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Posted by Derren Brown April 15, 2011 at 12:10 pm

On Easter Monday, April 25th at 9pm, my new special DERREN BROWN: MIRACLES FOR SALE will air on C4. This is hot off the press, so I have no artwork to show you as yet.

This is the special about faith-healing that some of you will have heard about. It has been the most intensely difficult project that I have attempted: to train an ordinary member of the public as a faith healer, then take him out to Texas, the heart of the Bible Belt, and try to pass him off as the real deal. We filmed this at the end of last year amidst concerns that we had bitten off far more than we could chew.

The film we made is driven by a desire to expose what I consider to be a foul and dangerous fraud at the expense of the sick, the needy and the faithful all over the world. It is not a comment on the church, or belief, or even, before some people get upset, the idea that God can or can’t heal. It is about a specific fraud, a greedy trick that has nothing to do with God whatsoever, beyond the fact that his name gets shouted around a lot. We made the show with the involvement of Christians and pastors who had been involved in that particular scene.

No faith healer has ever been able to provide evidence of a single miraculous healing ever having had occurred. Some when pushed have offered a few success stories, but when those ‘healed’ people have been approached, they turn out to be the same as before, worse than ever, dead, or not to have had the ailment in the first place. What does seem to happen, though, is a cleverly-engineered emotional event brings people into a state of hype that releases adrenalin, which acts as a pain killer. People in the audience with low-level ailments that can respond to such pain relief – combined with a huge amount of expectation and a desire to be healed, or ‘close to the magic’ – will commonly find themselves pain-free and step forward when asked to. There then follows, at the larger events, a filtering process where stewards send back anyone with a serious or visible ailment (such as an arm missing) and test the remaining arthritics and bad-back sufferers to see if they can display a convincing pantomime of having been healed (touching toes and so on). There are other tricks to seemingly cure the blind and deaf which I will also demonstrate on the show. These poor people are then brought up on stage in their heightened state to bounce around and think they’re healed while the truly afflicted are left to believe God hasn’t taken much of an interest. It’s very disturbing to see the rows of the seriously disabled on drip machines, in wheelchairs and even hospital beds, ignored and invisible, safely behind the TV cameras’ reach at the big-name events. Or to hear of the chronically afflicted being carried to these rallies around America by families who spend every last penny they earn in hope that the man on stage might channel a little of God in their direction. A wake of despair is left behind by these charlatans, made up of hundreds of thousands of people who receive no healing or only temporary pain relief, and are encouraged to blame themselves for not having enough faith when they find nothing’s improved.

And then there’s the money. This is the hub of the whole operation. The financial motivation seems to be closely linked to something called the Prosperity Gospel, which has to be the most perverse and self-serving piece of scripture-twisting I have ever come across. It was loudly preached by Oral Roberts and made popular in the 90s, and takes the rather lovely idea of ‘sow and ye shall reap’ and re-defines it as a financial incentive. Jesus bestows his blessings in the form of money. How do you get these blessings? You first give money. More than you can afford, otherwise it doesn’t count. Jesus will repay you hundredfold. If he doesn’t, you probably didn’t give enough, or perhaps you have secret sin or not enough faith. And to whom do you give your money? Your preacher, naturally. You might want to read that through again if this logic is something new to you. Not surprisingly, the big name preachers earn far more than any Hollywood A-lister from this system. Proof of the fact that Jesus bestows his blessings in the form of money? The stinking richness of your pastor. Perhaps his fleet of private jets might just convince you. And these donations come in not just from a mesmerised flock gathering twice on a Sunday, they flood in from millions of people on mailing lists which form the backbone of the big business of faith healing. The TV rallies, the crusade events, are all designed to encourage people to sign up and send in a sizeable chunk of their earnings every month. Cash floods in tax-free (for as long as you say it’s a church you are pretty much left alone by the IRS) and is spent on lifestyles that in some cases reach beyond imaginable luxury. People imagine perhaps that the money goes somewhere worthwhile to support God’s work. It’s disheartening watching the sick and the elderly put cash they can’t afford into the donation buckets at these vast crusades when I hear of how one big-name healer spent thousands of dollars after a rally, in said cash, on hotel room service and rent boys.

The healers perform their shows over here too: I recently went to see a couple of the current main men at venues in London and have never felt such a heady mixture of disgust and deep pity. A girl behind me screamed to her friend ‘There’s your proof God can heal!’ as we watched a man climb out of his wheelchair on stage; in her delight, she missed the moment later when he collapsed unhappily back into it once the cameras had been swiftly pointed away from him. At least it was his own chair: another common trick is to quietly stick someone with a bad back into one of the healer’s own wheelchairs to ‘make things comfortable’ for them, so that once they are brought before the crowd, the glistening man of God can command them to rise from a chair they didn’t need in the first place. Praise the Lord.

The project was hugely difficult because a big business like faith healing is almost impenetrable. We tried to speak to those who had worked alongside the current big-name healers, as we knew of a few who had been allowed in the inner circles of trust and knowing the depths of the corruption had eventually turned against it. But these are people who live in fear. They were told for years by their charismatic, ruthless leaders that they lived under a curse and that to leave the clan would result in God ending their lives. Disturbingly, that may not always be too far from the truth: we heard of a couple of witnesses who had been brought to testify against a healer and had died mysteriously of heart attacks the night before the trial. Something dark may be afoot.

There is, as one might hope, a growing scepticism in Britain amongst Christians towards these so-called healers. Although I don’t hide my own lack of religious belief, my repulsion at this scam comes as much from my days as a Christian as it does from simply being a human being observing ego- and money- driven fraud. It was a gruelling journey to penetrate the world of that fraud in the small way we could, with our own particular journey of seeing if an ordinary guy could pass as a real healer. I hope that the ranks of intelligent believers will feel the same concern at our findings as the rest of the viewers.

Easter Monday, 9pm, C4.

COMMENTS
April 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm
gillian duffy-huff says:

OOOHHHHH sounds very interesting, when i saw it was on easter monday i was hoping you were planning to rise rom the dead, ah well perhaps that can be next years easter special 😉


April 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Danny says:

Fascinating, simply fascinating… I can’t wait to watch this!


April 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm
B. Miller says:

This whole “healing” miricle is exactly the stunt that pastors on the ‘God Channel’ pull day after day.

