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Posted by Derren Brown July 28, 2010 at 1:18 pm

One of the highlights of the tour this year was indoor skydiving at Airkix in Milton Keynes. This is quite something. An enormous structure which is in essence an inverted wind tunnel, circulating air through a central chamber. Jump in and you’re airborne. We received the essential lowdown from Sean, our cool and perky trainer, and then each got a go in the flight chamber with Sean helping us along. It is extraordinary, exhilarating, and SO much fun. The team there looked after us very well and what you see in the video is Coops’ edit of Airkix’s footage. We’ve spared the rest of the team from having their escapades published, as, well, you don’t look your best when you’re at it.

Attached to our helmets – by which I mean, you know, our helmets – are toy animals, flapping in the wind. Coops has a monkey, I have a vampire bat. We chose well. You’ll see my effort first, then Mr Coops, and then finally me again doing a few tricks after some more practice. OK, that last bit’s not true. Make sure you watch the last section to show what can be done – it’s the brilliant Sean and he’s a living Spiderman. Just incredible. All this has made us very enthusiastic to do a proper (ie outdoor, terrifying etc) skydive at some point, and the lovely people at The Red Devils have offered to host it. Wowzers. Expect more footage when that happens, though more likely of Coops and me wetting ourselves at so many thousand feet. Wheee!

July 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm
Tracey says:

I did wonder what that was on top of your helmets. It looks brilliant fun would love to have a go. Look forward to seeing more. x

July 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm
Andy says:

More Superman, bloody awesome though!

July 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm
nettmac says:

That looks amazing! I am so going to MK to play!! Anyone else wanna go?

July 28, 2010 at 1:28 pm
LairyT says:

That looks like amazing fun, I really want to try it now!

July 28, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Paul Derren Brown says:

OMG Derren that was Awesome !

I loved your Monkey Helmet =)))))

The “Snowman” Music made it extra special for me =D

Love N Hugs x

July 28, 2010 at 2:38 pm
Swuava says:

I want to go skydiving with you : )

July 28, 2010 at 2:50 pm
Tracey says:

I did a fixed line Parachute jump with the Red Devils when I was a lot younger and perms were the fashion try getting one of those in a helmet :), it was a fantasitic day.Having a red devil strap you into the suit was a real experience. πŸ˜‰ very exhilarating

July 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm
Will says:

Do it – wind tunnels are fun but don’t compare to that first time you drop out of the doorway or a plane. A couple of hundred jumps later and I can still remember my first jump – my brain froze for a second and could only entertain the simple fact that I was falling. Then reality seeps back and you can enjoy it. Take the time to have a good look around and remember to smile for the camera – it stops your face flapping in the wind! πŸ™‚

July 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm
Sabina says:

I watched this last night, brilliant video.

Looks like sooo much fun, I shall have to try it some time. As for a proper, scary sky dive, I shall leave that to you lot and see how you get on first. Must be amazing.

Will you do yours to raise money for the Parrot Zoo? I’m sure a lot of fans would donate generously…

July 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm
Helen says:

Wow! That looks amazing! The instructor’s demonstration was fantastic. Good luck with the real jump – you are braver than me!

July 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm
Jasper Mathews says:

Reminds me of those gliding frogs (can’t remember species name) the way you use your arms to correct the angle. Quite wonderful to watch, even you clumsies πŸ™‚

July 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm
roz says:

that sean is amazing! but i’m so glad he’s wearing a helmet! :0 and i see jimmie likes to spin…great fer the ride, not such a hot idea when doing it fer real.

dunno about wetting yerself in an actual dive, but most likely you’ll be intrigued when snot starts running UP yer face. πŸ˜€

July 28, 2010 at 4:21 pm
Frankie says:

Can’t watch the video because I’m at work – but with regards to doing a skydive with the Red Devils…..go for it πŸ˜€ I did a tandem jump with them about 8-9 years ago, and it was fantastic!! One of the best experiences of my life and one I would definately do again. The Red Devils were fun, professional and I was totally at ease – even when they were joking about whether the parachute had been packed correctly! (My response – if he’s happy jumping with that chute, I’m happy jumping with it!). Get it filmed though, as it’s a great reminder!

July 28, 2010 at 5:15 pm
Dan says:

I was there a few weeks ago. Great fun

July 28, 2010 at 7:03 pm
veronica says:

i got my boyfriend a go at this for xmas a few years back and he LOVED it, im so jealous that i didnt think to book myself in for a go to! it looks like the most fun ever!!!!

July 28, 2010 at 7:13 pm

I caught this on You Tube last night and I thought it liked wonderful fun…..’walking in the air’ indeed!
Good luck with doing the real thing!! πŸ™‚

LC x

July 28, 2010 at 7:15 pm
Elise says:

COOL! That looks awesome πŸ˜€ Weeeeee! Flyyyyyiiiing! haha!!

