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DERREN BROWN: MIRACLES FOR SALE – TONIGHT 9PM

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Posted by Derren Brown News April 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm

With the cameras in hot pursuit, Derren faces his toughest project yet, going in search of an unsuspecting member of the British public prepared to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker.

His chosen one then has six months to learn the trade and flourish across the pond as a convincing pastor.

The final phase of the volunteer’s extraordinary challenge sees them attempt to perform faith healing miracles live in Texas, but will Derren’s new recruit be accepted as a faith healer or cast away as fake healer?

The show will air tonight at 9pm on Ch4, 10pm on Ch4+1 and will be available on 4oD here.

Feel free to leave comments below.

COMMENTS
April 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm
Debbie says:

Looking forward to it! 🙂


April 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm
Cathy says:

I really want to find out what happened with the Texan Police! 🙂
x


April 25, 2011 at 1:58 pm

What can I say, except that I’m very much looking forward to watching this! 🙂

LC x


April 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Jonny Graham says:

Can’t wait 🙂


April 25, 2011 at 2:04 pm
steve says:

We are brainwashed and conditioned form cradle to grave !I think derrens experiment will work , because people who attend these functions want believe.


April 25, 2011 at 2:11 pm
roz says:

cast away as a fake healer in texas??? as if!


April 25, 2011 at 2:15 pm
Jesus H. Christ says:

I wish Derren would teach me the techniques. I could use a few miracles in my own life right now, as I got crucified yesterday and I’m finding it quite hard to come back from the dead.


April 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm
cube says:

Looking forward to this as always.
Always very exciting and well constructed shows, you can see the planning that goes into these to convey the correct message that I think Derren does superbly without ever being simply dismissive.


April 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm
Emily says:

gonna spend my day killing time until 9pm 😀


April 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm
Poster says:

No problem Derren doing this. When he’s all done and dusted and shown up the other fakes. They will still twist it round in there favour. Can’t wait to watch.


April 25, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I have every faith that Derren and the “chosen one” will do it.


April 25, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Mark says:

Been waiting on this since Christmas! Bring it on 🙂


April 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Svava Dögg says:

Can’t wait! 😀


April 25, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Justin Clark says:

How can I watch in the States?!


April 25, 2011 at 4:26 pm
Ivan says:

How can I see this or any of his shows here in the U.S!!!!


April 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm
zeebay says:

i cant miss this. I have been waiting for Derren Brown to do dis kind of shit for soo long.


April 25, 2011 at 5:21 pm
Paul Derren Brown says:

I just jizzed in my pants im so excited about watchin this =D !!!


April 25, 2011 at 5:55 pm
Kevin says:

@Ivan
You can buy some of Derrens specials at itunes. I recommend “Messiah” . Alternatively you can see clips on youtube. Looking forward to tonights show.


April 25, 2011 at 6:08 pm
Don says:

Highlight of my evening, no question.


April 25, 2011 at 8:40 pm
Gem says:

I am so excited about this program, have been waiting for ages for it to come on the tellybox! Saw Derren last night on tour and he was amazing, never fails to surprise me! Love his tours, love his shows and I’m sure this one will be no exception!


April 25, 2011 at 9:03 pm
Ridley says:

“Phony psychics”, Mr. Brown?


April 25, 2011 at 9:07 pm
Kirsty says:

God does heal and i have seen it first hand. Their are conmen out their that get money off people and dont actually heal and it is not from God.I believe my Saviour is a healer and peforms miracles as he has in my life.


April 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm
SithMonkey says:

Watching this right now. Bricks are going to be shat, I think…

I reckon after this, Derren should sit down for a Scientology stress test – After all, they use cold reading and suggestion all the time…


April 25, 2011 at 9:35 pm
Alex says:

Oh, and we germans allways have to wait for your stuff….ALLWAYS!!!


April 25, 2011 at 9:36 pm
Jade says:

Derren has fantastic talents, it’s amazing that someone with such capacity for manipulation chooses to do so much to help the vunerable people being decieved 🙂


April 25, 2011 at 9:43 pm
barbara says:

what a pity Derren labels all faith healers as frauds a dn money makers. Has he never heard of the thousands of genuine miracles that are happening every day and for which NO PAYMENT is required or expected. If he makes contact with The Healing Rooms inany venue in the UK he will meet ordinary people who ARE empowered by the Holy Spirit to heal both inwardly and outwardly.
He is the one making money from all this. He better watch out if he speaks against the Holy Spirit. But he should also remember that God loves him. Maybe in the near future, he will be genuinely healing in the name of Jesus.
God looks at the heart.


April 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm
Berber Anna says:

Ridley, Derren has never professed to be psychic. He’s a mentalist, not a medium


April 25, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Dave says:

Really enjoying this, Derren getting back to his best


April 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm
Craig says:

Im a physio and pain is incredibly complex with a massixe psychosocial element… not that surprised you had a high success rate using your mnid suggestion stuff! maybe you should be a physio lecturer! You should definitely do more stuff around the sensation of ‘pain’


April 25, 2011 at 10:22 pm
Robert says:

Im a fan of Derren Brown, but his recent shows havent been up to the usual high standars, I think this show is great and Derren should continue to do more investagation type shows. He could investigate and reveal a number of scams. I would be interested in watching that 🙂


April 25, 2011 at 10:27 pm
Barbara says:

Fantastic show, but I do feel sorry for the people who attend these things & are coerced into parting with money they haven’t got, for miracles they can’t have!


April 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm
Adam H says:

Thanks Derren!


April 25, 2011 at 10:29 pm
Lydia Kaye says:

What an emotional show, honestly amazed yet disgusted at how the world works and how much is actually revealed and hidden. I met you just after your show a couple of weeks ago in Norwich and all i can say is, Derren as always, you have left me inspired! Love lydia x


April 25, 2011 at 10:33 pm
Nick says:

Dear Derren,

I am a true christian and am so thankful for this episode exposing these false preachers. I hope it can be used as a tool against these people who make a mockery of Jesus and true christianity all in the name of money.

God bless ya


April 25, 2011 at 10:36 pm
Mark says:

loved the show Derren, FANTASTIC.


April 25, 2011 at 10:37 pm
Tanveer says:

Excellent programme. Can you do one on Muslim sham healers


April 25, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Hits says:

Dear Derren

Thanks for your show tonight.

In a world where science, logic, etc are the new ‘dark arts’ or ‘mystical’ and mystical stuff and mumbo jumbo is treated as ‘fact’…..this is much needed.

Thank you

Best wishes

Hits


April 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm
Bex says:

Just finished watching ‘Miracles for sale’. So glad someones had the guts to expose these sick minded people. Once again thanku Derren xxxx


April 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm
amanda says:

excellent, brilliant, well done a three whoop programme. Loved th expose, the integrity dilemma, the intervention. derren and production co at your best. My fav so far!


April 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm
jan tewkesbury says:

Dear Derren,

I am so pleased you have done this. I am a christian and sceptical of such “hyped” meetings and agree that they are dangerous. The Lord is peace and love and Grace, where does that fit in with all the shouting and sweating and violence and money grabbing at these things?

On another note, you may want to investigate Reiki, another form of spiritual healing in which it costs alot to train or recieve – and yet they do……nothing!

Perhaps some of these “alternative” therapies are worth a look? !

Well done


April 25, 2011 at 10:42 pm
John-Mark Cullen says:

Thanks Derren, I’m a Christian but thoroughly enjoyed the programme, though’enjoy’ is probably the wrong word as so many people are deceived by these ‘healers’…

I appreciated your integrity by thinking about the companies/people you would use for your con, and in not taking it as a chance to slag off all people who do have faith, just the manipulative ones.

Well done, that must have been very difficult!


April 25, 2011 at 10:43 pm
kelly says:

What a great show.. found it very insightful. the Amercans are so foolish and believe anything. Pastor James did a great job and i think Derren should have told us about his 3/4inch leg difference.. mind i never really have noticed it when seeing any of his shows. He hides it well.. good Job Jesus has fixed it now.


April 25, 2011 at 10:45 pm
Andrew says:

Derren – An excellent show. A fine line trod very very very well indeed and with a real sense of “doing the right thing” throughout.

I personally am a degree qualified Astrophysicisist and a Christian – who works hard within my own community to try to keep people thinking at all times – to not just believe something that someone with authority tells them because they “feel” it… As you so clearly demonstrated if you leave your rationaliy in the door – you are wide open to exploitation – whether it is by a deliberate con or even a well meaning honest copycat…

Just as you did with the “Seance”. you will no doubt get a hail of criticism from people who 1) didn’t watch the program all the way through or 2) were not really listening! – Ignore it! Your team did an excellent job


April 25, 2011 at 10:47 pm
cactus 777 says:

Thank you Derren, awesome show as always, keep it up!


April 25, 2011 at 10:49 pm
Rebecca says:

Ahh, Derren, that was a wonderful programme. You’ve given me a lot to think about.

I’m heartened to see that throughout your journey you took into account the reputations and livelihoods of those around you, namely the Christian PR company.

As always your showmanship comes through, and damn, when you looked directly at the lens telling me, “That God shaped hole cannot be filled by drugs,” I found myself beleiving you.

(By the by, saw you in Norwich Theatre Royal 16/04/11… MINDBLOWING. Keep it up!)


April 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Cynthia Ngo says:

Just finished watching the programme… What a journey that Derren and the whole team had been through to accomplish the mission, and I greatly admire the bravery, and the strong will of everyone in the team in proving fraudulent so-called faith healers. I genuinely do not understand why and why and why those people can do that just because of greed for money? Hope justice serves them right at then end of the day, and my heart goes out to all their victims… Thank you Derren, Nathan, and the whole team for daring to expose such an ugly truth, and hopefully this verdict will spread to as many as possible.


April 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm
Tony James says:

I have just watched the programme and as somebody who worked for a charismatic church so I recognise so much of the stuff that I used to do and witness in ministry to people. Thank you Derren for exposing the nature of so much healing ministry and the rampant greed and manipulation that goes on in the name of God. In my time I have seem faith healers stride around the stage shouting into the microphone, while working the audiance upto fever pitch, others have made weird animal noises, roaring like lions or barking like dogs, then their are the ones who laugh in a manic way while jerking their bodies up and down, finally you get the ones who crash down to the floor laughing and babbling in tongues as they struggle to preach under the mighty annointing of God.


April 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Derren, I have one question. Are you saying that all healings and prayer ministry time isn’t real? Or just saying people exploit this as its vulnerable people who want to be healed in what ever way so want to do anything to be healed. I know this sounds like a blunt question, but just want to know what your stance is on it. Thanks in advance x


April 25, 2011 at 10:54 pm
Joanna says:

Thank you Mr Brown. You and the production team made a fantastic show. I know people who go to these ”churches” and I plan on making sure they watch your programme.


April 25, 2011 at 10:57 pm
Jeannie says:

I liked the way the last preacher seemed stunned by the fact that you were wearing Dolce et Gabbana! Excellent programme- well done in exposing these money grabbing vermin


April 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm
laney says:

im glad you did what you did at the end no one should pay for a gift that’s free to them they ppl are not true healers i am a spiritualist healer i work with god and spirit i do not take money and it’s agent the code of conduct to tell ppl to stop there medication.

if i were to pick any thing up i would tell you to go see your doctor. spiritual healing dose not cure you it helps you eases the pain i am not a doctor so cant tell you what is wrong with you but i can pick up on it. we do not get ppl to fill out forms in our church before hand.

i would like it if you were to come to a normal spiritualist church see them work and stay for a real healing


April 25, 2011 at 10:59 pm
Keith says:

Totally awesome – have been watching this evening – about time crackpot faith-healers were debunked and this TV program given the air time that is much deserved. Dont get me wrong, I believe that Jesus can and does heal (if only you believe!), but only in His terms and not as some charlatans would have folks believe by parting with their hard earned cash. It is always very sad, and how angry we should be, when the house of prayer/faith becomes a den of thieves!

Many thanks to Derren and the production team.


April 25, 2011 at 11:00 pm
Toni kinnear says:

On Derren Brown “miracles for sale” channel 4 programme, 25th April 2011
• I’m Toni May Kinnear, I’m 17, I’m from Bath and I wanted a chance to talk back at the programme because it seems like it was very one sided…
• The people that he’s “healed” aren’t really healed [as he explained] but when people are truly healed in the name of Jesus Christ, like I’ve witnessed, it’s real and not just some crappy trick being pulled and suggesting “Christians” are pulling too.
• What really pisses me off is that all these programmes find the few random “Christians” who aren’t really Christian at all and then claim that the whole religion is exactly like those people, as if they are the norm.
• God doesn’t heal through deceit. I’m not going to deny that mass hysteria and the tricks being shown c


April 25, 2011 at 11:01 pm
Em says:

making that program must have taken some serious courage…


April 25, 2011 at 11:02 pm
Rose says:

Thanks for doing this programme! I was told while I was at a youth club that the reason why i had chronic pain and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (proven genetic dissorders) is purely becuase I didn’t pray hard enough to God. This youth club now has 2 groups in one town and is expanding they are also against the gay community. I am 18 but was much younger at the time, it is worrying as next to their church they have also set up their own playgroup.


