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DERREN BROWN – THE SCIENCE OF SCAMS

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Posted by Derren Brown News September 15, 2009 at 12:08 pm

“When he’s done with this whole Events business, Channel 4 has announced that Derren Brown will be part of a new web series entitled, The Science of Scams. Each episode will feature Brown and scientist Kat Akingbade debunking paranormal and psychic phenomenon.

Each episode of Science of Scams will feature a hoax film that appears to show unexplained activity such as ghosts, chi energy or telekinesis.

Brown will introduce each spoof video in the manner of Rod Serling’s introductions for The Twilight Zone, while Akingbade will demonstrate the science behind the phenomena.

The series will appear on it’s own dedicated site as well as the Channel 4’s YouTube channel. Sounds like a fun time.”

iTricks

COMMENTS
September 15, 2009 at 12:10 pm
Thomas Oldham says:

That sounds awesome!


September 15, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Fiona says:

Oooh sounds interesting! Always thought Derren never wanted to be known for debunking.
Hmmmmm!


September 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm
rah says:

dee-dar dee-dar, dee-dar dee-dar…*Hums Twighlight Zone theme.


September 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm
geraldine says:

Excellent, that’s a series I look forward very much to seeing!


September 15, 2009 at 12:12 pm
omg says:

omg finally the blog is back onlinnnnnne!


September 15, 2009 at 12:13 pm
Kevin Pitkin says:

Sounds good. Will it be available as a podcast?


September 15, 2009 at 12:14 pm
Katie mackenzie says:

I’ve just booked two tickets to enigma…. Did you make me do that????


September 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Caleb says:

Great great GREAT stuff!! Can’t wait..


September 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm
soc says:

Are they going to debunk that one where a wizard claimed to reveal how he “predicted” the national lottery? ;) i joke i joke :P


September 15, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Marsh says:

This sounds great – we’re missing something like this here in the UK, the US have Penn & Teller and Randi. Derren would make for an awesome skeptical frontman, he’s got the profile and the charisma. And the beard, obviously.

Looking forward to the Science of Scams!


September 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm
Emma S-R says:

I’ll look forward to seeing that! When will it be aired?


September 15, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Emma Rose says:

Cant wait!!
I spend too much of my time at work on the religion section of Yahoo Answers (I get really bored since I sit at my desk and do nothing all day!) I will have to refer some of them to the series!


September 15, 2009 at 12:33 pm
Hayley says:

Ohh, this sounds dead interesting! :) I’m looking forward to it. x


September 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Noscere says:

Think this is one I am going to have to watch. Like Marsh said, we need something like this over here in the UK and derren has already got a proven track record for this kind of stuff


September 15, 2009 at 12:46 pm
Paul says:

Intriguing… I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of chi energy used in a manner that could be taped as supposed proof (I’m sure it’s all meant to be internal, or is there some loon out there claiming to use it to move objects without touching them?). I feel that dubunking scammers is a good thing, but attempting to debunk beliefs that people (harmlessly in most cases) rely on to get them through life seems to be a bit unnecessary. I mean, debunking stage psychics is one thing, debunking something that forms the basis for many martial arts and is an integral part of a whole country’s medical system seems, well, mean and personal vendettaish (excuse the non-word).

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of when Derren does, but this just seems like it might be a bit much.


September 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm
Nopke says:

Ah, wasn’t that what more or less had been announced already but then without giving away details.

I myself keep having hope that there will remain a few phenomena that can not be explained via present scientific insights. I myself will see to this after my death .. starting .. with Mr Brown .. I don’t need to tell him the winning numbers anymore from the lottery … so ..what shall I tell him then …. I think I go for authentic spooky stuff. A sudden voice … in his house … Broooowwwwwn … (hoarse low voice .. bit like grunting ..) …. then a cackling sound … (oh, that was Phillis .. wrong frequency ..) …
Meanwhile we, the Dutch, have Derek Ogilvie and crime solving psychics (not really but they try to see stuff .. let’s put it like that .. relating to murders etc) ..


September 15, 2009 at 12:55 pm
Wesley says:

Holy crappy hell, so many replies in such a short time!

@Fiona

Yes, Derren Brown WAS always famous as the person debunking. Go watch Messiah!