July 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Rhian says:

I did a parachute jump with the Army a few years ago. Great fun and a little terrifying at first… bit like a Derren Brown show…. πŸ˜‰

July 28, 2010 at 7:32 pm
Stephen says:

Jejejeje, that’s excellent, and a very impressive set of stunt skills at the end by Sean, too! I can recommend accelerated freefall. I did several jumps in Cairns at at 14000 feet you get one minute of free fall. It feels so good, like nothing else. If you open it up for sponsorship then I shall definitely put down £10 for a worthy cause!

July 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm
Jenny says:

Do a skydive! Do a skydive! It´s a LOT of fun!

I want one of those things in my living room.

July 28, 2010 at 7:56 pm
SarahC says:

Wow! That is just amazing – I’d probably throw up though πŸ™ Although I have done a couple of static line jumps which and I managed not to vomit πŸ™‚

July 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm
Mawsypawsy says:

lovin’ the lil monkey! it’s like he’s havin’ a wee dance on the helmet! πŸ˜‰

July 28, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Habiba says:

oh wow!

It looks like magic! haha.
Coops is sooo light, flying everywhere!
We met him when you came down to Wimbledon Theatre :]

July 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm
Judith says:

Wow that was amazing saw it earlier. So good I made my partner watch it too and he thought it was brilliant aswell. Good luck to all that are going to do it for real :-S. Lots of love judith xx

July 28, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Ooops, I meant to say ‘I thought it looked like wonderful fun.’ Perfectionist that I am…… πŸ˜‰

LC x

July 28, 2010 at 9:10 pm
Graham says:

Airkix is great. I’ve done Airkix twice now and kids love it. Well done team – it looks like you had a ball.

July 28, 2010 at 9:41 pm
Diane brown says:

OMG I’d just love to do that!!!! *jealous* πŸ˜‰ xxxxx

July 28, 2010 at 9:52 pm
Jules says:

I’ve been too, with Sean our instructor too. Well worth the money and also worth paying for 2x 2min flights to start with it takes the first min to get the hang of it… 2 days later my arms were like lead!!!!

July 28, 2010 at 10:55 pm
jameshogg says:

Always freakin knew you could fly you multi-talented bastard πŸ™‚

Little do we know the fan isn’t even turned on!

July 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm
spiderabc1 says:

; )
I am all warm inside,it looked brilliant. (mycaptchacodeisWCLU)

July 29, 2010 at 12:08 am
Thistooshallpass says:

I just Γ’β‚¬ΛœsoÒ€ℒ want to have a go at that… it looks amazing and the real thing must be incredible. IÒ€ℒll look forward to seeing that by the way…hmm ….Ò€Derren Brown flying through the airÒ€……. eat your heart out Mr Blaine lol

July 29, 2010 at 5:53 am
Julie says:

Oh wow! That looks so much fun! Even with a bad fear of heights, I want a go. I’ll leave the sky dive to you guys though.
The instructor at the end was impressive. Loved when he flew out of the door suddenly.
Your helmets looked very impressive flapping in the wind too. πŸ™‚


July 29, 2010 at 8:30 am
Naomi says:


Wow. Convinced me to leave my computer and head off to the acrobatics gym (now) and try, if not flying, then at least bouncing semi-gracefully.

I was planning to flag it tonight, so this comes timely.

July 29, 2010 at 10:23 am
Rob says:

Good God. (or any mythical creator being of your choice)
I did not expect Sean to fly out of the door!
So nonchalant.
He must have some serious muscle to make it look so easy. (Or is it just technique?)
I get the Spiderman reference now: I have tried to hook myself into the door frame of my office using my feet, but with no success.
Thank you for sharing your fun life with us mere mortals.
ps re David Blaine – you should have stayed in the chamber for 40 days, that would have been ‘entertainment’ – or maybe not.
(Sorry David, just a joke, you are pretty amazing too… just not as sartorially accomplished as Derren)

July 29, 2010 at 10:36 am
skyman69 says:

Come and do a skydive on the coast at Bridlington,the views are awesome,and the guys who run it are awesome too.One of the ravens display team runs it so they are more than qualified to take care of you…Do it and enjoy:)

July 29, 2010 at 11:03 am
Jess xxx says:

Feel like a kid when I watch this. I just want to shout “I WANT A GO!” πŸ˜€ Plus, I love how Derren and the team all run up and press their faces to the glass when Sean’s doing his amazing tricks. Cute πŸ˜‰

July 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm
Tony Benham says:

It’s abird – It’s a plane- no, wait! It’s Super Derren!
Hey, tie some helium balloons to your back and you’ll go through the roof!

July 29, 2010 at 5:04 pm
terri says:

i skydive’d in march – do it! honestly you will not regret it, on the plane you’ll be a little nervous but jumping out your more shocked at what you’re doing than nervous haha! i hope to do it again soon, it’s something everyone has to do at least once it’s an amazing feeling.

