One of England’s most famous illusionists, Derren Brown, is doing his part in making it clear to people that what he and others do has nothing to do with any supernatural powers and have ordinary explainations. Before every performance he reminds us the viewers that he only uses “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship.”
To me there is a big difference between people like Derren Brown who claim to provide only entertainment value and those who profess to actually talk to the dead, see your future, reveal information from your horoscope, numerology, palm reading, or other forms of charlatanry. That is where plain old fun turns into exploitation. It is a big business with many takers and as long as the money flows, just like Spam emails, they won’t stop.
This is the full uncut interview filmed in 2007 for the Channel 4 TV program “The Enemies of Reason.”
You Won’t Believe What People Buy Into
With the believe in the supernatural or without critical reasoning all bets are off.
In a show titled Messiah, Derren “Brown traveled to the United States to try to convince five leading figures that he had powers in their particular field of expertise: Christian evangelism, alien abduction, psychic powers, New Age theories and contacting the dead.” -Wikipedia entry for “Derren Brown”
Watch for yourself below in Derren Brown’s Messiah.
Derren Borwn – Messiah – Part 1 to 8 (playlist)
Here are Derren Brown’s latest ventures into the realm of illusions in a series called The Events: Episode 1 – How to Win the Lottery  Episode 2 – How to Control the Nation , Episode 3 – How to Be a Psychic Spy .