Fruads such as the well known Benny Hinn perform this on a regular basis and get away with it with more money than he walked in with. You will notice how these pastors on this very popular TV channel consistantly pursuade the audience and people watching at home to buy their books.

I’ve always found it odd that redemption costs £12.99 or nearest offer.


April 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm
Peter says:

Tricky subject Derren brave of you to take on and expose.I look forward to seeing it


April 15, 2011 at 12:26 pm
Debbie says:

Excited to see it! Something to look forward too 🙂
Derren Brown is a truly amazing man.


April 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm
richard says:

cant wait for the new show, sounds up to your usual high standards,

i have been trying to contact you as i have a really good idea for a new tv special, well i think it would be cool, would love to run it by you. you have my e-mail attached to this reply.

all the best

richard


April 15, 2011 at 12:36 pm
Connie says:

Wow would really like to see it but unfortunate enough I live in new Zealand so will be months . Hope it turns out good for the best .


April 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Rajkid says:

Why does this have to be on the day I go to see you in Sunderland? =(
It seems like a really interesting project, it’s just a shame that the people who really should/need to watch this wont, due to it being against their belief system. It’s about time that people see these charlatans for what they really are; conn-men and fraudsters.


April 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm
Christoph says:

Exciting! I’ve been craving a bit of Derren recently :o) Unfortunately I cant afford to see his show when it tours next month so this should do me nicely.

Always a pleasure to watch the specials.


April 15, 2011 at 12:41 pm
Di Brown says:

Won’t miss it!


April 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm
@philstephens says:

This sounds absolutely superb. I’m hoping there’s a nod to the excellent Steve Martin film “Leap of Faith” – which approaches this (seemingly well known) fraud from the inside out. Very much looking forward to it; kudos to Channel 4 for the Easter Monday slot… It doesn’t take divine intervention to predict the Daily Mail letters page over the subsequent days.


April 15, 2011 at 12:53 pm
francesca says:

great subject. Look forward to the show. Keep up the energy derren.


April 15, 2011 at 12:54 pm
Ginny says:

Thank you for exposing these people, like you my disgust and despair comes from having been a Christian and a one time healer, (also a tarot reader and astrologer…. I’ve tried it all 🙂 I now study psychology and work as a therapist teaching people that the power and control over their lives comes from within themselves, not from sone invisible outside influence whether that be god, dead people or little green men!


April 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm
Jacqueline says:

That was quite a Blog post. I got teary when you described the desperate measures some people take to attend these events. I am looking forward to this special, but at the same time will undoubtedly feel uncomfortable watching it. Lets hope it helps bring much needed awareness.

Thanks for the heads up x


April 15, 2011 at 12:59 pm
April says:

I’ve witnessed several incidents at church where these ‘healers’ suggest that everyone has different length calves which will cause arthritis in later life. They then go on the make up lean against a wall to pull at our legs. The finale is to make the person sit on a chair to prove that their legs are now identical lengths due to the powers of God. Although I do believe in God, I think that this is a bit far fetched and that they have ulterior motives.


April 15, 2011 at 1:02 pm
Ali Shaded says:

Please remember that placebo can be valuable in and of itself. It should be used as a powerful tool. Human consciousness has, after all produced innumerable “miracles” of healing. Conventional medicine in truth is only a support to the human body in it’s own ability to heal. The prevalence of people who believe headache pills have rid them of the headache shows how ready people are to put the cart before the horse. Headache pills numb the pain. The body in it’s entirety mostly stop it from coming back once the pills wear off. In exactly the same way the rest of medicine works. Miracles of healing therefore are unwittingly rejected on the basis of semantics rather than mode of operation. I’m sure your show will be fascinating but I notice a preoccupation with exposing the “truth” as opposed to “faith” – the notion of which is absurd.

Much respect though I have to say – I think you’re a fascinating guy and always find your shows great entertainment.

Peace!


April 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Thank you for this blog post and explaining in such detail about your new show, Derren. I had some idea what went on behind all this but to read it so starkly in black & white was truly shocking.

Has made me even more impatient to watch this show now. I can’t wait!

LC x


April 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Alan C says:

WHAT? You’re telling me the whole faith healing is a scam? I have seen with mine own eyes the miricales these people perform. They get cripples that nobody else knows and have not walked for 30 years to get out of their wheelchairs and do a jig for the cheering crowd. I even seen them turn little blind Tommy into a fully seeing child again whilst his Ma and Pa cried in the background. I just yesterday sent of a huge cheque to Pastor Jack Daniels in the hope that he could cure me of my drinking addiction. Hmmmmphhh looks like I am going to loose the house now. Wish I had seen this post yesterday.

Now on a serious note, it always surprises me how stupid these people really are, maybe it helps that I do not believe in an almighty being who is able to make things happen. But anyhoo can’t wait


April 15, 2011 at 1:14 pm
Ashton Archer says:

Great stuff; charlatans like these really wind me up.


April 15, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Rory says:

Yay, finally some new Derren stuff. I’ve been suffering withdrawal symptoms. Well, this has given some meaning to a pretty meaningless celebration for me! And it’s almost like they planned it to fall on Easter Monday 😉


April 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm
Charlie says:

This looks really interesting – I can’t wait to see the corrupt outed for the world to see.

Another Derren Brown master-stroke. 🙂


April 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm
Ian says:

I know you know this Darren, but just want to check. Some frauds do not mean all frauds? Are u saying all healing in the name of God is a fraud?

I agree I can’t stand the TV ‘send me 121 dollars and you’ll be healed’ crap. But the logic that one fraud means all fraud can’t be right?

The dame logic says since hitler was a vegetarian all vegetarians are monster genocidal maniacs?


April 15, 2011 at 1:38 pm
Daniel says:

Sounds interesting! =)


April 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm
Katherine368 says:

Can’t wait. I have no doubt that all your efforts will be well worth it and it will be yet another intelligent, captivating programme. We really appreciate your work to investigate and expose unscrupulous people such as these. It’s always in a way that clearly demonstrates what they are doing for all to see. Keep up the excellent work!


April 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm
DT says:

I was unfortunate enough to have worked in an arena that hosted one of these events in the UK, and you couldn’t have summed up my feelings more accurately.

The feeling of heartache for people who had exhausted every other medical option and were there in complete desperation was painful enough, but then when it came to their donations and they were told, “Some people don’t know how much to give, but I say – ‘the bigger your need the more you should give'” it literally made me sick to my stomach.

