fan FOREVER..catherine xxx

November 6, 2012 at 8:03 pm
lauren grogan says:

Wow.. looks interesting! Would love to swallow one of those haha! πŸ™‚

November 6, 2012 at 11:35 pm
James Johnson says:

Interesting (as is always the case when Derren brings out new material). As I think that I know how Derren works, I imagine that the pill isn’t real (i.e. is a placebo) and rather Derren has gone for people who fit the profile of someone suggestible to a degree required for the show, into making them believe that the pill that they’re taking removes the feeling of fear (his most recent online application form was probably used for both the apocalypse/fear and faith programmes, given the variety of questions on it).

As the title is ‘fear and faith’ I wonder if the second part centers around providing some sort of suggested religious experience (and if so, I remember Derren doing this when he visited a church in America as part of one of his other programmes and I imagine it would be conducted the same fundamental methods).

Whatever the content of the program, I’m sure it will be interesting viewing. I’ve met Derren once before (audition for the experiments series of programmes, even though they’ve been aired I won’t mention any details out of respect), and I still think he’s a fascinatingly interesting person.

Will be looking forward to the show !

November 7, 2012 at 4:26 am
Foy says:

Deeren gives the ‘mark ‘ an unknown built in safety clause!
It’s entertaining, thort provoking and an example of how the mind can overcome anything g if the person is set in a controlled reality,
I admire, respect and feel empowered when ever I watch him work!
But my opinion is one of a million that are agreed!!
My question is the same as a million others, how would I react, how could he help me, how can I prove myself???
Ther is no answer, that Darren could give, no trick he could play, no scenario to make me a better person!!
Iv only myself……

That’s the scariest, loneliest and most disapointing thing to have!
For no matter how many people’s problems I fix and learn from!
I will never fix my own!

November 7, 2012 at 5:06 am
Foy says:


November 8, 2012 at 3:26 am
Sara Jo Sawdon says:

I have followed your career with great interest & was very moved by the documentary about your early years, with especial regard to your personal experience of bullying & self-confidence issues…The mind has always interested me intensely & as a student of sociology I believe in the power of the mind and/or human psyche…but I have an earnest question to ask, and that is if you truthfully feel that hypnotherapy is a realistic solution for overcoming extreme phobias?…and if so…also seek your personal recommendation as to how does one can obtainthe very best therapeutic treatment, because for the past seven years I have exhausted all NHS & private local therapeutic avenues!…I ask this question on my beautiful, gifted & gentle15 yr old daughter’s behalf, who suffers immeasurably & often intolerably with extreme fear of her own venous system…and I also ask this of you because, as her loving parent…I match her pain ‘tear for tear’…each and every day and we’re both nearly ‘cried’ out!…
Most Respectfully yours, Derren…& thank you?!…xxx

November 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm
Aussie says:

Come to Australia… not a suggestion, a demand from a hoard of antipodean fans.

We’ll fire up the barbie and kill all the flies before your arrival.

Turning down the sun will be a sight problem, but we have loads of sunscreen and plenty of ridiculous hats with corks bobbing from the rim.

See you soon.

November 9, 2012 at 8:04 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Sure this will be another amazing performance by all. red pill?

p.s. @Foy – don’t worry, you will. Probably ; )

November 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm
lynn says:

You’re amazing-loving your work……Mwahh
mwahhh mwahhh!!!

November 9, 2012 at 10:22 pm
Heather Holland says:

Hi, I understand and appreciate you don’t do private one to one season, however please could we ask if you would just read this message, our daughter has a condition know as narcolepsy she also has a second condition cataplexy. It’s the cataplexy she’s finds living with so hard she’s unable to laugh and collapses, she would love to have fun and join in with friends, as parents with the hardest thing not watching yr child do something that’s an everyday occurrence to people. Please could we ask if any programs/events come up in the future that she could participate in that you please please contact us.
Kind regards

November 9, 2012 at 10:26 pm
Jean-Yves Tillier says:

The presence of the cameras and the pressure to be on TV is a preponderant factor and is the placebo. Not the pill.