April 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm
Lux says:

Interesting! However, even if the ‘preacher’ is fake, and Darren succeeds in deceiving someone, a suffering person with genuine faith in God may well still receive a healing.


April 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm
Flapjack says:

That was simply mindboggling on so many levels. That such seemingly amateur parlour tricks can convince an audience hyped up on adrenalin. The real miracle is all in the presentation.
I think Nathan was a star for coping with the moral ambivalence of his role as well as he did (minor outbursts aside) and I was watching through my fingers when the faith healer from the other ministry watched on during Nathan’s closing address. Almost felt sorry for him too until I reminded myself of his prior performance.
But it was a fantastic worthwhile show and well done to everyone involved for pulling it off. I only hope they show it in the States (though you might want to check with the legal team first!)


April 25, 2011 at 11:05 pm
Cecilia Malan says:

I just watched your show, “MIRACLES FOR SALE”, and I would like to personally thank you and Nathan for all the work you put into this.

I was raised a Christian and I even joined a Theological Seminary at the age of 18, ready to dedicate my life to God.

But after a couple of years of watching the church I was in becoming greedier and greedier I left, disillusioned. I have witnessed the atrocities you exposed first hand, and I have seen good people be sucked in by the fake promises of god’s blessings and healing in exchange for cash.

There are amazing people in the church. It is such a shame that they are being treated like sheep by conmen who care more about lining their pockets than they do about the message they are supposed to be delivering.


April 25, 2011 at 11:06 pm
dalbertini says:

God doesn’t want your money but Mr Derren Brown does. If you’ve such a conscience Mr Brown then rid yourself of all your riches you’ve made through being a conman and practice what you now preach. Money will never buy you happiness. It’s obvious your dying inside and just need someone such as myself to make you see this. The good lord will forgive you so its not too late to make amends for all the greed you’ve had to contend with in your life.


April 25, 2011 at 11:08 pm
lynnie says:

Well done Darren, Nathan & Team.I’ve been Christian since 28yrs old. After few yrs went2 new church.Happy 4 few years then Toronto Blessing hit town.I was sucked in like everyone else.Nearly lost my faith. Was very disolusioned.Left church, studied bible & received solid Biblical Teaching.30yrs later my faith is more balanced.I do believe in miracles,hav witnessed answers to prayer 4life situations of others.I had no influence in their lives at all. My prayer is those in UK false churches will have seen programme and will come out & seek help many will need to be de-programmed I believe. Jesus and writers of New Testament makes no bones about what will happen to these false teachers & healers. Congratulations on a brilliant expose of false churches. Thanks once again, & may my God bless u


April 25, 2011 at 11:09 pm
Patricia says:

Dear Darren Brown,

I rarely watch television, but I put my TV on tonight to watch your Miracles for Sale programme.

At the opening I feared this was going to be just one more attack on Christianity. Instead it was a much needed exposure of the exploitation of Christianity by unscrupulous US preachers (I lived in Texas for many years and saw those people in action on US TV) who thereby denigrate the compassionate, loving message of that religion and defraud the simple faith of those who believe in it.

The young man who played Pastor James was obviously a sincere and decent man, racked by scruples about what he was doing least he upset the faith of genuine believers. And his statement at the end, still in the part of Pastor James, was wonderful. I punched the air with delight.


April 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm
shawn upton says:

Just finished watching the program. It was an excellent team effort in revealing the damaging and hypocritical practices of “faith healers”. Nathan, you were a hypocrite with integrity. Not many can boast that. I mean that in every positive way possible. Without that integrity, the confused and thoughtful faces in that small crowd at the end may not have heard your message of truth. A message they desperately needed to hear. For even the few, it was worth it. Derren, thanks again for another delicately exposed faith fraud.


April 25, 2011 at 11:14 pm
kany says:

JESUS CHRIST HEALS and just because Derren Brown doesnt believe in God , doesnt mean God doesnt exist and heals. The BIBLE warns us that fake pastors will come so derren brown didnt discover anything new (more like a reminder for the few Chistians left out there!). It is written that some will expect to enter heaven yet Christ will cast them away (Matthew 7:13-23) so con-men ARENT sent by God. Let derren carry on mocking Christ and the Holy Spirit and he better pray that when he dies, he doesnt end up before the ONE he’s been denying his whole life…… oops! will i b prosecuted bc maybe unbelievers might be offended for the amount of times I stated Christ and God.I forgot everybody is allowed to express their belief except Christians bc it might offend some1. Sincere Apologies guys


April 25, 2011 at 11:16 pm
Berber Anna says:

Tony, did you listen to what Derren said at the end of the programme? It was not about Christianity, about faith or religion (Nathan was, after all, himself a Christian). It was about exposing the ways in which fraudulent healers convince people to part with their money, endangering them at the same time because they believe they have been truly healed. He never said all Christians do this.


April 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm
sharon wilsdon says:

I love everything Derren Brown does, he is pure genuis. Continue with your fanatasic productions.
I have not ever commented on an individual or programme, hey, that shows how good you truly are Mr Derren Brown, please keep up the great work that you do!!! x


April 25, 2011 at 11:18 pm
noodle 77 says:

Well I am what could commonly be called a born again Christian and , although I admire Derren Brown and his ethical motives – I agree that this is dangerous territory for Christians and non- Christians. As if tru faith and belief and love is not hard enough to explain to a spiky sceptic at the best of times I still find myself questioning my faith and some of the people I have come into contact with here in the UK. Very hard to watch.


April 25, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I’m a pastor and I think Derren did a good job exposing charlatans who are just money grabbing. I would like to see a show where Derren visits substantiated and genuine example of healing to bring a bit of balance. I’d love him to do some training for Christians who want to avoid looking like a fake.


April 25, 2011 at 11:19 pm
Gem says:

Ridley – Derren has never ever claimed to be a psychic, in fact, he is very open about his shows using a mix of “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship”.

Just watched the program, at times was uncomfortable to see but got the point across so well – didn’t ‘James’ do well?! Really glad to see Derren display the integrity and warm heart we all know he has, a true gentleman. Like Nathan said, if this can help just one person it will have all been worthwhile, but, Mr.Brown, I think it has helped many people. Amazing, just fantastic! Derren, you are a super star 🙂


April 25, 2011 at 11:22 pm
Andy says:

“when people are truly healed in the name of Jesus Christ, like I’ve witnessed, it’s real”

• Evidence please?

“What really pisses me off is that all these programmes find the few random “Christians” who aren’t really Christian at all and then claim that the whole religion is exactly like those people, as if they are the norm”

• Nowhere in the program was this claimed.


April 25, 2011 at 11:26 pm
GK1X says:

Just finished watching Miracles for Sale. Wow. I thought it was absolutely superb! It made a case against faith healing that’s too powerful to be stifled or ignored, and everyone involved should be very proud of themselves. Faith healers are cunning human predators who spend their days scheming and conniving ever more efficient ways to grift hard earned money from sick and desperate people. This show will undoubtedly save a great many such people from giving away money which they cannot afford to spend. It may also save some lives. Very, very well done.


April 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm
kany says:

Matthew 12:31


April 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm
DiDi says:

Brilliant use of tv to educate, entertain and get me yelling ‘THINK!!!’ at those poor deluded souls who believed this claptrap! Well done, Derren, a great expose.


April 25, 2011 at 11:27 pm
Esther says:

God is the healer . He is still healing today. The bible is true and when Jesus came to earth as a man, he healed many of their diseases and he said greater works, we will also do. John 14: 13-14 says we can ask anything in the name of Jesus and it will be done for us (paraphrased) Faith is key in Christianity and Jesus died that we might be made whole. We shall lay hands on the sick and they will recover.

Healing is free, not to be paid for, yet there is a biblical concept of sowing financially to be a blessing for the gospel to reach nations.

The bible says not everyone who calls him Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. God knows those who are His. There is the need to pray for discernment by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Scripture tells us to test all Spirits & be prayerful


April 25, 2011 at 11:35 pm
Matty says:

@Toni kinnear: Did you even watch the program? Throughout the entire thing Derren was saying how he’s not attacking anyone’s faith.


April 25, 2011 at 11:37 pm
Nigel Kenny says:

@ Toni. If what you say is true, then encourage these “healers” to prove it.

http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html

Well done on the programme Derren. Very entertaining and probably your most worthwhile work.


April 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Star says:

Hi Derren and Nathan. Great work you guys. Great programme tonight. Keep up the good work. xxx


April 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm
Mark says:

You did again Derren, very deserving of all the nice things said about this one. Glad it worked for you all, D, Iain, Nathan and co! X


April 25, 2011 at 11:41 pm
mark says:

miracles for sale, nothing short of a brilliant expose of con -men (and woman) which hail from the usa, but uk public, this stuff is watched in the uk on freesat type tv, your sons, daughters, parents are sending these thieves money. Why is this not treated as criminal fraud.speak out people against these lie mongerers!


April 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm
Natalie says:

Fantastic. It just goes to show what a fabulous artist Derren is if, despite being entirely transparent about everything he does (I think!?), everything he does is still so entertaining and engaging – and this time with a good moral intent! Exposing those charlatans for the money makers they really are. Well done Derren.


April 25, 2011 at 11:44 pm
Sarah says:

praise the lord for slip on shoes…


April 25, 2011 at 11:45 pm
michel says:

@toni. I dont think you have understood this program. Derren said himself that the show is not about the faith people have in god but the people who abuse this faith for money. I was shocked to hear that a 14 year old girl killed herself after being told that she wasnt healed because of secret sin! It wasnt one sided at all people who take money for miracles are awful people and should be exposed. Anyone watching derren brown shows are smart enough to see that its not about christianty(well most of them!)


April 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm
Steve says:

Interesting, I have to say. The final show didn’t have much attendance though…


April 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm
mark says:

just saw comments from ‘real’ christians…you guys should be making the most noise about these thieves, why do you all sit quietly in the background…oust them out and take a stand…what about the only one god stuff, what about the fals prophet stuff, can you only sing “this little light of mine”? Stand up and be counted – make a class action against them legally for fraud…wake up!!!


April 25, 2011 at 11:48 pm
Janey says:

Great show, thought nathan was a complete star and so brave and loved all the behind the scenes research that went into this.


April 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm
Faith Heele says:

I knew that essentially any Christian watching the programme and feeling challenged would either think:

a) Even though neither the guy Derren picked to be a faith healer nor Derren himself was a real and true faith healer, Jesus decided to heal those people through them – Jesus can heal through anyone, even atheists like Derren, in order to prove atheists are wrong etc.

or

b) Derren just happened to expose the con men who are not ‘real’ faith healers, and that Jesus does perform miracles through people, and that Jesus does in fact exist….though not the naked eye, naked smell, naked sound, naked touch, naked taste….

What Derren has shown is how people become convinced/mindtricked by faith healing, especially if their faith gives them a cognitive bias/emotional need towards it.


April 25, 2011 at 11:57 pm
Heather says:

Well done Derren. Informative, entertaining and an amazing end speech as always. Your best disguise ever. Keep up the good work.


April 26, 2011 at 12:01 am
linda says:

Nt sur wat to say…wt I kno is that a lot of wat I seen is very sound, like these guys askin for money and it goin into ther houses& cars, that’s nuts. Bt I believe God does stil heal today. One of the things that has confused me, is y more ppl haven’t discerned the difference in the gud guys frm the not so gud and I find that pretty scary.


April 26, 2011 at 12:01 am
sinders says:

Great idea, the best of intentions, and you found a great bloke to go through with it. However I can’t escape the feeling that you bottled it somewhat by not going with the Christian PR company. This company (presumably) is paid by the organisations you set out to discredit to promote their ruses, therefore they are part of the problem irrespective of whether or not they seem like nice people. Why did you make this decision from only a telephone conversation? They may well honestly believe that they are doing a good thing, or equally possible they may be in on the whole thing (or don’t care either way). So by not taking on their services you didn’t get an audience the final show deserved and probably missed out on making a splash in the local media. A shame & a missed opportunity.


April 26, 2011 at 12:03 am

I thought tonight’s show was wonderfully informative, insightful and a really interesting watch. Yes, I kind of knew what went on with faith healers but perhaps not to the extent and to such a manipulative degree.
Nathan was indeed very good at the task appointed to him (when he could so easily have walked away one or two times I thought) and showed a lot of courage.

I did like the light-hearted moments, which whether I should or I shouldn’t, found myself laughing at.
But overall, this was a great piece of TV which has really opened my eyes to those unfortunate people who are having their faith abused in such a fashion.

Well done to all involved.