People need to realise such opinions on these healers aren’t an insult to Christianity – it’s an insult to people that are taking advantage of the must vulnerable.


April 15, 2011 at 1:54 pm
Claire says:

Can’t wait to watch this. Sounds very interesting!:-)


April 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm
Moabi says:

Derren I’m a huge fan of urs! I watch all ur stuff, over and over I might add, and always look forward to what u come up with!

However, I couldn’t disagree with you more on this topic Sir!! U say there is no proof of genuine miracle? Where have u been looking?? I’ve personally SEEN the blind SEE the Deaf hear and many other miracles and heres a BOLD Claim… I can prove IT!!! I challenge u Sir, to come to South Africa with ur film Crew and everything and I will SHOW u all these things and more!! And u will not be able to explain any of them apart from them being acts of God! But if they don’t workout… Then I will renounce my belief in GOD!

That be really cool actually, the Greatest Magician and Mind-boggler of our time Derren Brown! against… Moabi… A Believer! ha? Could work!!


April 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm
Cathy says:

Agh! *excited*
I love tv specials, will it be out on dvd soon?

Haha, I know, wait for it to air first!
xxx
🙂


April 15, 2011 at 2:45 pm
ian says:

Faith healers to tarot card readers all pray on the needy. I agree faith in your god is a wonderful thing and should not be discouraged as religion on the whole has given us the moral guidelines by which we live. Still in times of pain we will turn to someone for help. In those cases there are always the wolves waiting to take advantage. I will be watchin ta Derren


April 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm
Larkspur says:

Texas…Derren came to Texas? My home. Yes, one of the centers of the bible belt, but although I’m sure it wasn’t lacking people who want to believe in faith healers, but Texas is not as backward a place as many Britons believe. Majority politically and religiously conservative, yes, but we are also home to the ‘second silicon valley’, great universities and an economically resilient state. I hope Faith Healer doesn’t reinforce stereotypes.

Thank you for having the courage to confront this fraud; I trust this sensitive subject has been well treated by hands as capable as yours.


April 15, 2011 at 3:03 pm
Bill Carroll says:

Sadly, one of these televangelists (Robert Tilton) takes money from my very own Grandmother. I think the con-artist is Internet based now. Makes me so angry, and I can do nothing. I’m so happy to see Derren take this on.


April 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm
Sharon says:

Sounds fascinating, and important.

Am concerned about the scheduling though. Attacking a branch of the Christian church (albeit one as destructive as you claim) on Easter Sunday seems calculated to shock. I hope viewers will see beneath the headlines.


April 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm
Grant says:

I once saw a group of faith healers practicing for free on the street. They asked if I needed any help so I politely told them that I didn’t think they had anything to offer to anyone. They seized the opportunity to exploit a vulnerable, and probably dying, elderly lady who had been kept in reserve on the sidelines.The elderly lady told me that doctors had determined that her cancer was untreatable,but faith healers had gone to work and left “only traces of cancer”.
I wonder how “having only traces of cancer” differs from “having cancer”. I’m not a medical professional, so maybe there is some reality in that. I suspect that she is probably very ill now though.It angered me that they could be so exploitative,but more worrying is that they genuinely seemed to believe in what they were doing.


April 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Hogday says:

Just got back up North from a 36 hr, 400 mile round away-day-and-a-half overnighter to Norwich where we saw “Svengali”. 110% entertainment. Well done Derren. I slept like log after the show but had a couple of bizzarre associated dreams to boot 😉 We’ll try and catch you later into the tour. The secrets of your show are safe with us.


April 15, 2011 at 5:36 pm
Phi says:

Give the term “COME OUT!!!” a whole new meaning.

How will we here in the USA be able to see this, legally?

Also was hoping that I could help Derren anytime he is in USA, I sent a email a year ago stating that.


April 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm
Lauren says:

im seeing jedward on the 25th!!!!

well wanna watch it tho :/


April 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm
Beth Anderson says:

This looks amazing, and I’m sure it will be. Hopefully it will lead people to realise how “faith healing” preys on the vulnerable, and faith healers are just scam artists who don’t even have to be good at scamming.


April 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm
jibjib says:

awesome


April 15, 2011 at 6:37 pm
Sceptical viewer says:

I am all for exposing criminals and fraudsters, only if while in the process it doesn’t demonise Christianity, especially the denominations that believe in the very real (believe it or not) power of gifts from the Holy Spirit. If you don’t want to believe in such gifts, its only your loss and I don’t understand why people try to convert atheists into believers… it’s their loss at the end of the day, Christians shouldn’t waste their breath.


April 15, 2011 at 7:37 pm
roz says:

the mighty derren at his most frrrr-oh-shus! i dunno whether to commend ya fer balls or insanity, pulling that kinda thing off in texas! :0 anyway, i hope ya get to hook up with marjoe gortner some day–the most outspoken of the former “healers”.

btw, it’s well documented that some people do shoulder the blame for their illnesses–they keep smoking, drinking/drugging to excess, not wearing condoms, etc. and they do know better.


April 15, 2011 at 7:38 pm
Christi says:

I look forward to this a lot! As a Christian it really does disgust me what people do in the name of God (it would disgust me even if I wasn’t Christian but it’s an extra kick in the teeth). I look forward to seeing how much of this disgraceful industry you expose and I hope that a lot of vulnerable people will learn from it instead of seeing it as an attack on their faith


April 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm
Laura says:

I do believe ill have to 40D it as I’m coming to see you at Sunderland that night!!!! Will be the 2nd time Ive seen you. Excited does not even cover it 🙂


April 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm
Wayne says:

Why do you not do a show about the placibo effect? I think this could be a great show and show how the power of the mind is amazing and can make people do sub human things.
Wayne


April 15, 2011 at 8:01 pm
Mark says:

My dad is a member of one of these churches and when I went to visit him he took me to the church. There, they first got me to fill in a form then the whole sermon was subliminally centered around me. Was so shoddy, I had also purposefully brought along an NLP book to my dad’s house to make him aware I knew their shoddy tactics. Stinkin rich the pastor was too. I just wonder how many people come to their church and get sucked into it all. Unfair for financial gain.