November 9, 2012 at 11:27 pm
shaun says:

I’m a big fan of your work but to be completely honest fear and faith wasn’t a let down.
But it did crush me slightly I have a very keen fear of everything and I were hoping that the show would help. I get the point your making we just have to open ourselves to the possibilities but taking the step into doing so just seems impossible. Please could you advise on what I should do I know your a busy man so I hate to ask but Im afraid of losing everything I’ve got if I don’t get it sorted I’ve tried medical attention but they just don’t get it I’m a 22 year old father of one all I wish is to be able to enjoy things with my son without my fear stepping in and ruining everything

November 9, 2012 at 11:52 pm
Fabio says:

This is the best Derren’s show (so far)

can’t wait to see the next ( i hope it will be better then Messiah)

I’m glad that Derren have stop the mentalism tricks on television and focus just on psychologial experiments.

November 10, 2012 at 3:04 am
Jenny says:

I haven’t watched this yet, but most certainly will! I just read your Michael Sheen portrait description… there was nowhere to leave a comment underneath so I’m (perhaps annoyingly) leaving one here. I love your portrait! What an actor Michael is, and what an artist you are… on many levels! Apocalypse was mind blowing! But I’d love to see more of you painting live and combining your artwork with your TV/live shows. I know you do that to a small degree anyway but…. DO IT MORE! Oh, I’m supposed to say that quietly… when I say the word “art” you will feel compelled to do a show that centres around you painting live… and sleep… “art”!

November 10, 2012 at 6:40 am
Gordon says:

Derren, just when I think you can’t top any previous effort, you prove me wrong. I assume people said to you that Hero at 30000 Feet or Apocalypse showed that people can change but that change required tremendous effort on your part. You just gave the best evidence ever that we don’t need a magic pill or a man behind the curtain to change our lives. I hope you keep an eye out for assassins from the pharmaceutical industry!

November 10, 2012 at 6:46 am
Gordon says:

By the way, this does make me think you could’ve saved yourself quite a bit of money by simply giving Steven a sugar pill rather than meteors and zombies. But I’m glad you took a route that was very expensive, instructive, and enormously entertaining.

November 10, 2012 at 7:17 am
Lee says:

I’ve always been a big Derren fan, but I’m in two minds about this one. On the surface it appears wonderful that people are being mentally cured of their own crippling fears and addictions; but on the other, manipulating a few people for the entertainment of others seems rather frivolous if there’s no direct source of help for the many watching who are suffering similar or worse fears. Like @Sara Jo I have a teenage daughter, once outgoing and confident, still clever, funny and beautiful, but who is becoming crippled by the power of her own mind. Maybe these programmes can give some level of subliminal help and hope, but I hope if Derren ( the entertainer) pursues this line of self-help guru that he doesn’t let his ethical standards slip and that he thinks about the bigger picture, otherwise he’s in danger of becoming just as bad as those Derren (the sceptic) purports to abhor.

November 10, 2012 at 8:23 am
Godfrey Johnson says:

Hello, Derren

I enjoyed the show very much. Certainly a fascinating concept, which you explored to the full and with great showmanship. I’ve no doubt that your findings could have many practical applications.

I’d have written that “I thoroughly enjoyed the show” were it not for two shortcomings. First, Katie’s “hypnotism”. That simply did not work for me; a bit too obviously staged, right down to the cameras tracking her to the podium. Second, the soundtrack. Way too high in the mix. My hearing is excellent yet there were times when I found it hard to follow the dialogue, so loud was the music. Even your voice, and you have excellent diction! Do please have a word with your director et al next time you’re in pre-production.

November 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm
The one says:

It was pure joy to watch that episode, absolutely brilliant!!!!

On the other side, why does your own brain play tricks on you? Derren? Anybody?

P.S. Slight correction here: you mention in the programme such a pill doesn’t exist, IT DOES( talk to former soviets who fought the Afgan war 1979-89, or,if you are really lucky, formr KGB)


November 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm
Richard says:

Faith in Brown is restored following the Fear of an Apocalyptic return to TV. This is more like it!. Quality exploration of real psychological effects. I would never question the authenticity of Apocalypse like some but for me it lacked the emotional edge of Fear and Faith. In particular I was gripped by the chap on the bridge. Brown at his mysterious and charming best. Bring on Brown v God; a battle for which I only wish I had such a platform. More like this please!

November 10, 2012 at 11:41 pm
Nicola says:

What a shame we can’t all get a pill to fulfill our potential! Why don’t we / how can we “give ourself permission”? Hopefully the show will inspire people that they CAN overcome fear etc with the power of the mind. And if not, at least enjoy the show!

Derren you and the team are amazing, thank you for bringing your work to the television screen.

November 11, 2012 at 5:22 am
Peter says:

Derren, Brilliant!!, i love how you bring out the hidden mind for all to see.
Now, how do i give myself permission???