September 15, 2009 at 12:57 pm
Dino F says:

When I click on the Facebook Share button to share this story, it redirects to the German Facebook page..!?!?!?!?!??!?!?

Msg from Abeo: Doesn’t for me, maybe your cache?
Happening for anyone else?


September 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm
Hels says:

ooh excellent. i’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for it.


September 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm
Sally says:

Brilliant! I’m so so looking forward to this much-needed series! Will his lottery scam be the first installment then? :-D


September 15, 2009 at 1:03 pm
Tash says:

wow, can’t wait. Will it be on itunes?


September 15, 2009 at 1:12 pm
Hels says:

Following on, im now remembering the seance! that was a great show! it was one of the first times i was “introduced” to Mr Brown (and probably the show that made him my number 1 person to be trapped in a lift with….admittedly not just to pick his brain!).

anyways, back to the seance…..i was really impressed with the way people’s beliefs and susceptibility to the supernatural can cause ouji (sp?) boards to work etc. i have a few friends who attend a spiritualist church and it worries me. i know its people’s beliefs etc, but when people are claiming to have psychic powers (and all that goes with that) can have serious implications on people’s lives. bring on the debunking i say!


September 15, 2009 at 1:23 pm
Niz says:

Interesting. Facebook share links works fine for me by the way.


September 15, 2009 at 1:27 pm
Sean says:

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September 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm
Sean says:

ignore the other ones from me, sounds like a good idea look forward to seeing it…


September 15, 2009 at 1:36 pm
Jess xxx says:

You know what would be really interesting?…
Derren Brown going ghost hunting with the Most Haunted team.

I would PAY to see Yvette Fielding and the rest of them utterly convinced by a seance Derren had set up! Or even better, Derren convinced by some apparent spirit activity. That would just be weird!


September 15, 2009 at 1:45 pm
Ray says:

Not my Katy surely? She’s not a scientist…. love her to bits.


September 15, 2009 at 1:47 pm
ElectrO says:

It’s about time more of these charlatans are uncovered. I look forward to seeing this show. Here in Thailand, ghosts and spirits are always possessing people, and they use it as an excuse to get around the law.

Totally strange,

Anyway good luck!

E


September 15, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Abeo says:


September 15, 2009 at 1:57 pm
Al says:

From that DigitalSpy article: “The campaign is designed to encourage young people (primarily aged between 14 and 19) to more vehemently challenge these beliefs and also engage with scientific disciplines.”

Is this Darren trying to get “down wid da kidz”?


September 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm
Al says:

@Jess xxx: Don’t think Derren would have to try too hard – Yvette and co. appear to have been utterly convinced by Derek Acorah for years!


September 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm
Soozywoo says:

i can’t wait to see this!
Any chance of getting a guest spot from Dawkins? Ultimate fantasy right there ;)


September 15, 2009 at 2:41 pm
Vern says:

Fantastic idea! I’m non-literally peeing my pants in anticipation!


September 15, 2009 at 2:57 pm
kari says:

I can’t wait!!!


September 15, 2009 at 3:09 pm
Richard says:

Yes, but that’s just what they want you to think!


September 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm
Kat says:

So cool and slightly sureal seeing my name on Derren’s blog… it was a really fun show to do and Derren was LOVERLY… K


September 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm
karen x says:

Glad to know :) x


September 15, 2009 at 4:03 pm
PhantomPho says:

Yeah im looking forward to this too, not quite as big as the events but still something worth staying up for!


September 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm
Luke says:

Here’s hoping there’s one that debunks the nonsense of predicting randomness using the Wisdom of Crowds.


September 15, 2009 at 5:52 pm
Lauren says:

I like Derren Brown ,I did think it was a little unlikely that he correctly predicted live the lottery but i’m convinsed yet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Anyway Aren’t you gonna give him a chance???????


September 15, 2009 at 6:29 pm
emilyandwendy says:

:)


September 15, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Vernon Wolf says:

and in the follow up to that, how about taking on the real problems, like religion… ;)


September 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm
JayKay says:

@Vernon Wolf – is that even worth debunking? Don’t we all already know the motives behind that pile of old poo?


