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Posted by Derren Brown News November 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm

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:

November 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Extraordinary programme. Derren conveyed some of the best life coaching ever in the space of an hour. Fascinating, entertaining, superbly produced!

November 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Tony Furminger says:

I’ve always believed that you make your own luck in life but sometimes you need a catalyst to give you the confidence to try new things. The statue in Tod acted as that catalyst and, even after the show, people are still going over to it and giving it a rub. Manufactured or not, it’s now become a “Lucky Dog”

November 12, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Derren delivered some brilliantly effective life coaching ever in the space of an hour.. a ‘must see’ for anyone who’s vaguely interested in their fellow human beings and their destinies, not to mention their own, excellently produced!

November 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm
Neil . R says:

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this episode and am glad that the guy won, however i do find it a bit sus that he did get the 4 he required on the 3rd go but there you go! Keep it up Derren ! Great TV ! !

November 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Nic says:

Loved last nights show whane made me giggle so happy for him with his win quite funny seeing his face when you mentioned your charities lol great show think Id love to apply for the next one lol

November 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm
Barry Snashall says:

How to make a town feel happier. Next show the whole country… Great show, great writing. Thank you so very much. 🙂 very entertaining.

November 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm
Rowan says:

I think the outcome of the dice was set-up at the end but in i liked the way it didn’t really matter and the main point still stands.

November 12, 2011 at 1:35 pm
Steve says:

Loved this series! I would never bet £1000 on the roll of a dice though!

November 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm
MaciejK says:

Hey Derren! Great show.
I wanted him to win even though I knew that if he won i would be forever wondering if it was rigged or not.

November 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Christopher Amott says:

The opposite of the first show. Another example of crowd mentality but with a positive slant.

November 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Stuart Blackburn says:

Great programme. Classic Darren.
But as usual, all is not as it seems. Lets not forget that Darren is a master magician and twister of minds, as well as dice, perhaps?

November 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm
Colin McNaughton-Law says:

Ok, it was a very interesting show, and it does prove that there is something in the power of positive thinking, but the fact that the die came up with the predicted number on the third role makes me very dubious. I’m not convinced that any amount of positive thought can influence motion…But as I said the rest of the show was very interesting and quite uplifting.

November 12, 2011 at 2:08 pm
Samantha says:

One assumes that you rigged the dice roll at the end to ensure a win, which is fine, you wouldn’t really want him to loose his money, and it made for good TV. I’m sure you won’t admit it, but are you concerned at all that Wayne might take his £6000 and go put it on a single number on a roulette wheel or something? Did he take away the right message, and not attribute a pure gamble to be an “opportunity”? Was his reasoning, “this is Derren Brown, he’s a nice guy and he must be up to something, this is unlikely to really be a 1 in 6 chance therefor this is a real opportunity and I should try to get in on it”?

Anyways it was a good show, and nice to see what seemed like such a tight-knit village after you pretty much destroyed my faith in humanity a couple of weeks ago.

November 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm
Suze says:

How did Sally Morgan feel when she found out that the lucky dog story was made up. Talk about jumping on the band wagon, I’m surprised that she consented to appear on the show.

November 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm
chris rotchell says:

loved the understated ‘sally morgan’ piece in the show, watchout for that sprit vortex around the dog derren ….

November 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm
spiderabc1 says:

Loved it. Wayne; superb. Yet again Derren and the team work wonders : ) #theexperiments were amazing, thank you. (Rooting for a Stigmata show)

November 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm
Elise says:

Duh….I was on the channel 4 website faster than you can blink! Right, show’s finished……Laptop! Yeah, it was a brilliant show and I bet there are a lot more people who are going to be taking more chances in life. 😀 xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Shame it’s the end of the series……What are you gonna do next!!!!????

November 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Shaun Banks says:

After seeing the interview I am glad to see that Derren believes in the power of luck or rather the belief of luck. For a while I have thought that Derren was intent on debunking all spiritual related aspects of culture. Luck is a state of mind, or if you like, another belief system, with positive results so long as you have realistic expectations. Luck is just one of the many beautiful positive phycological traits of self belief, which is far more attractive than over confidence or negativity.

