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Posted by Derren Brown September 27, 2009 at 5:52 pm


Following the subliminal film broadcast, one guy stuck to his seat for TWELVE HOURS. Sorry, Johnathan…

September 27, 2009 at 5:53 pm

NO WAY! That is cool =D

September 27, 2009 at 5:54 pm
Zoeyy says:

what? Seriously?

September 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm
tiram says:

hahaha!! Poor guy!!! you should give him some free tickets to your show or something, he must be the most suggestable man in history!

September 27, 2009 at 5:55 pm
Adam says:

I got stuck for 24 hours…

Just kidding, but could I have a high res copy of that photo? It’s amazing!

September 27, 2009 at 5:56 pm
EmmaBacon says:

hahaha id have paid to see that! ๐Ÿ™‚ , never the less i still feel sorry for the man.

September 27, 2009 at 5:57 pm
Kristina_x says:

Derren! bad man ๐Ÿ˜›

Oh dear Johnathan- i hope they brought the fridge closer!!!
Are you sure that you didn’t just fall asleep??

September 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm
M says:


September 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm
Shaheer Shahid says:

Lol…its funny, but I’m glad the guy is ok and did not sue Derren. I suppose it happened because he wasn’t paying attention to the “beep-to-free”, and thus remained stuck.

September 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm
KeannaCasey says:

Hahaha, poor guy! I guess this counts as a win/fail moment.

September 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm
Boohoo says:

You jest.

September 27, 2009 at 6:02 pm
lauralou says:

he he!

I’d like to see him prove it in court, that would be interesting

He said that he was free after watching the “clearing video”, should of watched it at the end of the show like a sensible human being

September 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm
Lois says:

says the Daily Star. He was probably only stuck for a minute longer that usual.
really, his girlfriend would tell if he was seriously stuck, he wouldn’t shutup xD
idk, funny either way.

September 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm
Ella says:

Gotta love the aftermath of all of your escapades, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 27, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Yes! That happened to me but only for 3 hours! I will be talking about it on my radio show on mondayat 9PM UK TIME. Over at

I would love to do an interview with you on it derren! Ur a legend!


September 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm
Jacey says:


September 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm
Darlo says:

I must admit, I love that title “TV FAN: DERREN HELD ME CAPTIVE FOR 12 HOURS”

September 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm
Aimee says:

Aw poor guy! Must’ve been really open to it! Nae joy!
I’m sure he’s okay though!

September 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm
emma doran says:

yike’s 12 hours :0 your bum must of been sore?wait i want to know how did he go to the toilet?don’t say you had to do the hole bottle trick:0Lol! derren love that pic of you behind the chair with that look of yours you do.em

September 27, 2009 at 6:07 pm
John says:

Blimey hope he didnt have work to go to let alone the toilet!!!!!!!

September 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm
Jules says:

The question has to be, If he was stuck for so long, needing the loo etc, etc, and couldn’t become unstuck, how the heck did he manage to become unstuck at all? There’s always one isn’t there!

September 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm
ben stenning says:

wow….thats why it didnt work on 50% of people…
he was hogging all the stickyness haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm
Rory says:

LOL, wow i guess it really works then, and well done Derren.

September 27, 2009 at 6:09 pm
Big Pimp Daddy says:

Wow, that guy should not be allowed to see adverts for his own safety.

September 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm
Matt says:

i guess thats why half of us didnt get stuck. it all went into him.

September 27, 2009 at 6:10 pm
Jules says:

The question is, If he was stuck for so long, not even being able to use the loo etc etc, how did he manage to become unstuck at all? There’s always one isn’t there!

September 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm
Berber Anna says:

Oh. Em. Gee. Wow. I mean, I was stuck (more accurately, I couldn’t move from my shoulders down), but I was fully aware that it was self-induced and that I could get out of that state if I needed to (or ‘got permission’ to, which is what the end vid did). Same as when I was hypnotized at EoW, really. Doesn’t feel like you’re consciously doing it yourself, it FEELS like an outside force, but you KNOW it isn’t. This guy must’ve been far more suggestible, or far less knowledgeable about how this sort of thing works (if you actually truly see it as an outside force, then maybe getting out of it is a lot harder). Wow. Sounds like a scary experience.