LC x


April 26, 2011 at 12:03 am
Richard says:

As always, a great show.
Profound and compelling.
…but I still can’t for the life of me understand why people still submit to this?
I appreciate people are caught up in their own turmoil and situations but with access to so much information these days, can they not see the truth right in front of their eyes?

It’s a real and devastating shame.

Keep this type of ‘exposing’ shows coming Derren.
Your ‘truths’ are more compelling and important than many may give credit to.


April 26, 2011 at 12:04 am
John says:

Loved tonight, I lived in Brownsville TX and on the television i seen some faith healers and found it funny that people can think such things are a miracle, A phone # 1-800-pledge and they wanted you to call with your credit card details then they would real a prayer on TV for you.

Love to know why this practice is so strong in America and not so popular in other country’s

I do not believe in . religion but one thing i would like to know what is God ? Science is looking for the God particle so would that be God ? Personally religion is a man made myth that goes back many many years to try and answer things that people did not understand like why we have rain (so they would do a rain dance)


April 26, 2011 at 12:05 am
April bryan says:

That was such a good show and it had true meaning behind it it’s so sad that there are people out there who think its ok to prey on the sick and exploit there faith for there own selfish needs well done derren you showed the world there true colours


April 26, 2011 at 12:06 am
Pauline says:

I am a Methodist Minister and as such I have taken part and led healing services, which are not meant to be ‘curing’ sessions, there is a great deal of difference between healing and curing. I watched Derren this evening. I don’t normally watch his shows as I don’t like magic shows, however, this was different. He was showing how charlatans are making big money from vulnerable people. He was not saying that God doesn’t heal or indeed cure; he wasn’t saying anything against the Christian faith. He was just showing how wrong it is that these ‘So Called’ healers make their millions. Yes God heals, but He doesn’t charge for it!
Yes, I agree it must have taken some serious courage to do this for him, Nathan and the team. I hope that it opens up the way to expose more. Derren Brown has gone up in my estimation….and well done Nathan


April 26, 2011 at 12:10 am
GK1X says:

Toni Kinnear wrote:

“The people that he’s “healed” aren’t really healed [as he explained] but when people are truly healed in the name of Jesus Christ, like I’ve witnessed, it’s real and not just some crappy trick being pulled and suggesting “Christians” are pulling too”

It’s always “some crappy trick”. Always. If it wasn’t, if there was a preacher who could genuinely shrivel cancer with a holy touch, he would be able to perform this miracle under laboratory conditions. Strange how these people can never cut the mustard when they’re put to the test, isn’t it?

Rewatch the program (if, indeed, you watched it all the way through the first time). Derren goes to great lengths to emphasise that the program isn’t an attack on faith per se, merely an exposé of lying, unscrupulous “healers”


April 26, 2011 at 12:16 am
Thomson says:

Just saw your program on tv and immediately I felt I ought 2 share my thoughts on your site as my feelings totally echoed with the matter you were successful in airing. I should say I am in awe of the massive task you undertook in order to shed light on an area in christian realm that is never questioned, I believe its because of the fear of ridicule and peer pressure that one would have to face when confronting people with such doubts. I am an Indian(south)and currently studying in UK and to be honest I have personally felt and have thought about these issues for last 4 years without having n e 1 to share with. For this reason alone I was amazed on how precisely you and your team handled the issue barring the fact highlighted by Toni Kinnear above about the people who are in fact healed.


April 26, 2011 at 12:20 am
Thomson says:

I certainly second sinders opinion regarding the christian PR company.


April 26, 2011 at 12:21 am
Barbs says:

Great show – charlatans need exposing.

Many corrupt healers out there. There are genuine healers also who do not charge for their services – nor blame the person recieving the healing if they are not healed.

It is definately treated as a business which it should not be! Also healers come in more forms that just christians. Many christians in the UK are anti healing as this stems back to seeing healers as witches.

It is unethical and dangerous to tell people to stop taking their medication as if they are healed this will show in medical tests.


April 26, 2011 at 12:32 am
BlueNinaKim says:

Oh my Derren, I would of loved to of been in your head for those few minutes you were on that Stage having your “4inch” leg healed… On my word… The things you could of done! Thank God (lol) you had the power to soak it all up. I would of loved a close up of your face. I bet it was a picture xXx


April 26, 2011 at 12:37 am
Thistooshallpass says:

What an incredible programme. I was so sickened by the “so called healer” asking for credit card details…could you get any lower for **** sake!!

Kudos to Nathan for taking on such a massive task and seeing it through till the end. Six months work but my goodness it was worth it…gripping stuff without a doubt. Well done to everyone involved x


April 26, 2011 at 1:12 am
Ken says:

Fascinating program tonight Mr Brown & Team.
As an amateur magician of many years I share Derren’s love of things ‘deceives the eye’, his interest in the mind, & have admired his cleverness since he was aired on tv. As a Christian and pastor here in the UK, and one that prays for the sick regularly I was interested in tonight’s subject. I have prayed for many people seen some situations remain unchanged, but have seen many improvements, including some very dramatic (eg my wife who was diagnosed with leukaemia – immediate remission, a stroke victim able to walk without crutches immediately after prayer – please note I don’t charge for my prayers!)
As well as the very real health benefits that the Bible clearly describes to having a healthy mindset, I believe that there is also the spiritual arena, which obviously Derren doesn’t. That being the case I found it fascinating that the team used a GENUINE worship team on the program. My understanding is that for the real believing congregation, worshipping the God who is real to them, didn’t help the idea of ‘the con’ as Jesus himself is recorded as saying on some occasions that individual’s faith made them well. That being the case, it wouldn’t really matter what Nathan aka Pastor James said or did, but if they were already at a genuine place of receiving from God, then Nathan could potentially just could have read the alphabet over people and coast on what was already there (God’s presence in my humble opinion).


April 26, 2011 at 1:20 am
Commenter485 says:

There is another reason for this behaviour apart from greed. It is an established fact that people with a very firm genuine simple faith are often able to lead good lives and overcome obstacles in their lives in an amazing way. I regard this as a self-evident fact. Many people want to believe, and want to be encouraged to believe. The evangelist may practice low shabby trickery to try to induce this simple faith, because of the good that will flow from it. Many of the medieval priests who constructed false relics doubtless had a similar motive. This (almost) provides a noble motive for some trickery. Our modern age emphasizes scientific truth, but arguably there is also religious truth, maybe even more important. The events on stage are a pail caricature of something more subtle but real.


April 26, 2011 at 1:42 am
dave says:

i am tempted to write something mental so i end up in one of your books like those in tricks of the mind.
anyway just watched miracles for sale and really enjoyed it despite my woeful internet connection meaning i had to pause every 20 seconds. (trust me a show has to be good to keep me doing that for over an hour)
i also wanted to thank you for having all your shows available on 4od. its proof to me that you believe in the messages you send rather than just being in it for the money.
oh and your pickled chimp is beautiful and strange in equal measure.
i hope you read these. but i doubt you have time what with all the evil scientist things you clearly do in secret.


April 26, 2011 at 2:12 am
Hannah Thacker says:

Dear Derren, I really appreciated all the effort you put into the show, I think it is so important to highlight the insustry that Christianity has become especially in Britain and American – it is all about politics and money.
In the modern church what matters is who you know, how near the front of the church you are and how much time and money you can ‘donate’.
I am aware of all this as I was once a Christian and my family own two churches in the UK, but the politics, lies and pressure pushed me away..
Personally, I have been prayed over to be healed FIVE times by different healers and preachers to give sight to my right eye which has been blind since birth and guess what! I still can’t see anything! And trust me, I had enough fucking faith.


April 26, 2011 at 2:17 am
Em says:

Great show, though much less Derren-centric than I was expecting. Given Nathan’s stress and Derren’s great abilities to calm (I don’t want to say hypnotise), I did think Derren might have used his skills to help Nathan deal with the whole situation. In fact, there was almost no input on the Derren front apart from the original idea – a great one, I might add, and clearly something that is close to his heart. But Nathan was coached by acting tutors, ex healers etc, there was none of the usual “hand on shoulder/arm and use affirmations” etc.

One thing baffled me – if they were trying to keep it all so secret, why on earth did they drive up the driveway of that famous “healer’s” place, even if the gates were open? Could have blown the whole thing wide open and for what?


April 26, 2011 at 2:19 am

I have studied ancient Hebrew and Greek for 30 years, and the Messiah only opened the eyes of the blind to the secrets of the Scriptures, being all of Moses and all of the Prophets. The first thing that Christ did when he rose from the dead was to open his own disciples minds to his biographies – the Scriptures which every false Christian is brain-dead to. The Holy Spirit is only given to the few who are chosen students of the Scriptures, and not to every crackpot who sets foot in a building falsely called a church. Well done Derrin for exposing some of the con artists, but they have been around for 6000 years and they are not doing any different than the politicians do – this is why they are not arrested. Derrin Brown has not given a bad name to the Holy Spirit, only Christians do this!


April 26, 2011 at 2:46 am
Ben Brown says:

Derren Brown – Fantastic as always!


April 26, 2011 at 2:47 am

I’d like to say well done to you too Derren. Fantastic and insightful programme.

But Id also really like to sing praises (is that a pun?) to the crew, pre and post production workers too. This was a superb looking show. Wonderfully shot, lit, edited and everything else. If I could one day produce or work on or own something that produces images like I saw tonight I will be a very happy man.

Brilliant show. Can’t wait to see what you do next. Might I suggest a mass hypnotism and have your minions do your bidding. The royal wedding is next week, perfect time to do so.


April 26, 2011 at 3:59 am
David Wager says:

A great programme tonight. I just hope this goes on to expose these frauds to a greater public.


April 26, 2011 at 4:09 am
Rob Bartlett says:

I was aware that faith healers are hypnotists, showman, liars, and thieves but ‘Miracles For Sale’ showed me that they are also, albeit indirectly, murderers. But it is not for the moral message that I watch Derren Brown. It is because his programmes are always by far the best thing on the box or at the cinemas. The premise and delivery of ‘Miracles For Sale’, and the adventure I was taken on, was outstanding fun. It was interesting, informative, emotional, and it ended much too soon. Nathan is a natural performer. But my greatest praise is for Derren, and I hope you read this- your genius (and originality) as an entertainer is even greater than your genius as a psychological illusionist. And that is the greatest praise I can give.


April 26, 2011 at 5:04 am
Noodle says:

Enjoyed the show. Slightly uncomfortable viewing in that Nathan’s scruples, apprehension or nerves were viewed as a nuisance, and in this, the filming seemed to be a little one-sided with Nathan being exposed more than Derren. Felt the guy had a difficult job and that there were high expectations placed upon him. He gave the show a lot of integrity and it was interesting to see the moral dilemmas being thought out. Unfortunate that the turnout for the final performance was low, especially given the amount of careful preparation that had taken place.

Ending seemed a bit rushed. Would have liked to have seen a bit of “good feeling” between the two men to address earlier tensions before they parted company.

Well done Derren and the team.


April 26, 2011 at 7:02 am
lyn says:

I just want to say a big thank you for this program. I am a christian but labelled a ‘cessationist’ by a lot of the christain world these days as I do not believe in these so called modern mircles, healing, tongues, progressive revelations etc. If any believer does challenge these charismatic ideas then again we are labelled as lacking in faith (such a convenient argument). So a big, big thank you for exposing these people. I think you did it very well, and I wasn’t offended by anything that was said, rather i was nodding in agreement the whole way through. The show was done with complete respect for the christian faith.


April 26, 2011 at 7:04 am
Dirty Kuffar says:

Nice one Derren & the team !, i hope this programme is up in its’ entirety on the internet asap so it can be viewed over in the USA and other countries where these religious scamsters work.
Idea ! : you’ve worked on the “faith-healers” – now how about doing a programme on the “faith-murderers” – those such as the Taleban & Al-Queda and various other islamist groups who manage to convince others to blow themselves up and kill freedom loving people with the promise that they will get 72 virgins.
Perhaps intelligence reports and interviews could be studied with ex-jihadists.


April 26, 2011 at 7:55 am
Rae says:

Thank you for this program. Considering Derren has come out of a christian background I felt this was a very balanced program, and one that didn’t attack faith, but attacked greed and power-hungry chrisitans.

I am a christian who struggles with depression, and over the years have been so desperate for a ‘cure’ I would contemplate joining a cult if it ‘fixed’ me!

I want to believe in God’s healing, but have never seen any proof – I’ve seen some seem to respond to prayer for pain, but no one cured.

I’ve been to charismatic meetings and been told I have a ‘block’ when I’ve resisted being pushed over by the preacher. I’ve heard charismatic preachers growning and laughing, and animal noises bleating as people are ‘set free”, and ‘slain in spirit’,. I question what is real….


April 26, 2011 at 8:01 am
Rae says:

For ‘growning’ read groaning, lol!