Before we know it Derren you will be telling us you believe in Karma next – “What goes around comes around”

Karma the cosmic boomerang

November 12, 2011 at 7:31 pm
Harley L says:

Derren Brown…. as you know there is a major difference between what you put on T.V now and what you put on T.V years ago… I am a missive fan of all your works Especially the ‘Magic’ and ‘Psychic’ stuff you do and in the past few years I have slowly started to progress in learning about Psychology (one of the main ways was watching clips over and over and questioning every second) … however I sincerely hope you continue to do all of these types of shows but also to focus as you have in the recent past on doing thinks like ‘The experiments’, ‘Investigates’ and ‘Hero at 30,000ft’ because these shows grip the audience, it changes lifes, and i do not only mean your subjects life i mean the life of alot of people watching because these shows allow people to open their eyes and minds.

November 12, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Declan McCarthy says:

I love Derren’s shows and think he is amazing! I would love to meet him one day. 🙂 Fridays show was amazing as always. I loved the lesson about opportunities.

November 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm
Lloyd Allen says:

I just watched that program about luck, £1000 on the role of a dice, the amount of suspense to see whether he got that money. i was sitting on the sofa hoping it would land on the correct number. the amount of suspense was great!!!!! slow motion all the way down the tube. that was great, my favourite along with the assassin one.

November 12, 2011 at 10:27 pm
me says:

every time i watch one of your shows i am left amazed and intrigued you are definatly one in a million

November 13, 2011 at 12:23 am
David Cox says:

For me, this show is the latest example Derren shows us of not only the extent of our brain capacity we don’t use but also the appalling use we sometimes put that small working part of our brains to.

On the one hand very few of us apply our brains to understand and shape our behaviour in the way Derren does and on the other we consider psychics ‘feeling the energy’ and rubbing lottery tickets on a ‘lucky dog’ as a good use of our brainpower. We’re all doomed!

November 13, 2011 at 12:38 am
OB says:

Honestly Derren, your TV shows are sublime. Brought a tear to me eye, the last Experiment on Friday (just caught up on 4OD) Serious series. Keep cranking them out. Please! I need a D.B fix at least twice a year… And good luck on your New York tour thingy. Rock broadway… America will be yours for the taking… MWHUAHAHAHAHAH (evil laugh) 😉

November 13, 2011 at 12:49 am
losos says:

great show.thanx.btw the name of that place :)check translation in german.:))

November 13, 2011 at 2:59 am
Dara says:

I loved this. I found it really moving and it’s changed my outlook on life. Life really is what you make of it.

Brilliant. I’m really sad that the experiments have come to an end, however.

Can’t wait for whatever comes next!

November 13, 2011 at 3:00 am
Shawn Williams says:

Amazing. The only “magician” I can trust not to be disappointed with, his honesty shows how genuine he is and even though what he does sometimes are of course tricks, you don’t feel cheated like you sometimes feel from a lot of other magicians. Everything he does exceeds my VERY high expectations. Me and my Girlfriend have watched all of The Experiments on 4OD in a row, loved them, even though I had watched them all last night. Watching Trick of the Mind at the moment, again! 🙂

November 13, 2011 at 6:14 am
barb says:

That was a doggone good episode.

November 13, 2011 at 9:36 am
R. Moore says:

Derren, you mentioned “the roll of a dice” after the group returned from Blackpool, before cutting to commercial. Were you going to use 2 die, or just mentioning the common usage of the term? Just kidding… I think if you were writing about it instead, you’d say “die.”

November 13, 2011 at 9:48 am
Jay says:

I quite like that idea of a catylist, though people rarely use themselves as one. really good episode, and a fantastic ending.

November 13, 2011 at 11:09 am
Logan P says:

I just want to say this was a beautiful program. Uplifting, hopeful and positive beyond all means. I know that Derren has a bit of an ‘evil’ side to prove many interesting points but with this and Hero at 30,000 feet is when he truly hits his peak. Very emotional, extraordinary television. Never stop what you do because it is so enlightening!

November 13, 2011 at 11:20 am
Tori says:

Brown never distinguished between training your powers of observation (good), practising trust in cases where you can afford to lose (generally good) and hobbling your powers of inductive reasoning (terrible plan).