…that is, if the entire thing isn’t a hoax, of course.

September 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm
beth says:


I love you to bits Derren, you inspire me endlessly – but I cant help thinking theres something fishy about this ‘events’ series – I feel like we’re being duped! You seem to have focused each part (except for the final one) on either things that you have always claimed to abhor (people who claim to be psychic, people who claim to predict things like the lottery) or things that are different to the feat itself – such as the subliminal messages. Im pretty sure that was just mass-hypnosis and that the film was just there to make us fool ourselves into believing it was that which had the effect…
Ive never been skeptical of you personally, but people like Blaine really get on my… nerves. I hope there is a good reason behind all these shenanigans!! Beth xx

September 27, 2009 at 6:12 pm
hairy says:

…and she never tried to get him out of the chair physically (e.g. lifting him by his hands, or if needs be, just tipping over the chair!)? I dunno, would’ve been my first thought…

September 27, 2009 at 6:14 pm
Matthew T says:

Would be well funny if his wife or friend put glue on the seat before he sat down to do watch it!
Or you literally glued him to the television!
Well done!!

September 27, 2009 at 6:15 pm
Hannah Derbyshire says:

‘I wanted to sue him’ – hahaha

September 27, 2009 at 6:17 pm
Bluebottle says:

I love that at the end of the story there is a button that says “More ‘news’ here”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 27, 2009 at 6:19 pm
jameshogg says:


Unlucky ๐Ÿ˜

Although I guess one person would have ended up having that experience. See this is why you don’t see many hypnotists do the hypnosis process over T.V. bwahahaha

EPIC, however rofl ๐Ÿ˜ *ought to be ignored for laughing inappropriately*

September 27, 2009 at 6:21 pm
Eoghan Marshall says:

Love it but maybe from now on you should include a subliminal video in all your shows that’ll make sure punters can’t/don’t sue, just in case.

September 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm
jacqui says:

wow this guy must be really open to suggestion bet his house is full of shreddies andrex and persil. it didnt work in our house we treat derren as a very clever trickster dont get me wrong i think he is fantastic but think derren could manage to hypnotise me perhaps i ought to set him the challenge ‘bring it on’

September 27, 2009 at 6:25 pm
Alex Sandell says:


– yeh sticky bollocks by the sounds of it! ;P – Phillis

September 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm
Matthew says:

Derren, you bastard! ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I’m sorry, I know you should feel sympathy, but who else was chuckling whilst reading that? It was worded in a ‘let’s all laugh at him’ kind of way…..and it worked! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brilliant stuff though!

LC x

September 27, 2009 at 6:28 pm
flapjack says:

Wow… if I was stuck to my seat I’d be making damned sure I watched the rest of the show to get the antidote. What did he imagine everyone else was doing?
Reminds me of an apocryphal-sounding tale I got from my mum when she was working as a staff nurse in radiology about a doctor who supposedly asked a patient to hold his breath during a routine checkup then forgot to tell him it was OK to breathe normally again after getting called away on some other emergency. The patient died shortly afterwards of asphyxiation through lack of initiative.
There’s an idea for a future show about suggestability ๐Ÿ˜‰ (no, I’m not volunteering as a test-subject for that!)

September 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm
Tash says:


September 27, 2009 at 6:30 pm
Bianca Jade MacDonald says:

ahahah poor guy ๐Ÿ˜›
thats a shame, but it’s too funny!!

September 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm
emi says:

He’s such a suggestible fool. ๐Ÿ™‚ Maybe that’s why I didn’t get stuck… he took all my stickiness for himself! Still, rofls on that man, there’s always one isn’t there? ๐Ÿ˜€

September 27, 2009 at 6:39 pm
Joycey says:

should have bought a commode… ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 27, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Btw, I also LOVE that piccy, Derren! (Sorry, very shallow thing to say when we’re all on here discussing the fate of the poor chap who got stuck to his chair good n’ proper for 12 hours……but anyway…..)