July 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm
Rory says:

Yep, better than David Copperfield. No strings attached πŸ˜‰ Hope you have fun on the real thing.

July 29, 2010 at 9:44 pm
whodat says:

please remake more scenes from Willy Wonka, please

excellent choice of tune, too

July 29, 2010 at 11:54 pm
Nadia says:

That was rather stunning. I’ll make a small confession – I made a little “squee” sound when you and Sean began spiralling upwards, together – I wasn’t quite expecting that! πŸ˜€

This is very near to where I live, and I’ve always been curious as to how it is. But after watching that video, I definitely want to go and have a go now! πŸ˜€

July 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm
Mark Brown says:

That looks awesome fun!! i want a shot haha

August 3, 2010 at 11:53 am
Bobby says:

Fascinating! I wonder if you could fake this sort of thing. Not that anyone would.

Derren! I did some mind reading research and had a contest with some comedians as to who is the best at reading micro expressions. What do you think? ItÒ€ℒs really tough (ie, I didnÒ€ℒt win)

August 4, 2010 at 9:42 am
JayKay says:

Must be the hormones, but a small tear rolled down my face there. How ace is that!!!!!!

August 9, 2010 at 2:08 pm
skydivers says:

There is no doubt that as new techniques are tried and experimented with, the history of extreme sports will include many new and daring innovations.

August 10, 2010 at 1:36 pm
Ava says:

That was so funny!!!! Well done you :o) … You REALLY need to do a real skydive. It’s a lot more of a mental, than a physical, challenge which I’m sure you’ll love. Static line jumps are o.k but no free fall so the fun bit is missing from the jump. Tandems are definately the way forward for a first time experience. I’ve done both and nothing beats the rush of the freefall. Come on Derren, man up and do it!!! Lol :o) If you watch this, please try not to laugh at me, I was very excited, it was my first time x

August 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm

If you do decide to go sky divng (you should its amazing!) you can find a list of available sites on

August 10, 2010 at 3:04 pm
Daniel says:

Theres got to be a competitive sport in this somewhere-imagine a giant pitch like this, with hockey stick toting jocks hitting each other, and maybe scoring the odd goal or something.

August 12, 2010 at 10:30 am
Bev says:

Cooooooooooooollllllll, I want a go.

August 22, 2010 at 7:04 am
Scott says:

oh my god that looks like so much fun! awesome.

August 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm
karen says:

oooooooooo this looks fun πŸ™‚ i would love to do a sky dive but i think i would be to scared to jump out of the plane

you should do a competition for one of your loyal fans to jump out of the plane with u derren πŸ™‚ i might do it then lol

August 23, 2010 at 11:08 am
Mark says:

At precisely 0:58 there would have been a sudden pants-wetting for me!! Christ that looked terrifying.

August 27, 2010 at 12:00 am
Tim says:

Hi, Derren.
Do you already rule the world, or when are you starting?
I am russian, i.e. english is not my mother-tongue, but still some of your witchcraft got me. You _are_ amazing.

August 28, 2010 at 11:00 pm
Lauren says:

I. Love. You.


AHHHH You’re amazing
– Just putting that out there.

I’m aware there’s an 98.5% chance you’ll never see this because I’m from Scotland and nothing epic ever happens to the people of Scotland.. as you may well know.

BUT.. If you feel like adding someone on Twitter.. Just for the bants etc.

And.. Woooh 8th September πŸ˜€ !

x x

August 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm
James says:

Derren – Coops was better than you πŸ˜› I suppose he has to be better at something though. Was this your attempt at Copperfield’s flying illusion? If so I think I’ve worked it out (and you need floatier hair. Scrap that – you need hair). Did anyone else think that the chap at the end pulling all the stunts looked remarkably like Jamiroquai’s JK dancing?

August 31, 2010 at 10:16 am
Iain Diamond says:

It looks like a must-do-before-you-die experience – so much fun just to watch. Just look at the guys outside the chamber all lean in every time someone shot upwards, “Whooooooow!”. Truly astonishing was the last flyer moving in ways you never thought the universe could handle. Bejingus!

September 2, 2010 at 11:27 pm
hannah says:

I don’t know why, but I found that hilarious. Probably the addition of the snowman themetune…

September 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm
rogibson says:

That looks like so much fun! I actually thought Derren was better than Coops, more ‘graceful’ perhaps.

So how about it then? A real sky dive to raise funds for the Parrot Zoo, and whoever donates the most gets to jump out of the plane with you. Sound like a good idea?

September 5, 2010 at 3:51 pm
louise says:

Come on Derren when are you going to do a post about you new live show!!! Love you πŸ™‚

December 15, 2010 at 4:19 pm
Ian says:

I did this at Milton Keynes too! It’s amazing!!!

January 15, 2011 at 10:12 am
zoe says:

lol.. wat a song 2 put with it!!!