If ever someone lived by the motto ‘The more I practice, the luckier I get’, that man is Brown. He knows the world is not run by a magician who rewards superstitious behaviour. Like many others, I baulk at the idea of anyone ‘getting the better of me’ to the extent that I probably turn down some good opportunities. Brown was right to point this out. He was quite wrong to deliberately blur the line between precious, fragile, empathic human-to-human trust – a thing he claims to respect – and the idea that blind superstitious trust can affect the outcome of a mechanical process.

November 13, 2011 at 1:15 pm
Franziska Peter says:

I loved that the end of the series ended with a positive high,after being so shocked about the last episode. It made me question my own ability to perceive and take opportunities. Hope that D.B. will bring out a lot more series. In Germany most people do not know Derren, so I think I can already say I’m lucky, as I got to know him, his abilities and his insightful programmes. Vielen Dank!

November 13, 2011 at 5:24 pm
chris says:

Positive thinking/taking more notice of the positive things that happen to you is a good message but it didn’t increase Wayne’s chances of winning.

As you can tell from some of the daft comments on here you have made some people think that they’ll have more success in games of pure chance by thinking positively. That will only work with games with a level of skill/ concentration, as you showed with the Blackpool thing. They might now go out & make more bets that they can’t afford. Usually, love all your stuff (apart from lottery show;didn’t deliver on your promise to explain it) I agree with Samantha; wrong message for some people.

November 13, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Dido says:

Derren, I love you !!!!!
This is a great show! You are God, man!

November 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm
Nick says:

I really admire the work you and your team are doing. Its so obvious that you really care and are so thoughtful, keep up the good work. Really wonderful!

November 13, 2011 at 8:11 pm
Bruce says:

Am I the only one who thinks this show was recklessly irresponsible? The message about creating ones own opportunities is all well and good, but I think a lot of people are going to come away with the impression that gambling ones life savings is a good thing to do (it’s not; NEVER risk more than you can afford to lose), or that rubbing a dog’s head is going to affect the outcome of a dice roll (don’t be stupid).

November 14, 2011 at 1:10 am
TOPGUN says:

TOPGUN the unfoolable here.

It’s blindlingly obvious to me that the £1000 wasn’t really Wayne’s money but actually Derren’s £1000.

How do I know that?

Well I’m smarter than 99.9% of people. Hell I should be a detective.

-TOPGUN (the unfoolable)

November 14, 2011 at 2:40 am
Daisy says:

Great programme. Couldn’t believe you planted the lucky dog….you little minx…you had us all fooled on Twitter when you went up there to investigate!
When you said where the money would go if Wayne lost my aspergers son said the Parrot Sanctuary is ‘lucky’ coz they got the parrot cage we bought you! 🙂 ha ha! (And on another subject of coincidences, I was born and raised right near that sanctuary!)

November 14, 2011 at 10:40 am
Jackson says:

For the record I don’t believe in psychics or anybody that claims to have the powers that Sally Morgan does. And maybe her inclusion was meant to show how stupid her viewpoint was (it certainly was edited thus) BUT to play devil’s advocate for a second: just because the lucky dog was created by Derren, it does not mean that she was riding a bandwagon in claiming the dog was in the middle of a vortex of positive energy or whatever she called it…
That dog was surrounded for three months by hundreds of people who were thinking positive things at the time they were rubbing the dog… and if there ever was anything real about pshycic abilities, then there would be a lot of positive energy in that park… just as there would be lots of positive energy anywhere around blown out birthday candles

November 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm
Helen says:

Fantastic – showed how much we can see or miss opportunities in life and that we, not some magical power, are in control of this. It ended in the roll of the die and interesting that the community chose this as a way of testing the luck theory. Wayne chose to gamble his life savings and I wonder if he had lost them, would he have regretted it? Easy to assume he would but he is now approaching his life with more optimism and I’d be surprised if he turns into a gambler. Far more likely he will be much more positive in life and now open to the many opportunities around him.

Brilliant show.

November 14, 2011 at 1:08 pm
shamrockthatbaddoggy says:

if i found that dog i’d rub myself against it…that way the blonde in the cafe would take a shine to me!!

ruf ruf!!

