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DERREN DISCUSSES THE GUILT TRIP

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Posted by Derren Brown News November 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

If you head over to Channel 4’s website for the Experiments you will be able to see an exclusive interview in which Derren explains where the ideas behind the show came from.

Click the link below to view:
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/derren-brown/articles/derren-brown-on-channel-4

COMMENTS
November 5, 2011 at 11:04 am
Andrew Sutherland says:

Hey, just watched Guilt Trip on 4od, I have to say, Derren, you are a genius!!


November 5, 2011 at 11:05 am
Jessica says:

You amaze me every week with your series, your truly amazing, the guilt trip was extraordinary well done from me πŸ™‚


November 5, 2011 at 11:09 am
graeme gratrick says:

Derren, you are a bad man! Poor bloke would have probably hung himself given a bit more time. Naughty naughty.


November 5, 2011 at 11:21 am

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL96DDD07BB401B49B I recorded a response to this video.


November 5, 2011 at 11:32 am
jo Marnick says:

That was the work of an evil genious, will have to watch him cos soon he’ll be planning to rake over the world!


November 5, 2011 at 11:41 am
john says:

how incredibly inethical.


November 5, 2011 at 11:45 am
Tanya says:

What a brilliant show! The reaction from Jody was classic once he found out what was going on! I just hope the guilt triggers have now been taken away?!?


November 5, 2011 at 11:46 am

I want to know if these experiments would work on someone under the influence of LSD? Mind control V mind control. Some people are weak minded and cannot control their own minds under certain conditions.

Shame you had to have a TV in his room and talk to Jodey in his sleep and take him outside. As am sure you could have just hypnotised him into believing he committed a murder within a few minutes of meeting him without the dramas played out?

Great shows still.


November 5, 2011 at 11:59 am
jo Marnick says:

I meant take over the world not rake, not even sure what that means!


November 5, 2011 at 12:05 pm
rik says:

Enjoyed the show, but Devil Derren aren’t you starting to go a bit far. You have shown us these techniques before, but now your starting to come across as cruel. After that episode I can assure you I wouldn’t sign up to your show. Great Scot – image what you’ll do next.


November 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm
Lee says:

Best shows on tv – always new ideas full of surprises and entertainment! Looking forward to next Fridays!


November 5, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Leevi says:

Pure, absolute, evil genius. Amazing show.


November 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Luke says:

Absolutely , stunning!


November 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm
Joe Bonfield says:

A great show, I thought he was close to speaking out against some of the memory confusion things that happened like calling Tim Minchin a C*** and the plate switch. I loved the outcome though. Thanks for the show.


November 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Abby Weaver says:

Oh my golly gosh! Derren is actually a Genius. I think that this is the first show that he has done and I have totally understood what he did. If he did any of the things he can to other people to me I would be a wreck. I’m gullible and easily amused at the best of times. I tip my hat and curtsey to you Mr. Brown. Bravo,Well done and stay the hell away from me with your sorcery!! Come to see you at your Leeds show!


November 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm
SuzanneLStokes says:

Watched the guilt trip on 4od whilst suffering insomnia last night. Amazing!!! Kept me awake further though. Like this stuff just wish I understood an 1/8 of how the mind works. As someone struggling with anxiety guilt and panic I would welcome some relief, if you can plant false memories and create guilt where it shouldn’t exist, can the opposite be achieved?


November 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm
Nick says:

Can’t but think, that this series of experiments is just one big experiment to see how the viewing audience reacts. Specifically, if we believe what we are seeing on TV is true or not and how suggestible we all are…
The last show might reveal something to that effect…


November 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Phil says:

Derren,
Watching this Experiment and also the first one makes me wonder if there is a reason for these experiments.
It seems that there could be some possible “wake up call” to the proper authorities to at least be open to the chance that some accused could be innocent of the asserted crime.

I wonder if the review board of Sirhan Sirhan has been able to view the 1st experiment?

As a side note, I thought of an added setup that could have been included in the 20 Quid exchange, mark the money, he loses it to the “murder victim” then put the money back into his wallet to notice.
It would make it look like he had taken the gambling proceeds back from the deceased.
Enjoyed it!!


November 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm
jake says:

Derren did you at any stage wonder what the repercussions of this rather unpleasant prank would be?

You stated you did a psychological profile on him, but have you killed anyone? I doubt it. No-one could have predicted with 100% certainty what he might have done?
What safeguards were there for him?
Is it entertainment to watch a “nice ” bloke be taken to the edge of sanity for the pleasure of the publics gruesome entertainment?

