Derren Brown: The Specials

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In these special shows, psychological illusionist Derren Brown demonstrates his unique and almost uncanny ability to misdirect, manipulate and mesmerise...

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In these special shows, psychological illusionist Derren Brown demonstrates his unique and almost uncanny ability to misdirect, manipulate and mesmerise...

  • Derren Brown: Infamous

    Bafta and RTS-winning Derren Brown presents the extraordinary, acclaimed sell-out stage show Infamous. Featuring his singularly inventive, intelligent mix of thought-provoking, compelling entertainment that leaves his audiences enthralled and enlightened in equal measure.

    Derren is captured live on stage at the Grand Theatre, Leeds, during his Olivier-nominated tour. The Times described the show as 'a thrilling evening in which Brown offers us the gorgeous idea that we can take control of our own lives while also ensuring that we remain putty in his hands'.

  • Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery

    Master illusionist and showman Derren Brown plans to pull off the perfect crime. He's made a bet with renowned art collector Ivan Massow that he can steal a painting from right under his nose.

    In true Derren style, he tells Ivan which painting he plans to target - a work by Turner-nominated brothers Jake and Dinos Chapman - as well as telling him when the theft will happen, and gives him a photograph of the person who is going to take it.

    In order to pull off the theft, Derren recruits a crew. But he's not using career criminals or skilled cat burglars. He's using members of society that tend to slip by unnoticed: pensioners.

  • Derren Brown: Fear and Faith

    In the finale of his second two-part event, Fear and Faith, Derren Brown looks at the psychology of religious belief, performs a satanic rite and attempts to give an atheist a religious conversion.

  • Derren Brown: Fear and Faith

    The first part of a two-part event, Fear and Faith is an extraordinary film looking at what happens when people have the experience of fear removed through the use of a powerful new drug.

  • Derren Brown: Apocalypse Part Two

    Derren Brown continues his extraordinary odyssey beyond the end of the world in this two-part special, combining his customary inventive, intelligent mix of thought-provoking, compelling entertainment, stunts and suggestion with extraordinary psychological tricks and experiments.

    In this concluding episode, the unwitting participant continues his adventure in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by the infected. Meticulously crafted challenges and situations begin to transform his way of seeing himself and his life, as he hurtles towards the thrilling climax of his own horror story.

  • Derren Brown: Apocalypse Part One

    The first of a two-part show, Apocalypse unleashes Derren Brown's most audacious plan yet - to convince one person that the planet has been devastated by a catastrophic meteorite strike, that lethal infected now roam the land and he is one of a mere handful of survivors.

    Our 'survivor' is someone who takes life for granted, and has yet to truly value what he has. The adventure that awaits him is meticulously crafted to give him the ultimate wake-up call, and teach him valuable life-lessons.

    Will he rise to the challenge?

  • Derren Brown: Svengali

    Master Showman Derren Brown presents his 2012 Olivier award-winning theatre show, filmed live in front of a sell-out audience at the Theatre Royal, Nottingham. Showcasing Derren's skills as master persuader and entertainer, he attempts to extract secret confessions from the audience, plays psychological mind games, and shares the dramatic history of Svengali.

  • Derren Brown: Miracles for Sale

    Miracles for Sale

    With the cameras in hot pursuit, Derren faces his toughest project yet, going in search of an unsuspecting member of the British public prepared to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker.

    His chosen one then has six months to learn the trade and flourish across the pond as a convincing pastor.

    The final phase of the volunteer's extraordinary challenge sees them attempt to perform faith healing miracles live in Texas, but will Derren's new recruit be accepted as a faith healer or cast away as fake healer?

    Is the belief in divine intervention really justified, or will Derren expose the industry as one giant hoax?

  • Derren Brown: Enigma

    The incredible Derren Brown presents Enigma: the recording of his latest sell-out live theatre tour.

    As viewers have come to expect, it's another jaw-dropping, show-stopping theatrical event that leaves the audience and viewers in awe of Derren Brown's incredible ability to control minds, manipulate thoughts and tickle the funny bone.

    Filmed live in front of a capacity crowd at the New Wimbledon Theatre, Derren Brown selects random members of the audience to participate in a wide range of experiments and demonstrations, including the Victorian phenomena of somnambulism and the spooky Spirit Cabinet.

  • Derren Brown: Hero at 30,000 Feet

    Derren Brown, the acclaimed psychological illusionist, returns to Channel 4 for a thought provoking - and life transforming - special.

    Following the successes of previous television specials such as Russian Roulette Live, Séance, The Heist and The Events, Derren once again creates edge-of-the-seat television as he takes 'average Joes' on an extraordinary psychological journey.

    In a powerful transformation, which will include an amazing, must-watch finale, Derren releases his subjects from the restraints that they have placed on themselves and allows them the opportunity to fulfil their true potential, opening the door to a new and exciting future...

