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Posted by Derren Brown News November 24, 2010 at 8:53 am

So that wonderful holiday – Jesus’ Birthday – that some of you love and some of you hate is upon us again. The 500 requests of “Please tell me what to get my wife for xmas, she’s a huge fan…?” have already started to appear in our in-boxes and make us cry. Other than recommending the obvious perfectly made CH4 DVD box sets and incredible books by our own favourite wizard we usually get a little stuck for ideas. (Those of you landing here from a link via our emails will hopefully now understand).

It’s going to be cold and wet, there’s no point going out and so we – DB’s very own web-based assistants (Phillis & Abeo) – have spent a few hours arguing and screaming and finally put together (in NO particular order) a nice little list of what you can watch whilst recovering from excessive amounts of Christmas pudding, biscuit selections, extremely trivial pursuits and TV bile. DB watches no TV unless it comes in a boxset, so none of this reflects his own opinion.

Here they are – please let us know if we forgot anything in the comments:

1. Sherlock Holmes BBC remake

After excessive tweets telling us to “watch this… OMG” we did so – reluctantly. A remake of anything as sacred as SH better be damn good or a kitten gets electrocuted. “TV remake” is never a phrase that brings any joy to our ear, however the BBC really delivered on this one. It was not only a fantastically gripping series it’s a well fitting, fresh and fun remake that helped update the character to modern day Baker St. From the blogging journals of Watson to the slick overlay of typography that help us see Holmes’ mind at work – this was a series that truly delivered and got us all a little bit wet.

What’s so DB-esq then? Not only has it been mentioned several times on the web that the BBC remake of Sherlock Holmes was based on DB himself, but there’s some hints at dress sense and behavioural ticks that seem a little too coincidental for us. A poor decision not to include goatees resulted in 3 people nearly losing their job, only to be saved by rampant use of waistcoats.
DVD available here – but the iPlayer is worth checking out for a free version.

2. Sherlock Holmes (Guy Richie version)

Not only were we approached to try and get DB on the red carpet for this show there were a few rather enthusiastic offers to ensure we reviewed it well regardless of what we thought. I think with this movie it’s very much one you’ll either love or hate and some people are divided. We personally didn’t think it was the greatest remake to hit the big screen but there’s definitely a lot of fun to be had in this version and it’s certainly worth checking out. It feels very Hollywood and RDJ certainly adds to this. But Jude Law (a good friend of DB’s) helps bring back the traditional, stiff-upper-lip, tea-drinking, pipe smoking, English sense of pomp and tradition we all crave here in Blighty.

What’s so DB-esq then? Well there’s the obvious sexual frustration at the loss of the RDJ goatee we were forced to make love to in Iron Man, it’s at times unkept and even non-existent, but a good use of waistcoats, super thin canes, stylish hats and the constant internal voice during fisticuffs is a nice reprise. It could be argued there’s more of DB in Jude Law but let’s not go there.
DVD and reviews available here

3. The Illusionist

When we first saw the poster for this movie we all did a hefty double take. Was that DB himself in the poster? We have heard that DB was an inspiration for the role. Any mention of a movie made about an illusionist is always met with well earned snobbery on our behalf but to date Edward Norton’s portrayal has been considered as one of his best roles. Paul Giamatti and Jessica Biel both give equally brilliant performances along with Rufus Sewell who is a rather satisfying baddie. It’s a brilliant movie with a solid story that many of you will have seen given its giant success at the box office. If not you really should check this one out.

What’s so DB-esq then? Fantastic goatee maintenance throughout the film, good use of waistcoats and canes, a glowing crystal ball and lots of illusions – oh and Norton is a lovely.
DVD available here

4. The Prestige

Christian Bale and Michael Cane? Sounds like a familiar team. The Prestige was a giant success and it’s release within months of The Illusionist gave 2006 a rather magic feel. David Bowie also makes an amazing appearance as Tesla who you’d be more than forgiven for not recognising at all. A great movie with a very sinister feel to it – yet another must see for any fan of the illusionary nature.