I think most educated people are more than aware of the ability of the young open mind to be manipulated/brainwashed into making poor choices.

I am a fan of yours, but find this a step too far and beyond fun.


November 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm
Kyle says:

Me and my friends were huddled round a laptop last night watching it on 4oD and were in awe all the way through. You are amazing. πŸ™‚


November 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm
Neil says:

That would take forever to rake over the world!!!!

I think it’s impossible actually.


November 5, 2011 at 5:30 pm
mary price says:

good stuff but hard to watch if, as I have you have been gaslighted. and interesting to see how people can manipulate and be manipulated. and brainwashed actually important so thx


November 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm
Brian says:

Derren Derren Derren,

As a fan of the show for many years it was an uncomfortably great spectacle. Poor gullible Jodi was set up hunk line and sinker, even by his Idol. Reading through the previous comments I really wonder was he capable of anything (suicide) when he was debating “did I actually do it”, in his head. You obviously chose the right fall guy but was it too far? Welldone?, on a great bitter-sweet show!!!

B


November 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm
DARREN says:

jake not sure you watched the same show as i did! The lad was surrounded by people who were in on the experiment, there were camera’s everywhere in the house. If at any time anyone was in any doubt Derren was on hand to talk him down. Derren is a entertainer but it’s obvious he takes the responsibility of his style of entertainment very seriously. I cant imagine that so much planning went into the experiment without ALL eventualities being prepared for and a relevant action plan being put in place.


November 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm
laura says:

wonderful derren! As ever!!!!!!!

some more “make you think” tv πŸ˜€


November 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm
MaciejK says:

Some of the best entertainment ever created.

You should publish a proper scientific paper based on your experiments.


November 5, 2011 at 11:09 pm
Katherine says:

Very interesting, but this experiment was especially unethical worse than the last to and if you were a real psychologist this would not be allowed under the rules of the BPS. I dont think its right to play with someones life like this and class it as entertainment. You’re other programmes are very good but this is too far and a bit disgusting to be honest


November 5, 2011 at 11:21 pm
Graham says:

Watched the show on 4od tonight. It totally blew my mind. My favorite experiment so far i think. It looked like so much effort went into it. I bet you and the crew were a bit sleep deprived.
I loved the cluedo characters being included. Amused me greatly.
I hope your planning on writing more books by the way. Trick of the mind especially and your reccomendation of the god delusion changed my way of thinking.


November 5, 2011 at 11:26 pm
John says:

I sat and watched this show purely to confirm my own long held beliefs that family, society and religion really can screw you up.

I’ve always felt that guilt, when unearned or unqualified is a bad thing. You showed an highly extreme form of conditioning, but that simply qualified how easily ‘nice’ people can be taken advantage of.

I hope that this will give people seeing the show the extra impetus they need to question other peoples reactions, to their own actions. A conscience saved is a life changed.


November 6, 2011 at 12:15 am
Radu C says:

Just saw the episode on 4oD. That is one scary concept. How do we fix ourselves then?


November 6, 2011 at 12:16 am
Jessika says:

I was a little uncomfortable during the show (though it was excellent,) but I took Jody’s delighted reaction at the end and the fact that he didn’t jump up and give Derren a black eye as a sign that he was fine πŸ˜€ Plus, I’ve gotten the impression over the years that Derren really IS quite concerned with people’s well being (you know…by the fact that he doesn’t dance on the graves of their dead relatives by pretending to be a medium – when he easily could – and tries to inform people that they can easily be robbed of their savings by these heartless, greedy people?,) and that he’s NOT, in fact, an evil prick. πŸ˜‰


November 6, 2011 at 12:34 am
louise says:

I am never going to apply to go on one of your shows you bad, but I like it, man!
and as for Tim.
Timmy, tim ,tim your bum needs a spank, fancy upseting a fan like that.


November 6, 2011 at 12:58 am
Frazer Dougan says:

Hello. I was wondering, after watching ‘guilt trip’, that, because whenever Jody felt guilty he was squeezed on the shoulder so he associated with the guilt. Would he now moat likely still associate that with guilt outwith the show?
Thanks… Amazing show!


