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Posted by Derren Brown News January 20, 2011 at 1:15 pm

So far all we can say is:

A brand new 90 minute special from the incomparable psychological illusionist Derren Brown in which the star turns his attention to the controversial world of faith-healing.

He will lay bare the tricks and techniques employed by the American Bible beltsÒ€ℒ, self-proclaimed, faith-healers who boast the ability to perform wonders.

In one of the most audacious stunts he has ever attempted, Derren finds a member of the public who he will train to be a faith healer, before going out to the American bible belt and seeing if he can manage to put on a genuine faith healing show and get away with it.

As soon as we have a air date confirmed we will let you all know.

January 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Wow, that should be interesting. Fascinating, in fact. Can’t wait to watch this! πŸ™‚

LC x

January 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Rob Dodge says:

That will be great, I wondered when he would take a look into this !
Has he already selected who is going to train or can I still audition??

Wishing Everyone a wonderful 2011.

Warmest Regards
Rob Dodge.

January 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm
mark says:

Oooh so this is what Derren was doing in America. Very tantalising indeed. Wish he picked me for the job though.

January 20, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Tom says:

WOW! This sounds so good! Can’t wait! πŸ˜€

January 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm
kitty says:

EXCITING!!! Can’t wait! By the way do you know what happened to the one he did with that Russian healing thing? I wanted to show some people but it won’t let me watch it. Has Derren heard of the Lightning Process…. Similar to the Russian thing except happening in the UK and currently being clinically trialed on children before adults :-/

January 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Kez says:

Looking forward to it!!


January 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Myfanwy says:

It sounds amazing. Please, please sell it to one of the Australian networks!

People are DYING over here!

January 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm
Paul young says:

Brilliant. Can I be the healer? The faith healing stunts on those sky channels crack me up. Boom and your healed! Circular belief system…

January 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm
Scott Viggars says:

Can not wait! Good luck Derren πŸ™‚

January 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Emma Dunlop says:

Sounds pretty epic! Almost a mixture of Trick or Treat (where the eldrely lady learned to be a sharp poker player) and Messiah. Excited!!!!

January 20, 2011 at 1:25 pm
Christi says:

Sounds amazing! Can’t wait!

January 20, 2011 at 1:32 pm
Paulina says:

Yes!!! πŸ˜€ Already can’t wait for it!!! πŸ™‚

January 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Heidi says:

This sounds absolutely brilliant. Can’t wait to see πŸ™‚

January 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm
Simon Caine says:

How can you apply to become the “member of the public that is trained to be a faith healer” ?

January 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Sabina says:

Oooh this sounds a bit like Messiah which is one of my favourite specials. Should be very good! Can’t wait.

January 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm
Steph Rickard says:

Cool, I’m well glad there’s a new special to look forward….I’ve exhausted 4OD the past couple of weeks and watched everything Derren brown again! It’s not healthy, I’m staying up til 3/3.30am and getting up at 7am for work haha! I’ve got the show to look forward to in March, so would be good to have a filler in between…..I’m a happy girlie :0) x

January 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm
Emma Powell says:

Omg sounds fab! Xx it will be a nice change to watch derren brown without knowing it all off by heart xxx πŸ˜€

January 20, 2011 at 2:08 pm

This sounds fantastic. Cannot wait for it. I bet he pulls it off!!

January 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm
John Biagi says:

Fantastic, can’t wait. His shows boggle the mind, seriously quality old school entertainment. How do you go about getting picked to participate in his shows?


January 20, 2011 at 2:23 pm
Skalor says:

Incredibly interesting. I think faith healing is considered by many as significant evidence of god or the supernatural and it’s something I really want to know more about. I’ve seen ‘healing’ which definitely could have been perceived by some as definitive proof but I can’t just agree without understanding more. I’m looking forward to seeing what light you can shed on the subject. It seems almost everything you write and talk about is exactly what i’m interested in Derren, you’re almost like a scientist who is an entertainer.

January 20, 2011 at 2:24 pm
Nathan Clark says:

Can’t wait love what you do Derren keep blowing my mind.

January 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm
unmevsworld says:

I am so glad you are investigating in the Bible belt. I grew up in the Bible belt, and, although I was always skeptical of the faith-healing aspects, I was not immune to conservative religious beliefs. I have since extricated myself from such beliefs, but I am always glad to see something that can inoculate others against them.