November 11, 2012 at 10:59 am
Elle says:

I really enjoyed this episode. It’s amazing how you change people’s lives. Well done πŸ™‚ xx

November 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm
meandering sums says:

I’ve actually loathed a good many of the muggles appearing as subjects of Derren’s programming lately, but when Katie starts to work it up on stage behind the mic, when we see her start to get in to the music with the body flare… without a doubt, my favorite moment out of DB’s stuff in a while. Felt so genuine. That’s what’s up.

November 11, 2012 at 4:39 pm
ian wood says:

unfortunately for those of you looking for help, the NHS cut the service helping folks with anxiety/phobic probs with the hope that medication would do the job and offering telephone triage in lieu of counselling. Some help available on iTunes and Amazon from ex psychiatric nurse and Gordon Giltrap under Receptive Relaxation. Enjoyed the programme immensely and as an atheist, can’t wait for the next one.

November 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm
Sarah says:

After watching this show and the amazing results, 1) Derren, you’re amazing! 2) If you ever plan a second experiment along these lines, would you consider attempting to find a cure for gambling addiction. My partner (and soon to be daddy) has had a problem since he was a teen. I refuse to give up on him in the hope that if someone shows some faith in him he may be able to gain some self belief also. I have done what I can from the physical side- his wages are paid directly to me, his bills are paid from my account and he is given ‘pocket money’. Gaining help for the mental side however is very difficult.
Just a thought for the future.

November 12, 2012 at 2:05 am
Crios says:

Amazing show! i had tears running down my face when the lad stood up to the actors in the bar and when he came out…also felt so happy for the other participants. I could do with a red and blue pill and more for fears, addictions, anxiety etc. Is there anybody out there with actual suggestions on how to reach that place where we can take control of our minds for the better? Ive tried various hypnosis and self help books and audio to no avail. Ian you are advertising your own mp3 downloads on amazon. Do they work? Really hope @sarah jo and others here find some solution for their family and own pain. xx

November 12, 2012 at 3:18 am
LJ says:

Just watched Fear and Faith (Friday – Placebo drug), I wish I’d known you were looking for people for this show I definately would have volunteered, after trying everything to conquer my 10 years of anxiety and fear (and failing) maybe this was just what I may have needed (when’s it on the market πŸ˜‰ . I’ve just purchased tickets for your live show in Liverpool on 29th March 2013. My first live show, cant wait. Lyn.

November 12, 2012 at 3:28 am
LJ says:

Message to Shaun’s message Nov 9th 11.27.
I too agree with your comments, sounds like I’m in the same boat as you, mother of a 4 year old who has suffered with this for over 10 years and always looking for answers. I’ve tried everything without success and am now at the point were I can no longer work and I hate the fact it stops me from doing every day things with my son. I love Derren’s shows and have just bought tickets to see him live in Liverpool on 29th March 2013, cant wait.

November 12, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Thoroughly enjoyed watching it!!! And the next episode is going to be very exciting!!!! Can’t wait!!! Good Job Derren!!!

November 12, 2012 at 4:51 pm
alan says:

fear and faith
If weÒ€ℒre to progress and prosper, we have to question understandings. Not selectively, but comprehensively. So lets hope a student at the back of the lecture hall can overcome their fear, and point out to the Professor that his faith is misplaced. By virtue of the fact that one tenet says the big bang was the start of everything. While another tenet says there can be no effect without cause. It simply will no longer do. To have ideologies based on belief, claim infallibility.
Keep it up.

November 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm
michael boyle says:

hi, my name is michael and i suffer from Narcolepsy and Cataplexy,
i have had this illness around 7-8 years now and am on medication to control symptoms which it does to a degree.
Im trying to get in touch with Derren to see if he could help me with my Cataplexy which is an emotional illness meaning when i have strong emotions of any kind it causes my body to shut down causing me to collapse!! After watching some programmes of Derren i was wondering if he could help me to control my emotions to overcome my problems!!
I know you/he must be inundated with requests alot but if i dont ask i will never know?
hoping to hear from you/someone

November 12, 2012 at 10:25 pm
HiggsBoson says:

So homoeopathy is not only partly funded by the NHS it is now supplying the military with drugs. There is a lot on money to be made in the placebo industry. Just think how much money homoeopathy is saving the NHS. I always thought bottled water was the work of a genius.

