Friday, October 31, 2008

Derren Tricks Booksellers: Or, The Phantom Derren Brown Book

Derren Brown has apparently been playing tricks of some kind on UK booksellers. The story comes from a blog called "Open a Bookshop, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"

The blogger writes:

About 4-5 years ago,... there was a number of people in a short space of time who came into the shop to ask if we stocked a copy of the new book by Derren Brown. We looked on the computer and found that there wasn't anything available.... The customers were absolutely sure they'd seen something about the book on a poster or in a newspaper recently but couldn't remember the name of the book. Nothing unusual about this, but the strange thing is that every one of the customers who came in were so so sure they'd seen an advert about this book, they simply couldn't understand why we couldn't find it on the computer.... Katie and I have talked about this a few times and laughingly suggested that maybe these people had been hypnotised into thinking that the book existed.

But what's most provocative about the story is that several other booksellers report the same phenomenon -- see the comments section on the blog post.

What is going on here? Did Derren advertise a book, which was never released? Was this part of a trick? Any ideas?

Monday, October 27, 2008

Derren Brown's Hypno Pig

Derren Brown is involved in a new charity project. He is one of several celebrities who have decorated piggy banks, which will be auctioned on-line with proceeds to benefit a Bristol-based medical organization. Other participating celebrities reportedly include John Cleese and Steven Merchant.

DB's piggy bank has a familiar-looking goatee. One side of the pig sports a hypnotic swirl, while the other contains the words: "You are under my command; Give me your money!"

You can see a picture of the pig here, along with a photo of Derren apparently mind-controlling his creation.

What the piggy bank lacks in creativity, it makes up in style. And for the right price, it can be yours: The 7-day auction begins November 4.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Derren Brown Mingles with Artsy Types

Last week, it was reported that Derren Brown will make his acting debut in BBC4's Crooked House this Christmas (see The Stage and iTricks). That's not technically true, because Derren appeared in a previous film. Clearly, though, he is interested in acting.

It should come as no surprise, therefore, that he was hobnobbing with artsy types this past weekend in London. Artinfo reports that Derren attended the post-production party at Victoria Mira Gallery after the play Drama Queens at the Old Vic theater.

Kevin Spacey was also at the party. He participated in the production, as did Jeremy Irons and Joseph Fiennes.