September 15, 2009 at 6:37 pm
reginald says:

Well, judging by the recent lottery show, they have picked the right person for the job…

I still love ya though

*huggles*


September 15, 2009 at 6:44 pm
byron says:

Scientists will tell you that to conduct a fair experiment you must have an open mind otherwise your way of handling the experiment will be biased.
Derren Brown as he says came from a Christian background that he now tries to kick against by being overtly sceptical.
How can people with an axe to grind ever see things objectively? The best of human geniuses (Einstein , Newton, Bach, Mozart ) were people who claimed they knew very little about the Laws behind nature. They were in awe of life on this planet and of the forces that surround us. Even today science does NOT know what mind is, yet we all have one.
So who are these fools who try to claim that they know the answer to everything? Sure there are scammers around but only fools take them seriously. Open your minds don’t shut doors!


September 15, 2009 at 6:50 pm
ferkle says:

Oooh! Is this going to be like Penn & Teller’s Bullsh!t? Maybe with less profanities?

Either way, can’t wait!


September 15, 2009 at 7:23 pm
Fiona says:

@Wesley – I know that and I’ve seen Messiah.
He wasn’t necesserilly debunking in that, just proving a point of how easy it can be to manipulate people and beliefs.
If you’ve read his book, he explains he doesn’t want to be known as a debunker. So I was wondering why he would do a program that is ALL about them debunking.


September 15, 2009 at 7:37 pm
JayKay says:

@byron – a ‘holy/religious feeling/experience’ or being in awe of life on this planet is not the same as believing in religion as it stands (organised [by groups of men usually]) or believing in a deity. As far as I’ve read, I think Einstein was certainly in awe of the laws of nature, but had no belief in organised religion. Might be wrong though. And personally, I find sceptics rather more open-minded that those I know who believe they actually drank Jesus’s blood from a cup at the weekend. :)


September 15, 2009 at 7:55 pm
Bozza says:

There is no such thing as the science of scams. Send me £10 and i’ll prove it.


September 15, 2009 at 7:56 pm
Sebastián Hoch says:

This sounds very interesting! Penn & Teller’s show came to my mind inmediatly after reading this. That show is great! I hope this one will be too.


September 15, 2009 at 8:24 pm
Peter Pushkin says:

Who turned off the lights? Is that your body Phillis .. I feel against me … ?


September 15, 2009 at 8:54 pm
JayKay says:

Anyone see the Happy Mondays on Most Haunted? It looked hilarious, so I recorded it, but I somehow felt to watch it would be too depressing… Love Derek Acorah though, ‘All that residual energy… And she a woman of the cloth, woman of the cloth. Can you feel her Sam, can you feel her?’


September 15, 2009 at 9:34 pm

@JayKay…..too funny! lol I’ve met Derek Acorah, and whether you agree with what he does or not, he’s a very pleasant man. Though he has the softest hands I’ve ever felt!

Not sure if it’s been said or not (am still catching up a wee bit on here) as to when these start? Can’t wait to watch them! :D

LC x


September 15, 2009 at 9:42 pm
Siobhán says:

Oh dear, is this going to be another of these UK only downloads???


September 15, 2009 at 9:44 pm
Bubs says:

Surely, Derren, this could be the scam? Fair play!


September 15, 2009 at 9:46 pm
JayKay says:

@Lady Claire – I’m sure he’s a very lovely man. His hands are so soft from all that touching of cloth. He’s a damned sight more interesting than the guy who stepped in when he left/got booted out/had a hissy fit – the Spandau Ballet reject.


September 15, 2009 at 10:50 pm
ferkle says:

@JayKay I thought that the Happy Mondays episode would be excellent after seeing the clip where they farted during it (simple things and all..) but I heard from a friend that the rest of the episode was rubbish. so I’d maybe give it a miss.


September 15, 2009 at 11:04 pm

@JayKay…..David Wells? (Not that I’m sounding like a Most Haunted fanatic or anything, but I know my Mum is!) And I never saw the Happy Mondays one, but I saw the one with Girls Aloud which wasn’t all that much.

LC x


September 15, 2009 at 11:07 pm
JayKay says:

@ferkle – I did abandon it. I did something sadder though, I watched The Events again with my mate who did a bit of filming on it. She was so gutted she couldn’t do the ottery filming as she was in Italy when it was shot. She ended up on the red team with streamers and red paint on her face and looking like a half-biscuit. It will allow me hours of endless evil fun-poking. Thank you, Derren.