What’s so DB-esq then? The matter-transfer box is based on the exact technology that drives all Derren’s live shows backstage. Initially Bale approached DB to help style and sculpt the perfect goatee arrangement – unfortunately Bale became difficult to work with and the research was abandoned. Bale often burst out at random intervals and shouted about “trashing the lights” at the barbers – the relationship quickly broke down. Bale was forced to use a fake and the resulting bushel of facial hair that appears momentarily throughout it a real shame. Great magical storyline that’s nice and dark with plenty of twists to feed your noggin.
DVD available here

5. Little Britain

Possibly the funniest thing on TV in the early 2000’s was Little Britain. If you didn’t like it – there was something wrong with you and since then “computer says no, I want that one” and “kerfuffle” have become part of our everyday language. Top of the list for us was failed hypnotist Kenny Craig who’s catch phrase I really shouldn’t have to remind you of.

What’s so DB-esq then? Matt Lucas has said in interviews that “Kenny Craig would love to be and thinks he is Derren Brown, unfortunately ended up as Paul McKenna in makeup”. Originally Kenny had no goatee – but it was later added when Derren offered to supply his own personal trimmings to Lucas who is unable to grow his own. Check out that waistcoat too.
DVD available here (although seriously! At least one – if not all of your relatives already own it)

6 Lie To Me

If you want a great actor to make a show then Tim Roth is an ideal candidate. Many people often think Roth is American born and bred because of both his rise to fame in Reservoir Dogs and his ability to mimic all kinds of accents so perfectly. Lie to me is an excellent series – Roth is a loveable rogue with deliberately few manners and a hat full of skills. Based on the work of Paul Ekman, Roth’s brilliant Dr Cal Lightman is able to extract the truth from people, possessing seemingly brilliant, mind reading abilities that are dark and mysterious yet very likable. If you’ve not seen this – give it a try, worth it for the highly useful references to micro-expressions alone.

What’s so DB-esq then? The choice of a lightly haired, highly animated, receding Englishman with mind reading abilities and a stare that could kill a rhino may or may not be a coincidence. Roth’s goatee is a shameful mess, but this in no way ruins what is almost a near perfect show.
DVD available here – the show is also currently on TV too.

7. Magicians

Back in 2007 Mitchell and Webb decided to take a light poke at the magic community. In what seems like the “Peep show as Penn and Teller” it’s a pretty funny watch and has seen its cult status amongst Peep Show fans sustained even though it was initially disliked by outsiders.

What’s so DB-esq then? Not only is DB actually in this movie – for but a tiny second – the character played by Webb moves into a parody of DB. Objective made the film so we know this well. No one has taken credit to date – but the decision to remove the goatee was rather a bad one and is the sole reason this film was refused Golden Globe and Oscar nominations.
DVD available here

8. The Mentalist

If you were to take Lie To Me, add a sprinkle of woo-woo, swap out the main character for an overly buffed, goatee-less super-hunk, you’d end up with The Mentalist. It’s good fun.

What’s so DB-esq then? Well apart from the endless reviews saying “This is Derren Brown as a detective” – or similar such statements, we have it from the makers of the show that it is based on Derren himself. The main writer, it turns out, is a huge fan of our little boy, which makes Derren go all blushy and giggly. We say give it a go and see what you think. The use of waistcoats actually stopped this being removed from the list.
DVD available here

9. Family Guy

Simpson’s rip-off Family Guy has been around long enough for even the most sheltered, culturally unaware individuals to have at least sneaked a view. Unless you’ve been living in a cave or are just plain brain dead you’ll have seen at least a few moments of this sick and twisted cartoon nightmare, that none of us here at Brown Towers would ever watch, quote or own complete box sets of.

What’s so DB-esq then? The character Stewie is clearly a rip off of DB’s own super eccentric, self-critical alter ego with a strange accent – Bizarre Rant Man – many people only get to see DB perform on this live on stage. However for those of you who really are super closeted and clearly out of touch with any form of popular culture, here it is again.

Derren does Stewie. Link to bizarre rant

We couldn’t actually find a convincing 10th (and lets face it if you missed the sarcasm of the 9th then stop reading now and get off the internet). But if you do come up with a good 10th – leave a comment and the best one will get a nice little xmas surprise.