  • Something Wicked

    Derren Brown: Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Derren Brown's award-winning live show fuses magic, suggestion and psychology. Filmed in front of a packed audience at the Old Vic, London, this show is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

    The show features plenty of audience participation, shocking stunts and subliminal mind-games, as Derren demonstrates why he is one of the country's most exciting live performers.

    Derren's live show Something Wicked This Way Comes was a sell-out tour in both 2005 and 2006, playing in over 100 theatres and culminating in Derren winning the prestigious 2006 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment Show.

  • Derren Brown: Evening of Wonders

    The internationally acclaimed psychological illusionist takes the theatre audience and viewers on a jaw-dropping, laugh-out-loud journey to a climax of the most astonishing mind-reading.

    This is Derren at his best: funny, energised and a master of audience control. The show features plenty of audience participation, shocking stunts and mind games, as Derren demonstrates why he is one of the country's most exciting live performers.

  • Derren Brown: The System

    In the one-hour special, Derren employs his unique combination of skills to investigate the psychology behind gambling, culminating in a huge, one-off bet by a single mum from London employing his 'system' for betting on horse racing.

    As Derren himself explains: 'I took a member of the public and I told her which horse would win in a certain race; when it did win she was intrigued and I did it again and again and she started to bet more and more money according to my system.

    'She's scraped together every last penny she could find and she is risking it all on one final race. Is it really possible to predict every time which horse will win? Welcome to The System.'

    The show was shot on locations including Sandown Park and Newbury race courses.

  • Derren Brown: The Heist

    Under the guise of a motivational seminar and a follow-up documentary, The Heist was a one-off special.

    Could Derren persuade any of his group of responsible, middle-management businessmen and women to steal £100,000 in an armed robbery? Such was the premise for one of Derren's most ambitious and challenging specials to date.

    The programme demonstrates how little it takes to cross into deviant behaviour, and is a masterclass in persuasion.

  • The Gathering

    Derren Brown: The Gathering

    The Gathering was a specially made recording of a live show shot in a mystery location in front of an invited audience of magic experts and celebrity fans.

    A one-hour fusion of magic, suggestion, psychology and misdirection, it gave the cynics the chance to decide: is Derren a fraud or should he be burnt at the stake?

    Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Reece Shearsmith and Jean Christophe Novelli were just some of Derren's subjects chosen at random. The audience also included Jonathan Ross, Simon Pegg, Al Murray, Sarah Alexander and Rupert Penry-Jones.

    As Derren said: "I've always loved performing live and of course it gives people a chance to see that everything's fair."

  • Derren Brown: Messiah

    Derren Brown takes his debunking mission to America. In a country where his mind control skills are unknown, he sets out once again to demonstrate just how easy it is to dupe people into believing five impossible things (almost) before breakfast.

    He tries to convince five leading figures that he has powers in their particular field of expertise: Christian evangelism, alien abduction, psychic powers, New Age theories and contacting the dead.

    Can he succeeded in convincing the five 'experts' of his powers? And will they go further and openly endorse him as a true practitioner?

  • Derren Brown: Seance

    Psychological illusionist Derren Brown hosts a entertainment special, bringing together 12 members of the public to re-create a seance.

    Using a range of traditional methods, from automatic writing to the Spirit Cabinet and the Ouija board, Derren guides them through the various stages of a seance, using his skills and showmanship to challenge some of the most prevalent myths of spiritualism.

  • Derren Brown: Plays Russian Roulette Live

    Psychological illusionist Derren Brown performs a highly dangerous feat - Russian Roulette, live.

    Filmed in a secret location, a member of the public chosen from a nationwide search loads a real handgun with one bullet. Derren then puts the gun to his head, and using his famous ability to read people he tries to determine which chamber contains the bullet...

    What powers will Derren use to dodge the bullet?

  • Derren Brown: Behind the Mischief

    Airing as part of a Derren Brown Night, this one-hour special celebrates the remarkable Derren Brown and his 10 years of Channel 4 television series, specials and events.

    Unprecedented access is given for the first time ever as Derren allows TV cameras behind the scenes and into his private life to meet his family, friends and closest collaborators as Channel 4 discovers and reveals the real Derren Brown.

    Celebrity fans, including Stephen Merchant, Matt Lucas, Simon Pegg, Bill Bailey, Simon Callow and Jo Whiley give their insights, and some of the participants featured in Derren's best-known television feats share their thoughts about him.

    The programme also features a selection of Derren's greatest television moments from his early Mind Control specials via Russian Roulette Live, Séance, The Heist, Predicting the National Lottery Live and his incredible live tours to the recent Hero at 30,000 Feet special.

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In these special shows, psychological illusionist Derren Brown demonstrates his unique and almost uncanny ability to misdirect, manipulate and mesmerise...

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