September 15, 2009 at 11:07 pm
JayKay says:

The ottery filming? It’s those sealions, they’re getting to me!


September 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm
JayKay says:

@Lady Claire – the very man. He of the scary hair. What is it with mediums and these bloody tinfoil highlights?


September 15, 2009 at 11:26 pm
ferkle says:

There’s definitely something fishy going on…


September 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm
JayKay says:


September 15, 2009 at 11:59 pm
Scott says:

sounds awesome loved mesiah and will most likely love this


September 16, 2009 at 7:39 pm
Krayfish says:

I knew he would


September 16, 2009 at 10:06 pm
Jay says:

Hmmmm could be intriguing but alas my main problem will be that i am actually a paranormal investigator myself so i will probably fail to see what you guys manage to debunk or fathom that we haven’t already been doing for years. Not all us investigators are so slap dash to put a tag on unexplained phenomena being real. My team for example actually work at trying to fathom what phenomena could really be down to rather than just jumping on the bandwagon of saying it’s unexplainable or that person or animal…yes you read right ha ha…is psychic. However as someone who has to sit on the fence in what i do i will say i have experienced things that could not be explained in the 12 years i have been investigating and some of it was terrifying.


September 16, 2009 at 10:13 pm
Jay says:

Curse the lack of letteration, still Derren and co if you are game for REALLY part taking in a genuine paranormal investigation then come along with us….i dare ya…triple double dare ya…..unless of course you may be too scared that something genuine ay actually occur ha ha ha ha. My team has taken sceptics from all over the UK to various locations and each and every single one of them has come out of them with a wider scope in belief. Still if your not up for an investigation might i sugesst you guys check out the Viaduct Tavern in London, one of the most ghostly haunted taverns in the UK….you might be VERY surprised by what you find. Oh and make sure you take an EVP recorder with you…you’ll need that….believe me.The stuff we have caught on them at that place has been phenomenal


September 18, 2009 at 5:24 pm
Reason says:

I wonder if the first show will be Derren debunking himself.


September 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm
Tony Eye says:

What an orginal concept.


October 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm
Pasco Hearn says:

Well, that was a shame…what happened to the 8?


October 2, 2009 at 10:02 pm
amine says:

all just a bunch of clever blags


October 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm

balls derren, can’t believe the heist went wrong! :( hope you sleep well mate!


October 2, 2009 at 10:05 pm
Pasco Hearn says:

well, that was a weird anti-climax. What happened to number 8??


October 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm
David says:

Man you must be gutted. Need another £5k? PLEASE GET IN TOUCH!


October 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm
Disaidra says:

don’t worry derren, you did your best, and at least it proves it wasn’t fake


October 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm

balls derren, can’t believe the heist went wrong! :( hope you sleep well mate!


October 2, 2009 at 10:09 pm
Stella says:

Great stuff! I love Derren. He is a very intelligent individual and I also think he’s handsome. I would love to do one of his tricks with him! Ooh Errr!


October 2, 2009 at 10:10 pm
Maria Jackson says:

Don’t worry Derren. Your amazing and we still love you.


October 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm
Nick says:

I thought that was a cool ending. Real shame he didn’t quite get it, but so very very close. Just tried to take a peak at the Science of Scams, but looks like the websites gone down with all the other folk out there trying to access it after the show as well. Loved the The Events series, despite some people thinking the contrary. Was highly entertained from each episode. Ten Thumbs Up!


October 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm
Cheeze says:

Big fan of Derren’s, I believe what he says and in my opinion he purposely lost that bet as being 1 out is still impressive and he has also not allowed some member of the public to win a huge amount of money in some dubious way. It also puts more faith in what he does do and the skills he uses, not real magic or actual psychic ability but reading people, hypnosis, suggestion, showmanship and an extremely good intellect and memory.


October 2, 2009 at 10:12 pm
momo says:

Yes, Derren you failed, but worry not – you made comedy history anyway mate. Top show – my bro and I ar still laughing our asses off.


