9pm Tuesday 12th January on Channel 4.
I’m speechless after watching- pushed to the edge.. not sure if there is ever a “too far”.. Although entertaining and great to see what limits people can be “pushed”, I feel for the participants.. They will live their lives knowing what decisions they have made. Even though the environment was a set up (not real), it was real to them, and a real decision was made.. Not sure if its cruel or artistic, or maybe its both.. Maybe the cruelty has left me indecisive as to where I stand on it..
All in all, how can something be cruel if the person commiting whatever proposition they are given makes their choices (freewill) to carry out the proposition But still if they weren’t given the proposition or the endless barrage of psychological/subliminal pushes, then said decision may have never have been made.
The show ended abruptly without relaying the efforts made to reinforce the seed or idea that was planted, previous shows really did show the lengths/extremnities that was carried out to achieve this level of control (dtus taking control away from the participants), without this it feels as if a maze was set, and the guinea pig was let lose, and if they said “yes” or “no” at the end it was all on them.. which leaves it all the more shocking.. Should we feel sympathy or disgust for the ones that said yes?.. or should we feel sympathy for all being “tricked”? or should we see it as human nature, and how people would act given a dilemma (with a little manipulation) and not have any disgust and just lose all faith in humaity :D…My mind is blown.
I am enthralled by you and the experiments you do. My jaw dropped at the end of this show when three of the experiment subjects were actually coerced into pushing the guy Bernie off the building. Truly Shocking. I have recently become an avid fan and am currently binge watching all your available shows on 4 OD. There is 15 years to catch up with. You inspire my writing and I am coming to The Theatre Royal in Newcastle to see your show on 20th June.
Have you ever considered using some artificial intelligence on your show? Would your techniques have the same effect on AI’s as they do on real humans? And would we be able to tell the difference? If you would like me, an aspiring writer to co-write this show with you, please do email me, if not, see you in June 🙂
Dear Derren and crew,
I was impressed, amazed, surprised, scared, and even happy when I saw the “push to the edge” show on youtube. Derren’s conclusion in the end is uplifting and at the same time a daring warning.
Derren, given your creativity and production prowess, I was wondering if more than a warning, we could use these shows for inspiration and wholesomeness.
It is patent through the show how figures of power in our lives can influence us to do terrible things. As well, I am sure, it can dare us to do the reach the unimaginable (for today’s norm) limits of altruism, self-denial, forgiveness, inner satisfaction, and happiness; things that come from a clear conscience of a duty well done.
I would love to see something like that being produced by your team. How wonderful it would be. I can’t begin to phantom what you could come up with if you set your mind to it.
Thanks for all the mind opening videos, shows, magic tricks, and for being a human being making a difference for us all.
I recently watched your video teaching an amateur how to play Poker, and was wandering if you could recommend what books to study to learn some of the skills you taught about reading people?
I play Poker a little bit (not a lot) but generally find I can read people ok but am never confident enough to act on my instincts, so thought learning a bit more about tells could help.
Thanks for any help you can give, and love your stuff.
Hello Derren, a few years back you performed your stuck to the couch show. This worked on me but ever the sceptic I refused to comment or look any further into it. I find myself now years later seeking answers every time I watch that if I relax my mind enough the same feeling occurs leaving me apparently stuck to my sofa. And again if I relax my mind enough I return back to normal. I have had other experiences through my life which has now led me to you any explanation to this would be much appreciated. I look forward to your response. Jonathan
After a decade or more of admiring your work on the stage you rarely fail to impress Derren, I particularly love your work on the exposing of faith healers, my mother was taken in by the church and while I know they do great good for many I cannot help but feel they betrayed her trust, she died of Huntingtons disease when I was 5, and my adoptive parents raised me on bible stories and moral stories, put me through Sunday school and confirmation, I learnt over the years how religion is a means of relinquishing people responsibility for their actions, not only heinous and macabre, but also of their personal achievements and feats of strength. I do not have the disease that took my mother Derren, but people attempted to thank god for my strength and my courage through the terrifying journey I travelled from birth to test and beyond. Mankinds faith belongs to those willing to act, not those willing to relinquish all responsibility and hand it up to “God”
Now my somewhat intense potential rant is done I should point out I admire your efforts to bring positive change to the world, I would be happy to help.