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Televised Evening With The Dead

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A while back Derren Brown hosted a televised séance on the UK’s Channel 4.  Unfortunately for those of us in the US, Channel 4’s content can be hard to come by.  Most of the time we have to hope someone will post the show on YouTube or Google Video.  Lucky for us, someone has done just that.  Derren Brown’s séance is available to view in its entirety on YouTube, so catch it before it is removed.

An outspoken skeptic of all things paranormal, Brown has on more than one occasion recreated miracles and psychic wonders using, “Psychology, misdirection, magic and showmanship.”  Despite stating openly that he was using psychological manipulation, cold reading and other trickery, the séance participants managed to get royally spooked, as did viewers who called into the show testifying to paranormal happenings in their home while watching the séance.

In the tradition of master magician James Randi, Derren Brown uses his skills to demonstrate how the frauds work their wonders, or at least shows that the marvels can be recreated without appear to the supernatural.

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Written by Aaron Nee

April 21, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Manipulating the Manipulators

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Derren Brown devises an elaborate demonstration of how subliminal marketing influences even the masters of manipulation.

Embedding is disabled on the clip, so you will have to follow the URL to see it – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyQjr1YL0zg.

Brown performed the same demonstration in his US version of the program.  You can see the slightly modified US demonstration here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f29kF1vZ62o

I previously posted an interesting interview with Brown conducted by Richard Dawkins, which is also worth checking out.

You Too Can Be A Psychic!

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Several years back I became interested in familiarizing myself with the techniques of cold readings.  While remarkably simple and embarrassingly transparent, the methods of doing a cold reading continue to prove shockingly effective.  Used for psychic reading, prophesies, and communication with the dead, cold reading techniques continue to make true believers.  Recently I came across this uncut interview between Richard Dawkins and Illusionist Derren Brown.  Brown spells out the basics of cold readings and why they are so effective when done well.

You can see the uncut interview here.

The interview is from a two part program called “The Enemies of Reason”.  Both shows can be found through the links bellow.

Enemies of Reason: part 1

Enemies of Reason:part 2

Written by Aaron Nee

March 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

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