November 24, 2010 at 9:03 am
Ellie says:

Halfwit from big brother always reminded me of Derren

November 24, 2010 at 9:10 am
ReliegiousMarie says:

10th. Dexter

…we might not have seen this side openly yet but: bet ya bottom dollar,
and fcourse because of appearance: Gingerly, etcetc. only a bit rougher.

(Now, bring on that serial christmas-killah)

November 24, 2010 at 9:14 am
tiram says:

FIrst thing that came to mind was “Scanners” lol, a bit brutal though…. 😛

But there’s a movie called The Great Buck Howard ( where one of the main characters is a magician. Buck Howard was inspired by the Amazing Kreskin. Not seen it yet though….

November 24, 2010 at 9:18 am
Mark says:

The guy who stars in a series called “The Events” reminds me of Derren, quite a lot in fact. I think he should get the 10th spot. That Stewie thing is funny stuff, anyhoo, gotta fly, the mind control device is almost ready.

November 24, 2010 at 9:27 am
R. Lobb says:

Suitable Number 10: Dr Nick from the Simpsons. He has a goatee, what more likeness do you want!?

November 24, 2010 at 9:29 am
Phil says:

Nice list!

Murray Hewitt in Flight of the Conchords always reminds me of DB. I love imagining that the character Murray is more akin to DB’s off-stage persona.

November 24, 2010 at 9:34 am
garhol says:

what no Psych? no, Derren and Coops as a wise-cracking, pretend psychic and his partner in solving crime. The Mentalist with added 80’s references and childlike comedy.

November 24, 2010 at 9:58 am

Surely the “Hustle” team have Derren-esque elements.
And, for that matter, the Confidence characters and, to a lesser extent, the Oceans Eleven guys.
Not that i’m calling Derren a con-man in any way other than complimentary…

November 24, 2010 at 10:02 am
Niall says:

Great list, very funny write up!

November 24, 2010 at 10:12 am
Laura says:

I suggest monk. I’m not quite sure why though, it’s just the little things. If you’ve not heard of it, Tony shaloub plays an obsessive compulsive detective. It’s jolly good fun!

November 24, 2010 at 10:14 am
Ryan says:

Mad Life Crisis – not a very good show, but this short clip featuring fake psychic Mr Memorandi is a blatant DB rip-off and includes a tailored suit, chiselled goatee and mannered RP that our very own Memorandi would be proud of. Check it out:

November 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

It could be argued there’s more of DB in Jude Law but let’s not go there.

Jude Law should be so lucky.

November 24, 2010 at 11:33 am
Helen Wilkins says:

Bill Bailey (any of his videos) – goatee (of sort), waist coats, intellectual spiel and clever observationalist. Surely a rounder version of DB if there ever was … oh, and very funny to boot!

November 24, 2010 at 12:09 pm
mike says:

i think wesley the farm boy from the princess bride is a db-esque character!! if only the ‘tash was a goatee 🙁

the battle of wits scene is similar to a few tricks derren has down in the past, minus the poison of course.

November 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm
simon york says:

More of a prediction… the upcoming film Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.. I think Mr Strange will have quite a lot of DB about him. In fact Mr B, why don’t you audition for the part!

November 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Tom says:

‘Jonathan Creek’ should really be mentioned here. Derren lives in a windmill too, right?

November 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm
roz says:

i always thought derren was rather a ripoff of stewie…hehe…

but seriously, ya cant find a 10th because it hasnt been made yet! it’s “the derren brown story”, starring brando eaton! (shameless kissup, snicker)

November 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm
Rob says:

The architect from the matrix should surely have been top of the list?

November 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Its kind of funny when i realize they ar my favourites as well, it feels like mind reading~lol

November 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Hmm, no coincidence then, that I’ve seen 6 out of 9 of these! Excellent list, very good work. I just adore The Mentalist, and recently learned that Luke Jermay had served as a consultant – which explains a lot. The references to DB are too numerous to count, and I seriously hope Derren’s getting royalties for some of the material in the show. Yeah, it can be a bit far fetched sometimes, but it’s all in good fun. More than anything else, I think the success of The Mentalist has demonstrated the potential for Derren’s real success in the States.