Yes, very mean & moody……looking like that I don’t think I’d deny you anything! Ahem….. ๐Ÿ˜‰

LC x

September 27, 2009 at 6:45 pm
steffjade says:

nice half-arsed apology :p if it was me i’d be there freaking out but its quite funny actually haha

September 27, 2009 at 6:46 pm
Kelvin says:

Goes to prove that some people are a LOT more susceptable than others.

September 27, 2009 at 6:47 pm
Vix says:

LOL. Imagine using that as an excuse for not turning up for work…. Darlo! Didn’t know you were on here! ๐Ÿ™‚

September 27, 2009 at 6:47 pm
Faith says:

I work in a school, any chance you can come along and stick the kids to the chairs ๐Ÿ™‚

September 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm
chris says:

I haven’t had a chance to find a way to see it yet where I am… but LOLs anyway, Derren… you crazy Sith Lord, you. ๐Ÿ˜›

September 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Seriously can we get a hi-res version of that photo?

September 27, 2009 at 7:09 pm
Sophie Lansdown says:

i feel so bad for laughing… but nevertheless *rofl* ๐Ÿ˜€
least thats better than the two seconds i got stuck ๐Ÿ˜›

September 27, 2009 at 7:12 pm
Hannah says:

I love the title TV FAN: DERREN HELD ME CAPTIVE FOR 12 HOURS needless to say i thought i was reading something else ๐Ÿ˜›

September 27, 2009 at 7:22 pm
Nick says:

If only he’d known he was free to stand up at any time! How did he go to the toilet? He might sue you for a new sofa!

September 27, 2009 at 7:25 pm
Johanna says:

Surely that can’t be true, didn’t he need to pee? (Ew!) Either way he must have had some stiff joints at the end of it.

September 27, 2009 at 7:39 pm
Jess xxx says:

So, you glued some poor, innocent guy to his seat for twelve whole hours? He just had to sit there, probably terrified out of his mind, no food, no water, no lavatory, maybe even no company, frozen in the same position with the same thought going around and around in his head; “Oh my God, what if it never wears off? What if I’m stuck like this forever?!” Is that what you did?……

You rock!

September 27, 2009 at 7:42 pm
Ms G says:


September 27, 2009 at 7:47 pm
Chelle says:

Wow, good thing he didnt have 4+1…
He wouldnt of had a case to sue you with anyway! Cant prove it, and by watching it he knew what he was letting himself in for!

September 27, 2009 at 7:56 pm
Andrew says:

It’s the daily star. It’s probably all made up. That newspaper has less truth in it than

September 27, 2009 at 8:02 pm
Ellika says:

One really shouldn’t laugh… *snicker*

September 27, 2009 at 8:08 pm
Bulbboy says:

Possibly a good idea in future to add a little disclaimer next time:

“If you feel that you may have a particulary suggestible mind, have a CATHETER on hand
just in case.”


September 27, 2009 at 8:10 pm
A says:

haha that is too funny. if it had affected more people like that, it would have broken rule 2.9 of the ofcom regulations, and i think people would have sued in that case.

September 27, 2009 at 8:17 pm
Michael Richmond-King says:

Lazy git.. Just wanted an excuse to get out of work.

Hey, if I say I was stuck for 3 days, do I get free tickets? ๐Ÿ˜›


September 27, 2009 at 8:39 pm
David Berry says:

Well… I am still stuck to my seat…. but then again, as I have said already… I am paraplegic…

sorry to be harping on about it… I just find my own jokes extremely funny… lol

September 27, 2009 at 8:47 pm
Nopke says:

Would have been interesting to see whether he would have gotten up before he wet his pants … whether that strong stimuli would have drivven out of the … erm .. trance …

Nah, I think he just was loaded and therefor still stuck there next morning .. (if it had been a true story).

September 27, 2009 at 9:07 pm
Srh says:

LOL. That’s one of the most hilarious and stupid things I’ve heard in a while. (:

September 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm
Dmaco says:

what an eejit! id he not think to himself “i know this is all in my head, when i need a wee i’ll get up rather then p”ss myself”…….i got stuck but i knew in an emergency i could get up…..mind over matter and all that.

was after 15 mins of fame me thinks…..they’ll all come out the woodwork now!