November 6, 2011 at 1:06 am
Phil the pain says:

This show made me feel uncomfortable, to put someone through that experience just for the sake of entertainment seemed very wrong… but… I hope Jody left the experiment feeling more confident within himself and really happy that he had not called Tim Minchin a c**t!!
Remember that Jody had applied to participate in a Derren Brown show (o.k he didn’t think he had been accepted)…. but you don’t apply to be on a Derren brown show if you are scared of having your head messed with! Derren is making brilliant and though provoking television.


November 6, 2011 at 2:30 am
Ken H says:

It amazes me that it’s always the same type of person, a suggestible person. I’d like to see the same experiment done on someone strong minded like myself. I would have clocked the surnames instantly on meeting them and laughed. They were all the Cludo characters last names or spin offs of.

Also, must half agree with Jake, Derren, what would have happened if he tried to hang himself or similliar?

Was he really lost from view when he went to the mock Police station as it has to be considered and assumed that some people would consider suicide before handing themselves in whether it’s hanging or running infront of a bus, especially a more unstable person.

It may sound over the top but I think they are all valid points. Would be great if you could answer there.

Ken


November 6, 2011 at 5:06 am
Ross Macpherson says:

Regarding ‘Guilt trip’… I loved the whole Cluedo character line up, esp. Coleman’s mustard, but was surprised that he never caught on to you, on using the obvious. It does disturb me how the human mind, which we all regard is so strong, really is not. overall a great show. Much respect from a few big fans out here in Ontario, Canada


November 6, 2011 at 5:57 am
Nathaniel says:

Jake, this is not meant negatively at all, put simply Derren and his team are many, many steps ahead of you. A little shift of thinking on your part may adjust your perception to what you saw and your interpretation of it. If not, no harm no foul.

Derren, your current direction is as intriguing as all along your path so far. Thank you.


November 6, 2011 at 6:58 am
Andy says:

Utterly riveting, and all the better to know that Jody enjoyed the experience. Derren’s talk with him in the ‘police station’ was highly emotional. It had elements of Jody being brought out of a trance-like state which he may or may not have been in since the ‘hypnobabblething’ that Derrn used on him to carry him outside.

I wonder if there was a little more to it all (especially the morning of the ‘killing’) than Derren revealed on the show. How did Jody know how to find the police station, which way to turn from the house? The production crew obviously expected him to end up there, hence the fake office & all the actors there etc. So the ‘panic’ in the TV van when he walked out of the house was fabricated. I think Jody may have been hypnotised to follow that sequence.

Still: brilliant.


November 6, 2011 at 7:09 am
Dirty Kuffar says:

The comment about LSD/drugs is an interesting one, “raves” etc are full of people under the influence of drugs such as ecstacy that make them very gullible and/or afrodisiac and prone to exploitation by various unethical types ranging from tawdry “men” trying to get into a monged-out bimbo’s knickers through to new-age machiavellians pushing their ideas or cults.
An idea for a future show perhaps ?!


November 6, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Marty says:

@Radu C says:
How do we fix ourselves then?

1. Learn how to change your Locus of control to internal rather than external.
2. Take your children out of state education.
3. Meditate every day.
4. Stretch your muscles every day (yoga/pilates).
5. Eat healthy
6. Give away 10% of your income.

The answers are easy Radu C, but you won’t use them/ follow them, in 10 years time you’ll still be stuck.

Great show this one, it seems people, especially the complainers, seem to be missing the point. It is always stated that through hypnosis you can never be made to do something against your will or that breaks your moral code, what the series has shown is that certain people can, with manipulation, can carry out almost any task. Think of your perfect life, then, why you’re not living it.


November 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm
Callum Miller says:

I have absolutely loved the series so far. Amazing television. I’m wondering if anyone can help me though, I’m looking for the song that was played in Guilt Trip when Jody is carried outside. If anyone knows can they put it on here? Thankyou, looking forward to the next episode of the series DB, keep it coming!

Msg from Abeo: Derren answered this on Twitter: all music is specially composed for the shows, so not available, sorry… But I’ll tell the composer you liked it. Cheers.


November 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

The Guilt Trip was interesting, but did you have his prior consent for all that?

If not, I was not impressed by how much suffering you were happy to put that guy through for the sake of the show, and your presumption of legitimacy in doing so. The show made a useful point, yes, but that didn’t make it right to orchestrate for the guy so much misery.

I was pleased that afterwards he expressed how much he’s ‘enjoyed’ the experience. However, it was an odd statement; he didn’t LOOK like he was enjoying it at all, when he was crying on the floor! He was just glad to have done it LATER (once he’d been encouraged to re-assess it in a positive light- and we’ve all seen how malleable he is).