November 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm
Rachel says:

I love Sherlock Holmes and The Mentalist ^^
House should be tenth!! He plays mind games, too 😛

November 24, 2010 at 4:51 pm
cordie:) says:

great suggestions, i adore ” the mentalist”

November 24, 2010 at 4:52 pm
cordie:) says:

great suggestions, i adore ” the mentalist”
x 🙂

November 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm
Alice says:

Dr Tony Hill from Wire in the Blood.
In one episode he made a girl think she couldn’t get up off her chair, reminded me a lot of Derren Brown.

November 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

As a teenager I read a lot of Sherlok Holms, like “The Mentalist” and saw “The Illusionist”. “Lie to me”, I don´t say anything 😉

Well, I don´t know whats the 10th, Little Dorrit?

Greetings from Germany!!!

November 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm

That’s a great list, to which I’ve seen & enjoyed most of them. I did particularly love the new Sherlock (not the film), The Illusionist & The Prestige.

Can’t really come up with many for a 10th, I did think of someone like ‘Ming The Merciless’ and even the character ‘Don Paolo’ out of the Professor Layton games. But as they’re both rather evil, can I bracket them with the title of ‘characters that are like Derren’? Hmm? 😉

LC x

November 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm
Svava Dögg says:

You know who always reminds me of Derren? TINTIN!!!

Maybe it’s the outfits, maybe it’s his genuine brilliance and good morals I don’t really know 🙂 I love Tintin!

This is a clever list! My favorite is The illusionist.. I absolutely adore Edward Norton!

November 24, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Flapjack says:

OK If you want snappy dressing, goaty wearing, mind controlling, devilishly charming Derren wannabes you can’t really top the Master from the classic run of Dr Who. (From 3.45 minutes in you’ll see what I mean)
I hear that occultist bloke Sir Roger Widdowson from the ghost story “Crooked house” looks a bit like Derren, but he can’t be, as his beard is rubbish 😉

November 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm
Anon says:

Lisbeth Salander from the Millenium Trilogy

November 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm
Stefan says:

10. Derren brown
All his shows!

What’s so DB-esq then?
Ain’t it obvious.

November 24, 2010 at 8:35 pm
Elise says:

OO! The Ilusionist…I absolutely love that film!!! Its excellent. When I was watching it all I thought about was Derren..haha! But I seem to do that all the time anyway…….lol! 😀 s ?@: oops, my cat is climbing all over my keyboard, lol. @ Mike, I love the Princess Bride too, such a great movie!

November 24, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Another suggestion: Jane Eyre, I read this story in the english lesson, great story.

November 24, 2010 at 11:07 pm
Darren says:

HOUSE! – just house. 🙂

November 25, 2010 at 10:43 am
Flapjack says:

General Zod: a bit more meglomaniac than Derren, however… flamboyant mainly black wardrobe – check, striking goatee – check, the ability to make powerful people do his bidding (with special emphasis on kneeling before him) – check, plus he can levitate (not seen Derren do that yet, maybe it’s something he picked up from David Copperfield!)
Shame that whole ‘kneeling/ mind control’ thing doesn’t seem to work on buff guys in spandex… it was probably just an off day

November 25, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Melika says:

the guy from the ‘Givenchy – Play’ perfume advert. They look practically identical.

November 25, 2010 at 6:26 pm
Sarah says:

Just been catching up on a bit of Emmerdale (I’m really far behind with it!)…and, well – see for yourself at around the 2:25 mark…

November 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm
An Elephant's Child. says:

Oh come on, all these comments & still no-one has mentioned The Master ?!
The beard, the sharp suits, the unholy powers, the melomania – it’s obvious.
Even the way time travel was used to make it look like he was doing Mr Brown’s act before Mr Brown did it himself was sooo Derren Brown.

November 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm
An Elephant's Child. says:

Oh come on, all these comments & still no-one has mentioned Roger Delgado as The Master ?!
The beard, the sharp suits, the devilish good looks, the unholy powers, the melomania – it’s obvious.
Even the way time travel was used to make it look like he was doing Mr Brown’s act before Mr Brown did it himself was sooo Derren Brown.

