The Gathering was a live stage show performed in a secret location (hidden from the audience). The audience was hand picked by Brown and included psychologists, college students, celebrities, psychics, taxi drivers, and magicians.
In The System, Derren Brown amazes us by being able to correctly predict the winner of horse races every time. Derren persuades a woman to place increasingly large bets with her own savings based on his picks.
In the first programme, Derren sets up a fake pharmaceutical company which claims to have developed a drug named 'Rumyodin', with the ability to inhibit fear. In the second, Derren looks at the psychology of religious belief.
A member of the public is given a second chance at life when mentalist Derren Brown makes him realize how important life is by tricking him into believing that a meteor has hit the earth and is now populated by zombies.
Its so refreshing to see a TV program which shows how paranormal phenomena really do happen. There are so many credulous, uncritical treatments of ghosts, ESP, and other supernatural events and so few that use skepticism to really examine what's happening.
This could have been even better, because it was made apparent at a couple of points that it was all a trick, but it was still very well done, and people who watched it at the same time as me who are a bit less skeptical than me were totally taken in until the end!
I will recommend this to anyone who believes in superstitious events to finally get a look at the other side of the story, and I want to see more of this sort of thing myself!
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