Having indulged in some serious hallucinogenic substances when I was younger I have experienced periods of fearlessness but they were only short periods as the fear of being fearless would soon kick in. I think you might be able to believe you are fearless in the right settings but to be actually fearless I think it would take some serious drugs to suppress that .

By the way Derren during in my experimentation of hallucinogenic substances I had some very profound experiences which seemed to provide me with great enlightenment at the time, providing both self insight and access to a common knowledge relating to the wonders of the universe and life etc – it may have been self delusion but it seemed very real at the time. The common knowledge would often lead to a point which surpassed human expression by means of words or logical understanding and resulted in a sense / feeling of realisation…….Love is indeed the answer. (I know to a lot of people this seems far out but I also know that many of my experiences were not just unique to me and were in fact shared / experienced by many others)

The mind is capable of some weird and amazing things. My father passed away a couple of years ago (he was 85 – I had old parents) and in the months leading up to his death he developed Eczema over most of his body which he had never had before in his entire life. Although this was a little odd what was stranger was that when I went to visit him in hospital when he was dying I too suddenly developed Eczema on my right leg. (It cleared up shortly after he died.) psychosomatic?

November 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm
Higgs Boson says:

Hi Derren my previous comment was placed without actually seeing the show but I have just now watched it online now and I have to say I think it was excellent and very positive, particularly for those involved – they should consider themselves very lucky to have had the opportunity to have experienced it.

I suffer social anxiety from time to time and I know most of it is of my own doing and subject to the fact that I work from home most of the time with very little social interaction . I have always walked into my fears though and so I try to face my anxieties when ever i can. What is very strange is that I have noticed that sometimes I can literally project my anxiety on to other people I am communicating with, resulting in them becoming nervous and the end result been that the other person is not sure if it is their own anxiety or mine. When this does happen I then make the effort to make the other person feel comfortable again. I find it amazing that we can sense the emotional states of others. (We are a collective consciousness I tell you…..I am almost joking) (I always used to say that my dad could cast his mood throughout the house and it really did feel like that.)

When I went to see my doctor about the anxiety he gave me anti- depressants which I quickly realised were for the symptoms of anxiety – i.e. I was down because i was suffering from anxiety. In the end I encouraged my doctor to try me on Beta Blockers and I have to say it is a very interesting drug indeed. It actually seems to suppress subconsciousness activity to an impressive level. I have often felt that my peripheral and general awareness was turned up to loud in social situations with strangers and I would find myself analysing every detail of our interaction making myself and sometimes the person I was talking to overly self consciousness and yet with beta blockers these awareness issues would be suppressed to an almost perfect level. Beta Blockers do not solve the underlying anxiety issues but I do wonder if you were to take them daily if they would help to recondition the subconsciousness through building up positive experiences over a prolonged period. I don’t take Beta blockers daily and in fact I take them rarely as I don’t like dependancy. I like my flawed life to be my own as much as is possible.

I have experienced my father and my uncle give up on life after their partners had died and seen their health rapidly decline to the point of death and for me it was clear that the mind plays a critical part in one’s own physical health and even existence. The Placebo effect can only get better the more we understand it and it would appear that based on this show our understanding is getting better all the time.

I noticed that the group of people involved all seemed to be within a certain age range and I was wondering why this was so?

Good Stuff Derren (Ranted on a bit here but it was better than working which is what I should have been doing)

November 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm
Rob says:

I often think you and your teams work has a beautiful human quality. Although this was constructed around the idea of the Placebo effect the point about having inner resourcefulness and accepting it exists was the big thing for me. Helpful ideas. I hope I lose my fear until I happy to do handstands on the rim of hell! Which of course can’t exist if god doesn’t exist. Hence an advantage of not believing in god. Quad et demonstrandum or something like that..

November 13, 2012 at 11:04 pm
Muhammed says:

WOOOOOW. an amazing episode, and just incrediabaly inspiring. i also suffer from eczema just like the boy in the programme did, i have suffered from eczema for 15 years now. derren brown or anyoone else who is reading this plz reply back to me and derren brown PLZ fo something to help, no matter what it takes. i have suffered with this disease for far too long in my life now!

November 13, 2012 at 11:15 pm
Hayley Burgess says:

Hi everyone – I’ve just been reading through your stories and it sounds like some people have had a hard time. I’m so sorry to hear it, and very much hope things get better for you soon. x

It’s always hard to hear stories about suffering, but what made me really sad was that so many people seem to have missed the biggest, brightest, and best message underpinning these programmes, which is that you have the power to begin to build past these problems yourself.