The hypocrisy of The Game Show was similar- why was the moral for the audience, not producer?


November 6, 2011 at 9:09 pm
ian cutsforth says:

That show was just wrong!!


November 6, 2011 at 9:24 pm
The One says:

Sorry, Derren but watched it only for 5 minutes.

There was no need to make this episode: the politicians, justice system, etc. already make innocent people guilty.

P.S.
Just had a “moment of revelation”. If I am right, I know how you pulled your biggest trick to date πŸ˜‰


November 6, 2011 at 10:56 pm
Kanenas says:

even though I really like your show, I found the last episode unethical in many levels. to be honest with you, I truly believe that something else is going on with “the experiment”. It feels like that, you are preparing a bigger experiment…anyway i don’t know we shall see.
back to the unethical part, I know that the guy probably signed up for it, but you went far enough when you started playing with his memory. even though i keep saying to myself that is a tv show an is probably a lie IF is not i feel bad for the guy.


November 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm
Rupert says:

Who goes to sleep wearing a dressing gown/?


November 7, 2011 at 3:03 am
Bazza says:

Absolutely brilliant. Never fail to amaze me lol!


November 7, 2011 at 11:44 am
Lee from Hong Kong says:

Nice show Derren, any good books about fear and guilt??


November 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm
Diana says:

@ Radu C- you can fix yourself by starting to check information before swallowing it as true even if it comes from TV (especially then!), strengthening your self- esteem, knowing who you are and what you want in life. That way you know who you are and how you stand in relation to the whole world, you are less gullible.
@ Ken H- of course Derren chooses the same kind of person. The strong-minded people, people with strong personalities cannot be hypnotised (or very difficult) and there is a reason for which the leaders of this world choose to brainwash certain people and not the others in order to carry on their plans. For the same reason some people are leaders and some are followers. People are not the same. Some are weak, some are strong. The weak ones will always be fooled and led.


November 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm

@Lee Williams’ “Shame and Necessity” is quite a nice one, exploring and debating the psychology of shame and guilt.


November 7, 2011 at 11:51 pm
Stephen O'Donnell says:

So let me get this right.

It’s a bad thing if someone who believes they have committed a murder actually feels guilty?


November 8, 2011 at 12:48 am
TOPGUN says:

These aren’t actually real experiments.

The man was clearly an actor. Nothing fools me Derren but it’s good tv and makes people think πŸ™‚


November 8, 2011 at 3:25 am
Louise says:

The whole thing just kind of rips off video game scenarios and uses gamer techniques it was not very original.

In a way it is more about getting the audience to feel bad about watching ….so that ultimately they will watch more..

I could only watch about 2 mins i got bored video games bore me too i must have a low attention span or something…

Ultimately the way of winning a video game is to unplug it….or even better not buy it
I never buy video games they are boring and i dont play them so i guess i dont watch this rubbish.

what amazes me is that no one sees it is literally just copying hundreds of video game scenarios and their techniques of player manipulation especially when i dont even play them

It’s just a rip off
Anyway i couldnt get into it switched off BORING!


November 8, 2011 at 5:36 pm
will b says:

are you looking for a apprentice


November 8, 2011 at 5:43 pm
will b says:

ha ha i wish m8.your a genius love your work.


November 8, 2011 at 8:39 pm
Thomas Smith says:

I enjoyed the Scottish lady saying “There’s been a murrderr” – it seemed like a nice Taggart reference, if that was deliberate.

The laughing like a schoolboy at the phrase “pearl necklace” was a low point.


November 8, 2011 at 11:06 pm
cath says:

totally unethical…..!!! how can anyone know what psychological effects this may have on jodie …


November 9, 2011 at 1:48 am
Lauren says:

Derren I loved it and my heart sunk for the poor boy but I thik the test was slightly bias as there was memory loss involved.. I think with purely guilt it would be a lot more difficult to convince someone they had done something they hadnt…

I have a challenge for you: Hypnotise my bf into not farting or having less smelly farts xD


November 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm
Berber Anna says:

Diana: I must object to that. I’m easily hypnotised, but not easily swayed or convinced (stubbornness is one of my bad qualities, I guess). Okay, some may say I’m easily fooled because I often have a problem recognising untruths (due to my autism), but I wouldn’t say I’m easily led. If I disagree with someone, I will say as much and I will argue my point.

