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Posted by Derren Brown January 23, 2009 at 9:13 pm

Liverpool was lovely, thank you for asking. I spent a week with a medium (see article below) making a documentary which I can only imagine will be very lively and watchable. It was an exhausting few days, but I shall say no more for now.

Sunday I’m off to Moscow to make another one – this time looking into the Bronnikov school (see the footage above or go here to their site – looks enticing, no?) and some other people claiming quite fascinating powers. As ever the idea is to go in as much as possible without prejudice, with a sincere delight in the possibility of it being real, and see whether anything extraordinary is really going on. I have spent a fascinating amount of money at Snow+Rock today on padding and thermals, but before long will probably post a picture of me here, freezing my twin peaches off by the banks of the Moskva.

Have a warm week the rest of you. x

January 23, 2009 at 9:29 pm
Class says:

Very nice! Enjoy.

January 23, 2009 at 9:34 pm
Sue says:

Ha ha… have fun in Moscow, and look forward to seeing you all thermal’d up with your freezing peaches. ;o)


January 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm
Silvia says:

have a good trip! xx

January 23, 2009 at 9:35 pm
nivea says:

you are welcome that I asked 😉

take care in russia, dont get frostbite.

January 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm
Vix says:

I can’t wait for the next load of Derren on C4! Woo!

January 23, 2009 at 9:51 pm
Ms G says:

The site was very informative .. I’m delighted that you read Russian as well .. (I don’t either)

-32 is amazing … the hairs in your nose freeze instantly when you’re outside. And when there is no wind it is quite nice. If properly dressed ofcourse, and you were a wise boy to buy the stuff .. (or not).

Have a nice time! Be carefull with the vodka … don’t try to keep with the russians ..

January 23, 2009 at 10:01 pm
Rhian says:

Have fun in Russia Derren. Documentary sounds cool….. but you need to write the new show too. 😉 Some of us are parting with a lot of money to see you this year 🙂

January 23, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Blimey Russia sheesh far away innit!!!

Well I hope you have fun & don’t freeze your ass off too much love

take care

chantelle <3

January 23, 2009 at 10:25 pm
Debra says:

Wow. I have trouble seeing any possibility that “alternative vision” could exist, but who knows. Go find out for us! It certainly would be a delight if it did. And enjoy Moscow! I was lucky enough to go there a couple years ago… a cold, magical, and exhausting place indeed. Hope you get a glimpse of the golden domes of the Kremlin lightly dusted with snow, and a cup of puddingy-thick Russian chocolate (if you like sweet things that is)!

January 23, 2009 at 10:39 pm
Mr S says:

Желаю удачи, Господйн Браун! Mind those street urchins, they go for the thighs, be sure to invest in a genuine шапка while you are there; its the only thing guaranteed to keep out the fresh breeze blowing across the Moskva. Yes, you did read that right.

And, if time permits, I highly recommend a walk along the old Arbat. :o)

January 23, 2009 at 11:05 pm
crae says:

Here’s how I handle the cold:

Warm tropical island
Warm tropical island
Warm tropical island
Warm tropical island
Warm tropical island

January 23, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Hi Derren. Actually, I though it is all known about bronnikov. There is an excellent article on about his charlatanism. I could translate peaces of it for you from russian! =)

January 23, 2009 at 11:42 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

Oohh great, can´t wait to see the results of this documentary (if we get to see it at all that is)….do post a picture derren and keep us up to date paleasee….

tip` use vaseline!

Have a wonderfull time and remember…keep your head and ears warm and only vodka before bedtime @|:0)

January 24, 2009 at 12:00 am
Devolved says:

It’s a balmy 22 degrees where I am today (not too hot, not too cold…..). I love summer. All this reading about winter makes me smile very contently (or maybe that should read pretentiously) and stretch out in the warm rays of the sun. Bliss.

PS. Please ignore any said pretention when reading this post. It’s just my envy, really!

January 24, 2009 at 12:33 am
Sabina says:

Moskva? Prevoskhodnai!

My Russian is a little rusty so the pronounciation may be way out…but I meant: excellent! I’m sure someone can correct me…

Oooh have fun, it looks like a beautiful, fascinating city. I’m quite, quite jealous. And of your sun and warmth Devolved!