April 26, 2011 at 9:00 am
Rain says:

I loved the idea and the show, well done to all involved. The thing that stood out the most for me was when you were all clearly put in a quandary about your duplicitous intent when it dawned on you that you would have to dupe genuinely nice people. That seems to be the trait that a lot of these faith healers and other types of healers and spiritual peddlers lack. Sadly these people can only get away with it because there are so many gully gullible people in the world who want to believe that someone magical can and will come and save or fix them. I do believe in the power of prayer David Hamilton’s open yet scientific mind helped me accept that fact, rather than the priests and nun’s who tried to bully it into me.
Maybe you could hit the Ghost buster trail next and clear up the contradiction that is often in the land of spirit, where at the same time of insisting people/spirits/ghosts need to be sent to the light they also make a tidy sum calling them back and asking unanswerable questions like “will I ever be happy?”
Bravo Mr Brown!


April 26, 2011 at 9:11 am
Sarah says:

Fantastic, engaging show. I concur with what Em was saying though – why go to the gates of the famous healer? That did seem completely pointless. Perhaps it was to lure them out, knowing they’d react so strongly, and to show the world the kind of security they are able to afford?


April 26, 2011 at 9:14 am
Michael Clark says:

A very thought provoking programme. I was already aware of some of these atrocities committed by faith healers, it was odd to see some clips which i had previously came across on the internet being used in the show! Still, it was harrowing to see some of these faith healers in action and openly deceiving and exploiting their congregations to such an extent. How someone can go to prison for using donation funds for personal expenditure, come out and continue doing the exact same thing is astounding. I truly hope that anyone who attends these faith healer shows saw Miracles for Sale and hopefully now will be able to be freed of the charismatic grip of a so called pastor. Brilliant show, much credit to your team.


April 26, 2011 at 9:16 am
David D says:

I love Derrens work, usually. But this show didn’t work for me. There must be better ways to show the people who fall for these conmen the error of their ways (perhaps expose during a live webcast?). I doubt if any will watch the program. The final straw for me was that only a handful of people turned up for ‘Pastor James’s’ show. Overall a fail but I thought ‘James’ was great!


April 26, 2011 at 9:19 am
HelenL says:

What about Nathan himself? Having spent 6 months training for this event, learning all sorts of skills (use of suggestion, showmanship, acting, etc) what impact has this had on his own life? May we have an update on him please?


April 26, 2011 at 9:21 am
Rae says:

Am I allowed another post – been reading up on well-known American tele-evangelists, and just wonder why American culture seems more susceptible to their ‘charms’ than the British…. Are we more cynical as a nation (and more difficult to hypnotise/put into a suggestible state/trance)?

I would have liked to see this show engage with the growing ‘healing on the streets’ movement, but I have personal reasons for being cynical of this due to my ex-husband’s involvement 🙂 (He dumped me while I was sectioned in hospital with depression: guess he decided I didn’t have enough faith to be healed)>


April 26, 2011 at 9:21 am
Catherine says:

Unless your program is shown in the Texas and the whole USA, what would be the point of your whole sham. Yes there are con artists, you being the ultimate, FOR MONEY! What is the difference between you and the fake healers.
I felt sick to my stomach watching your program for many reasons, One, that these people are fakes, faking healing for money. Two, you are obviously without any morals or feeling for humans and their beliefs and finally Three, your stooge Nathan (James) seemed like a genuine, caring man who felt just as bad as the people being conned, who you were trying to show up, by doing likewise to line FOR YOUR POCKETS.
There are genuine Healers & Mediums, there are genuinely spiritual people, who like me must feel sick that you didn’t have the decency to show honesty exists


April 26, 2011 at 9:33 am
Mark says:

As always, great entertainment, liberating content, and awesome creative work! Thanks guys 🙂

As a kid I remember going to some faith healing events, I ended up beneath my parent’s chair falling asleep with my thumb in my mouth 😀


April 26, 2011 at 10:03 am
AllanW says:

Many thanks for an entertaining and informative show. It’s always a pleasure to see sceptical and rational programmes receive an airing. Keep up the good work of demonstrating over and over again just how frail and tenuous a grasp on reality most people have and how easily manipulated their perceptions are. Hopefully more of them will realise over time that not being able to see and think straight is a disadvantage in many ways and will become more sceptical and rational as a result. I hope so.


April 26, 2011 at 10:07 am
Dave says:

One of the best things I’ve seen on tv….since the last DB special 😉


April 26, 2011 at 10:56 am
alan says:

So where do we go from here Derren? Being brave enough to challenge one aspect of misperceived human “reality”, could just be a beginning. Should we now call a halt, for a further two and a half millennia? Or do we commence challenging everything from today? There is much to question. From the advertising “up to” trick. Which in truth is a cast iron guarantee of absolutely naff all. To a referendum choice between two flavours of republican voting techniques, as the substitute for real democracy. Wherein the people would mandate actual polices, as opposed to politicians magicing up their own mandates. Who knows we might even change the world, by altering the minds of all the people on it.


April 26, 2011 at 10:59 am
Danielle says:

Hey Derren,
Just watched your miracles for sale programme and I was actually really impressed. As a Christian I really do believe that God can do miracles etc, but I definitely appreciated you uncovering the scams that people run in greed. I also really loved that you included christian groups who were helping you and it wasn’t just an attack on religion.
I just wanted to let you know that I have been to meetings etc where people have been healed, but never have they been asked for money and they were never told to throw away medication or anything like. In fact who ever is in charge of the service/healing whatever, will normally tell them to test it and to test it when they go home, so don’t panic, not every healing service is like the maniacs you went to visit!
Thanks, Danielle x


April 26, 2011 at 11:04 am
Haidee says:

Miracles for Sale was fantastic. I think most mums are ‘faith healers’. We’ve all had moments when our children fall over and look to us for a reaction. If we reply with ‘oh dear you poor thing, does it hurt’ then they cry. If we reply with ‘up you get, you’re alright, it doesn’t hurt’ then they run off and carry on playing with no tears. The power of suggestion!


April 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

Derren, I enjoyed the show. Now can you do one about self-help gurus and things like The Secret ? I do believe in The Law of Attraction but it is seriously over-hyped by the industry.


April 26, 2011 at 11:19 am
Katrina says:

I’ve just watched Miracles for Sale. Brilliant. The fact this continues in this day & age is disgusting, & the lives at risk makes me sick. It’s about time someone finally had the courage to show what many healers (I can’t 100% say all, as I don’t know) do.
In response to ‘dalbertini’ above; Don’t be so foolish. Derren Brown has NEVER said or in any way implied what he does is anything but trickery. He uses his knowledge, which he’s developed over the years, to show people the true power of the human mind. Anyone who can really demonstrate this seemingly impossible task infront of hundreds/thousands/millions of people both face to face & on TV, is well worth the money. I have never turned off my TV, after watching Derren, not to having learnt something about myself. Thank you Derren. x


April 26, 2011 at 11:23 am
shaun watson says:

after watching this program i nearly applauded the tv ! no one on earth has the ability to channel the power of god to perform miracles.
a lot of americans are pure mugs.


April 26, 2011 at 11:25 am
Ali says:

Darren says “No faith healer has ever been able to provide evidence of a single miraculous healing ever having had occurred.” I wonder if he’s just been talking to the wrong ones then.
It is a shame if people doubt God’s power to heal just because some people in America are making big business out of a fraud.
I do know people personally who have received real and long-lasting healing from God and have surprised their doctors who can find no medical cause for the disappearance of their complaint.
I have heard eye-witness accounts of people being healed from physical disabilities such as Down Syndrome.
There were plenty of sceptics in Jesus’ time, and there are plenty today; that doesn’t make God’s power any less true.


April 26, 2011 at 11:40 am
Dee says:

What a program Derren Brown, well done to you and your team. I’m a Christian, and was so happy to see this counterfeit “Christianity” exposed. I had dealings with the Charismatic church for many years until by the Grace of God came to know the truth. That was through studying the Bible by the way and not some “feeling” or “experience” or “inner voice” as some will have you believe, so I know the ins and outs of this movement. I’ve read comments above and I see mixed comments from people who say they are christians. If you love God’s Truth (written word: the Bible), then you will hate anything that distorts it. It is very sad that these Tele-Evangelist twist the Bible deceiving people, their doctrine isn’t sound. This is why I hate the Charismatic movement with a passion.


April 26, 2011 at 11:48 am
Lor_ca says:

Excellent programme.

I find the whole subject of belief/deception and psychology/religion fascinating. Cannot help pondering on what evolutionary advantage man got from coming together in large groups to share a common belief? Other than that they were being controlled and manipulated by those who have learned how to deceive.


April 26, 2011 at 11:50 am
Mungombe says:

This program was so well exposed. Darren has highlighted what most of us have already experienced at some point in our lives. In 2004, my mother was supposed to be “healed” from Breast Cancer by well known Kenyan Pastor in London, but later she died. Guess what, a DVD of her healing sessions was still being sold at the pastor’s Church in south London even after my mother passed away. How upsetting to me and my family. That pain has never left our hearts and we will never ever forgive him for that matter. (seeling DVD). I feel so sorry for many poor Africans who are being used in Africa by those Americans pastors by making money out of them. Thank you Darren. Does anyone knows how i can get a DVD of this program???


April 26, 2011 at 11:53 am
Jane A says:

Really good show, Im glad you revealed the touchy subject behind faith and money. What
these ‘healers’ people are doing in ‘the name of jesus’ is horrednious and greedy as they live of the profits of fooling desperate and vulnerable people.


April 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm
Kevin says:

I’m amazed that some of the christian posters above still close their eyes. cover their ears and shout “NOT MY FAITH”. Derren clearly showed that pain can be relieved by inducing an adrenalin rush and psychological manipulation. NO NEED FOR GOD.

I do understand that religious folk have trouble shaking off thier childhood fantasies, but this renders them gullible and open to these fraudsters.

BTW Any of you so called faith healers can claim $1 million here: http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge.html by simply providing proof of your “powers”.
Being christians you’ll give the money to charity of course;)


April 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Katrina says:

Derren and team, my brother who sadly died last December was schizophrenic, he had always been religious but had suffered with schizophrenia since he was 14 (he died at 30). He used to claim he was Jesus, that he could hear God. He was taken to a healer, something I felt so uncomfortable with as I wanted him to believe that his illness was medical, he needed to take his medication to better it. I’m pretty sure after this meeting he became more delusional and was reluctant to take meds seriously. He was told he had demons following him, like a ‘shadow’ over him. He spoke to me about it after and it upset me a lot. He died from taking his meds irresponsibly and I tried for so long to get him to believe in his meds. Thanks for showing the darker side of healing it is very real and harmful xx


April 26, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Audsin says:

Dear Derren & Nathan,
What a wonderful piece of work. From spirituality religion has been skyjacked by the so called Pastors. They have made this into a money making industry by draining money from people who are already suffering from some sort of mental or physical disability. Internet and TV have made their task easy as their market is the whole world. Like drops make an ocean, flow of money from all over the world has made these Pastors stingingly rich. This is prompting many more to take up this as this is an easy way to make big money, in addition tracing the cash flow for tax purposes is also very difficult.
Programmes such as “Miracles for Sale” need wide publicity as this will educate at least a few and save many more from falling prey to such Devils. Well done Derren, Nathan


April 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Emma says:

Well done Derren, another fantastic show and I loved your reaction to Nathan swearing in front of the bongo player!!


April 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm
Kitty says:

A fantastic programme Derren, well done to you, Nathan and all your team for having the courage to make it, I’m sure at times you were in real danger. I used to be a ‘born again’ Christian but lost my faith over years of watching the greedy, power hungry way that pentecostal pastors conduct themselves. I’ve seen services in the UK like the ones you showed and it is frightening how easy it is to get swept along and end up giving money you can’t afford.

A dear friend of mine was told when her breast cancer returned that it was because she hadn’t had enough faith – she had been the children’s pastor of the church. She was devistated by that phone call, when she died I felt so angry by the way she had been treated. I am now an athiest and my life is so much better now I am truely free.


April 26, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Lady Linda says:

The programme was good,but this is only the start of what could be done to the tele -evangelist or people who con money out of vunerable people.

I have written many articles against cults, but these money grabbing ******** are just as bad if not worse.

I was involved in the movement where people where slain in the spirit or Toronto Blessing and was sucked in for a while. When I decided no-one was going to push me over, I was accused and bullied that I was resisting the Holy Spirit.

I speak from experience as I worked for an evangelist who eventually saw the dollar signs beckoning him over there. He preached the prosperity message and I saw him in action. I saw what goes on behind the scenes and how people than can ill afford to donate were basically being conned out of their money.


