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Описание: Shown on 7 January 2005, 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.
Using a false name each time, he succeeded in convincing four of the five "experts" that he had powers, and they openly endorsed him as a true practitioner. The fifth expert, the Christian evangelist Curt Nordheilm, whilst impressed by Brown's performance, asked to meet him again before giving an endorsement. The concept of the show was to highlight the power of suggestion with regard to beliefs and people's abilities, and failure to question them. Brown made it quite clear with each experiment that if any of the subjects accused him of trickery he would immediately come clean about the whole thing, a rule similar to one of the self-imposed rules of the perpetrators of the Project Alpha hoax. His conclusion was that people tend to hear only things that support their own ideas and ignore contradictory evidence; this is known in psychology as confirmation bias.
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It’s doubtful that his parents could have seen this kind of future for little Derren when he was born in Croydon on 27 February 1971. He developed an interest in magic as a child, but really started to get into it when he headed off to study law and German at Bristol University. He started working as a conjuror after attending a hypnotism show, and started putting on shows at college. After graduating, he continued to develop his psychological magic act, and supported himself with a series of café and bar performances and by painting portraits in his spare time.
In 1999, he got his big break, when he was approached by Channel 4 to put together his own television show. The resulting hour-long programme, Derren Brown: Mind Control, was a hit with audiences and led to two more shows. Fast-forward to 2003, and he was rewarded with a six-part series under the same name. The year 2003 was quite a successful one for Mr. Brown, as he also toured his first stage show, Derren Brown Live and starred in the first of a number of specials, including one programme where he controversially appeared to participate in a game of Russian Roulette.
His magical mind-reading act now firmly established with the viewing public, Derren headed off on tour again in 2004 (delighting audiences by choosing which of them would be allowed to join him on stage by randomly throwing an object into the assembled throng and asking them pass it around). He also found time to film the first series of his next TV show Trick of the Mind, and announced at the start of the programme that he would achieve results using a combination of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship. He continued to utilise his tried-and-tested list of mind-bending techniques to spectacular effect in Derren Brown: Séance and the later programme Messiah.
More Brown-fronted shows followed, including two further runs of Trick of the Mind, two series of Trick or Treat, and two more tours (Something Wicked this Way Comes and Mind Reader – An Evening of Wonders). Derren also turned his hand to writing, penning the best-selling book Tricks of the Mind, which covered a range of topics including performance, hypnotism and the psychology of magic.
Several commentators have speculated that Brown uses Neuro-Linguistic Programming techniques in his act and, although he has never confirmed this, he has admitted to being curious about the methods used in the system. A former evangelical Christian, he participated in a 2007 programme with well-known ethologist and atheist Richard Dawkins and discussed the techniques used by alleged psychics and spiritual mediums to manipulate their audience. He has now publicly stated that he does not believe in the existence of a God. A lesser known fact about Mr. Brown – he does believe in helping our feathered friends. In 2004, he became the Patron of The National Parrot Sanctuary in Skegness, England.