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November 4, 2011 / magickittenblogs

Derren Brown – master trickster

I’ve been watching the latest Derren Brown series, Experiments – I’ve not been a big fan in the past, although that’s probably because I’ve not watched many of his programmes before.

The first in this series, The Assassin, was fascinating; we saw whether an ordinary man could be conditioned to kill another person, in the way that Bobby Kennedy’s killer has claimed he was. The results were astonishing.

I was less impressed with last week’s offering, which centred around mob mentality and the way in which anonymity and de-individualisation allows people to be far more horrible than they would otherwise be. This, unfortunately, came as no surprise. Luckily I was amused by the fact that the episode was set in my home time, jolly old Colchester. As a result, I wasn’t expecting much from tonight’s instalment. How wrong I was!

The Guilt Trip is the most compelling episode yet. Jody, the unwitting star of the show, deserves a medal – what a hero. He may be the sweetest person ever, which apparently helps to make him so compliant and suggestible.

The aim of this episode was to see if it would be possible to cause someone to confess to a murder they hadn’t committed. From the outside, the characters seem so transparent, with names reminiscent of Cluedo, but I suppose if you walk into an apparently real conference, you don’t question these things. Obviously, I won’t tell you what happened, but get onto 4OD right this minute and prepare to be amazed and horrified! Brilliant.

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