April 26, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Dee says:

May I just encourage, Rae says: April 26, 2011 at 7:55 am

Rae, I can identify with what you may be going through as I’ve also struggled with depression over the years. As a Christian, I’m encouraged to know that one day I will be free of this body and of the sufferings/pain. I see in the Bible people like Job who struggled with depression due to adversity, David due to stress and conflict, Apostle Paul due to weariness, they were in the Lord and yet God chose not to immediately relieve them from suffering. Most of all, Jesus, facing the cross, called on the Father, yet God did not let the cup of wrath of God pass Him by (thank God for that or we’d have to pay for our own sins). Be encouraged that if He has saved you He is still with you whether or not He answers your prayers as you hope.


April 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Timothy K says:

Although I enjoyed the show, I can’t help but feel Derren failed to do what he set out to do – to expose these healers to the people who are being duped by them. Having spent over six months in training Nathan, it seemed like a huge anti-climax for him to perform to such a small audience (on screen it looked like somewhere between 20 to 50 people). The reality is that the people in America that are being conned are highly unlikely to ever see last night’s show and this will have no effect on the faith-healing world. Derren obviously realised that it is much harder to damage these people’s reputations than he imagined and, as proven by the show, failed to cause any real lasting difference.


April 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm
jibjib says:

i laughed so hard when derren said “i think the bongo player heard you say fucking.” LOL


April 26, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Tim says:

Hi Derren
Thanks for a fab show, nice to see people showing the world what does happen in small areas.. The main thing to remember from this is God / Jesus doesn’t want paying for your to be healed, if anyone says you have not been healed as you have not given enough it rubbish! God will heal you if he thinks it’s right and your believe it’s right…
thanks again for a top class show, and well done in backing out of using the PR company


April 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm
Laura says:

Loved it Derren!! You and the crew did a great job 😉 Was on the edge of my seat watching it – bet it took a lot of courage! 🙂 How do your legs feel now they’re both miraculously the same length? haha! Svengali on the 3rd of May – can’t wait! 🙂


April 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm
Lindsay says:

Like many who have left comments, I too am a committed Christian, and applaud the way you handled all the elements of the show. To try and get people to see fakery at work whilst not mocking their faith was a difficult issue, and you did it well. I especially appreciate your care given that “Christians” may not always be that considerate of you and your personal beliefs. Bravo!


April 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm
Paul T says:

Ken says: April 26, 2011 at 1:12 am that because the audience were already open to Jesus’ message it wouldn’t matter who was delivering it. Wonderful – anyone can be a faith healer in JC’s name. However, most of those attending these healing services would have spent much time praying to JC beforehand and not receiving succour from the omnipotent one. Why would he ignore reasonable pleas for aid and let his followers be tricked by these evil tricksters working in his name. There can only b one answer to an open mind.
Great show by Derren and team especially Nathan who must have really had to question his faith as the months passed by.


April 26, 2011 at 2:58 pm
Kate says:

Hi Darren,

What a challenge and how well you did in achieving the ultimate exposure. Unfortunately there are so many vunerable people. Well done and I look forward to your next expose.

Excellent Work
Kate


April 26, 2011 at 3:17 pm
Mark says:

You did it Derren. You did it. Another one that’ll not go unseen by millions across the world. The work you do on TV is incomparable to what anyone else has done, well at least I see it that way. Glad it all worked out and congrats to you and team.


April 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm
Hephzibubbli says:

PLEASE investigate the placebo effect. Can your power of suggestion/hypnotic skills be used, if not to heal, then to ease the pain of people. I know it would be a risk, but with your ability to reach the inner depths of the human mind, don’t you want to know how it could be used for real good, not just debunking frauds? If you can make someone ‘forget their own name’, as the show suggested, what else can you do, particularly for soldiers with PTSD, victims of rape etc

I ‘m a christian, but also a scientist – not all christians are small-minded and ignorant. But I believe we are – to incur the wrath of the athiests! – CREATED with incredible minds, but don’t yet know what the human brain is capable of.

I’d like to communicate with christian/ex-christian” fans” of Derren!


April 26, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Peter Davis says:

Thanks for a fantastic show. I have been an Anglican Priest and was always troubled by the claims of faith healers as were many of my colleges and their dogmatic interpretation of the scriptures. Their acts seemed more about the pursuit of power and control than than for justice and empowering of others. So well done pity more people didn’t come along for the show
thanks again


April 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Beautifully done.

It felt edgy but came across as honest and sensitive . I have a Christian background and so approached this with caution, and though I needed no persuasion about fraudulent faith healers I was impressed with the respectful approach to faith in general.

The inclusion of the concerns and difficulties over the fine moral line gave it a transparency that really helped delivery the message.

The excerpts of the closing speech moved me to tears, even though it was contrived for the situation – the sense of understanding and empathy really carried it.

” God doesn’t want your money to make you well. What a travesty to the message of Jesus to say you have to pay for God to heal you, that’s not what Jesus preached. ”

Nice one.


April 26, 2011 at 4:18 pm
dave says:

derren is, by his own admission, the master of miss direction and auto suggestion, this is clearly seen in the early part of the program when he sets up a company for making this program ‘ big wonder film.then when he introduces the winner , nathan, he does it in front of a classic hypnotic subliminal message about fake healers ect so you have already been subliminaly effected , so that if you see anything with the word ‘wonder’ linked with the word ‘ healing’ your mind will immediatly use confirmation bias ,a hypnotic trick to reject any future infomation on the subject .Not many of you will realise, this program is really a direct attack on two programs made by a production company called wonderlust called the’ finger of god’ and ‘furious love’ ..check these out on web then weigh it


April 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm
Agnes says:

Great show!!!
We all know you went through a lot making the show and exposing these frauds for us. Your hardship is definitely not wasted! Please don’t give up on making TV shows!!!! I LOVE THEM!!


April 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm
Mark says:

Interesting how many people believe @DerrenBrown is ‘God like’, ‘God’ or ‘Jesus’ http://bit.ly/hcaBBM


April 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm
Tom says:

I liked Dave’s last comment about checking out Finger of God and Furious Love. Darren if you get this message check out Darren Wilson (a film maker like yourself) who made these films. You can watch Finger of God on youtube – why not check it out. Great thing about the internet is you can check things for yourself. I’m involved in Healing Rooms where we see genuine healings – including leg lengthing.


April 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Sara says:

Wow there is a lot of varied commons written here today. I empathised with Nathan’s emotional moral roller coaster on the show last night. An extremely pressured task ahead. I felt that even Derren’s conduct of changing plans on the poor chap added additional pressure to an already difficult and emotional task ahead. Derren excels in being able to adapt to audiences and his experience in preforming makes him mentally agile. I think DB even thrives on change. But most people in highly pressured circumstances need a stability in a plan. Know wonder he swore at DB and argued. That said I think both of you did a courageous and worthy job at presenting the truth about ‘Faith Healers’ I only wish the significant message of this programme struck a cord with a wider audience understanding.


April 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm
Elise says:

This was amazing! 😀 I loved it. Hopefully you and all your shows will encourage people to think for themselves and question things more. I for have become a lot less gullible and have become very interested about how our minds work and how it can make us see things that aren’t really there etc. I used to live in a fantasy world I think, lol. Complete turn around. I love everything you do and you and your shows interest me greatly 😀 I’m glad you revealed how faith healing is a scam and how dangerous it can be for people :S It’s sad really.
I was telling my Grandad all about you and he was very interested and said he might catch the show…yay! It made my Monday night 😀 Love watching you and love you…. 🙂 teehee. x x x And may I say you were looking stunning…….as always.


April 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm
amanda says:

although it was a bit bewildering that he mentioned the name of Derren’s show designers – or was there a little note stuck on the inside of the shoe that said ‘say D & G or else…’


April 26, 2011 at 6:45 pm
Alex says:

All pastors that offer physical/outward ‘healing’ are fraudsters, regardless of whether payment (‘fellowship support’) is ever asked for or not. Those that heal by giving people confidence mentally through christianity for no cash however, is an entirely different matter, and would no doubt be supported by many, including the medical field. Dont confuse the two

in reply to: barbara says:
April 25, 2011
what a pity Derren labels all faith healers as frauds a dn money makers. Has he never heard of the thousands of genuine miracles that are happening every day and for which NO PAYMENT is required or expected. If he makes contact with The Healing Rooms inany venue in the UK he will meet ordinary people who ARE empowered by the Holy Spirit to heal both inwardly and outward


April 26, 2011 at 7:03 pm
Jane says:

That chap Nathan had a lovely hairy chest. More of that sort of thing please.


April 26, 2011 at 7:25 pm
Lor_ca says:

Dave at 4.18pm. NO the programme was a direct attack on money grabbing fraudsters.


April 26, 2011 at 8:06 pm
TOM says:

Derren We saw the programme about the faith healing in the USA it actually Highlights the Vulnerability people whom are in a situation of pain and turmoil of an incurable desease.
These Fakehealers latch on to those peoples misery and indirectly they do ask them to give money that is what makes them rich .I do believe in Miracles but not by the price of paying someone to heal you I believe it comes from within and not by someone perporting to do it for you yes I know that pain thresholds can be manipulated Mind over Matter or auto suggestion call it what you wish Ie; I have had tooth ache and I have thought in my mind that there is no pain and continually re inforcing the suggestion and actually overcome the pain. thank you for highlighting this!


April 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm
Claire says:

Another fantastic show Derren. You and Nathan did an excellent job even under so much pressure – it was excellent to see the end result. I would have loved to have seen the rest of the clip of you being ‘healed’ – it would have been good to see what the pastor said after “Dolce et Gabbana”! 🙂 Also went to see your show at Sunderland on Sunday – absolutely amazing stuff. Keep doing what you’re doing – can’t wait to see your next TV programme!


April 26, 2011 at 8:53 pm
bluesian says:

Religion is the world’s oldest running con trick, all you bible bashers who believe each word is the “Truth” should do some investigating. For example, nowhere in the original Hebrew does it say Mary was a virgin, this was a mistranslation, so that wipes out the catholics for you in a single misquote! I suggest you read Richard Dawkin’s “The God Delusion”, but I’m sure you won’t. Anyway, great programme Derren and team, it’s a pity the world’s most powerful country can’t or won’t do anything about these shysters, but I imagine it’s easier to control the masses that are already being controlled!


April 26, 2011 at 9:01 pm
Andy says:

Believe, plays havoc with our minds. With out it we would not exist, just a shame we full victim of things that are no good for us.

Keep up the good work Derren.


April 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Amazing show Derren. Perfectly balanced in my opinion – just could have done with some reaction after the sermon. I’m curious to know what they thought.

A couple of the above comments I find a little disheartening. It seems some people still believe God does miracles on Earth (presumably through a human conduit). And therein lies the problem…

Dear God,

Please make religion (and yourself) disappear forever.

For that, I will forever worship you.

Amen


April 26, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Two bits I liked were

“Thank God for slip-on shoes”

and

“Believe me, God will repay you with a Cadillac, jewelery and other wonderful things”

Great pity the show only attracted a “small crowd” of only about 20 people. I would have preferred the selected fake Pastor to be a non-believer, did Derren choose
a believer deliberately?


April 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Em says:

Just watched the show… and wonderring: does Derren have a thing against Easter? Some years ago, Robbin Williams got crucified. Now a pantomime about miracles and healings at the date where a major act of God -or the best con trick ever performed – occured.

Unless…. Derren is struggling to admit his faith… Maybe the same way he went with intimate partners. There is no shame in admitting something you can’t explain or justifiy, something that “won’t go away”.

It’s ok. Whatever the topic.


April 26, 2011 at 10:41 pm
Mary Candler says:

Hi – Miracles for sale was brilliant. Nice one!
I was recruited into a cult some years ago and now understand how and why the cult leader got us all so whooped up in order to control us and how she got information about us – she obviously had her cronies finding out what we were doing and saying and reporting this back to her ready for her to appear to have special powers of insight into our lives. Sad woman – but at the time we believed it and she took so much money from us all and was living the high life while many of us were desperate for a place to live or a proper job with a salary.
Anyone who wants help or to know more about cults check out freedomofmind.com or Encourage – help for suvivors of cults. There is help out there for those of us who get recruited into these groups.


April 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm
Chloe x says:

Derren; hmm,something’s wrong with me but I don’t know what..oh I see one of my legs is longer than the other, fancy adjusting my dolce and gabanna shoe? 😉 brilliant show, well done Derren and crew, love Chloe x


April 26, 2011 at 10:55 pm
Sarah Pipkin-Trinder says:

A brilliant, shocking, absorbing, sickening programme. The part that touched me most of all was seeing how difficult, how painful it was for a bunch of honest guys to put another’s welfare at risk (PR guy). Of all the eye-openings scenes, which were plentiful, it was this demonstration of genuine anguish which illustrated to me the heartless ruthlessness of those conmen who do these things for real. Well done guys, shame you couldn’t preach the truth to a wider audience.