November 26, 2010 at 9:31 am
Flapjack says:

An Elephant’s Child –
I mentioned the Master already… keep up 😉
As Lady Claire found, it’s hard coming up with goateed mind readers/ hypnotists in fiction who aren’t in some way evil.
Kudos to Derren for partially breaking down those stereotypes and coming across genuinely nice (most of the time!)
I could have mentioned Obi Wan Kenobi but that one’s been done to death so I raise you Matt Parkman from Heroes and Kelly from Misfits as fictional TV mentalists who are mostly nice (though Matt has no goatee and Kelly’s a girl with an ASBO!)

November 26, 2010 at 11:04 am
Codifier says:

How about Invader Zim?

Ingenious, compact, pointy, evil-plan-forming, black-glove-wearing, bodily-function-obsessed naughty villain.

November 26, 2010 at 11:45 am
Flapjack says:

Now you mention it, Zim does have an uncanny knack of knowing when people are lying…

November 26, 2010 at 4:43 pm
KatM says:

No 10 suggestion: Jon Ronson’s The Men Who Stare at Goats – both book and film version. It has it all: mind control; US Army Psychological Operations Unit; people who should know better believing AND attempting crazy things; Ewan McGregor; George Clooney; goats and goatees!

November 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm
Shelly Brown says:

For a no10 i think Gary oldman(Sirius Black) in harry potter films . In the order of the phoenix he has his cute goatee and nice waist coat. He has a sort of angel & demon side to him , A good man with a devil inside and it’s definetely a great magical film 🙂

November 27, 2010 at 12:50 am
Jerome Leclanche says:

Another vote here for Shawn Spencer from Psych. No goatee and perhaps too young to make a top 5, but his cunning observation and reasoning skills make him the best fake psychic detective on the network 🙂

November 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm
Codifier says:

@Flapjack – Yes, and he always has a cunning plan that unfolds as each episode progresses.

December 5, 2010 at 3:58 am
rebecca says:

Willy wonka great mind great cane waistcoat an jacket no goat t tho very colourfull person.x

December 11, 2010 at 11:13 pm
Emily Dodwell says:

I know other people have said this one but nobody gave a reason – my choice for the 10th is House for two reasons: 1.) They chose Hugh Laurie, one of the most British, British people alive, for the role and 2.) House’s ability to read people by details that other people would miss or dismiss is so like Derren’s own ability. Plus House is based on Sherlock, who you have likened to Derren twice already.

December 15, 2010 at 7:20 pm
RacheLouiseCoue says:

That’s so strange because I’ve always thought these things but never spoke about them out loud. Especially about Guy Richie’s Sherlock Holmes and Lie To Me x

December 15, 2010 at 10:16 pm
Leia says:

Good list!
I’d say Donnie Darko and Inception. Very sexy. Inception especially.

December 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm
Maisie says:

You can’t claim benedict’s place!!! He will always be Sherlock to me!!! Not you X(

December 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm
Lee says:

Recently watched “Last Action Hero” – anyone notice that Charles Dance looks very similiar to DB? Also a sharp suit wearer with cunning plans – right down to a little goatee in other films…seperated at birth me thinkies?

January 4, 2011 at 8:20 pm
ChanCanasta says:

If Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter movies became a goateed drag king – hey presto (or is that Fay Presto?) Derren V Brown!

January 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm
ZeeMan says:

I always remember the character Sardo Numpsa played by Charles Dance in the film The Golden Child. Funnily enough he’s the devil in there and in the poster for the next tour, DB has a devil’s tail 🙂

January 8, 2011 at 10:42 pm
EmilyandWendy says:

Number 10 would definitely have to be someone from Harry Potter! I would probably sway towards either Remus Lupin or Severus Snape. Although it would probably be Lupin as he has not got the hair to be Snape. Lol 🙂

January 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm
JDa says:

And what about Cobb (Leo DiCaprio) in Inception? Very DB!

January 10, 2011 at 4:13 am
Wissam says:

Bit late for the Christmas present but, megamind, from the movie ‘Negamind’ looks like him. Drmecide for yourselves :).

