Wednesday, April 6, 2011
It is April. In celebration of this blogs two year existence, the whole month will be winner time. Only the coolest and best members of our elite circle of nerds will be featured.
Today: Derren Brown!
I was hesitant to put him on the list. Simply because he is not a magician but a freaking mentalist. And while most magicians seem not to draw a line between the two I do. But Derren Brown has done for mentalism what David Blaine has done for magic. He brought it to a level where people actually believe it is genuine.
Here is the thing. Predictions are a weird. They have a build in power claim that is hard to take serious. A prediction means that the mentalist can see into the future and see events that will occur.
What Derren has done to it is nothing new, but he certainly has done it well. Derren cultivates an aura of psychological genius. To the audience he doesn't predict the future, but he has decided what the future event is going to be, and he does all his mental tricks to make it happen.
And you know what. That is a believable premise for a prediction. In fact his whole show is designed around this idea.
Here is the whole show Evening of Wonders. I don't know how legal this is, so watch them while you can:
Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4
Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 Part 8
I don't like mentalism, but I can still see how good this is. And I see that people do enjoy this.