January 20, 2011 at 2:33 pm
SomeGuy says:

I am not going to miss this!

January 20, 2011 at 2:46 pm
MDub says:

I can’t wait to see this! And I hope it’s posted online immediately, so I can let all my friends see it in the States!

January 20, 2011 at 2:49 pm
keiran moore says:

one day i will be apart of your show derren….ONE DAY !!! lol i cant wait for the new one tho =)

January 20, 2011 at 2:51 pm
becky platt says:

cant wait another winner im sure.

January 20, 2011 at 2:53 pm
Peter says:

He, Derren, healed so many already .. it only took one glance .. hahaha … (from what they were healed you might wonder by then .. hm? And who glanced at who? And for what reason? Hm … tricky .. )

I’m sure it will be something worthwhile to watch. I would, if I could. But the non-brits .. have to wait a little longer ..

January 20, 2011 at 2:55 pm
roz says:

that’s audacious, all right. good way to get killed.

January 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm
The Mind Reading Frog says:

Wow wow wow, this sounds pretty darn good! πŸ™‚ xxx

January 20, 2011 at 3:31 pm
Carol says:

Hope we learn the transmission date soon – I’ll put it on the calendar. Don’t want to miss this one.
The bible belt eh? – brilliant.

January 20, 2011 at 3:38 pm
Rob says:

Should open some eyes hopefully 8) I love Derrens work but wish he’d just hurry up and fix the world…..Dawkins and Derren for the win!

January 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm
Bex says:

This is going to be soooooo good! More shows please super clever Mr Brown πŸ™‚ xxx

January 20, 2011 at 3:50 pm
jim says:

splendid! the previous faith healing subjects you have touched upon have been great to watch. All the best with it !

January 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm
Nita says:

I do beleive that faith heals but i dont believe in Faith healers ,,, the only thing they heal is their bank accounts .. god luck with it !

January 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Alex says:

Is this why he spent most of crimbo in america, and also recorded his ‘boldest thing ever’??

Even if it isn’t, i cant wait for this or his live show in March (29th at Southend).

January 20, 2011 at 4:02 pm
Ebony says:

Woo so can’t wait to see this one it sounds so good !!!!!

January 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm
Stephen says:

I am always keen to watch everything that DB produces, and I can only hope that this will convince even one new viewer that faith healing is not at all real and that those who practice it don’t deserve the time or money of anyone.

January 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Danni says:

πŸ˜€ Good Luck Derren! its gonna be amazing πŸ˜‰ X

January 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm
Zak says:

For a second i thought it was just messiah again but this should be really interesting! Go for it Derren

January 20, 2011 at 5:10 pm
louisa a says:

yes should be good! i love derren brown and i cant wait til april. im gonna ruin the dvds lol x

January 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm
Jazz x says:

Wooo! Can’t wait! Sounds amazing πŸ˜‰ xxx

January 20, 2011 at 5:46 pm
Psycodelik says:

Wow, this is like Derren Brown Investigates meets Messiah meets Hero at 30,000 feet – awesome =D

January 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm
Steve myers says:

Another hour and half of the bearded one. Sounds sweet.

January 20, 2011 at 6:41 pm
Svava Dâgg says:

Húrra!! Looking forward to it πŸ™‚

January 20, 2011 at 6:52 pm
Tim says:

Cool! My mum needs to watch this as she’s been brainwashed with this crap for the last 8 years! Love your work Derren! I’ve got all your dvd’s! :0)

January 20, 2011 at 7:19 pm
lifes says:

Excellent,cant wait.

January 20, 2011 at 7:48 pm
Ashley says:

I can’t wait to see this. How long is it usually between this kind of announcement and the actual screening of the programme?

January 20, 2011 at 8:05 pm
Willsy says:

I have faith Derren will heal. Looking forward to the show sharp-bearded thought-fiddler.

January 20, 2011 at 8:19 pm
Harry says:

One word: excitement.

Looking forward to it all the way from here in NZ =D

January 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm
Berber Anna says:

Now I’m sad that I’m not British, and would therefore never be chosen for anything of this sort. I’ve been fascinated by these kinds of ruses ever since I read about Project Alpha.
I’m sure I´ll be watching with equal measures of fascination and jealousy. Can’t wait! πŸ˜‰

January 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm
Claire says:

Intrigued to see for sure although sad that it will expose the fake and in doing so, overshadow the real πŸ™

January 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm
Hairy Mary says:

Just like the rest of Derren’s female following, I’m planning on growing a beard, then shaving it into a goatee to celebrate this announcement.

