What exactly is wrong with Derren Brown?

September 17, 2009

The world has always had controversial figures. They’re the people we like to look at and take sides with. Much like the unoriginal marmite routine, you either love them or hate them.

At the moment, it seems the biggest controversy surrounds a great hero of mine, Derren Brown. Just recently, he ‘predicted’ the lottery numbers live on television. If you missed it, we’ll, I’ll assume your cave on mars is too homely to leave. For the rest of us, it was a great event.

And then the theories started flooding in. From trick balls with the numbers written on the in LED’s, to just pure sorcery and wizards conjuring, we pretty much got them all.

But in the end, Mr Brown (the one who seems to get everything right as supposed to the other Mr Brown running the country) revealed he did it through a technique called ‘The Wisdom of Crowds’.

Now I won’t go into the finer details of this (I may leave that to another blog), but basically he suggested that using lots of peoples guesses based upon past numbers and tapping into their subconscious would produce the results. Which it did. Apparently.

And then the outcries started. Some people called him a crook and a liar. Others claimed him as a fake. Others sat in their mars caves happier than the rest of us.

Now, I understand that people can become very passionate about the things they love. Anyone has the cheek to tell me heavy metal isn’t music and they will end up starting at their own skull as I turn them inside out. But why do we need to get so het up about what is basically a TV show?

No matter what anyone else says, Derren Brown is, without doubt, a fantastic showman and brilliant entertainer. His ability to get people talking and keep your interest, coupled with his genius in understanding the human psyche, make him a fantastic person to just watch and enjoy.

So instead of shouting and complaining all the time about whether or not what he says is true, why can’t we all just sit back and enjoy the ride. I for one am fascinated to see what the bloody TV advert was all about, just as I’m sure you all are.

Well apart from you Mars people. I hope your enjoying those caves. A postcard would be nice every so often.


One comment

  1. I saw one of my housemates the other day who explained how he really did it. I was quite upset. It wasn’t even the amazing way he suggested at the end. It was quite disappointing really. But then, magic always is disappointing when you know how it’s done, so nobody was every going to be happy…

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