April 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm
Berber Anna says:

Moabi: Derren may be a bit busy, what with the theatre tour and all that. You might want to try James Randi. He’ll give you a million dollars if you can substantiate your claim in an independent test. Further information can be found here: http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/1m-challenge/challenge-application.html

Ian: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It is plain to see that none of the vegetarians I know have (to my knowledge) engaged in mass genocide. However, it is less obvious to me that some faith healers aren’t scam artists (if indeed they aren’t). They perform the exact same stunt as the frauds, after all.
Same reason I’m skeptical of Uri Geller — if I can do the things he does without special powers, then where is my evidence that he has those powers?


April 15, 2011 at 8:10 pm
Honor says:

Coming to watch the show tomorrow in Norwich, Im so excited !! Been waiting eagerly since we ordered the tickets!! Hope for a photo opportunity after or at least an autograph, im a huge fan 😀
😀


April 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm
Dan says:

Yep, as you say at the end of the article you hope that British and/or intelligent believers will see past these idiots … and thankfully I can tell you that we have been on to them for a fair while. Its hard to see how anything that they say fits with the Bible – even if you really twist it out of shape.

On the flip side we hope that non ‘believers’ like you don’t dismiss us all out of hand as like these [insert swearword here]. Most of us appreciate that others have decided not to believe – and it’s ultimately there choice. However the media (like you!) often seen to label us as simpletons with no sense of personal space.

I’m looking forward to the special – they’re always good – just hoping that you don’t make too many broad sweeping claims about the rest of us!


April 15, 2011 at 8:53 pm
Jazz x says:

I can’t wait! It sounds so interesting and thought provoking and will hopefully shed some light on this fraudulent industry 😉 thank you in advance Derren for what I am positive will be another breathtaking special 😉 x


April 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm
Codifier says:

@Ian 1 – Derren can’t afford to alienate his audience by saying this, but I can. Yes, all healing in the name of God is a fraud.

@Ian 2 (what is it with the Ians today?) – Religion did NOT magically give us the gift of morality. We conceived it then attributed it to imaginary deities. If you want to have faith in something, have faith in that gooey organ between your ears.


April 15, 2011 at 9:38 pm
PattyMinty says:

Keep up the good work, will retweet it and share it on facebook, obviously not enough education out there about these people or not enough of teaching people how to use their minds and think for themselves and learn to question more


April 15, 2011 at 10:50 pm
Sharon says:

Hi derren , seat no N3 Norwich Thursday night.I’m a vet got degrees in astronomy and chemistry and Mensa iq and suffer severe depression tried everything but 24 hrs after show still feeling g8 positive confident and can’t stop talking,!,thank you sooooo much 🙂


April 15, 2011 at 11:39 pm
Kate says:

I really can’t wait to watch this and a fascinating read too. Not only a sure to be incredible Derren Brown special, it’ll be a welcome break from revision!


April 16, 2011 at 12:26 am
Kat says:

Clearly by the scripture twisting and “The Prosperity Gospel” you might refer to the irony that the Pastors, Preachers and their churches seem to negate the fury of Jesus – when he went into the Temple and overthrew the tables of the moneylenders and declared it a “Den of Robbers” Quite how no follower has spotted this when handing over their money.


April 16, 2011 at 1:59 am
JoJo says:

People who are in such a vulnerable state who try and and seek answers to healing or indeed try to find proof that their God is there for them answering their prayers are too often sucked into believing anything through sheer desperation and mass hysteria…as you know the power of suggestion is an incredible force and tapped into a persons mind could make a person believe black was white etc. Healers often prey on the fact that a person still has a hope and it is the power of hope that keeps people believing a miracle can happen…I don’t disbelieve that some incredible healing can occur, but never with such people and not enough credible research is ever carried out for us all to be convinced. I look forward to seeing your programme and exposing the vile people that do so much harm.


April 16, 2011 at 2:55 am
dave says:

When are we going to change the laws and make it illegal? Something needs to be done


April 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

Bravo, bravo, bravo, Derren!!!

I have similar experiences and goals as you as far as exposing these frauds is concerned.

Keep up the good work!

Shenko


April 16, 2011 at 10:31 am
Ellie says:

Saw you last night in Norwich Theatre Royal. Didnt know what to expect to be quite honest. AMAZED.
Me and my Mum are booking for tickets in London. You have inspired me!
Thank you for taking your time to sign my book, and take a photo with me. You are devoted to your fans, and your a lovely chap! 🙂
Really hope I can see your show again, and hope I can meet you again!
THANK YOU !!!!!


April 16, 2011 at 11:02 am
Shrapnelx says:

This isn’t about proving or disproving faith healing as a whole. This is about proving that it can be done by other means, it’s not an attack on any religion, it’s just Derren showing how it could be done to make money from ill and dying people.

The thing that gets me is, how do fraudulent faith-healers condone pretending to heal a terminally ill child knowing that they will not get better and still taking their money? Is money more important than morality?
It sickens me to think that there are people out there with the capacity to do this and still get away with it, taking advantage of a persons “hope” for petty cash.

On a positive note. I personally can not wait for this one-off and would love to see Derren on TV more
Derren should be a Daybreak presenter… :3


April 16, 2011 at 11:31 am
Eamon says:

Sounds great can’t wait to see it. You should also do one on the scumbag ‘mediums’ popping up all over the place preying on the bereaved and needy. Especially the big guns like Acorah and Stockwell who started it all and spawned hundreds of imitators now conning their way across the country.


April 16, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Laurence says:

WOOOOOOO! THANKS! I CAN’T WAIT!

Ahh time for some new DB =)


April 16, 2011 at 2:16 pm
Hollie says:

sounds great, D.


April 16, 2011 at 5:34 pm
Don says:

Codifier,

I doubt that Derren is concerned about alienating anybody, but other than that I agree. All god-based healing is a fraud, conscious or otherwise.

And if we really took our morality from sacred writings we would be screwed. In fact, just just looking around the world shows that the extent to which we take our morality from sacred writings is the extent to which we are screwed.


April 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm
Anne says:

Well done, Derren for exposing these charlatans. I’m looking forward to seeing this.


April 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm
Charlie says:

I like this type of Derren Brown show, I can’t wait to see it. I guess it will be similar to Messiah?


April 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm
David says:

As a Christian and a massive fan of Derren Brown I am looking forward to this show. Derren shall expose the fraud healers who pray on peoples emotions, this does not mean however that all are false. (Although a lot are)
Indeed Jesus says it himself “For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time.”

I am sad to see someone posted that Christians wont watch this as it is against their belief system, this is incorrect. A true Christian wants to watch shows like this and respond to them openly.