Hypnosis is about trust. If I trust someone, I can become totally absorbed in the story they weave, just as I become totally absorbed in books or films (often even temporarily taking on personality characteristics of the main character in a film I’ve just seen). That doesn’t mean I’m not fully aware of what’s happening, though, and it certainly doesn’t mean that I’d just do what some random person tells me to do.


November 10, 2011 at 2:57 pm
Lotty x says:

Derren!

Congratulations! Just want to say The Guilt Trip was one of my favourite things you’ve ever done! Many of my friends feel the same. I have to admit though, from about half way through ’til 5 minutes before the end I was feeling very uncomfortable and wasn’t sure if I agreed with what you were doing, which has never happened to me before! But by the end I was just overwhelmed at how brilliant the whole thing was- I was feeling quite euphoric! What an emotional rollercoaster watching it- hilarious to gut-wrenching. Brilliant entertainment and it’s obvious at the end that you always look after your subjects so well and they really are thrilled by the whole thing which is lovely.

Love you!


November 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Nikki Loy says:

A friend of mine was really moved by The guilt Trip and blogged about it : http://wp.me/14U0G


November 10, 2011 at 4:17 pm
Nikki Loy says:

Further to the above… Some people I note are being tough on Derren for this show.. but I think they miss the point entirely. He used the show to illustrate a truth that many people have actually lived though and that we should all be aware of. Yay! Derren!

(A friend of mine was really moved by The guilt Trip and blogged about it : http://wp.me/14U0G)


November 10, 2011 at 8:20 pm
Amanda says:

I watch lots of Derren’s shows and often wonder if he has ever considered using his skills of mind manipulation for positive effects on people who suffer with disorders of the mind or with their sensory processing function. I have a son who has Autism and sensory issues and he is highly suggestible because of his condition. Hypnotherapy is something I have considered to help him with his behaviours and stresses and I am sure Derren would have the skills to use as a force for good in this field.

I am not sure if he would ever be allowed to work with vulnerable groups but it would be amazing to see what difference he could bring to people who struggle with their mental health and nervous system disorders like my son.


November 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm
kelbo says:

Derren,

Just wanted you to know that when I watched the Guilt Trip I cried. I was in a horrible relationship for what felt like forever. Watching you work was like watching my relationship in super speed. And for years after it broke down I struggled to come to terms with how I could have turned from the lovely, sensible, confident person I was; into the person that I became. Thank you so much for showing me that I can be manipulated, because of my feelings of responsibility towards other human beings. I have looked and asked for answers for so long. You may just be the person who has unlocked my life for me and for that I am truly grateful!! Also Thank You to Jody for what you went through x ..


November 12, 2011 at 3:26 am
Tim says:

The show was uncomfortable to watch, but immensely fascinating. My only issue was at the end.

How did Jody travel from the house to the (fake) police station? The gap in the narrative puzzled me.

It was critical for the producers to have the confession at the station, for the ‘reveal’ at the end to work. But there was no footage shown of Jody making this trip and so we don’t know if it was voluntary. He almost certainly would not have been alone, since the producers would have been under a duty of care to accompany him in a public place (while in such a distressed and vulnerable state).

So it begs the question: did he voluntarily made the trip to the station and confess? or was he hypnotised and told to confess? There’s probably footage which answers this.

Either way, great show DB.


November 12, 2011 at 8:47 am
Paul Budding says:

The first 3 shows were absolutely awesome. 10 out of 10. I agree with the typical comment here that the Guilt Trip was the work of a genius who went close to crossing the ethical borderline.


November 13, 2011 at 8:10 am
Mike says:

Why were all the cast waiting at the police station, why did he go to bed in his dressing gown, why doesn’t Derren respond to these sceptical blogs?
How could he be sure very step would work? Even if every variable had a 90 per cent chance of working it would only take one to go wrong for it all to start falling apart. Hell of an investment in a show if it all falls apart cos he spots his plates being swopped.


November 14, 2011 at 11:24 am
Berber Anna says:

Mike: Can’t answer all your questions, but I’ll try a few.

Why were all the cast waiting at the police station?
-Because they didn’t mention the police station in the village for nothing — as soon as he ran off, they would have know that’s where he was likely to be going. So they probably phoned ahead for the ‘cop’ actors to be ready and waiting and to stall him while they got the cast to the pub next door for the scenic ending.

