The concept of the show was to highlight the power of suggestion with regard to beliefs and people's abilities, and failure to question them. Brown made it quite clear with each experiment that if any of the subjects accused him of trickery he would immediately come clean about the whole thing, a rule similar to one of the self-imposed rules of the perpetrators of the Project Alpha hoax. His conclusion was that people tend to hear only things that support their own ideas and ignore contradictory evidence; this is known in psychology as confirmation bias.
In the section concerned with religious belief, he 'converted' people to Christian belief with a touch. Afterwards, he 'deprogrammed' them of any such belief. During the programme, Brown stated that he was not opposed to people holding religious beliefs and that he respected those beliefs. He also made clear that he himself had, at one time, been a committed Christian. The Gathering was a specially recorded as-live show at a secret location hidden from the audience with an invited audience of students from Roehampton Universitycelebrities, psychologists, psychics, taxi drivers and magicians.
It was filmed on 18 May and broadcast on 29 May. As part of the show Brown recalled streets, page numbers and grid references from the Greater London A-Z map. Pseudo-psychic "mind reading" and "remote viewing" activities were also recreated.
During the show, Brown hypnotised the audience as a group and convinced them that for approximately half an hour after leaving the room they would have no memory of the events. Furthermore, the word "forget" was intermittently flashed very briefly on the backdrop throughout the performance. A variety of audience members were interviewed in a vox pop segment afterwards; some could not recollect anything, but were nevertheless impressed. One of the most prominent stunts was asking a London taxi driver to choose a street in London and then choose and mentally drive a random route.
This was achieved by drawing a line on a map of London made of stuck together A-Z pages. An envelope, which had been visible on-stage throughout the entire show, was then opened. The driver's route started at Buckingham Palace and ended at Shepherd's Bush Green, the street where the secret performance took place. The Heist was shown on 4 January aton Channel 4. In the show, Brown used his skills on selected participants who answered an advertisement.
Under the guise of a "motivational seminar" where they would allegedly learn Brown's skills Brown recruited a number of participants, eventually manipulating a number of them into robbing a security van in broad daylight. The robbery involved holding up a security van and guard played by an actor using a realistic-looking toy pistol that Brown had given the subjects earlier, and stealing a case filled with real money.
Four people were selected to carry out the robbery from an initial field of thirteen, with three of them actually carrying out the "robbery". The idea was that, after the conditioning they received, they would voluntarily rob the van of their own accord. There was no mention of the "crime" to the participants, and they were not directly instructed to do it. The "robbery" was carried out as a result of the conditioning they received and was their own choice, not because of instructions from any third party, including Brown.
Brown associated colours, music and phrases to build the participants into a highly motivated state, converging all of those psychological empowerment tools into a single set-up. The seminar subliminally anchored freedom, childhood, opportunity and romance into various criminal acts.
After having previously been convinced to steal sweets from a shop based in Codicote High Street in Hertfordshire, they experienced the euphoria that could be gained from criminal acts. This programme also included a re-enactment of the Milgram experiment — originally carried out by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram in the s — with the aim of selecting four of the most obedient of the group.
Sixty-five percent of the subjects in this experiment were willing to administer what they believed to be lethal electric shocks to another person on the instruction of an authority figure unbeknownst to the subjects, no electric shocks were actually administered.
These were roughly the same results Milgram himself had observed. The Systema Channel 4 special in which Brown shared his " percent guaranteed" method for winning on the horses, was first shown on 1 February The show was based around the idea that a Brown Miracle could be developed to "guarantee a winner" of horse races. Cameras followed a member of the public, Khadisha, as Brown anonymously sent her correct predictions of five races in a row, before encouraging her to place as much money as she could on the sixth race.
To demonstrate the system to the viewer, Brown tossed a coin showing ten heads in a row to prove it was not impossible, just highly improbable. He had started by contacting 7, people and split them into six groups, giving each group a different horse. Brown had a different person backing each horse in each race, and one individual, Khadisha, won five times in a row.
This was similar to the coin flipping earlier: rather than having a predictive technique, Brown had tossed a coin repeatedly until ten heads had come up in a row, taking over nine hours to produce the required film.
Brown expressed the opinion that the principle behind "The System" essentially confirmation bias or survivorship bias is what is behind belief in spiritualism or homoeopathic and alternative medicine. After the selected horse in the final race lost, and Khadisha was convinced that she had lost all her borrowed money, Brown told Khadisha to look again at the betting slip in her hand.
Brown claimed that he had decided to bet on a different horse when he got to the booth. At the end of the show, a title card explained that "at each stage of the process, participants who did not make it to the next round were offered a complete refund of any bets they had placed. The programme was divided into chapters to introduce different stages in the transformation, many of which were undertaken without the subject knowing of Brown's involvement via cooperation with Galley's parents and girlfriend to set up cameras in his house.
At one stage Brown visited Galley in the middle of the night, but left the subject believing it was a dream. During the programme Galley was put through a series of challenges: being the victim of an armed robbery, touching a live crocodile, illicitly entering a policeman's home, lying strapped to a rail track in a straitjacket while a train approached the first challenge when he knew he was awake and that Brown was involved in this.
The show culminated in Galley travelling on a plane where the pilot had supposedly been incapacitated. Galley, who had not been on a plane in ten years and had a fear of flying, boarded a flight travelling from Leeds to Jersey, where he had been told that a fake game-show presented by Brown was to be filmed.
The flight crew, stewards and stewardesses were real, but the rest of the passengers were actors. During the flight, the cabin crew announced that the captain had been taken ill and asked for a volunteer to land the plane. At the last minute, Galley volunteered. While walking up to the front of the plane he was placed into a trance by Brown. After the plane landed, Galley was placed into a cockpit flight simulator and woken up. He was talked through landing Brown Miracle by a person identified to him as an air traffic controller.
He will not only practice his routines, he will also practice with his confidence and audibility. The first step to having others believe you is to make sure you are confident in yourself. Derren puts in a lot of time into his act in order to make sure he even has a lot of tricks in his bag. To help the audience get into the act, and for credibility purposes, Derren will always divulge details of his tricks to the audience during his performances.
This enables the crowd to have complete trust in him. All his shows always have a holistic theme which helps to grab the attention of the audience by evoking the supernatural which every human being is always curious about. Background music during the show also helps in ensuring alertness and concentration. Neurolinguistic Programming is also used by Derren.
He will effectively use body language, color schemes, eye contact and hand shaking to capture the attention of the audience and make them submit to his will. Cold readings, Suggestion, Social pressure techniques and the Placebo effect are all methods that Derren usually employs to make sure that his tricks work efficiently and as planned. To know more about Derren Brown.
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The illusionist, dubbed Britain's answer to David Blaine, had boasted he was risking his life. In fact it was an elaborate hoax. A spokesman for Brown last night issued a less than robust defence of the stunt, saying only that if the illusionist had used a blank bullet, as the police alleged, and if it had fired as the gun were pointed at his head, then "he would have died anyway".
Three million people watched the show on Channel 4 on Sunday, despite fierce criticism from police and anti-gun campaigners.
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