November 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Derren, have you got your left ear pierced? I was watching in HD, and on the bit about half an hour through when you are standing a field, there is a close up of your face. You can see, very clearly, a hole, or so it seems in your left ear. Earlier, when you are watching the car breakdown action you can see it as well. I checked your right ear later on, and there’s nothing, is it just an unfortunate stubborn piece of dirt? Or a remnant from your student days? Or something you did in between touring and filming? Just curious!

November 14, 2011 at 7:04 pm
Keeley says:

Looking for the characature picture of Wayne the Butcher, he would love a copy for the shop…. can you help???

November 14, 2011 at 10:35 pm
Tim says:

brilliant entertainment as always guys. i was in tears by the end!

November 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm
Hannah says:

I liked when you were showing the “good luck” that can be found through embracing opportunity ( the scratch card) and that if you do good things for for other people, they may repay your kindness. (the comedian thing). But the ending really disappointed me. Wayne risked his life savings on the turn of a dice! Thats not embracing opportunity, thats just stupid.

You could have given him the chance to donate the money to charity and given the audiance the chance to repay him by putting money in a donation box on their way out. Maybe it could have been a competition that relied on him taking a a risk but using and trusting his own skills. But the ending as it was? It seemed to be saying “trust you will win and it will happen” Wouldn’t have put you down as a faith merchant Derren.

November 14, 2011 at 10:56 pm
dogsoldier says:

Hi. I have some questions about relevance of this shows. Can somebody answer it for me properly?

How it is with law in this shows? for example in “zombie game” or anything else. from where has derren permission to manipulate somebody? It bothering me because in our country if you do to somebody something without his permission, it is against law.

Thank you for answers.

November 15, 2011 at 1:21 pm
RedChimp says:

Hi Derren & fellow forumites!

Just wanted to share a splendid little coincidence. My fiancee and I watched the ‘Secret of Luck’ programme last night on 4oD and it prompted a debate. I believed that an optimistic and open attitude would lead to more opportunities and ‘luck’ and my better half disagreed, for example I occasionally text in to competitions which she thinks is a bit foolish – her point of view is that I’m not going to win so it’s a waste of a pound! I say that if you take the odd chance you never know, statistics may be against you but one day the ‘luck’ may be with you!. My fiancee is by her own admission a more pessimistic soul than I but we closed the debate with me saying that she should take a chance sometimes (other than the chance she is taking in marrying me!).

November 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm
RedChimp says:

Continued! Ran out of characters!

Anyway, my fiancee just called me to say that on her lunch break she had, on a whim and as a result of the show and our conversation last night, bought a single solitary scratch card.

And just won £1000!

Money is very tight for us at the moment and so this is exceptionally good news, that’s a lot of money for us! I am a firm rationalist so of course I don’t believe in any sort of ‘mystical’ explanation but I thought it was a good example of taking the odd chance because you never know what it could lead to.

November 15, 2011 at 2:27 pm
Jess says:

I enjoyed this episode a lot more than the other 3 experiments, I think because most of us have a problem with seeing opportunities right in front of us.
Whilst all 4 experiments were very interesting, I think there’s a tiny minority who would be influenced enough in experiments 1 and 3, and in experiment 2, I think the kind of people who regularly participate in studio audiences aren’t going to be introverted or hugely sympathetic to a man’s bad fortune.
Experiment 4 felt really special and probably spoke to a huge majority of viewers, who hopefully will take a few more opportunities in life now!

November 17, 2011 at 10:22 pm
Siobhan cwj says:

Think positive, good things will happen, its a lovely message to a eye opening episode. You made some real changes to .. was it wayne .. the butcher guy life n well to the whole village really i do often wonder how you do what you do. .Very impressed keep it up x

November 17, 2011 at 10:24 pm
Siobhan cwj says:

lol youve made wayne the butcher famous haha

November 17, 2011 at 10:31 pm
MattB says:

Entertaining TV as always, but I did think it was unfortunate that Derren chose to use “ignoring a free scratchcard” as an example of not being open to opportunities. Whereas paid scratchcards return a small proportion of the money to the players (and an even smaller proportion to charity) the vast majority of free scratch-cards are a marketing come-on to get suckers to dial premium-rate numbers, or offer bogus prizes such as “holiday-vouchers” – that can only be used at a specific agent on over-price holidays.

