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28-10-2012, 10:57 PM
The Derren Brown Thread
I figured it was time TTA had an official Derren Brown thread instead of a new thread every time he does a new special or series.

Feel free to add videos people.

Here's one of my all time favourites of his;




Best and worst of Ferdinand .....
Best
Ferdinand: We don't really say 'theist' in Alabama. Here, you're either a Christian, or you're from Afghanistan and we fucking hate you.
Worst
Ferdinand: Everyone from British is so, like, fucking retarded.
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29-10-2012, 12:10 AM
RE: The Derren Brown Thread
Oh thank the gods. How did we go so long without one before?

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29-10-2012, 12:38 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derren_Brown
I never heard of him. I'm not at all suggestible, thus not able to be hypnotized. It would be interesting to know what would have happened if I had been there, and not known what he was about.

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29-10-2012, 01:24 AM
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I fucking love Derren Brown. If there is a human that could fuck with me, he is the one. Of course it's T.V., and you know, there's editing and stuff, but the guy is awesome. What's more awesome is that he flat out tells you how he did the a lot of his shit and you are still pretty impressed, though I'm sure some of his explanations are incomplete, or even false. In my opinion he is the best "magician" of our time. I don't think many Americans are familiar with him, but I could be wrong. Any either case, fuck Chris Angel. If you haven't seen his special on stage, I highly recommend it. Very entertaining stuff...

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31-10-2012, 11:49 PM
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I know he probably can't get anywhere near the political candidates, however I would give my left nut if he could force the candidates (all of them) to tell nothing but the truth until after the election.
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03-11-2012, 05:55 PM
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This is one of Derren's more controversial offerings. It purports to show that some people can be made to commit horrific crimes under hypnosis.




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03-11-2012, 06:06 PM
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I'd be scared to meet him, but probably would if I could.

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03-11-2012, 07:00 PM (This post was last modified: 03-11-2012 07:20 PM by cufflink.)
RE: The Derren Brown Thread
(29-10-2012 12:38 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  I'm not at all suggestible, thus not able to be hypnotized.

Actually, the only personality correlate with hypnotizability that researchers have been able determine is the ability to get lost in thought to the point you can shut out the outside world. If you're one of those people who can be reading a book on a train and completely lose yourself in it so you're temporarily unaware of your surroundings, you're probably also a "high hypnotizable."

Also, keep in mind that hypnotizability isn't a binary feature: it's scalable. That is, some people are low hypnotizable (about 10% of the population), some high (15%), and the rest moderate. It's a question of degree rather than either/or.

This video lecture by a genuine academic researcher has some good, reliable information about hypnosis. (Skip the irrelevant material at the beginning and start at about 4:26.)





Finally, you might be interested in what Richard Feynman wrote about his experiences with hypnosis:

Richard Feynman Wrote:In the great big dining hall with stained glass windows, where we always ate, in our
steadily deteriorating academic gowns, Dean Eisenhart would begin each dinner
by saying grace in Latin. After dinner he would often get up and make some
announcements. One night Dr. Eisenhart got up and said, “Two weeks from now, a
professor of psychology is coming to give a talk about hypnosis. Now, this
professor thought it would be much better if we had a real demonstration of
hypnosis instead of just talking about it. Therefore he would like some people
to volunteer to be hypnotized…”

I get all excited: There’s no question but that I’ve got to find out about hypnosis. This
is going to be terrific!

Dean Eisenhart went on to say that it would be good if three or four people would
volunteer so that the hypnotist could try them out first to see which ones
would be able to be hypnotized, so he’d like to urge very much that we apply
for this. (He’s wasting all this time, for God’s sake!)

Eisenhart was down at one end of the hall, and I was way down at the other end, in the
back. There were hundreds of guys there. I knew that everybody was going to
want to do this, and I was terrified that he wouldn’t see me because I was so
far back. I just had to get in on this demonstration!

Finally Eisenhart said, “And so I would like to ask if there are going to be any
volunteers…”

I raised my hand and shot out of my seat, screaming as loud as I could, to make sure
that he would hear me: “MEEEEEEEEEEE!”

He heard me all right, because there wasn’t another soul. My voice reverberated
throughout the hall—it was very embarrassing. Eisenhart’s immediate reaction
was, “Yes, of course, I knew you would volunteer, Mr. Feynman, but I was
wondering if there would be anybody else.”

Finally a few other guys volunteered, and a week before the demonstration the man came to
practice on us, to see if any of us would be good for hypnosis. I knew about
the phenomenon, but I didn’t know what it was like to be hypnotized.

He started to work on me and soon I got into a position where he said, “You can’t
open your eyes.”

I said to myself, “I bet I could open my eyes, but I don’t want to disturb the situation:
Let’s see how much further it goes.” It was an interesting situation: You’re
only slightly fogged out, and although you’ve lost a little bit, you’re pretty
sure you could open your eyes. But of course, you’re not opening your eyes, so
in a sense you can’t do it.

He went through a lot of stuff and decided that I was pretty good.

When the real demonstration came he had us walk on stage, and he hypnotized us in front
of the whole Princeton Graduate College. This time the effect was stronger; I
guess I had learned how to become hypnotized. The hypnotist made various
demonstrations, having me do things that I couldn’t normally do, and at the end
he said that after I came out of hypnosis, instead of returning to my seat
directly, which was the natural way to go, I would walk all the way around the
room and go to my seat from the back.

All through the demonstration I was vaguely aware of what was going on, and
cooperating with the things the hypnotist said, but this time I decided, “Damn
it, enough is enough! I’m gonna go straight to my seat.”

When it was time to get up and go off the stage, I started to walk straight to my seat.
But then an annoying feeling came over me: I felt so uncomfortable that I
couldn’t continue. I walked all the way around the hall.

I was hypnotized in another situation some time later by a woman. While I was
hypnotized she said, “I’m going to light a match, blow it out, and immediately
touch the back of your hand with it. You will feel no pain.”

I thought, “Baloney!” She took a match, lit it, blew it out, and touched it to
the back of my hand. It felt slightly warm. My eyes were closed through out all
of this, but I was thinking, “That’s easy. She lit one match, but touched a
different match to my hand. There’s nothin’ to that; it’s a fake!”

When I came out of the hypnosis and looked at the back of my hand, I got the biggest
surprise: There was a burn on the back of my hand. Soon a blister grew, and it
never hurt at all, even when it broke.

So I found hypnosis to be a very interesting experience. All the time you’re saying
to yourself, “I could do that, but I won’t”—which is just another way of saying
that you can’t.

[From Feynman's memoire, Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman]

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03-11-2012, 07:52 PM
RE: The Derren Brown Thread
(03-11-2012 05:55 PM)cufflink Wrote:  This is one of Derren's more controversial offerings. It purports to show that some people can be made to commit horrific crimes under hypnosis.



That's fucking amaZing that is! Damn the last minutes were soo tense.

That's almost makes me want to learn more about the subject and try to practise it. It would work wonders for my magic trick.

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03-11-2012, 08:05 PM
RE: The Derren Brown Thread
So has anyone else seen Apocalypse yet?

Best and worst of Ferdinand .....
Best
Ferdinand: We don't really say 'theist' in Alabama. Here, you're either a Christian, or you're from Afghanistan and we fucking hate you.
Worst
Ferdinand: Everyone from British is so, like, fucking retarded.
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