Communicator (communicator) wrote,

Derren Brown verdict

Someone just phoned at 6am Saturday morning - didn't get to the phone on time - number withheld. I was having a lovely dream too. Bummer.

I was going to post about Derren Brown. His explanation of 'how he did it' was bullshit, but I don't hold it against him. I find it kind of morally problematic when he gets together a group of obviously non-too-bright people and tricks them into thinking they have magic powers. H says that's his job description, and they should know better. Probably in the cold light of day they do. But somehow lying to them, in that personal way, feels more naughty than tricking an impersonal TV audience.

I'm not complaining: he's a showman, and he does his stuff. I'm just saying I get a little moral qualm when I see the innocent things saying to the camera 'I never thought I would be able to do it!' That's because you can't. I'm not even making a general point about whether strange things might not happen in real life - it's just in this case, it was a trick.
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