The fact that the majority of the programme centred on gambling was a shame too. The comedy-gig in exchange for help was better example.

November 18, 2011 at 1:15 am
Gary says:

“Extraordinary programme. Derren conveyed some of the best life coaching ever in the space of an hour. ”

I really disagree, and the fact that it posed as some kind of life-coaching exercise made it uneasy viewing for me

I thought the sequence where he supposedly showed the butcher ‘missed opportunities’ totally contrived. A phony lottery ticket in the mail – nobody scratches those things, no more than they click on banners saying ‘THIS IS NOT A JOKE. YOU ARE THE LUCKY…’
Similarly, it is hardly a missed opportunity not to entertain everyone who stops you on the street to do a survey. The 50 quid on the street was the easiest thing ever to fake.
Based on this sequence he has the guy risking his savings on the roll of a dice. Hopefully he won’t walk into a casino and start playing craps

November 18, 2011 at 10:57 am
sarah barry says:

Dear Derren Brown, I have only ever seen the Experiments Game Show.
Yesterday I went to an anti bullying presentation at my local secondary school. The school uses a system called Restorative Justice to deal with physical bullying. I think is great and shows good results with a face to face scenario.
last week however, my daughter became victim to cyber bullying on both Facebook and BBM.
Your show came straight to mind and i asked the teacher if he had seen it, as I felt it gave a powerful insight into mob mentality. if you ask yourself about the need to educate young people regarding this, just look at what happened with the recent riots.
So to get to the point. The Game Show was made for adults. Do you think Derren there ia merit in someone like yourself with whom the youth can relate

November 18, 2011 at 10:59 am
sarah barry says:

It only takes an idea…just ask Bob Geldof or Jamie Olivier….best regards Sarah.

November 19, 2011 at 5:49 pm
Cristian says:

How can i get in touch with Derren if i`m not a member of the media i`m very big fan and i would like to talk to him swap a few emails if he can spare the time.

Thank you

November 20, 2011 at 12:44 am
sara says:

Really heartwarming and touching. I may or may not have shed a few tears! Also delighted to see someone taking the mick out of that fecking Psychic Sally one. Aul bat! Fair dues, looking forward to seeing Derren for the first time in Dublin next year. See you front and centre!

November 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm
Flapjack says:

Loved the show. Regardless of whether the ending was rigged or not or whether that really was a lucky dog, there was a very practical lesson in psychology in the mix and that’s the bit I’m taking away from it.
Many thanks to Derren and the team for another brilliant series.

November 21, 2011 at 7:34 am
Charles says:

Derren, the show was amusing and heart-warming, but the one problem I have with it show is a BIG one.

Gambling is NOT an ‘opportunity’ – it’s just gambling. If you prefer not to take part in the lottery it’s not because you’re missing out on the possibilities of life, it’s because you aren’t a complete moron. The central message that people should be more open to the world around them is fine, but trying to equate that with taking part in a mug’s game isn’t.

Nice work with the magnet at the bottom of the bowl, BTW (the ‘3’ side of the die was ferro-magnetic). It was very convincing at first, but if you look closely you can see the die twisting in the air to align itself properly.

November 21, 2011 at 11:01 am
Alex says:

Charles, agree totally. Hopefully, the guy was not left with an idea, that he should put all his money, house and car on next lottery

November 21, 2011 at 7:10 pm
Dr Mojo says:

Derren Brown is primarily an ENTERTAINER !! I love his shows, it’s unmissable TV for me. And if they inspire people to change something for the better in their lives, or even just to question ‘the wisdom of the group’ that’s great.

But remember the focus of his shows is ENTERTAINMENT! It’s a shame if viewers decide to gamble ‘because I know I will win, so I will win.’ Just as it’s a shame if viewers decide they can ‘levitate’ like David Copperfield, or make rabbits disappear into a top hat.

Derren takes his illusions and tricks a step further than other TV magicians, but he’s shown enough of the elaborate preparation required to show us they are tricks. Hence ‘A Trick of the Mind’. It’ll be the same with the dice.