April 16, 2011 at 8:31 pm
DavidChanges says:

I am a hypnotist.
People have experienced healing because they believed that hypnosis would help them.
And I’m quite happy to charge them cash for their own belief change.
Because I’m a hypnotist.

It’s very similar to faith healing, and some people take offence at the idea. But it works,and I love doing it. And my mind is constantly on the difference between what I do and wrongful manipulation (if any)


April 16, 2011 at 11:31 pm
Elise says:

:O Boy, this sounds really interesting….and risky. I’ve made sure my night it free, no one is visiting and we’re not going anywhere….YAAAAY!!! Can’t wait to see this, I am sooooooo excited, as usual! 😀 Probably getting more Derren DVD’s………I told mum to forget chocolate eggs and a card for Easter….I’d rather watch Derren on my tv 😀 😀 😀 xxx If the phone rings on Monday night during the show, I will not be answering it. 😛


April 17, 2011 at 12:32 am
Catherine A. says:

Codifier, all healing in the name of God is NOT a fraud. Healing that cannot be explained by medical science has been regularly documented at Lourdes and other places. It has been documented by physicians who are not necessarily Christians, and the documentation is posted for visitors to read and observe through photos, sworn statements, etc. When has any faith-healer been willing to submit to that kind of scrutiny?

At Lourdes (just to use one example), everyone is not healed, but no one is hounded for money. The healings that do take place at Lourdes are sustained in nature, and even those who do not receive physical healing rarely leave without feeling a great spiritual consolation and peace.

Don’t condemn what you don’t know.


April 17, 2011 at 12:50 am
MooseCracker says:

I’m sure that this will be fantastic as usual. Please for the sake of all Americans would someone be so kind as to show it to Sarah Palin?

It’s rather personal for me as I used to work in the industry and have even naively participated in the stuff, very often the people involved truly believe that what they are doing is legitimate and successful which makes things even more difficult to expose and correct.

I seem to recall a section in the book “SuperFreakonomics” by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner that may demonstrate that chemotherapy isn’t much different and may only offer false hope which makes me wonder how many more frauds there are and whether biting into faith healing is just taking superficial nibbles out of the problem. Is our entire culture drenched in faith healing?


April 17, 2011 at 12:21 pm
Thistooshallpass says:

Really looking forward to this Derren. My dear mother in law tried to get help from a faith healer many years ago and throughout her life she continued to seek help for her arthritic pain in ‘any’ direction she could. In the end, the best help she received was through the medical profession.

The very thing these fraudulent monsters ‘prey’ on is our human desire to find an ‘easier softer way’ to deal with physical and/or emotional pain. They ‘totally rely’ on that degree of desperation to make their money…it’s so ugly.

Well done you for tackling such a tricky subject.


April 17, 2011 at 4:28 pm
Flapjack says:

Interesting the subject of Lourdes just came up – about five years ago Richard Dawkins did a documentary in which he visited Lourdes to get the lowdown on ‘miracle cures’ from somone who actually worked there.
As it turns out there are millions of faithful visitors needing cures every year. He asked the cleric who ran the site how many cures had been attributed to it.
Out of several millions across the years he’d been running it there were only 57 ‘confirmed’ cures, and not a single one which couldn’t be accounted for by medical science. No miraculous regrowing of limbs, no spontaneous cataract disappearance. Statistically negligable given the enormous size of the test group.
The entire setup smacks of cognative bias with a bit of placebo effect thrown in for good measure.


April 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm
JCnJIm says:

I am glad about this, I wrote to you a while ago and asked if you would consider doing this. I am a Christian and like you will not change my beliefs but I also hate to see people being manipulated into giving money to very false faith healers. I will look forward to seeing the results.


April 17, 2011 at 10:37 pm
Gary Taylor says:

Hi I must admit when I saw the advert for this programme my heart sank and I saw this as another attack on the Christian Church. Furthermore having read the blurb at the top of this header I have mixed feelings about this programme. I am a faith healer and put into practice what the Bible tells us, that Jesus went about doing in the bible. I don’t charge a fee and offer to pray for people who need healing whether this be emotional. physical or spiritual healing. God healed people in the bible and he does it today. Yeah, sure people do and have taken advantage of using God for their own purposes and ends, but hey even the bible did say people would operate with a counterfeit Jesus. I have personally prayed for people with health issues and after which they say they are better, fact!


April 18, 2011 at 1:44 am
keith says:

Please Investigate me,

Jesus heals people all the time.

It is not faith healing though. When Jesus speaks to someone they get healed. Everything he does works.

best regards

Keith


April 18, 2011 at 2:59 pm
unmevsworld says:

Do you all have an update on that poor boy and his family that went to see Bronikov?


April 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm
David says:

To Catherine A
Although some people may miraculously get better after they visit Lourdes it doesn’t mean that anything helped them to get better. I’m going to use a somewhat loose source in wikipedia, but it says approximately 200 million people have visited since 1860 and 67 miracles have been officially observed. It would be interesting to see if the chances of someone recovering on their own is around the same as a 67 in 200 000 000 chance = 0.0000335%. Obviously not everyone visiting is asking to be healed, but I’m just trying to say that the miracles could just be people recovering on their own.

If God exists, God wouldn’t heal someone simply because they visited a town in France. God would be everywhere. Having ‘holy locations’ sounds like a human limitation, not a God limitation


April 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Derren,

I have a very similar background to yourself. I was a born again Chritian for 3 – 4 years until I picked so many holes in my own faith I had to reject it. But I’ve been there and seen the way faith healers work. James Randi has an excellent book called “Faith Healers” that is a must read for everyone Christian and non-Christian alike. It is good to see someone as gifted as you use your position within the public eye do something positive like this. God bless you my son… Seriously, Thanks for this Derren.


April 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm
Bill says:

Derren, you appear to me to be a very reluctant atheist It seems that you are desperately looking for any reason to believe in Christianity and God. But to your credit, you are not willing to accept, or let stand any fraudulent demonstrations or beliefs. I hope you continue your quest. It seems to me that as much time and energy that you spend on this project, you make nothing financial from it, accepting only the satisfaction of honest inquiry as your reward.

As a fairly strong Catholic, and badly failed Christian ( just watched an old GHANDI tape) I give you my sincerest prayers that you continue the good fight for TRUTH. I just as sincerely hope that you reach the paradox of successful failure in your journey. An admirer


April 18, 2011 at 9:03 pm
deb says:

This sounds like a great show. On a similar theme, has anyone got any good tips/links for de-bunking glossolalia aka speaking in tongues? Thanks!