Stay warm Derren

January 24, 2009 at 12:47 am
Go Go Yubari says:

Busking with an accordion is a fantastic way to keep warm, especially when you’re in Russia.

January 24, 2009 at 3:26 am
Matt Blais says:

looks awesome, have fun freezin’

January 24, 2009 at 7:06 am
harlequin says:

I went to St. Petersburg a week ago and the weather wasn’t that bad.
Russia indeed claims to have a lot of people with extraordinary powers so have fun.

January 24, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Mortitia Devine says:

I’m quite partial to frozen fruit….but not peaches! Good luck with that – I mean the Russian trip, not the peach thing.

January 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Marc says:

I got to the point where he was looking inside the other guy and got bored. It just looks like another version of a cold reading to me. And there are conjuring tricks that make it so one can see through a blindfold. This video shows all the hallmarks of a scam.

January 24, 2009 at 1:21 pm
BellaFiga says:

Can be plz be having a photo of you in your snowsuit? And do you have mittens with a string?

January 24, 2009 at 2:37 pm
Sofia says:

Hi Derren 🙂 many happy returns! hey, I’m sure the sun will shine for you. we have 2 follow the expected guidelines, of course, but the real thing is the physical, like a card through your door. I have it on good authority that it cannot fail. I would guess you are about halfway there already, in your mind. ascending, rather than looking up. Appearances are often misleading, but not without good reason. pearls before swine etc; but then, magic and misdirection are your forte. yes, I am, thanks. I’m very excited about seeing your pic. I still remember the last time! 😉 best wishes x

January 24, 2009 at 5:48 pm
Sue says:

Sofia – many happy returns???


January 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm
Mill says:

Oh wau… That thing in vid seemed quite interesting yes! I’m waiting eagerly what Derren finds out – if he can told us.

And welcome to this part of the world! I live in southern part of Finland, which obviously is neighbour of Russia. The climate is same and believe me, it’s not so cold here than you all seems to think *laugh* (and of course Alex there knows that best)

Have a nice trip Derren!

January 24, 2009 at 7:55 pm
harlequin says:

Hi Mill. Greetings from freezing Latvian neighbour. 🙂
I just love Finland. Were in Rovaniemi last year and it was so much fun. And Helisnki is a wonderful city aswell.

January 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm
Nopke says:

peaches .. so they come as fruit now as well? I need to get out of the house more .. only encountered the nuts so far ..
All this fruits and nuts frozen on the streets in Russia .. must be a remarkable sight .. magic … now they are here .. and then they are there …

Oh well, keep ‘m high .. no need to waste them there ..

To Russia .. with .. erm .. that thing ..

January 24, 2009 at 10:17 pm
ReliegiousMarie says:

@Nopke i think It´s called Magic Tuutty Fruity from Russia…

January 25, 2009 at 12:07 pm
Sofia says:

Sue- isn’t it Derren’s birthday?

Derren- check back with your pet medium…. perhaps things have changed. have a pleasant journey hon x

January 25, 2009 at 5:30 pm
Sue says:

Sofia – nope.

(not till end of February).


January 25, 2009 at 6:01 pm
Nopke says: gives good information on the school. Quite interesting I think. Also the fact that the brain regions in the front are more active when they activate the ‘skilll’. They try to explain scientifically as well I saw. The background of this method is not there though, where it comes from. Further reading elsewhere necessary. They claim to do what some mentalists or that indian guy claims to do, reading with a blindfold on, that kind of stuff. Derren does some stuff in this area as well. I wonder why our russian members here did not tell us a bit more about the bronnikov method. No comments from their side. I had never heard of it I have to say.

January 25, 2009 at 6:07 pm
Katherine says:

Russia, another of the destinations on my Must Visit Someday list, Moscow & St Petersburgh in particular as think I can probably live without seeing endless steppes. When you post a “Derren in Russia” pic can we have some fab architecture in the background please. Your Liverpool photo was ok but to be honest you could have been anywhere with a murky river!

Mill: loved Finland when I was lucky enough to visit a couple of years back.

January 25, 2009 at 10:06 pm
Sofia says:

Sue- ah, ok 🙂

January 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm
reba says:

Piscean Derren is!!

Pisceans and Capricorns dont go together.

January 26, 2009 at 9:46 am
Muad'Dib says:

I am very curious, keep us posted. It would be brilliant if it is possible, dissapointing if it was just another scam.