November 21, 2011 at 11:34 pm
Dave says:

An excellent show, thoroughly enjoyed it, but subject to Derren’s usual manipulation. EG with the flat tyre, the “pessimistic” landlord was asked vaguely if he could help – direction to somewhere that knew about cars seemed like a sensible option I thought. The “optimistic” landlady however, was specifically asked if she could help with “blowing up the tyre” – a subtly different question, and more likely to elicit direct action.
Loved the general “make your own luck” message though, just a shame I had to super-slowmo the final dice roll at the end – plenty of chance for Derren to switch his own die with the one from the toy shop – he took it and handed it to his lucky winner himself. contd…

November 21, 2011 at 11:43 pm
Dave says:

….we all know Derren is a master of manipulating audiences, so he could probably get a “4” that way. Knowing that a 4 was needed, a magnetised die could be switched in, with an electromagnet under the stage, only switched on though for the final roll, when it was needed.
What the super slo mo revealed was clear – after nearly the final bounce, the die was rotating one way in the air, BUT, while STILL in the air, it stopped and started rotating the OTHER way, confirming an outside force operating on it. This motion would never happen if it was moving due to gravity alone, when the rotation would normally continue until the next strike on the surface. Todmorden, you’ve been duped, but at least we got a happy ending!

November 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Dave says:

Dammit, Charles got there first – I should have read previous entries! Totally agree with your comments on opportunity and gambling too!

November 24, 2011 at 4:31 pm
DH says:

I was suspicious of the big pipes meeting the perspex structure and thought there was probably something lurking in there (video cam&optical dice recognition&air jets?) but the electromagnet explanation is a bit simpler! Watching on slow-mo it looks right too. “Derren is a master of manipulating audiences, so he could probably get a 4 that way.” – yes or he just had six dice about his person.

November 24, 2011 at 4:35 pm
DH says:

There is positive thinking (your thoughts influence your body influences the world) and there is DSM “magical thinking” (your thoughts directly influence the world). I think the show just about kept this distinction (unlike that stupid book “The Secret”). But I wonder how many people will misunderstand and take away the bogus idea that magical thinking works.

Very enjoyable watching eitherway!!

November 25, 2011 at 10:42 am
nanobelle says:

As a person who doesn’t believe in the power of luck but in rationality it was not in Derren’s best interest to rig the die. If Wayne lost it would have proved Derren’s theory that there is no supernatural advantage in winning. His lecture to the butcher prior to the toss was of taking the positive experience in the face of his probable loss. I believe Derren’s apparent shock and joy to be real when he saw the outcome. He has proved over and over again to be a gambler, as one who enjoys the risks such as live tv employs. It would be out of character for Derren to do something so predictable.

November 26, 2011 at 8:43 am
Dave says:

nanobelle: check out “conservation of angular momentum” and watch the slowmo. A spinning ball doesn’t just decide to rotate the other way in the air – unless it comes under another force, eg hitting the ground.

I expect Derren remembered his spectacular failure at that Casino, so why risk another let-down ending?

November 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm
abc says:

Let’s be positive, take the oppertunity, and buy that scratchcard/play the lottery…and make that lucky trip to the betting shop YEAH…! Some interesting ideas but c’mon Derren why the money/lottery thing?

November 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Olivia says:

i hope so from DB’s team will read this.

I thought it was amazing how DB covered a huge array of human emotions including a modern day interpretaion of the Milgrim Experiment in the Game show. Although I have to admit, that I couldn’t watch it all the way through. I found the faceless mob too terrfying. and seeing the 1970 Film Abraham – ein Versuch, which is the recreation of the Milgrim Experiemt by the Max Planck Institut in Munich, where I come from has changed my life. or rather it helped me stay on the path I was already on. i was only 14 when I made a concious decision to never hurt so intentionally even if it meant at the time that not taking part in the bullying would ostrazise myself in boarding school. Sorry went off on a tangient .