September 27, 2009 at 9:17 pm
just_jesss says:

Th poor guy, i didnt get stuck properly, but i could imagine that being stuck for a full 12 hours must have been terrifying to say the least.
I hope that this is true.

September 27, 2009 at 9:30 pm
Gem says:

AHAHAHAHA! What an unbelievably legendary story! Although the title of the article suggested a more sinister story than it actually offered.

September 27, 2009 at 9:32 pm
Gem says:

Ahahahahahahaah! Sorry to comment again on this, but actual wee evacuated my body at this line:

Katie, of York, said: รขโ‚ฌล“He was just saying, รขโ‚ฌหœIรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm stuck, Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm stuck, I need the looรขโ‚ฌโ„ข.

AHAHAHAHAHHAHHAH! *Wipes away tears of laughter*.


September 27, 2009 at 9:41 pm
Melissa says:

if he was stuck for 12hrs, then he was stuck all through the night? Are we sure he didn’t just fall asleep in the chair after the show? lol.. nice work derren.

September 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm
Gemma says:

OMG lol. but would his girlfriend really not have noticed something was wrong?!?! lol. Me thinks someone had a bit too much to drink. But funny anyway!!

September 27, 2009 at 9:49 pm
Diane Brown says:

Numpty! That’s if it’s for real.

September 27, 2009 at 9:53 pm
The Fin says:

You sure he didn’t just fall asleep?

– Derren may just have bored him in to a trance yes! ๐Ÿ˜› – Phillis

September 27, 2009 at 10:04 pm
Mark R says:

Poor guy for being so suggestible lol


September 27, 2009 at 10:11 pm
James Fox says:

Jokes man, you should really ring him up and use him for any trick ever. He must be the most susceptible person ever! I used to be suggestible when I was younger because my dad used to “hypnotise me” (by making me see orange on my eyelids…yeah) and I really wanted it to work, so it did. Then I read your book and I know how it works so I didn’t get stuck, how boring. I wanted it to work, but my mind knew it wouldn’t.
Thanks Derren. Now my life suck. x
“doesn’t do anything for me anyway” Best. Quote. Ever.

September 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm
karen says:

Well that’s wierd, wasn’t it all to do with suggestion?
So you really wasn’t joking about the not going to school/work thing haha :):)

September 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm
karen says:

Well that’s wierd, wasn’t it all to do with suggestion?
So you really wasn’t joking about the not going to school/work thing haha :):)

September 27, 2009 at 11:18 pm
JayKay says:

What was the undisclosed sum you paid him in compensation then?

September 27, 2009 at 11:35 pm
Sue says:

This thread’s hilarious!! I wasn’t stuck to my chair unfortunately, I was too busy wondering if I would be able to reach my phone if I was stuck to my chair…Probably would have had a panic attack or something if I had become ‘stuck’…
“TV FAN: DERREN HELD ME CAPTIVE FOR 12 HOURS” – Sounds like a fantasy….;-) lol

Love the pic & love ya Derren keep on messin’ with our minds xx

September 27, 2009 at 11:43 pm
Lynda says:

Great pic with the chair. Very moody abd atmospheric.
I presume you’ve seen The Illusionist with Ed Norton – it reminds me of that. For any Derren fans out there its a film you would really enjoy!

September 28, 2009 at 1:35 am
Ian says:

Just saw the show at the weekend. Loved it. I didnt get stuck but really enjoyed it. Good job Derren!

September 28, 2009 at 8:26 am
MarcNL says:

I don’t believe it. Or it’s someone who just wants to get in the picture (attention), or he’s planning on suing Derren.

September 28, 2009 at 9:31 am
ScreamingGreenConure says:

This reminds me of that time Derren Brown put David Blaine in a glass electrified box hanging off London Bridge and told everyone that if they pressed the red button Blaine would die. He was stuck there for something like 40 DAYS. That was mean. Button didn’t work either, apparently.

September 28, 2009 at 9:35 am
Emma Rose says:

Poor guy! Can’t believe he wanted to sue ๐Ÿ˜› At least he sees the funny side now!