October 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm
Connor E says:

Derren you are truly amazing, I have watched your shows time and time again and still found them magnificent. The casino show was so unlucky at the end*oops*


October 2, 2009 at 10:15 pm
andrew says:

awww derren man am so fuckin sorry u never got it, 1 away, a think ad rather be at the other side of the board, such a kick in the teeth, fucking amazing effort tho n av been absolutely blown away by eveything u do, even if it didnt work out it was still absolutely amazin n uv awwwed millions of people with not just ur personality but the techniques u use and the effort and work u put into it, Thank u derren brown, 4 being derren brown! Much love and good luck with watever u do next


October 2, 2009 at 10:16 pm
sonofadam says:

I BRIEFLY MEET DERREN ABOUT A YEAR AGO, AN HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A MASSIVE FAN. THIS LAST SERIES
“THE EVENTS” AS USUAL HAS BEEN AMASING. THE MAN IS A TRUE MODERN DAY MENTALIST, AN WITH HIS SHOWMANSHIP, HE TRULY MISTYFIES. I GENUINELY LOOK FORWARD TO HIS NEXT STUNTS OR WHATEVER IT IS HE DOES…..


October 2, 2009 at 10:19 pm
Paul says:

Don’t beat yourself up about what happened derren, you did your best mate , none of us can be right every time, i guess thats what makes us human.


October 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm
Tom says:

that was well unlucky about the last task! I bet he practised doing that a lot.


October 2, 2009 at 11:12 pm
reece says:

i love his shows there so good a i tune in every week and the other week i could not stand up i was actuali glued to my seat :S i would love to see 1 of his shows in person


October 3, 2009 at 1:04 am
kooper says:

aww wit,,wan oot ,nae joy man,,,,,,,great series tho,,,,u pickle ma fukin heed sumtimes


October 3, 2009 at 2:43 am
astec says:

I think Derren purposely failed this show for a reason unknown to me at this point.
Perhaps it adds a human element to the performances we’ve seen recently from him.
I think by failing it he will have gained more fans and therefore projected much more interest in the new show. Just an observation. Lookin forward to it all the same.


October 3, 2009 at 8:40 am
Joe says:

Feel sorry for derren, so sounded so annoyed that he got one out. But, personally, I think 1 out is pretty dam good! Maybe he should bet on 2 or three next time he goes to a casino.


October 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm
Craig says:

Bout the casino show… Thot the car speed etc could easily be obtained by a hidden team with similar equipment via an earpiece to Derren. Shady cameras & hiding location of casino wub be gud way to jus set up a mock casino. Thought gettin close but no cigar was best outcome, keeps ppl wondering & sceptics from asking why he doesnt jus keep getting his cash that way. Sry to sound so negative but hopefully he was much more complicated in his deception ;-p


October 3, 2009 at 2:20 pm
Craig says:

Jus thot id add bit bout earlier parts of show.. Im still ‘unconvinced’ by hypnosis so can only say I cant explain how the £5k guy (was it ben?) didnt rembr other than he was fake. The squash ball thing was good but the ball seemed2 have a wierd stop. Mibbe jus me but ther seemed to be a sudden decceleration or movement towards the end? Magnets, numbered squares moving or simpler? Appreciate it’s a good show but my fun is tryn 2 figure it out… not tryn 2ruin any1′s fun


October 3, 2009 at 6:20 pm
Esther says:

I can’t wait. This is going to be incredibly interesting, as everything Derren does. I hope this will help to reduce the number of gullible people who believe anything. By the way there are lots of comments here asking if Derren will “debunk himself” are they missing the point??? Derren does not pretend to have powers and all his tricks are precisely that,, as he himself makes clear
Good Luck Derren


October 5, 2009 at 9:20 pm
Aaron s-g says:

Derrens psychic spy thing worked on me it was sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool !!!


October 5, 2009 at 10:24 pm
dan says:

It maybe good to see, but by doing this and trying to prove people wrong will just throw more doubt at the real people involved in these practices, such as mediums and healers. Im not sure things like this can ever be proven or disproven, but i guess time will tell, just if it help people in their life whos to knock it and say its not real. It will make good viewing no doubt, but maybe just keep an open mind after watching. Supposedly nothing is proven till we can see it or it can be measured in some way… here a short documentary on a project on measuring chi/qi energy… http://www.superlife.ws/video/a-scientific-investigation


October 7, 2009 at 3:25 am
Nick says:

Its a shame people who were on the fence about possible non-ordianry events, like some of my friends, have now chosen to rubbish things, just like Derren.He’s very clever no doubt, but at the end of the day its hyped entertainment for the masses.Theres no denying there’s heaps of charlatans about and it’s really interesting how Derren debunks them..but i’d love to know what Derren’s views are on quantum theory for example?.. here the phenomenon of entanglement (or ‘action at a distance’) occurs.No one knows how it happens & its one of a whole heap of unexplainable gray areas in science.This for me is one area that keeps my mind open & when you really take the time to look into things,on lots of levels,its pretty clear that some very odd & curious things are afoot.. my two pence worth :o)


October 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm
tom bulmer says:

i think that there is nothing out there as in paranormal stuff we can really learn this from other animals we dont see other animals such as tigers and snakes being scared of the paranormal sort of things you might say this is all a load of **** because we cant tell what other animals are feeling but the same thing would happen if there was a paranormal happening such as if we sent a dog into one of the most paranormal active area and see how they react i just think it evolved from bed time stories getting a child to be scared and when a person is scared they can become predictable and easly perswaded into doing something or trick them selfs into pretending to seeing something.

many thanks tom bulmer


October 13, 2009 at 11:03 am
Russell says:

Once, in student halls, I went to see a friend in her room. She wasn’t there but the door was open. Standing in the doorway, wondering where she might be, I was surprised to see the pages of a newspaper that had been flat on her desk start slowly turning over, one by one, from front to back, as if someone were casually reading. This went on for a minute or so. During that time, apart from the fact that nobody else was in the room, I noted that there was no open window to make a draught and no electrical appliance in operation such as a hairdryer. I ran through a mental list of reasons I might be hallucinating: stress, grief, fatigue, substance use, evidence of mental illness… None applied. Having turned from front to back, the paper then seemingly folded in half. Explain that.


November 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm
dan says:

everyone has a right to say what they think… and if you think its all **** :) then I can accept that, but many things have happened in peoples life that they cant explain either. Things that they know they haven’t dreamt up from a bedtime story or the after effects of watching a scary movie. I guess it just takes a person to be more sensitive to certain things or more open minded. That doesn’t mean that if there’s a bump at night you have to sit there and wonder what monster is lurking in your room :), I mean you just cant fob things off and rubbish things. Derren has a talent but he cant disprove what he really doesn’t know


November 1, 2009 at 8:36 pm
dan says:

and animals are actually quite sensitive to paranormal activity :)..well at least my house mates dog was, it used to never enter the backroom I our house.. in fact, he used to sit and stare at the corner barking sometimes.. but would never enter the room. I actually saw something quite strange in that room a year or so ago, it was something he had picked up on. There are things that we may take ages to learn or get used to, but times are changing. It just requires a bit of an open mind. We used to think the earth was flat and anyone who said different was locked up or killed. Just takes time to gain the right knowledge


January 15, 2010 at 1:56 pm
Reinhard Wentz says:

Derren Brown as the British James Randi??? Derren has, notwithunderstaning his oft repeated claims that he does not use paranormal tricks, done more to revive the belief in NLP, photographic memory, mind reading, subliminal suggestion etc., witness the discussion-sections of some of his YouTube videos.

Good luck to him as an accomplished performer, but a promoter of sceptical thinking he is not. If he wants to reveal ‘scams’: how did he for instance manage to create the impression that he did learn the Oxford English Dictionary by heart in 20 minutes and a randomly selected book from the Reading Room in the British Library in 5 minutes?

Why is the relevant video (check ‘Photographic Memory Derren’ on Google) blocked in the UK? Because it may interfere with his British Theatre Tours?

Reinhard Wentz

- The video is blocked under CH4/You Tube policy and certainly nothing to do with Derren’s tour or at our request. Derren does not profess to be James Randi (JR has his own organisation dedicated to that). Creating an impression that he learned the Oxford English Dictionary in 20 minutes is called a “magic trick” – it’s kind of what he does. DB’s shows are entertainment, he does not heal the sick, see in to the future or sell courses on “how to win at life”. He does not promote or endorse NLP, claim to have superpowers or psychic abilities or extract money from people in an attempt to prove so. Our official policy is to intelligently question everything – but most of all to entertain and enlighten. – Phillis


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