November 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm
Olivia says:

It was amazing how Dreen changed the outlook of so many people and did real life coaching. But how about taking this further even and use his abilities as shown in The Heist to programm people in a positive way? Ok it is maybe not as easy to predict and set up but also there wouldn’t have to be any “de-programming” afterwards. He has shown us so many insights into the negative side of the human psychy. And it would be great to spread more of the positive seed. Without there being any other reward than just acting responsible and human and letting go of fear. To some people taking part it could just be as exhilarating and surprising as the Heist. Wouldnt it be great to work with so, who doesnt think of himself as unlucky but racist and see how that could evolve and change?

November 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm
Olivia says:

How this could work as a TV format is something that could surely be worked out. And there is an interesting movement in the US called Random Acts of Kindness which would be a great name, don’t you think? I am not suggesting DB change into a pink fluffy easterbunny. But seing The Secret of Luck shows me that it is equally interesting to go down the sunny path once in a while. We all know the dark and sinister exists.

November 30, 2011 at 11:25 pm
Matt W says:

This was such a great show. Warmhearted and kind, and one in which Derren showed a really, really likeable side to himself which sometimes gets lost on the “something wicked this way comes” persona he often projects. Valuable life lessons to do with the way we filter the world, and ones that we should all take with us. I really appreciate the way you pay attention to detail so meticulously, and really think things through. Now, spill the beans… the dice WAS loaded, right? You showed us all how you influence people to think of your chosen song at the beginning… so… did you do it with the number 4 at the end? Come on, spill the beans!

December 1, 2011 at 9:26 am
Berber Anna says:

Olivia: Don’t you think that’s exactly what these shows are, in fact, doing? ‘Programming’ people to be nicer, be more human, to overcome what’s holding them back… Cf. the timer at the end of Hero (as well as the message throughout), the last episode of the second Trick or Treat series (and, to a lesser extent, that entire series), and the Gameshow and Secret of Luck episodes of the Experiments. You don’t need to hypnotise people if you want to ‘program’ them into being all they can be. You just need to poke them in the right soft spots, push the right buttons. That’s what Derren’s later work appears to be trying to accomplish.

December 5, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Charlie Mason says:

Derren is amazing – I wonder what else he could get people to change about their lives just through the power of suggestion and self belief – for example could all overweight people become thin simply by believing they’re thin? Maybe Derren could chane the world if enough people listened…

December 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Do people have good literature/articles/papers about this phenomenon about the content of this concept that people can so ‘fast’ take over the idea of luck? I would like to refer to this video as part of an essay I do about sacred sites.

Thanks for your help.

All the best,


December 16, 2011 at 2:15 pm
makomk says:

Hmmmm. Random thought. If Derren Brown did have a magnet in the die, and if he could be sure the audience would pick either 3 or 4, he wouldn’t need to force the audience to pick 4 in advance or to have multiple trick dice. 3 and 4 are opposite each other – south pole of a magnet under the 3, corresponding north pole under the 4, switchable electromagnet beneath the bowl, job done. Would probably even make the trick more reliable because the side he wanted facing up would’ve been strongly repelled by the magnet.

That’s actually kind of elegant in a way.

February 11, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Hi Derren.
Totally forgot to post this link from my then, new, website/blog thing. We walked in to Todmorden (from Hebden) the morning after your show was aired and looked around for the dog. We saw the Butcher and Toy Shop owner and had to ask the Tourist info lady …who was most bemused. In the space of about 30 seconds, two people had shaken the butchers hand. When we got to the dog, we had to wait our turn and when we finished, more people were waiting. The grass was turned in to a proper mud bath. Really enjoyed the show. More please. A picture shows it all at

March 31, 2012 at 9:27 pm
Jouni says:

I’ve seen a couple of Derrens shows from TV and on the Internet and always liked the way he explains how he does some of his tricks and what those tricks are based on. Just watched the show, and although not being a native English speaker, found myself wondering, at what occasion did he plant the number four to my mind, because I found my self saying “neljä” (number 4 in Finnish) out loud at that point when Derren asked people to take a vote on which number should Wayne choose. Probably right at the beginning of the show, where Derren introduces the idea of the show and tells something about misFORtune (sounds like “four” to me…) and “what is this mysterious FORce and can it be…” (again for me it sounds like four, but as I said, I’m not a native speaker). Loved the show!

August 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm
rhi says:

I cried at the end.