September 28, 2009 at 9:42 am
flapjack says:

SGC – LOL! Didn’t Paul McCartney shout something rude at him too when he’d had a few pints! That’s one to tell the grandkids “I was verbally abused by Paul McCartney while trapped in a perspex box!” Not many magicians can claim that ๐Ÿ˜€

September 28, 2009 at 10:32 am
Skeptikal says:

Daily star?! Gotta be for real then. lmao!

September 28, 2009 at 10:45 am
ScreamingGreenConure says:

Flapjack: sounds like a fetish.
This also reminds me of the time Derren Brown put a girl in a sack full of kittens and threw her in a lake and when she came out everyone had turned into zombies and then she thought she was having a near death experience, but she wasn’t. It was all done with strings.

– Please no reveals ๐Ÿ˜› – Phillis

September 28, 2009 at 10:59 am
louise says:

Hehe thats pretty funny and downright awesome!! Can’t believe how people differ so much in how they are affected. Have you written anything about what makes a susceptable person, as i went to a good stage hypnotist but it only worked for half then I came out.

Love you Derren and can’t wait for the next show!

September 28, 2009 at 11:00 am
ScreamingGreenConure says:

Oh, Phillis. We all know it’s up his sleeve, anyway.
We’re not sure what “it” is, or what he’s going to do with it, or how. But it’s DEFINITELY up his sleeve.

September 28, 2009 at 11:01 am
louise says:

and i agree with Sue, the title DERREN HELD ME CAPTIVE FOR TWELVE HOURS is definately not a bad thing ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 28, 2009 at 11:08 am
JayKay says:

@ScreamingGreenConure – and if you look closely, you can see it poking out from time to time!

September 28, 2009 at 11:16 am
Francis says:

I’ve tried this ploy…

“Sorry dear, I’d love to wash up I really would, but unfortunately Derren Brown was too strong, and I’m stuck to my seat!”

Honest… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

September 28, 2009 at 11:33 am
MustDash says:

What the guy forgot to mention was the twelve-skinner fatty of finest Dutch herbage that he smoked before the show.

September 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm
Kirikiri says:

‘DERREN HELD ME CAPTIVE FOR TWELVE HOURS’? Hmm why would you complain? ๐Ÿ˜‰

September 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Slugsie says:

Well done Derren. Although, next time could you hypnotise people like him to never pro-create? You’d be doing a huge service to all of mankind. ๐Ÿ™‚

September 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm
tom says:

There wasn’t anything in the film. It was the verbal suggestions he gave BEFORE the film was played.

September 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm
Tina says:

Are we sure it wasn’t just another one of these unfortunate incidents?

September 28, 2009 at 4:51 pm
Grax says:

If only he’d switched over to channel 4 +1 he would have been able to watch the clearing tone again. On second thoughts, maybe he would have been stuck for twice as long!!

September 28, 2009 at 5:06 pm
beth says:

@ mustdash – in all seriousness, it didnt work for me the first time, then me and my friends smoked a couple of joints and a bong, and it was a lot more effective on 4+1…

September 28, 2009 at 5:11 pm
Ashish says:

I knew we’d find Gollum before Jesus.

September 29, 2009 at 11:02 pm
Dehsinotsa says:

Extremley funny but scary!

October 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm
Ooopsy says:

LMAO, not quite sure if I believe he was actually stuck for that long, but it’s really very funny anyway, gave me a giggle!

Derren I’m having a little crush on you, would you marry me please? :p

October 7, 2009 at 11:23 am
Ms G says:

I saw (part) of it ..saw the flashing image. The lines ..oh my ..I dont like those .some type of large company doormats can trigger the same in my brain feels as being deattached from my bases .. often followed by nausea etc .. I’m quite sensitive to that stuff, but it mainly triggers my body to screw up, I myself am still quite normal, I’m just observing my body/brain fuck up ..I’ve been taking caffeine/guarana pills years ago, which later on have been taken from the market. Those def. did not do much good, as there was already a not so standard pattern up there. I’m still not taking in caffeine so well. Before I was one of those who could float just like that, without problems (they always thought I was doped. Did not get stuck, I turn my head away, I dont like that feeling. Bummer!

January 8, 2011 at 10:40 am
Trilobite says:

heh heh heh…