April 26, 2011 at 11:09 pm
Hephzibubbli says:

Out of interest: anyone else heard of gold dust appearing in palms and feathers descending during services – but never experienced them (And wondered – why? And thought – Biblical?)? And the whole ‘gold teeth’ appearances during the ‘Toronto Blessing’ – anyone ever see a gold tooth and know it was a ‘real act of God’ with proof? I heard of two people who had ‘received gold teeth’ but didn’t know them well enough to ask to have a look – and didnt know their dentist.

Derren, would love to see you properly check out: Benny Hinn, Paula White, Bill Johnson, Kenneth Copeland and other ‘Word of Faith’ and ‘Prosperity gospel’ preachers. Guess it would be impossible….. but wouldn’t you love to see a real behind the scenes thing of these ‘tele-evangelist’ multimillionaires


April 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm
Hephzibubbli says:

PS: I’d love to see an interview with Nathan online: how the whole experience was for him….


April 26, 2011 at 11:25 pm
Niall says:

Another fascinating show from Derren. What a shame about the small crowd but I fully respect the decision to disengage from the PR company. Nathan had great presence and entertainment value! He lost it a couple of times but his complaints seemed legitimate even if the reaction was OTT


April 26, 2011 at 11:36 pm
D. says:

I’ve always been an outward sceptic with things like faith healers, psychics and the like. Load of old cobblers, but hey – each to their own. Previously took a stance that it’s not hurting anyone so what harm can it do?

Seeing programmes like this (and the specials on the paranormal) though really does bring to light the fact that it’s not a “victimless” crime – it is a form of legalised theft. Peddling fraudulent hope to vulnerable people is at best teetering on the border of what is/isn’t morally “right” and at worse, as we see here, potentially life-threatening.

Have been trying to “wean” my own mother off seeing psychics (at £50 a pop she can ill-afford) for some time now, and shows like this – I feel – help to objectively reveal the truth. So Derren & team – simply, thanks….


April 26, 2011 at 11:55 pm
Marco says:

Thank you Mr Brown. Simply amazing…there are no other words for this show. You have done a great gift to the world…(or at least to the poor desperate people!).
Thanks


April 27, 2011 at 12:00 am
Rae says:

@Lady Linda : totally relate to your Toronto blessing experience. I’ve had exactly the same criticism when I didn’t ‘respond’ to being pushed over by a well-known local christian speaker:…. Women with independent minds: ego-centric christians tend to see us as ‘evil’, huh? Still remember my ex-husband (not an intellectual) telling my highly intelligent aunt she was seeking to destroy his faith when she talked about scientific explanations for the ten plagues. Still he’s out there ‘healing’ people on the streets of Bath now, so what do I know!
I hope there are other christians out there who don’t dismiss the rational and scientific worlds!

@ Dee: thank you for you kind words.


April 27, 2011 at 12:21 am
Karen Milner says:

Excellent programme Derren!
One question, what happens to Nathan now?


April 27, 2011 at 12:32 am
Mike Lowe says:

I’m a Baptist Minister and thought it was excellent. For me the biggest question it posed is to Christians that genuinely believe that they can heal. They need to carefully reflect on whether they are getting caught up in their own hype and rhetoric.


April 27, 2011 at 12:39 am
dave says:

i found it very interesting but the ending was a bit lacklustre. they should have gotten more people, and talked to them afterwards, some were very emotional, and would have been worth interviewing their reactions instead of running off like there was gonna be a bomb going off or something.

also, thought about wearing a pair of very tight shoes – that would have made their life more difficult! 🙂


April 27, 2011 at 12:54 am
Joyce says:

Loved it! Derren at his best! What an interesting, thought provoking show.


April 27, 2011 at 1:57 am
David says:

I was just wondering, when the guy at the end took off Derren’s shoes, and said Dolce & Gabanna, why did he pause?
And what happened after that?


April 27, 2011 at 3:41 am
Andy-Laa says:

I posted a link to the fake faith-healer site you put up.

A woman responded saying

“I have never heard of this guy, but on his website the statement of faith looks Biblically based. I am somewhat suspicious of “healers” just because there are so many frauds out there. But I do know several people who have experienced divine healing, so I know that God does heal.

I don’t know – the healing on the video might be legit.”

It’s such a shame people think like this…


April 27, 2011 at 5:05 am
unmevsworld says:

Upon Tom and Dave’s suggestions I started watching Finger of God on youtube. The first segment involves people “miraculously” getting gold teeth and gold dust showing up on people. Look, I used to be a believer, and I tried hard to keep the faith, but, like Derren, actually reading the bible is what put cracks in my belief. Firstly, the teeth thing just reeks of parlor trick. Like Shermer asked: is that the best He can do? Secondly, you can find examples of people forgetting they had fillings before. cont…But here’s what bugged me the most, that like these faith healers, even this can cause heartache: “However, almost a week after receiving them [the teeth], the brilliance has gone and they have both changed back to a dull grey colour. .. My friend is a Spirit-filled Christian woman walking with the Lord and a woman of faith. She does not understand why this has happened, and is feeling she must have not testified enough about them to others, or not had enough faith to keep the gold. This experience has left her hurt and confused. Has anyone else had a similar experience, or does anyone know of someone who has?”
BTW, Tom and Dave, I’m going to still keep watching the video.
P.S. I’m in the US, so I haven’t seen the show. Otherwise, I’d say something nice about it/Derren.


April 27, 2011 at 5:06 am
Fred Norris says:

Thanks for exposing pastor James. It was evident from the outset he was a fraud. Googling around I found no evidence of his scuba dive school in Uganda. Can’t wait to see what DB does next. Praise the Lord.


April 27, 2011 at 5:32 am
unmevsworld says:

Ok I made it thru part two of Finger of God (not Miracles for Sale). I think that’s enough. It’s just depressing, Tom and Dave.


April 27, 2011 at 5:56 am
freakclub says:

Another brilliant work… Kudos to Derren Brown, Nathan, and the whole team! I’m giving this video to my friend, who’s a college professor, and he’s going to show it to his class. Well done, folks! Really remarkable.


April 27, 2011 at 7:46 am
Stephen Wicks says:

I enjoyed the program but thought the decision not to use the US agent was wrong. If the agent is happy to promote faith healers, and be paid to do so, then he is complicit in their deception. The lack of agent led to a pretty poor turn out at the theatre which made the climax to the show a bit of a damp squip.

Upon reflection, I can’t understand why Nathan was chosen. His faith led to needless “moral” dilemmas that distracted from the subject in hand rather than adding to the tension. I also wonder why the program makers felt the need to generate incidents, such as the trespass. Presumably they didn’t feel the programme would be interesting enough without seeing the police do what was inevitable in the circumstances? I found the program interesting but also a missed opportunity.


April 27, 2011 at 7:57 am
David D says:

Despite the evidence, so many comments from Christians who, typically for religious types, claim the healings THEY have seen/heard about are the REAL ones.


April 27, 2011 at 9:04 am
Heather says:

This was an engaging programme! My only concern is that people may throw the baby out with the bath water on this one. Although I am against taking advantage of the vulnerable including financially with hyped up messages. Having met people both physically healed and healed from problems such as drug addiction (without cold turkey) I can’t deny that God does heal some people but I couldn’t tell you why some and not others! I think we are asked to have faith with or without physical signs and wonders.


April 27, 2011 at 10:19 am
dave says:

for lor-ca at 7.25pm

i agree it is a direct attack on money grabbing fraudsters,but watch the program again and see how many subliminal messages have been put in , he hypnotized nathan infront of the flashing screen by laying his hand on his shoulder ,classic trick , read his books he has used practically every technique in this one program. why does he need to do this ? think think think whats his hidden motive, did you know he was a christian once and has a big issue with faith? just allow the possibility that there is something in it for him apart from do gooding


April 27, 2011 at 11:15 am
RayDvD says:

What a great Prog,
Just shows what belief can do, unfortunately there are always unscrupulous lowlifes who exploit the vulnerable in society.

Well done to Derren, ‘Pastor’ John and the team for highlighting these sort of people.

p.s did you notice when Nathan , delivering his heartfelt, speech of truth at the end, the ‘guest’ pastor rocking back and forth in his chair ?

A clear sign of a comfort mechanism when someone is under stress, classic sign.


April 27, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Bob says:

Found the bits about the effects of adrenalin very interesting. That’s got all sorts of useful applications. I’ll be mindful of it. if But also offers opportunities for manipulating. Interesting that the successful churches in the US have gradually moved to the ‘rock concert’ format and perhaps why born again churches, etc perfer to play modern songs.

I’m not religious but the clear message is if you want your church to make money go rock concert get the believers jumping up and down, singing their hearts out and then pass the collection plate out. I bet if you did it at the beginning of a service they would contribute less! Good experiment to try


April 27, 2011 at 1:42 pm
David Cressman says:

fascinating show…on so many levels.
sadly, it will probably never air in the USA, let alone Texas
then again, there’s always the power of youtube….
just sayin


April 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm
Sara says:

Did we also see a snippet of the mighty Brown Towers at the beginning, perhaps the master at work old Phillis?


April 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Berber Anna says:

Peter, if Nathan had been an atheist, I think the programme might’ve been dismissed as ‘Christian-bashing’ by more people, when that wasn’t the intention of it.

What saddens me is that, looking at responses online, it’s often people that are being preyed on by these scammers that are defending them the most vigorously. I get the impression that it’s almost like the ‘dollar auction’ game theory experiment… when people have invested in these scams, they don’t want to open their eyes to the fact that they are in fact being scammed, because that would remove even the chance of it being right after all and then their investment will have been in vain. They’d rather fool themselves than feel like fools…


April 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm
Someone says:

Saw the show last night and this is a very serious issue that needs attention. Thank you for doing that. I was once a christian, and these kinds of faith healers were a significant reason for me to reject my faith, (as well as a number of theological and philosophical reasons.)

I have seen Benny Hinn live once, and I have seen an Australian faith-healer, Tim Hall several times. He is probably the most creepy human being I have ever heard speaking. His private session with Hillsong College students back in 2001/2002 (can’t remember which year) must have been one of the most nauseating and corrupt displays of this I have ever seen. That session was not about money, but it was pure manipulation of a crowd.


April 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm
Ellie Austin says:

Brilliant programme Derren – an innovative, necessary and yet still credible way to take on such a corrupt industry.
Re “Bluesian” – I agree with everything you say except that we should all read The God Delusion. It really is the most self serving load of bollocks to have ever been published, and I include the Bible in that. There are so many more interesting atheist writers out there, I suggest you take your head out of Richard Dawkins and find them, “but I’m sure you won’t”.


April 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Dirty Kuffar says:

Whilst we’re on the subject, here is a news report about a South African faith healer who “healed ” two female members of his congregation by inserting his fingers up their vaginas….no further comment needed methinks –
http://freethinker.co.uk/2011/04/27/south-african-healer-inserted-his-fingers-into-women%E2%80%99s-vaginas-to-cast-out-demons/


April 27, 2011 at 3:35 pm
Ian says:

I enjoyed the program very much. Sadly, it won’t make the slightest difference. What seems often to go unnoticed is that the sort of people who attend these faith-based events revel in their delusions to such an extent that they do not want to be relieved of them. You can’t reason with the religious!


April 27, 2011 at 4:13 pm
Truth says:

Someone above just said: God is the healer . He is still healing today. The bible is true and when Jesus came to earth as a man, he healed many of their diseases and he said greater works, we will also do.

How can you say the bible is true? it is so man made its ridiculous as is ALL religion. yes, YOURS TOO.
Religion is a RELIC of a time of IGNORANCE and SUPERSTITION. The Bible a book thrown together, COBBLED together many many years after the “fact”. The bible, writt
en by the illiterate and uneducated and yet the unalterable word of God? Jesus said: “I do not come to bring peace, i come to turn son against father, daughter against mother” Well he sure did that!


April 27, 2011 at 4:29 pm
Ed says:

Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity [lawlessness] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

2 Pet 2:1 [NIV] But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.
2 Pet 2:2 [NIV] Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.
2 Pet 2:3 [NIV] In their greed these teachers will exploit you with stories they have made up. Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping.


April 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm
Jess xxx says:

The trouble is, we think that our doctors are so clever. I know a woman who was told, after the difficult birth of her first child, that she would never have any more children…So she went on to have FOUR more! Likewise, I know another woman who was told that there was no chance of her ever walking again. What happened? Yep, she’s up and walking! It’s genuine ‘miraculous’ (but rare) events like this that encourage people to believe in these fake faith healers. Who’s to say it has anything to do with them, or somehting ‘supernatural’ for that matter? We don’t know everything. I firmly believe that the human body, and a person’s own energy, are sometimes even capable of doing something as amazing as curing cancer over night (as sometimes happens.) Just because it’s amazing, doesn’t mean >


April 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Jess xxx says:

> it’s not human, or done by some cheap, money-grabbing guy in a bad suit, who claims he’s special and better than you because he’s ‘channelling the Holy Spirit.’

P.s. Great show, Derren! 🙂

P.p.s If I’ve left a double comment, sorry about that. Wasn’t sure if my first one went through.