April 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm
African Tiger says:

Just because Mr Derren here is going to be part of a TV documentary showing how probably miracles performed by these pastor are not true. It will probably be deemed a successful programme, exposing etc but that will not mean all miracles performed are fake and fraudulent. Jesus is very much alive i’ve witnessed people’s live being changed the sick being healed and lives imp[roved by similar prayers and these pastors How come these things don’t get aired by these critics. It would be good to report on both sides of the story


April 18, 2011 at 10:58 pm
Riffy says:

Really looking forward to this…I think it’ll be a real eye opener for us all.


April 19, 2011 at 1:01 am
Rob says:

Deb, why do you need tips/links to de-bunk speaking in tongues? Are you tring to get rid of it?


April 19, 2011 at 1:42 am
Stephen says:

I wish that I’d known the date before having to travel. I hope that it will be on 4oD and repeated as well. I have been looking forward to this project for a long time.

– It will be on 4oD for a little while – WebTeam


April 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Chirag says:

Cannot wait to see this, the more Derren Brown the better! Thanks a lot Derren for taking the time to provide us shows like this. It really opens up peoples views too. Also I cannot wait to see Svengali on Thursday in Oxford!


April 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm
deb says:

Rob, a family member was recently telling me about their experiences of glossolalia during a chat we were having about worldviews. It’s not a subject I’ve come across before so I was looking for helpful information that explains the phenomenon without straying into the spirtual/supernatural.

I’m an atheist/humanist/bright/skeptic etc and it has been said that I have a tendency to monologue but only in English 😉


April 20, 2011 at 3:23 am
Rae says:

Hi Derren

As a struggling evangelical christian, who suffers from mental illness, I look forward to this program. I believe there is a lot of manipulation, attention-seeking and quest for money in many ‘christian healing ministries’.

My ex-husband, who divorced me after I was sectioned in hospital, now runs a ‘healing on the streets’ ministry, and ‘trains’ people in healing. I admit to still believing in God and Jesus – but I struggle that this man is now a ‘minor christian celebrity’ after the way he treated me.

If you ever want to try out your own abilities on someone with psychological/emotional difficulties, please let me know!!!!


April 20, 2011 at 12:51 pm
Frankie says:

I used to belong to a Vineyard Church whose pastor believes all this miracles, signs and wonders garbage. Was told dead people would rise from their dead state in my home town through his ministry – yes, I’m still waiting! Was told that if people were not healed it was because they had not enough faith (did he ever consider how much faith dead people had?) or there was sin in their life or their family going back generations perhaps! I am glad Derren is finally going to expose this disgraceful and knowingly deceitful scam practised by the Vineyard Church and other similar charismatic/pentecostal denominations. They are out ‘healing in the street’ but that is little more than a front to invite unsuspecting and needy people to their church.


April 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm
alan says:

“MIRACLES FOR SALE” One that would be priceless, would be an army of volunteers. Who would take on the task of providing solace to those who suffer, for free.


April 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm
Steph says:

As an atheist whose evangelical family members have sent tens (likely hundreds) of thousands to these faith healers I applaud you for investigating these immoral criminals.


April 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Gary Taylor, you say that ‘[you] have personally prayed for people with health issues and after which they say they are better, fact!’

A couple of questions…
Have ALL of the people you have prayed for got better?
Have you ever encountered anyone in your life who has got better from an illness without you having prayed for them?

If the answer to the first question is no or the answer to the second is yes then you can’t logically conclude that your praying had anything to do with people getting better. If the respective answeres are yes and no I can only conclude you have a very small circle of acquaintance


April 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm
Sabina says:

Wow! Yeah shocking. I can’t believe this goes on in the name of Jesus. It’s crazy and I wasn’t aware of it before reading about your show. Good for you for exposing them. I hope it’s shown in America too and people are exposed for the frauds they are!!

Great work, can’t wait to see it. Have booked the night off to watch it.

It sounds like it was quite stressful for you to film too, so I hope you are happy with the results and enjoy watching it too.

It’s gonna be a very good show, can’t wait!!!

Well done to all the team and especially you Derren. Good job as the Americans would say.

Xxx


April 21, 2011 at 2:23 am
angie says:

Well done Derren,
You are a good man for confronting this issue face on.
These manipulating idiots are taking advantage of people even in the recession when people are financially weak. Firstly, they need to start paying taxes but better still they all should be closed down. I hope that you will discuss the variety of hypnotic techniques that these people use.


April 21, 2011 at 9:30 am
Samuel says:

This is interesting. I just hope he mentions real faith-healers also. John G. Lake for example. Who had 100,00 verified healings in Spokane Washington and died without any money to his name. The state became the healthiest in America because the dying would come and be healed. I’m tired of show after show that only show abuses in Christianity. I hope this isn’t another one.


April 21, 2011 at 9:36 am
Samuel says:

Deb – please watch – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZbQBajYnEc about speaking in tongues. This is a scientific study. P.S. concerning healing, my friend was healed by God recently and it has been medically verified 🙂 you don’t need to believe me but you can add me on facebook and i can link you to the person and you can find out.


April 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm
Don says:

The state became the healthiest in America because the dying would come and be healed.

Source please.


April 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm
sasha says:

What a perfect tribute for Zombie Jesus Day. I only wish there were a way for those of us in the states to enjoy it. I’ve only just discovered your work and offer my admiration and thanks for exposing those who prey on the desperate and needy.


April 21, 2011 at 6:40 pm

Samuel, you say your friend was healed by god and this was medically verified. I would be really interested in some links to the no doubt volumous amount of reportage an this amazing case!

I’m interested in how healing by a deity can be medically verified, I’ve always been under the impression that ‘Miracle’ cures worked outside the bounds of natural science so could therefore not be medically verified? Sure, a doctor can verify that someone has been cured, but how do they then go about proving that the cure was achieved by god?


April 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm
zoe says:

i seen the preview video.. and you got in trouble with the police!!! i hope you or anyone in the crew, were arrested, thart is if you tried to go back in that place. really looking forward to it and it will be a early birthday treat as my birthday will be a week or so after the 25th. also, in my english class, we are all to write a letter to our fave celebs. i thought ‘derren brown’ so i need to know where do a few pupils send their letters if you want it to go to derren? i know you may be busy but me and my friend would be very grateful if he replied. apperently, we’re the most likely people out the entire first year to get a reply of somesort.