Its natural to look externally for something to make us feel better; a pill, a method, a magic word, or in this case, our very own dark angel with a bleeding heart (!), Mr Brown. However what I think he was trying to tell us is that often, the answer lies inside ourselves. We get so used to framing ourselves in terms of our own perceived problems, that we forget we have to permission to step outside of them, and see ourselves anew. Outside of serious physical illness, problems in your mind and soul can be treated like a bag of bricks – all you have to do it put it down, and walk away as whoever you choose to be.

You’re all still here, so at least you have evidence that you have the strength to make it this far. Why not take it a step further? Remember that you are in control of your own mind, and when you fully realise that, you will see changes manifest in the external world. Believe in yourself; don’t wait for someone to give you permission. Be your own authority – this is your life and you have a right to bloody well enjoy it!

Think of a happy you and ask, realistically, “why not?”. If it’s a real-world thing, do it. Just go and do it. If it’s a mental thing, challenge it, or embrace it. If it’s a good thing that you forgotten you ever had, celebrate it.

Peace and love, groovy people xx

November 14, 2012 at 6:06 pm
Dave Green says:

Find it hard to believe that none of the participants chose not to ”google” the drug Rumyodin or the company Cicero just out of their own curiosity if nothing else before taking the medication? I understand that it was made very believable with visits to the Cicero HQ etc but surprised no one involved didn’t do an online check to research anyone else’s experience of using Rumyodin?

November 15, 2012 at 9:59 am

I love your shows. I love you, man. Every tv show I cry. Thank you.

November 16, 2012 at 1:42 pm
Katie Meek says:

Having been affected by Social Phobia and other anxieties from a young age and a big fan of Derren’s I was very interested in in the Fear episode. I had guessed it would be an exploration into placebo effects and psychology and was impressed by what I saw.

However I was a little disappointed that some of the techniques weren’t explained further. Many of them (or variants of) are used throughout CBT (cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) which can have an astounding affect on various phobias and anxieties. I feel that some information on these should have been given for viewers with such problems so that they could find out more and see if they are something that could work for them (I am aware that these things do not work for everyone).

This aside I still found Derren’s work with the people involved inspiring and look forward to his future shows and hope to see him on the 2013 tour.

g’wan Dezzy wit yer mad skills!!!

November 16, 2012 at 11:14 pm
HiggsBoson says:

Just watched part 2 and it was very good indeed. It was nice to see a fundamental atheist addressing the reasoning/psychology behind religion rather than trying to tear it to pieces in an aggressive careless way using science and poor philosophy that most religious people do not even fully understand (The arrogant preaching to the ignorant approach).

The problem with religion and all the problems of mankind will always be down to the poor reasoning of man (and woman).

I do wonder though Derren if you should also have addressed the psychology of the herd mentality too as this is fundamental to this type of reasoning/psychology (I suppose you kinda have in your previous shows). In world / universe of uncertainty the eradication of religion may simply result in another flawed ideology (Less we not forget that there was very little religion but a whole lot of science involved in Natzism). Perhaps Derren the likes of Mr Dawkins and other atheists need to put forth a more imaginative scientific ideology that one that pertains to eradicate purpose completely. A universe evolving through cause and effect seems paradoxically impossible, to most people, for it not to have purpose and suggesting probability and chance/randomness for it’s existence tears at the very foundations of objectivity through the uncertainty of these processes (Quantum Physics does that anyway) and that is not what people are looking for in an uncertain world/universe.

Have watched Mr Dawkins recent TV series and this show tonight I think perhaps science and atheists are beginning to tackle poor reasoning in a far more progressive, intelligent and considerate way – God Bless You and above all keep it up

November 17, 2012 at 10:06 am
HiggsBoson says:

Derren, I forgot to ask, is Love down to the placebo effect? Is reality little more than a psychosomatic experience ? (Perhaps we should apply the anthropic principle in reverse and the universe is compatible with how consciousness choses to perceive and believe it, because consciousness is compelled, through sense, for a Universe to eventually emerge – just playing!)

November 17, 2012 at 11:38 am
Rosalind Chaston says:

Hiya Derren
Just wanted to ask what you think your best book would be to get started with hypnotism or suggestion for a thirteen year old girl. I am really interested in how the mind works and want to try it. So thanks! I loved Fear and Faith by the way!