January 20, 2011 at 9:54 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

OohH, jesus christ

That’s going to be a trip through the garden of Eden


January 20, 2011 at 10:28 pm
Elise says:

EEEEEEEEEEE!!! Excited! xxx Can’t wait! Happiness! XxX

January 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

WHAT?????????? You mean……..Faith Healing is not real?????????? lololol

January 21, 2011 at 3:03 am
Jake R says:

Sounds like an interesting concept, I’m looking forward to seeing it on TV.

January 21, 2011 at 3:23 am
freakclub says:

This is extreme fun. LOL

January 21, 2011 at 7:13 am
Tony says:

This sounds good, and I am looking forward to it, but it strikes me as not much of a challenge to get the bible-belters to swallow some bullshit that most of them will believe without question anyway…?

Perhaps I am missing something, and all will be rev(h)ealed.

January 21, 2011 at 9:38 am
Raymond says:

@Berber we’ve tried do similar things here in the Netherlands as well!

However apparently the Dutch TV audience is not in tune with debunking faith healing and other believe systems. I have tried to sell shows like these but they much rather see someone practice their quackery instead of showing it for what it really is.

Much lik Derren himself who’s not widely watched even though initially he had a prime time slot. Perhaps us Dutch are under educated and addicted to mind numbingly boring TV cames and poorly acted soaps. I had an argument with a program designer a few weeks ago that they lack any form of creativity. The just get stuck in the whole real life vote them off nonsense. Yes TV entertainment is poor in NL!

January 21, 2011 at 11:00 am
Berber Anna says:

Raymond, sooo true. Britain had Penn & Teller’s Fool Us, and we get De Nieuwe Uri Geller where contestants had to sign a non-disclosure agreement about whether they have any actual ‘paranormal gifts’.
We should try and get something better out there, really. I know of enough people that would watch.

January 21, 2011 at 3:50 pm
kzk says:

I was in Florida during Christmas holiday visited a best magic show. It was ok eventhough
people were queue up to get a pre-booking .It’s familier with Derren’s show, through a compelling
trick of perspective,cards,mind reading and florting a table etc. We are very lucky and been spoiled
by Derren. His incredible abilities,control minds and manipulate thoughts etc. No one can achieved
by any other legends of the magical arts. Thanks to Derren and his crews for producing and programming
those shows on TV and theatre for years. We love you Derren from bottom of our hearts.
All the best and wishing you good health. xxx

January 21, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Brilliant, can’t wait.

January 21, 2011 at 11:24 pm
Dougie says:

This is rather compelling, simply because it is an important subject. Faith is a great weakness, and people exploiting this weakness are wicked people indeed. Faith healers should be in mainstream TV, they should be exposed, ridiculed and put in the spotlight. I love the fact that Derren while making his living as an entertainer also tries to educate the world. I hope they don’t hold back when editing!

January 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Anne says:

Looking forward to seeing this. Anything that debunks these charlatans is good! There’s no doubt they have taken plenty of money from gullible people in the past and deserve to be shown up for what they are.

January 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Rory says:

Oh Derren, why do you always pick on aspects that are so obviously ridiculous and then present it as though it’s evidence enough to bring down the whole thing? As though debunking the Old Testament and mad Christianity is argument against the existence of God? Just because you expose some rubbish and mad Americans it doesn’t mean faith healing isn’t real – just as when you look at rubbish and mad ‘mediums’ it doesn’t mean clairvoyance isn’t real. Honestly, stop wasting your time and put your curiosity to better use and, if you must ‘investigate’, go investigate something truly astounding. We all know this is bobbins – it’s not exactly news – but if you can debunk Ammachi, the ‘hugging saint’, then I’ll be impressed.