April 21, 2011 at 11:26 pm
steph x says:

sounds amazing cant wait to watch it. and definatly cant wait for ur tour in bornemouth 3rd of june 2011 its going to b amazing!!!!!!!!!!xxxx


April 23, 2011 at 11:13 am
Gareth says:

Looking forward to this, the more high profile rational thinkers (especially well liked ones like Derren) are out there the better. The world and media is completely out of balance in it’s representation of religion/supernatural vs rationality, anything supernatural or religion based seems to be the excepted reality these days, anything goes who needs proof, just choose whatever reality suits you! Anyone daring to challenge an unfounded belief is looked at as being an evil blasphemer intent on destroying people’s beliefs and hopes. To those that still cling to their belief in “the healing powers of god” simply ask yourself why there is not one a single PROVEN case of this EVER happening??


April 23, 2011 at 3:39 pm
Martin Wickham says:

I am a Christian though not a fanatic. I think that Derren is doing a great service by helping to expose wolves in sheep’s clothing. It is disheartening to see how Jesus can be manipulated in this way at a huge cost to the sick and vulnerable. I believe that miracles do occur but that they are always explainable by natural causes – otherwise we would have proof that God exists. If we had proof, we wouldn’t need faith… I know that to the unbeliever this logic may seem fallacious but then miracles are never for the unbeliever.
I hope that Derren will maintain his balance and does not hurt honest believers as he exposes the charlatans because even though he no longer believes himself, he acts in a very moral and Christian way and in his heart is more of a Christian than many church goers


April 24, 2011 at 1:17 am
Crow says:

I look forward to watching this program, it is about time somebody took on these criminals in the mainstream media, and glad it is by somebody such as Darren Brown who has already proven his credentials in exposing fraudsters.

Do people actually read before commenting, Mr Brown clearly states “It is not a comment on the church, or belief, or even… the idea that God can or can’t heal”. So why do some commentator’s still insist on bringing religion into the discussion. The program is clearly not about religion but about exposing fraudsters who just so happen to use christianity as there cloak that protects them from the law. I’m sure that this program will present evidence that will help support anti-theists ideologies but that shouldn’t be an issue to believers of the religion in question.


April 24, 2011 at 1:47 am
Ella says:

I cannot wait to see this! I am so EXCITED! I get even more excited the more i see the adverts! :/ X


April 24, 2011 at 12:28 pm
len says:

Hi
I am a Christian and have seen substantiated healings that can’t be explained including my own. A very unassuming humble lady in our church prayed for healing of my jaw before I went into hospital. The consultant took a new x ray to compare with the previous one that indicated that a potentially painful operation was necessary. Anyway he found the results difficult to comprehend and unfortunately I didn’t have the presence of mind to ask for copies of the x rays ( I don’t know if I could have had them anyway ). I have seen other healings that are not accompanied by extortionate requests for money. Well done Derren for exposing charlatans who abuse the name of Jesus, I would not wish to be in their shoes, and for others don’t write off the possibility that there is a God


April 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm
ben says:

tim minchin- stormDD


April 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm
Seo says:

Finally someone has got the balls to expose this bulshi*e industry. it is the biggest scam going and financially ruining peoples lifes.


April 24, 2011 at 10:13 pm
iain says:

its a massive shame though, that god doesnt take more direct action on those people who take his name in vain, and who do nothing but add negativity to whatever religion the charlatans in question claim to represent…

amen…


April 24, 2011 at 10:33 pm
Suzy says:

I was in a tongue speaking Pentecostal church for 20 years that believed in faith healing (though at least they didn’t ask money for it). Yet I have never ever seen a single genuine miracle in all those 20 years! All the “healings” were always dubious and ambiguous, which well could be explained by natural processes (and never really big things). Often it was self-delusion described in the above article. How come there are NEVER undisputable cases and never really big miracles? Shouldn’t the Lord be stronger than this? Also: if there are genuine and true faith healings, like Len claims, shouldn’t the Lord punish those who cheat in his name? Shouldn’t the Lord be more angry with these people than he is with atheist, gays etc.?


April 24, 2011 at 10:43 pm
Suzy says:

When I analyzed Christians who claim they’ve indeed been healed, it always turned out there are aspects of their stories that they don’t tell at first and those would lead us to a natural explanation of their “healings”. They don’t necessarily want to lie, but they delude themselves too. I have seen a girl claiming to be healed from blindness. At first her story seemed convincing. She showed diagnoses (two – one before and one after the alleged healing) and everybody believed her. However I decided to examine the diagnoses and it turned out she wasn’t blind in the first place and she isn’t healthy now. She still has all the conditions she had before (bar some minor improvements), plus she also went under medical treatment which could well explain those minor improvements.


April 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Suzy says:

Sometimes the body naturally self-heals. Sometimes you hear from “miracle healings” and surprising health improvements from atheists and people who were never prayed for or who don’t even believe in this. So I’m sorry to say Len but your story is not very convincing to me. To convince you should first show the diagnoses before the alleged healing and after. We should see what was your exact problem and if it’s impossible that your condition would naturally improve. I guess it’s not and your body made a natural improvement on its own and now you delude yourself into thinking it was Jesus. How come there are never real miracles like limbs growing back? Didn’t Jesus promise his followers will perform bigger miracles than him?


April 24, 2011 at 10:56 pm
Suzy says:

And one more note: My father is a Christian of 20 years. He has faith, he is devout. But 10 years ago he got a brain stroke and he is tied to bed ever since. He prays, and prays and prays for a healing. He also got prayed for by pastors, faith healers and other Christians. Of course, he didn’t heal. In my church I have seen a pastor die of cancer. He didn’t get healed either, no matter how much he was prayed for. I’m not surprised. Real miracles never happen. Just small, ambigious health improvements which are most probably a result of natural processes of the body or self-delusion.


April 25, 2011 at 10:14 am
Dominic says:

I’m so looking forward to this show, roll on 9pm!
I commend you for looking at these charlatans and exposing them for the fakes they are. I was sucked into this whole thing many years ago and wasted too much time and money with this nonsense.


