Thursday, March 22, 2007

About Time Too: Derren Brown To Make Shows For US TV

The SciFi Channel have announced what may* turn out to be the best American TV series of this or any recent year: Derren Brown is making six one-hour shows for the network, their working title being The Derren Brown Project.

Do you know who Derren Brown is? Here's the opening statement from his website:

Derren Brown is a unique force in the world of illusion - he can seemingly predict and control human behaviour. He doesn't claim to be a mind-reader, instead he describes his craft as a mixture of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship. Whatever you choose to call it, his unparalleled performances amaze and unsettle all those who watch him. This is a powerful and provocative form of entertainment, unlikely to be imitated for a long while.

Now, believe as much or as little of that as you will (there are dozens of cut-quality Brown imitators out there) but the fact remains: Derren Brown makes some of the best TV you are
ever going to see.

I just want to burn him at the stake and watch his witch's heart bubble" said Stephen Fry; "The closest our galaxy can boast to a Jedi Master" said Colin Kennedy.

Brown's one-off special
The Heist detailed how he laced a one-week training course for middle managers with the suggestions and controls that lead a number of them to try and rob an armoured car. Of course, the situation was entirely staged - that is, except for the gun-waving subjects of Brown's incredible persuasion. They really thought they were pulling off this crime and doing so on a whim - and they had no idea that they were only doing it because of Brown's hidden manipulations.

Honestly, it was beyond white knuckle stuff. I hope the SciFi shows are even one half as captivating.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great news - Derren Brown is the hypno-mind fuck version of David Blaine in his original 'How the hell did he do that??' days. There are some clips up on You Tube (doubtless about to be deleted..) that are well worth checking out. He's got ten times the substance of most illusionists..because he comes across as a genuinely learned intellectual - a true master of his craft. Fantastic entertainment, deserves to cause a sensation when it airs out here. Good work fellas! Its nice to get some truly good news for a change!