Why did he go to bed in his dressing gown?
-He didn’t. One of the actors walking in is holding something white and dressing gown-looking. I presume they put it on him because he slept in the nude, and C4 didn’t want nude shots of the guy in the final product.

Why doesnÒ€ℒt Derren respond to these sceptical blogs?
-Because he doesn’t read them, probably.

(cont.)


November 14, 2011 at 11:29 am
Berber Anna says:

How could he be sure very step would work? Even if every variable had a 90 per cent chance of working it would only take one to go wrong for it all to start falling apart. Hell of an investment in a show if it all falls apart cos he spots his plates being swopped.
-That’s the one I can’t answer 100% as a viewer, you’d have to ask the crew or Derren and Iain (who are probably busy people and can’t answer every question). My guess is that there were safeguards in place for a lot of the stunts. The plate thing wasn’t that hard, they kept an eye on his face and swapped quickly, he wouldn’t have seen that. And try telling someone they stole your plate when everyone tells you that’s not true — most people cave under the social pressure and stop arguing. And I think failure must’ve been budgeted


November 21, 2011 at 11:14 pm
Dave says:

Having watched this twice now, I must say that guilt only seemed to be part of it. Distrust of his own memory due to all that manipulation and waking up outside etc, seemed to me to be at least as important to achieve the end result. So you might as well have called it “The Guilt and Misinformation Trip” which would have been more accurate.
I also was concerned that this all went much too far, so much so that I suspected that the entire show was a setup – having heard of the phrase “duty of care”, I can’t imagine that there’s any way to predict someone’s reaction to this level of stress, and even if seeming to lose contact with your victim was only done for dramatic effect, it was still pretty cruel. If you HAD lost contact with him, it would have bordered on criminal. contd…


November 21, 2011 at 11:22 pm
Dave says:

The most unbelievable part I found was at the end, where he must have walked at least half a mile, alone, to the fake police station, where the cast were gathered. (How convenient he didn’t confess until then!) I can’t imagine what mental state he would have been in for that walk, though I can guess how I would have felt, so I do hope you had a backup plan in case he’d done something crazy! That’s if he wasn’t an actor too…
In the main I love your shows though and agree with your rationalist outlook, I just hope you don’t REALLY hurt someone any time soon!


November 22, 2011 at 10:31 am
Berber Anna says:

Dave: ‘At least half a mile’? That’s a ten minute walk. For me, that is (female, not very tall, nor in very good physical shape). The train station near my house is more than half a mile away according to Google Maps, and I can walk there in ten minutes.

Who would he confess to along the way? You don’t generally walk up to random people in the street to confess a murder, and had he confessed at the house, I’m sure they’d have had the fake police guys pick him up.

If you think he’d have been suicidal, well, there’s not a whole lot of ways to kill oneself along a country road with little to no traffic (I know I’m assuming here, but it looked like a quiet town) and no train tracks. Unless he had a knife with him, but why would you bring a knife to a seminar? I don’t think he was in danger.


November 24, 2011 at 2:15 am
Arjen says:

Derren, are you aware of the term ‘gaslighting’?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaslighting

It’s a technique used by psychopaths and you are using it several times in this episode. I’m trying to raise awareness for psychopathy for years now because I believe it’s at the core of the problems we face at the moment. I love your work but am a bit confused at this point. The activist part of me says you’ve crossed a line here. What are your thought? Thanks.


November 26, 2011 at 8:37 am
Dave says:

Berber Anna: Yes, I expect with the potential risks of making someone unstable enough to turn themselves in for a murder they can’t remember doing, there were a lot of safeguards in place, for legal reasons. But the program was conveniently sketchy about his whereabouts and who was monitoring him just after he left the building, just to ramp up the dramatic tension I expect. And it worked – I felt pretty worried about him at that point!

Arjen: totally agree, “Gaslighting is a form of psychological abuse in which false information is presented with the intent of making a victim doubt his or her own memory and perception”. Sums up what was done to him quite nicely really – and why not just I believe that a line was crossed.


December 28, 2011 at 12:59 am
Michael says:

People are so naive.. there’s so much money in this type of shows as there is in all the rest of the fake shows like Ghost Hunters etc.

There is no such thing as hypnosis, any real sciencetist will tell you that.
If you really could put people to sleep in 1 second as he does in the very first show just method would MIGHT just be learned by a criminal here and there instead of rubbing people with a knife on the street.

Anyone here who’s ever been participating in a hypnosis show knows that it is fake and just something you play along with not to spoil the show.