April 25, 2011 at 9:45 pm
stuart says:

those people need to be healed of their GREED of money


April 25, 2011 at 10:44 pm
African Tiger says:

Well well i’m speechlessy – just shows how easy a target christianity is. I can’t wait for this imp to do a ‘documentary’ on other religions. Just because he has tried to show some ‘evidence’ doesn’t mean there are no miracles done by God through many christians.


April 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm
Cynthia Ngo says:

Just finished watching the programme… What a journey that Derren and the whole team had been through to accomplish the mission, and I greatly admire the bravery, and the strong will of everyone in the team in proving fraudulent so-called faith healers. I genuinely do not understand why and why and why those people can do that just because of greed for money? Hope justice serves them right at then end of the day, and my heart goes out to all their victims… Thank you Derren, Nathan, and the whole team for daring to expose such an ugly truth, and hopefully this verdict will spread to as many as possible.


April 25, 2011 at 11:20 pm
Dave says:

Just finished watching the show. Very good. Well done. Having been involved to some extent with the ‘faith healing’ movement as an observer / believer and occasional participant, the show was of great interest. I made the link between the preachers’ methods, and hypnosis a good few years ago when I had studied and gained an understanding of the hypnotic effect. I have experienced the laying on of hands and falling over and had a temporary healing on my eye sight, which was more down to tiredness than a defect, at a meeting held by one of the BIG organisations featured on the show. I don’t think, and it would be wrong to say, that all the faith healers are con men. A lot of them believe that what they are doing is real.
I still believe in God, but not in the same way as before


April 25, 2011 at 11:38 pm
Dave says:

But there are definitely a lot of con men too.

That bit with the information cards made me chuckle. I saw a well known mental illusionist do that recently, currently on tour.
Can you guess who it was? 😉
Saw you in Liverpool Derren. Genius. We know it’s all a con, However Some of it was astonishing and my mind boggled at how you acheived the effects.

Showmanship, confidence, and manipulation, same as in the churches, has an effect on an audience.


April 26, 2011 at 10:28 am
Wale says:

I saw this. It was junk TV. Waste of viewers money. Why go to America? Why not investigate here and tell people the truth? Why not show people some real God sent healing. The program was of the devil to show that Christianity is wrong. Else you should have shown the other side and explained that Christianity works – e.g. using Isaiah 53: 4-5. If Derren is so good why can’t he stop his baldness? This is EGO – edging God out. No wonder the UK is messed up and we Africabs have to use prayers to sustain the country. Derren like most of u have alchohol problems. Nathan – u need to repent big time. The program was ‘true’ but they used you for the wrong motive. You fell for Mr Brown’s tricks.


April 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm
Ben says:

Enjoyable show-well done!

Brave to have Nathan, as he was not instantly likeable.

Hope a few people question their beliefs.


April 26, 2011 at 9:05 pm
Tom says:

loved it.

As a Christian who believes God CAN do miracles but also that man is not an unreasonable worship-animal, I was encouraged and enterained by this special.


April 27, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Ed says:

There is healing in the name of Jesus Christ, ask from GOD through HIS SON and you shall receive, seek and you shall find , knock and the door shalol be opened. The world is filled of evil and good and as there are good people in the world there are also bad ones. The Bible warns us of alse prophets:
Num 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.


April 27, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Ed says:

Open your eyes and ask of the LORD and he shal reveal alll to you, if only you ask.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [lawlessnessMat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity [lawlessness] shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold].


April 27, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Wale, please allow me to point out some problems with your post…
‘Waste of viewers money’ – no, it was comercial television and not paid for by viewers. It did, however, expose some fake healers and their methods, fake healers who do waste people’s money.

‘Why not show people some real God sent healing’ – because that was not the aim of the programme. There are a lot of programmes which claim already to do that. Why do you have a problem with the exposures of fakes? If you truely believe that there is genuine faith healing then surely you should applaud anyone who roots out the fakes?


April 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Cont’d…

‘If Derren is so good why can’t he stop his baldness?’ – Derren does not claim to be able to do these things. You missed the point of the programme, it was to expose the fakes, those who are damaging Christianity from within.

Your anger should not be directed towards those who are trying to expose the liars, but at the liars themselves. Whether or not Derren shares your faith surely you are not so stupid as to defend everyone who claims to share your belief, even if they do so with one face whilst acting immorally and unethically with another?


April 27, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Oh, and forgot to say, Derren, I loved the programme.

I would also like to express my respect for you and your team in deciding to sever ties with the Christian PR man when you realised that by using his contacts you would be damaging an innocent and, by all accounts, likeable man.

I can’t help thinking that had you continued to use him the conclusion of the show would have been more impressive, with a bigger audience, but you took the correct decision in putting your morals before the grand finale.

Hats off to you and all involved


April 30, 2011 at 2:40 pm
Melissa says:

Derren and his team have truly outdone themselves this time. I really appreciate the good work you are doing exposing people like this. I have had personal experience of faith healing giving false hope and causing sadness and I was really moved by your programme. Thank you.


May 5, 2011 at 12:58 am
Girish says:

Derren,

Big fan. What do you think about Theta healing? It looks like a scam to me. I know a few people in my life who are influenced by it and I find the claims of DNA changing rituals, healing acts and curing cancer (I am not kidding) weird and almost stupid.
I particularly wanted to ask you about one practice of theirs called muscle reading. where fingers are used to test the state of the subconscious. As a hypnotist what are your views? is it really accurate?


May 21, 2011 at 12:18 am
Susan says:

Really enjoyed watching this when it was on TV, the whole faith healing thing is questionable to say the least… Susan


May 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm
Dvorah says:

I went to a healer once, was told I was healed, and when I came back and said, “no, still having problems” (with Crohn’s Disease), was told, “you WERE healed but you created the illness again instantaneously becuase you didn’t believe in the healing.”

Allrighty then!


July 16, 2012 at 1:00 am
Mike says:

I am a Christian and overall, I agree with your analysis of most Christian Healers, having witnessed many of them first hand, and I have yet to witness a true, verifiable healing. The healer usually calls out ailments like headaches, poor hearing or eyesght, or my favorite – one leg an inch shorter than the other. After being prayed over, the people are put on the spot before hundreds, or even thousands of people… a microphone is shoved in front of their face, and the pressure of hundreds of eyes on them, they are asked if they are healed. Invariably, the response is yes. What about the blind? The ones missing limbs etc.? Disappointing! However, unlike you, I do believe in a true miracle healing power from Christ. Just because we find bogus money, doesn’t mean all money is bogus!