Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Video Flashback: Derren Brown's nail-in-the-nose trick

Remember when Derren hammered a nail into his nose? Here it is again:

Monday, February 8, 2016

Derren Brown in Canterbury

This week (Feb 8-13), Derren is taking his Miracle stage show to Canterbury, where he performs at the Marlowe Theater.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Video Flashback: Derren Brown's confused cabbie

Remember when Derren rendered a taxi driver incapable of finding the London Eye? Watch it again:

Friday, January 29, 2016

Video Flashback: Killing a Kitten

Remember when Derren Brown wanted a woman to kill a kitten by pushing a button?

Here it is again:

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Promo Video for Derren Brown's Ghost Train

Derren's new attraction at Thorpe Park is a Ghost Train. See for yourself:

Friday, January 22, 2016

Derren Brown's Pushed to the Edge -- the Reviews are in

For fans of Derren Brown, the recent Pushed to the Edge special was a welcome return to the type of show that made Derren famous -- shocking, provocative, and entertaining. But, like some of his past television stunts (e.g., Russian Roulette, Seance, and The Heist), it has resulted in some complaints.

The Daily Mail, for example, reports in a piece called "Viewers blast 'disgusting' Derren Brown stunt..." that Ofcom received 14 complaints and that a few random people on Twitter found the show manipulative and cruel. In a separate piece, the paper reports about the shocked reaction of participant Laura Wykes' family (Laura is one of the three who pushed the actor in the program), after watching the show; it seems, though, that Laura's sister-in-law was shocked but not opposed to the experiment.

The Guardian concludes that: "Brown’s shows are very well structured, every ad break is preceded by a whopping cliffhanger and he obviously knows how to toy with audience anticipation. But the need to top each stunt with an even more brazen set-up seems to have left him nowhere to go but high above the shark, albeit clicking his heels in mid-air as he goes."

As readers of Mind Stunts (see: free copy) already know, creating a spectacularly controversial stunt is par for the course in Derren Brown's career. He has once again exceeded our expectations.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Derren's Thorpe Park Ride is a VR Ghost Train (using Oculus Rift?)

For the past three months, we have been speculating about what Derren Brown's new attraction at Thorpe Park will be like. Now, it is being widely reported that the ride is a "ghost train" in which guests will wear VR headsets.

The ride itself takes place in an antique train car suspended in the air by chains. You can read more about it at the Telegraph and elsewhere.

The fact that the ride uses VR headsets makes us wonder -- Will this be the first theme park ride to use the Oculus Rift headset? It would be surprising if Derren chose a lesser product. If so, then the theme park attraction will be notable not just for being Derren's first, but also for being the first VR ride of its kind.