April 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Bill says:

Derren, I have profound respect for what you are dong in your ungodly ministry, but this event greatly disappoints.

With all the fine training of ‘pastor James’, and the ton of personal money you dumped into this project (which could have purchased several Lamborghini for friends), WHY did you not trust your audience more????? With such a powerful message, Why did you not use the services of the promotional agency to create a packed audience, invited the crows to send friends back for additional performances.

I think you started thinking like a damn Bristol lawyer considering the legal downside instead of focusing on your earlier days as an evangelical.

I expect considerably more courage and trust from you next time, you’re not in the ‘Little League’ any more.

Bill in Hampton


April 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm
Wes says:

Loved the show. How much did you regret picking England’s biggest prima donna to be the main man? I couldn’t believe what a c*ck he was.


April 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm
Rob says:

What was the significance of the ‘Dolce&Gabbana’ shoe bit at the end?

Was there a note left in Derren’s shoe, that the snake oil salesman was reading?


April 27, 2011 at 8:40 pm
Laura says:

Loved this program. These shows clearly aren’t designed to attack anybodys beliefs but in fact prove that it is these supposed “faith healers” that are treating people’s faith as a joke so that they can fleece every penny out of often helpless and desperate people. It wasn’t about bashing Christianity, but about dishonesty and fraud and how charlatans can in fact ruin people’s lives with fake hope.
I was absolutely amazed, to the point off laughing when that guy did the shoe trick on Derren…a well deserved smack in the face that he picked Derren Brown of all people to try and trick. Think he was eyeing up your Dolce and Gabbana shoes n all so be careful…

Well Done, you’ve done a good thing. Its disgusting what these fakes are doing.
P.s Saw Svengali in Sunderland. It was just EPIC.


April 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm
A.M. says:

I was born in Texas and I currently work at a radio station (in another southern state) where preachers pay to be on the air and they do all sorts of crazy stuff. I really wish we had BBC America would start airing these specials. I did get to see it and the way it was handled was very professional and I was impressed by the preacher who clapped his hands at the end. I was afraid he would take it as a slap to the face and start screaming at Nathan. Thankfully, he didn’t do it.

As preachers are preaching on the air, people call into the studio and I deliver their requests. They ask for the preachers to pray for their illnesses so many times it’s depressing. However, I think some of these preachers actually believe in the power of prayer. Thank you for a great episode.


April 27, 2011 at 9:09 pm
A.M. says:

* I really wish BBC America would start airing these specials (sorry about the grammar).

P.S. If you’re ever in the States again let me know!


April 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm
Daisy says:

Yeah, same Rob, I didn’t get the Dolce & Gabbana thing at the end?

Can someone explain, please 😀


April 27, 2011 at 9:34 pm
Dawn says:

Hi Derren,
Great show on Monday.
Good luck for your shows in Edinburgh.
Hope you pick a nicer Hotel than Mal Leith!
You should have checked out their dubious website before booking!
Anyway, hope to see you in town.
Dawn xx


April 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm
A.M. says:

P.S.S. Keith Chopping (sp?) has a great idea. While I do believe positive thinking does lead to discovering more opportunities, there are some spiritual gurus who are taking this way too far by playing the “blame the victim” game and asking for tons of money. Also, some of them claim they are channeling other spirits.


April 27, 2011 at 9:59 pm
bluesian says:

to Ellie Austin, why you having a go against me, I’ve read books by many atheist writers, just thought I’d mention one of them so not to confuse these tossers.


April 27, 2011 at 10:31 pm
Annie says:

Miracles for sale was incredible! Great job exposing the sick industry


April 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm
Rev Duncan Curry says:

‘God is not mocked,’ Gal 6:7


April 28, 2011 at 12:07 am
Anonymous says:

As a sincere fan from Dallas, I’m gutted that Derren came through Texas but without his mesmerizing act, though I guess I can’t say he did not do “a show.” Loved the special, great work as usual. Thanks for doing this.

It also occurred to me that you can add the final monologue at the end of your spectacular mentalism shows and it would likely impact as much. I find that an overwhelming number of people exposed to your work honestly believe in your powers of manipulation (and I can not get over the sheer genius of tapping into that very aspect with Something Wicked). Though I imagine that at this point in time, you would have a lot more trouble convincing those believing in Derren Brown “THE OMNIPOTENT” that you are a mere human, and perhaps that’s why Nathan was at all necessary.

Bravo!


April 28, 2011 at 12:27 am
Abby says:

Sorry, only just been able to watch miracles for sale! As a christian, I was concerned about how you would deal with healing sensitively. I think Nathans speech was very well written and explained the point to christians and non christians very well. Everything about money in faith healing is completely against the Christian faith. Not that you need me to say it but well done to the whole team. A devastating issue tackled extremely well. Really enjoying and being inspired by your work. 🙂 A bit late now but I was in a pretty nasty part of my mind when I watched hero at 30000 feet and it really pulled me together, reminding me the wonder of life and that I can be whoever I choose to be. Thanks


April 28, 2011 at 1:29 am
Sophie says:

Just watched the programme and I thought it was excellent. I think that what “Pastor James” managed to do – on a personal level was fantastic. I think he was true to himself and shows his strong moral and ethical beliefs under great stress. Well done to him, I hope he is very proud of what he had achieved. And well done to Derren – who can at times be a bit sensationalist but this time for a good reason. Congratulations to you all and if this has helped show even one person the sham and deceit that is Faith Healing it was time very well spent.


April 28, 2011 at 1:35 am
Sophie says:

PS if @Ed is quoting from the bible against what you did these quotes could just as easily be interpreted as negative feedback towards Faith Healing… interesting that…


April 28, 2011 at 8:50 am
Robin says:

Hi Derren,
Im a long time fan – enjoyed your book – tricks of the mind. I just wanted to invite you to HTB – the alpha course is just starting – I think you would enjoy it.


April 28, 2011 at 11:09 am
Rob says:

@Robin

If you do a bit of research into Derren’s religious beliefs (or lack of), you’ll understand why he won’t be attending the Alpha course.

It feels strange to speak for him, but so many posters to this blog seem to think Derren is
a) Actually psychic
b) Religious

A good start is the six part interview with RIchard Dawkins (hint hint) which can be found on the RDF website.


April 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm
Jamie says:

Derren, not sure if you will ever read this but wanted to post it anyway! Hugely enjoyed your show miracles for sale. Found it surprisingly balanced as you made it very obvious this was not an attack on religion but merely on the con men who abuse religions power for their own greed and gain. I found nathans concluding speech very powerful and would have loved to hear it in full. Nathan’s temperament was a little irritating at times, but who knows how any of us would cope in such a situation. I would like to gear your opinion on reiki, which has been mentioned by some of your other posters/followers. My mum is a reiki practitioner and whilst I may be slightly biased, she is as far away from the greedy, cheating men in the show, as it is possible to be! Whilst I am no expert reiki claims to channel the energy forces around us to help heal. Now I’m sure none of this is scientifically proven but perhaps it does help merely by it’s meditative properties? Or maybe science just simply doesn’t quite understand everything yet? Who knows? Anyway I hope you read my thoughts and look forward to seeing your show in 20 days time!! Jamie


April 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm
holymoly says:

Was directed to watch by a member of our church who is a nurse. Was a great programme – thoughtful and scary – and reminded how vulnerable we all are to vile manipulation. Many (most) Christians find the whole healing ministry thing simply odd and do not base their faith on these “miracles”. Do Miracles (that is, the rationally inexplicable) happen. Yes. Are they the grounds on which to pitch our whole lives? I don’t think so. The “sermon” by Nathan at the end spoke to the heart of what the Christian would call the “Gospel”; about love, kindness, generosity, forgiveness and hope. Not power, wealth, instant gratification or self.


April 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm
lynnie says:

Jesus said2 1church. Ur neither hot nor cold & I am ’bout 2vomit U out of my mouth. Wld hate 2c wot he’ll do2 these fraudsters.Christians stay silent&hide bhind verse ‘do not touch God’s annointed’. Wake-up! They R not God’s annointed.Check out yr churches.Speak out. Rollin ’bout on floor,laughing hystercally 4instance Wld God really want us to be humiliated like this? He is a God of order.I worry 4new Christians who know little of Bible.They can eventually lose their faith. We must speak up, even if it costs us.It happens iin UK, as do mor subtle deceptions.I don’t want 2stand b4 God &him ask why I didnt speakup.God truly hates this & we’ll be accountable If we stay silent.He found no one2 ‘stand in gap’ so chose Darren 2do so.Shame on us.Christians here who moan shld bware! Speak Out!


April 28, 2011 at 5:05 pm
John says:

Hi Derren

It’s your number one fan here, you met me last year outside the Birmingham Alex. Thanks for a brilliant special the other night. I actually forgot you were on until my father phoned and reminded me.

Whilst we are on the subject any possibility of putting on a few more dates at the Birmingham Alex again this year all of the tickets seem to have gone already and I want to come and see you again.

Your unofficial number one fan

John
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April 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm
Laurence says:

I loved the show. Well done, great work. I’m pleased that it wasn’t a direct attack on faith, as I would imagine it allowed the whole message on faith healing to be received and acknowledged by more people.

I am not entirely sure whether the ends justified the means when it came to deceiving quite a few people under the pretense of “Pastor James” (how necessary was it, really?) but I suppose it adequately proved that it doesn’t take special training to learn a set of essentially psychological tricks and techniques in order to fool masses of people under the guise of God.

Well done!


April 28, 2011 at 10:20 pm
Peter says:

Dear Darren whilst I am grateful that you exposed some false faith healers, there have been and still are some genuine. Please read the following:
When it was pointed out to the Pastor Stephen Jeffreys that he seemed alone in being able to exercise a special gift of healing, he replied that there were many others throughout the world doing the same thing. “Some of us are more prominent than others,” he said, but he also pointed out that not all the Apostles of Christ were equally well equipped to perform miracles.
“Do you regard these as miracles, then,” he was asked. “I do regard them as miracles,” he answered. “There is healing by faith and healing by faith recorded in the Word of God.” “You explain it purely on Gospel lines?”
“Yes,” replied Pastor Jeffreys, and referred his interviewer to Mark XVI., which says, “And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name they will cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
“It is not animal magnetism or hypnotism which causes the cures,” he was asked. “I don’t know anything about those things at all,” replied the Pastor. “I only know the Lord Jesus Christ equipped me with power to preach the Gospel. I remember His word and expect Him to fulfill it, and He does it.”
http://www.vision.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/revival/sjefref1.html


April 29, 2011 at 3:30 am
Niss says:

Well done for exposing another misinformation scam… Seemed quite hard especially having to do it through a third person, who didn’t seem to fully grasp the concept of “make believe = make it real” too well… even though on stage performed it quite well…
I am sure Randi is proud… Your approach is much more entertaining and will go much further…
I would love to get involve with your war against misinformation – you got my email… : )
Keep on the good work…
Niss


April 29, 2011 at 4:22 am
whodat says:

busiest week of my year thus far. can’t wait til i’ve got some free time to watch this.


April 29, 2011 at 7:13 am

@Peter
You are ofcourse welcome to believe what you like. But do you know that the quoted passage from Mark XVI is believed by all serious scholars to be a later addition, probably an invention by some scribe?
In all the earliest manuscripts Marks ends rather abruptly, and none includes these words.
Funny (or rather sad) that these few words actually is the background for snakehandling christian sects … People will believe nearly anything …
Bedst regards (excuse my english, im Danish)


April 29, 2011 at 7:34 am
Rebekah says:

I saw some on youtube, nicely done, and I as a Cristian did not feel insulted. it was vary clear you were not mocking god…only the con men / healers. loved the “you can not fill that god shape hole..” line, I am siting in my room going ‘that is so spot on’
I found the ustream video of Derren and crew at that faith healer service, I thought the useful part were nicely included in ‘miracles for sale’ but i would have loved the bit with the healer asking Derren what he did for a living to been slipped in. “I -uh- work with children…in London.” that and “I got the power in my hand”. Also it left my asking how did no one became suspicious of Derren. If some one started acting likes that at my church, i would wonder what he was up to. Maybe i could just see it because i know what he was doing.


April 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm
dave says:

only a fool says there is no god, every human being has an intuitive knowledge within them that there is a god which they are seperated from and need salvation . the whole of heaven and this world declares that a god exist …. try looking at http://www.bethlehemstar.net only a fool says that con men shouldnt be exposed, and i apologize to any one who has been tricked by these ‘ fraud christians’ If god exist then there is also the dark side and one is fighting against the other .if they both exist then they have to be supernatural by nature, which by definition means there is a spiritual side to life, eg mobile phone signals cant see them but you can put yourself in the way of hearing them so open up the eyes of your heart and the ears of your understanding to this truth


April 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm
Chris says:

Loved the show. Hate the comments section here though – far too many religious nutjobs for my taste.