January 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm
Claire Gant says:

meow! Saucer of milk table nine……

January 25, 2011 at 7:02 pm
Kayleigh says:

How do you ‘apply’ to be picked?? πŸ˜€ & Sounds amazing! can’t wait!! & Just ordered your books off Amazon!!! πŸ˜€

January 25, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Leelie says:

@ Rory,
But Rory, it’s not about trying to debunk or disprove God and religion as a whole, it’s about debunking those who use religion or clairvoyancy as a cover to take advantage of those who are vunrable. There are many of these ‘Faith Healers’ who will give people who are in a very desperate and emotional situation false hope about becoming well again, sometimes even charging them for their trouble, and it’s an incredibly despicable thing for them to do.
On the other hand, I just researched Ammachi, and she seems like a perfectly lovely human being, she is doing nothing but spread love and compassion, and not using underhanded techniques to give false hope to desperate people. There is nothing about her to be ‘debunked’, she is just travelling around and being, well, nice.

January 25, 2011 at 8:20 pm
BossW says:

a faith healer is obviously ridiculous? and the hugging saint is truly astounding? haha what a load of .., what is there to debunk about the hugging saint, why is she so astounding compaired to faith healers, your obviously easly impressed, if you think derren alway picks on aspects that are obviously ridiculous then you should think the hugging saint is also obviously ridiculous if not then your a fool. not everyone is on your “all knowing”, there are a lot of people who belief in stuff like faith healers, stop wasting your own time by stop complaining

January 26, 2011 at 9:00 am
spiderabc1 says:

@BerberAnna ~ Project Alpha going in the google search engine!

Do you think Derren understands just how important his work is? (Kind of rhetorical as I know he does) He really changes peoples lives by exposing and explaining what is happening very honestly and scientifically. I know personally his shows have really helped me come to terms with a few things and I’m sure this show will do the same for others. I guess that’s the point but we seem to only have Derren (and his team) doing this stuff. Maybe a Brown Towers Academy would be good and they can send teachers over to Holland and New Zealand. Sounds a bit cultish actually.

January 26, 2011 at 11:57 am
madmitch says:

at long last a man i can really appreciate, a speaker of fudamental truths. i am 62 years into this life, and for a long time have swam against the popular tide, not always easy. have served in the army and travelled all over, i wish you well derren, keep up the good work of exposing the charlatans, see you in may.

January 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm
Ben says:

I look forward to seeing the show, it was enjoyable to see some of it filmed last year.

January 30, 2011 at 12:36 am
steven says:

Sounds like its worth watching would be interesting to see your take on such things. Can u plz let us know now we can apply as this sounds gr8 fun

Keep up the good work

January 31, 2011 at 10:39 pm
Katie says:

Sounds amazing πŸ™‚ good luck

February 6, 2011 at 10:02 pm
jo says:

That sounds really interesting, cant wait to see it.whatever will he think of next!x

March 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm
a tip says:

Here’s a question to Derren: What would you think if you actually were able to heal someone from a bad sickness (like spread cancer) wih using the psychology, hypnosis etc. skills you possess. Wouldn’t your skills then actually be almost supernatural, even though you yourself don’t use that word? At least it would send a major shock to the community of medical science, if you were able to repeat that with another patient. Also, if that would be possible, shouldn’t you be a doctor? Anyways, waiting for the show ::)

March 18, 2011 at 7:13 pm
Cathy says:

sounds like fun!

April 5, 2011 at 8:12 am
whodat says:

what’s up, any news in regards to an air date for this?

April 11, 2011 at 12:40 am
Hayley says:

I wouldn’t mind knowing when the air date will be either. This sounds very interesting πŸ˜€

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

As someone who believes in God and totally believes that God can heal I really enjoyed this programme. No wonder people are turned off Christianity when that’s what people see, people using Jesus name to make money for themselves. Over this weekend especially we are reminded of the TRUTH. Jesus came to love us, save us and give us hope by us just believing in him. And he asked for absolutely nothing in return. Just a simple request to believe, love Him and love other people. How sad that people distort that into something cruel and un-godly.

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

Echo Pauline – as a Christian who came to his faith at least in part by reason, I really enjoyed this program, and will be reccommending it on my blog and in real life to friends of all creeds and none.

April 26, 2011 at 10:25 pm
Alan says:

I watched this, and as a practising Christian it answered a number of questions I’d often wondered about – how they managed to do such ‘amazing miracles’ and not be sussed out. Of course these ‘healers’ are very clever. However, given all the months and months of work and overcoming so many obstacles, I was sad to see how few people turned up to the final performance, and I could not help but wonder whether all the work and the cost of production was finally worthwhile.
I doubt it will ever begin to make the slightest dent in the evil work these ‘healers’ are doing. They will still rake in thousands upon thousands of ill-gained dollars from people who can least afford it.