November 17, 2012 at 6:22 pm
Caz P says:

Derren… I love watching your shows and I hope lots of people become aware of how powerful our own minds are to help overcome what ever issues we have (or undo the issues our own minds have created unknowingly….)
As for the Apocalypse show I hope people became appreciative if they need to be…

I do think hypnotherapy is a powerful healer and Mickey who posted before me if you read this have you tried hypnotherapy for your problems?
A good hypnotherapist can help you stop smoking…. I wonder if the NHS has realized this yet…….

Anyhoo thanks again Derren for fab viewing…..

November 17, 2012 at 9:32 pm
Peter says:

This seems as good a place as any to comment about the Ò€œGod is a beliefÒ€ episode.

Firstly, I agree with Derren regarding the main premise here. God is simply a belief, or as I prefer to frame it, God is simply a thought.

However, this does not preclude the prospect of there being more to life than meets the eye, so to speak.

There is scientific research that describes the continuation of consciousness whilst brain dead.

In brief, cardiac patients who have been technically dead whilst hooked up in surgery, have been able to describe events in the emergency room (after surgery/ resuscitation), despite being technically dead during those events. Contemporary science argues they should not be able to see and then detail events when brain dead. However, it is happening!

Is consciousness independent of the brain? Does consciousness continue after the body dies? Cutting edge scientific research is indicating that this is highly likely.

November 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm
Harri says:

This is using the method of “flooding” a well known method used by psychiatrists and psychologists so really isn’t remarkable or innovative at all

November 19, 2012 at 12:18 am
James Johnson says:

Looks like I guessed what would be the content of each show exactly (previous comment I made was before the broadcast of either show) – I think I’ve watched too much Derren Brown, I figure out the spoilers from the trailer before they’re even aired :s.

November 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm
alan says:

What follows Fear and Faith? Confidence and Certainty perhaps. Shredded ships and sailors stories suggested freak waves were out there. But science said no. As it transpired, reality said yes. So, what about anomalous incursions? Civilian airspace monitoring equipment and retired ranking military defence system personnel, state the affirmative. While science again demurs. Are those ideologues, like atheists, captives of a belief system based on non-knowable methodology? Fortuitous serendipity Derren.

November 19, 2012 at 9:04 pm
ramil says:

Ye why derren brown don’t be a zombie

November 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm
ramil says:

I can read all the peoples I can read they minds .i just look at they face and i can see something and it comes to my mind what are they thinking .when i was little at school at maths i was reading all the percent peoples mind and i was findig all answers.

November 22, 2012 at 5:14 pm
jacqueline roberts says:

would you beable to anything for me, as when i go for intervews i freeze as i suffer from Anxiety i get the intervews, but dont get any further, as words do not come out i then get worked up ,and then say the wrong thing . after watching them clips i could do with the control are the feeling confident could you help jacqueline roberts

November 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm
Eric de Vries says:

I watched the latest Fear and Faith. I find it irritating that he sometimes makes a great point to us all great things but in the Fear and Faith serie I miss the human care for his paticipants on the end. I saw he has a great hart when he ankered a good memorie to a girl on her birthday with the balloons, that was not planned! Let’s be honnest, he shows us the things of the mind that ar not alwasys nice, A real and warm en human end is what I like. These are the things that move me.
He is a great scilled person in the invluencing art AND a extraordinairy painter and funn

November 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm
Em C says:

I think out of all your shows this one for me was the most interesting, particularly the episode on Faith….. Alot of my childhood was influenced by religion. My parents both went to church every week, I was forced to do Sunday school and Bible study, I had to join the church choir with my parents, yet it was never my choice or I was never asked what/if I believed….. I had an experince at a youth christian concert when I was about 14….. The guy on stage asked if anyone wanted to go back stage and ask Jesus to come into their lives etc etc ( the usual nonsense!!!), and out of curiosity I did.
To cut a long story short I did evevrything I was told to do and felt absolutely nothing…. My life didn’t change like I was promised it would, I didn’t feel or experience anyting, yet there where alot there that behaved very strangely and completely lapped up everything they were being told….. Add to that my Dad had a complete about face concerning his faith for no apparent reason…. One day he’d gone from being a fully paid up member of the God squad, to believing in absolutely nothing….. That for me confirmed what I’d always thought, that there was nothing there because if there was and it was so great like I’d been lead to believe, then how could a person just go from that to zero overnight???
I didn’t beleive the woman’s reaction in the church, it all seemed too quick and too convinient, but given my own experinces I could see how somene who is a little niave may fall for it…..
Very good show Derren x