April 29, 2011 at 11:34 pm
Berber Anna says:

Dave, I must be a fool then — when I looked to religion (Christianity, Buddhism, various flavours of paganism) as a child and young adult, what I was really looking for was a sense of belonging and the beauty of ritual. I saw that beauty, but what kept gnawing at me was the feeling, deep down (an intuitive knowledge, as you call it) that all this was just something we created together, a collective game we played to feel secure. The saying goes that magicians guard an empty safe; equally, the religious pray to an empty sky. I decided to stop playing the latter of those games.

By the way, mobile phone signals aren’t supernatural, nor can we hear them without the aid of a phone. They’re radio waves, which code for sound which is then decoded by the phone (or re-encoded when sending).


April 30, 2011 at 11:28 am
Bo Gardiner says:

Another worthy contribution in the service of reason and compassion — our only real hope and salvation. I think the moral debates and decisions along the way were as intriguing and valuable as the healing expose’.

While this episode did not go after the broader ” faith over reason” thing, publicly easing Nathan’s religious conscience, there surely was a time when he understood that Derren’s larger goal is exactly that (praise the Lord). I’d love to hear Nathan discuss this.


April 30, 2011 at 11:33 am
dave says:

berber anna , why do all humans where ever in the world have this deep down gnawing feeling,longing to belong to something thats beyond the natural frame….the program highlighted the god shaped hole that is within all of us,every group of peoples that have ever existed on the planet earth all have left evidence of a need to worship something divine………….we all want to feel whole and complete…..when you see a building you know it was built by a builder,when you see a painting it was painted by a painter,when you see the whole of creation you know there is a creator …………..i agree phone signals are not supernatural but compared to the first telegram it would have appeared to be supernatural, an empty sky syndrome but it doesnt change the fact that there is a god……..


April 30, 2011 at 11:42 am
Bo Gardiner says:

Oh, yes… I’m guessing that since their reactions were mostly omitted, the warm-up healer and the worship leader/singer in the final show were unhappy?

So curious to hear from them too .

Too bad, hopefully one day they’ll overcome any resentment and be glad to have contributed, however unwittingly, to something so beneficial.


April 30, 2011 at 5:49 pm
Jacob says:

to all the people who “believe” in this god healing, why is it so ambigious and evasive on scientific scrutiny? why do so many good christians die too young? proof is a wonderful thing, and yet this amazing godly power seems to lack any (i refer to real proof instead of vague testimonies)… and surely if it is real, the would be many more converted christians due to this seeming proof for god. and why does the power of prayer not have healing properties (please don’t name some poorly done funded study as “proof”, it has clearly been shown not to work by the majority, especially the most extensive and including one mostly funded by the templeton foundation http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/health/31pray.html?pagewanted=2).


April 30, 2011 at 6:05 pm
AndyG says:

@Rebekah, can you post a link to the healing service on ustream, please? I’d like to see it.


April 30, 2011 at 7:18 pm
Steve says:

I’m an American who has been living in Japan for 13 years. As you know, things are very strange here at the moment. I was very relieved that I haven’t felt any aftershocks from the March 11 earthquake in 3 days. Then, in right in the middle of watching “Miracles for sale” we had a pretty good (or bad) one. I know it has nothing to do with the show but I have to admit it did startle me enough to turn it off for a few minutes. It was a great show and very well done. I grew up in the USA going to tent revivals and seeing faith healers and, even at a young age, they would do things that made me wonder what their true motives were. Thanks for doing such an enlightening, and thought provoking show.


May 1, 2011 at 10:04 am
Stan says:

I am a big fan of Derren’s. The Joe Power show was superb and I had hoped for a programme of similar potency. I am a committed skeptic and regular listener to podcasts such as the SGU and regularly attend skeptics in the pub events. Having said that, this programme was a great disappointment to me. If anything it did more harm than good to the skeptical cause because it culminated in a spectacular fail – namely an event consisting of perhaps ten members in the audience. Also, too much was made of the selection process. Derren himself should have done it (in disguise obviously).

My main problem with this programme however, was the fact that the person selected was religious. His heart wasn’t in it and the resulting tension quite obviously encumbered the plan, which to be fair, wasn’t good


May 1, 2011 at 10:58 am
Berber Anna says:

Dave: Why do all humans want to belong? Because we are a social species. Religion is a bonding mechanism that was beneficial to our ancestors (kept the group together and would unite them against a common enemy, as well as having an external source to attribute hardship to instead of placing the blame on one another). That’s why a taste for religion has genetically survived. Simple natural selection, not proof of a creator.

Your train of thought is too anthropocentric. Because humans make things, you assume that all things are made. But humans are really only one species in a vast universe, and chaos and randomness governed only by natural laws are far more prevalent than a tool-making, pattern-seeking primate that likes to adapt its environment.


May 1, 2011 at 8:26 pm
MooseCracker says:

Was a great show – I’d never seen street healing before LOL.


May 2, 2011 at 12:58 am
Aviva says:

http://www.hotsbath.org/FulllVideo.html

See this geniune leg-lenthening – from angle is taken you can see no fraud


May 2, 2011 at 1:17 am
Aviva says:

http://www.hotsbath.org/Genral_Marketing_brochure.pdf

And from this you see they go willing to hospital without asking monies.


May 2, 2011 at 3:22 am
Mike says:

Hi Derren,

I recorded the Miracles on Sale show and have just watched it. One thing that struck me – the cult of faith healers seems to be the sole preserve of the more radical Protestant denominations, which seems odd considering the theological basis of the Reformation which emphasises personal communion with God through holy scripture and refutes the necessity for an intermediary between God’s grace (i.e the agent of healing/miracles) and the layman. Similarly, the practice of fiscal “sowing” directly proportional to the reward which one reaps is simply another form of the indulgences which provided much of the impetus for Luther’s split with Rome. I know that the programme wasn’t intended to examine theological issues but the responses to such questions would have been interesting.


May 2, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Roman says:

Great show!
Derren, if you add cognitive biases to the hypnotic manipulation of the poor believers you will get a much more gloomy picture..Church in general is a perfect enterprise for “skimming” the cream ($). If interested, please see my paper on it.

Thanks!
RS.

Shestakov, Roman (2010) “Black Swans in Churches: Tails and Biases in Religious Giving.,” Journal of Religion and Business Ethics: Vol. 2: Iss. 1, Article 3.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/jrbe/vol2/iss1/3


May 2, 2011 at 11:41 pm
Christopher RAYMOND says:

Watched this with girlfriend just now. She’s a big fan and was happy to see that Nathan was argumentative as well as sensitive; aware of being manipulated somewhat. She saw that Nathan was sitting in the pew when there were four interviewees left. That seemed significant … but this Dolce & Gabbana thing at the end. There has to be more to that. The phony preacher guy looked like he was falling into a hypnotic state. Why did he ask to see the shoes? Why was he reading the brand out loud? Was there a note inside outing him as a fraudster? And how on earth was Derren picked? This is, after all, the Derren Brown show and so it seems not insignificant for him to have the last laugh. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some element of mind control/ manipulation involved. Fantastic television.


May 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm

He was treading the line veeeerrry finely ( and succeded) that now he is a tight rope walker! ^^ Loved the show and watched it again on 4OD… I am a christian and I am 100% behind Derren on this one. Derren, where-ever you are, Awesome show and you did VERY well. Congrats! =D. At least you got through to some people and hoping most. ^_^ Thank you!


May 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm
Tom says:

Here is a video clip of another Nathan but this one is real. Miracles do happen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KG6UT0PElTk&feature=channel_video_title


May 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm
Katie says:

Dear Derren,
While I’m great admirer of your work AND an atheist I add, I was disappointed with this program. Apart from the ethical issues of covert research, the focus seemed to shift throughout….in the end you only succeeded in highlighting the “plight” of the audience/congregation, without acknowledging any agency on their part. The assumption on your part seemed to make the congregation passive and gullible, people who gained nothing. People can believe, IN SPITE of the “truth” that you wish to let them have. I understand that many are harmed by the work of these “healers”, but the work that you did gave no voice to the congregations,or understanding of their perspective – just thought that there is a dubious premise there.
Looking forward to the next project though.
K


May 3, 2011 at 10:44 pm
Louise says:

What an insight. I have always wanted to know what was behind the illusion of so called miracles, and the dangers they cause. It was about time for an exposure like this on faith healers and the dangers of ‘miracles’ as shown. Done in a very poignant and powerful way. Scary how many people they had to deceive to get there.
Derren Brown is on it. Clever guy.


May 5, 2011 at 2:46 am
Teri C. says:

THANKS! to Darren & Team for producing this. I grew up in an evangelical home – we went to many of these meetings, including one with Kenneth Copeland when I was 10. Urged by my mother to have K.C. pray for me, I went forward with many others. When I reached the stage, KC layed hands on me and began screaming for the demons to leave me. I was utterly TERRIFIED. He kept on, pushing me, and finally dramatically falling backwards himself, getting up and continuing. People were clapping and praising god. I sobbed, not knowing what was happening, but knowing only that something was very, very WRONG with ME. For years afterwards I knew I was something terrible and wrong, but didn’t know why. That night I’d put all my little $ into the plate; my parents had written a nice sized check…


May 6, 2011 at 12:12 am
Pamela Worsey says:

Thanks for exposing this fraud Derren,especially in such a conscientious way.As a Christian I’m grateful for how you seek to protect the vulnerable-really needed,but do wish you’d mentioned genuine healing.I write as one the Lord healed from lupus,which nearly killed me.Docs still check periodically and their reactions are interesting,to say the least!As one the Lord occasionally uses in quiet, hidden ways,may I reassure you THE LORD does lengthen legs at times.Not only have I seen Him do it as I’ve quietly prayed,amused when the shorter leg grows too much,settling as one watches,I’ve also had this experience.Walking felt very strange on my rearranged legs briefly! Many Christians are as horrified as you by the lifestyles of these ‘healers’ but please tell the full story to encourage folk!


May 6, 2011 at 8:01 am
ateist says:

One of the best documentaries I’ve watched. Too bad that there were no more people at the Nathan’s final performance. But the whole idea and project were bullseye.

Sorry Teri for your experience, but it’s nice that you shared it with us. I’ve heard only stories and watch documentaries about faith healing, but I never knew what that really is. It was hard to explain them with good arguments. I thank Derren and the whole team (and you Teri, and the rest of people who shared their experience) for giving us firm arguments we can call upon. I hope Nathan still thinks he’s done the right thing. I kinda like that guy. I hardly can imagine his moral doubts about the project and hurting others with his play.

Good work


May 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm
Berber Anna says:

Pamela: I hope for your sake that what you believe is true, and your god has cured your lupus, but I would not see the disappearance of your symptoms as proof of divine healing myself. From a patient information website (at http://www.uklupus.co.uk/new.html ):
“What is remission?
A remission is a period of disease-free activity. Certain cases of lupus have become permanently inactive, or in total remission. Although total remission is rare, partial remission – a definite, but limited, period of inactive disease – is more common. ”
I do hope your lupus remains in total remission.

As for the leg thing, I do it myself for fun, willing my legs to get longer and shorter — and looking on in amusement as my subconcious mind moves my hips to produce the effect. Automotor effects are cool. 🙂


June 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm
salym says:

Hi,

Why don’t you tell much about the hidden message in the shoe at the very final scene ?


September 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm
Nikki says:

Thank you very much for doing this… I wish it was bigger. My husband is from Brazil and this junk is very popular over there… I have heard many heart-breaking stories of the effects of these people. Thank you for everything you did to make this video happen.


October 10, 2011 at 3:01 am
3ringquercus says:

Good on ya, Nathan. Good on ya, Derren. Thanks for being brave and truthful. Well done, the lot of you.


November 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm
JJ says:

I watched the show with mixed feelings. I am a Christian and believe that healing is a normal part of Christian ministry. It does not require a show and I have always felt uncomfortable of TV preachers. Jesus told the disciples to live modest lifestyle and warned against greed. Mathew 10:8 “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Rather than going to a ‘healer’ who has a lavish lifestyle, go to your Christian friend who asks no money and wants to pray for you; you can also pray for your own healing effectively appealing to the authority of word of God. It’s all free.


December 20, 2011 at 12:44 am
Patrick says:

This show, minus the profanity, would be considerably marketable to the Christian community. I encourage you to consider it.


April 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm
Cesar says:

http://youtu.be/pwbW8hMxeQ4

thank you for helping me expose this fake please reply if I am correct ? Im planing on revealing my church the truth


April 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm
Cesar says:

I wasn’t healed
the guy I actually said it was not his fault it was because I dont have faith he was cold reading, a lot ! and he tried to do that pulling the leg thing with me and I realized that he pulled my shoe


May 16, 2012 at 11:47 am
ellie bllackburn says:

i missed this and its not on 4od how can i watch it, it looks really good.