January 10, 2011 at 4:17 am
Wissam says:

Grr iPod Spellcheck is annoying 🙁

January 10, 2011 at 6:06 pm
James Blunsdon says:

DEXTER DEXTER DEXTER! everything about it is fantastic! DB would be hooked!

January 11, 2011 at 6:46 am
Emily Dodwell says:

I think my choice ‘House’ would be a good option because he is based on Sherlock Holmes and all the other reasons I mentioned before, but I then thought of another comparison that I found quite amusing, I thought I’d share it with you all…

From ‘Legend of the Seeker’ (and I know at this point those of you who have seen this amazing show are expecting me to say Zeddicus…wrong.) My choice is Kahlan. There is nothing to say that the DB-esq character can’t be a woman. Hear me out!

Kahlan is a Confessor, a mythical being with the ability to turn people into willing servants, who love her unconditionally, just by touching (confessing) them. Her powers remind me of how Derren can bend us all to his will. Kahlan is very sweet-natured and Derren seems the same.

Would love feedback.

January 11, 2011 at 10:42 am

I love you guys for doing this 😀

<3 🙂

January 12, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Katherine says:

Hahaha! I had seen the Stewie video before, but not the article! That’s hilarious… slightly less hilarious is the fact that a well known newspaper doesn’t know the difference between your and you’re. Double fail.

January 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm
Gaz says:

I recommend the film Shutter island.

January 15, 2011 at 11:54 pm
Emily Dodwell says:


Does anyone know when the 10th DB-alike will be announced?


January 17, 2011 at 7:17 am
Bruce says:

Tony Stark 😀
Iron man, Iron man, radioactive Iron man.
SpiderPig, SpiderPig…

January 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm
Robin says:

I agree with Gaz. I think Ben Kingsley in Shutter Island is quite Derren-esque, even down to the facial hair. The fact the movie is about the psychology of the mind gives it quite a close connection. Only recently saw it and was reminded of Derren whenever he was on screen.

January 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm
Funky Gibbon says:

Hi Derren & his minions,

the ‘obvious’ 10th Derrenalike is MEGAMIND!! Not only does he look the same, sound the same, have the same mannerisms & world dominatory outlook on life (as well as the goatie of course) but he also has that same shade of blue skin. If you haven’t already seen this biography of Derren’s life so far, i suggest you get out & watch it immediately it’s the least you can do.

January 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm
Emily Dodwell says:

Hello everyone,

Just watched ‘Magicians’, so funny and such a good choice for this list because it is very DB-esq.

January 25, 2011 at 7:05 pm
Kayleigh says:

What’s the surprise ? <3 😀

January 28, 2011 at 11:59 am
Maisie says:

Scott Grimes (Dr Archie Morris) on looks alone – his character’s a bit of an idiot

January 30, 2011 at 5:00 pm
Emily Dodwell says:

I bought ‘Lie To Me’ season two. It is a brilliant show. I have been a fan of the show since the start. I am also enoying Derren’s book ‘Confessions of a Conjuror’ at the moment and would suggest it to any of Derren’s fans.

I am looking forward to finding out who the tenth DB-esq character will be. Does anyone know when it being announced?

To whomever has the job of deciding the tenth character, I have a new email address (which I have submitted with this comment), I had to shut down my other email address.
If one of my choices (House on ‘House M.D.’ or Kahlan on ‘Legend of the Seeker’) should win, please contact me on this email address. Thank you.

I do not wish to sound arrogant to anyone on this message board. I just would not want to be unreachable if I were to win.

January 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm
Emily Dodwell says:

Sorry, I think my previous comment may have printed with the wrong email address, because it went back atomatically to being registered as my original email address (in the mail box).

I checked and this comment definately has my new email address attached to it.

Like I said before, if I won it would obviously be nice to recieve recognition.

Thank you.

March 28, 2011 at 12:56 pm
MikeChecka says:

How about Dr. House?

April 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm
Mic says:

Check out “leverage” season 3, stuffs like memory techniques, hypnotizing musician during his sleep to “wake” his inner ability to play a great tune, and even toying with the idea of PWA to tricking a villain into using a suggested word for the password to his computer..all sounded like tricks done by DB in the past.