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.
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.
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 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.
He's played Russian Roulette, he's held a séance...he's done...some other stuff, but now Derren Brown is using his awesome mind control powers to subliminally influence four lucky contestants to steal £100,000 from a security guard on a quiet London street! I like Derren Brown because, aside from being good at what he does; you can tell that he genuinely believes that he is great. He also makes a great host, and unlike a lot of other TV 'magicians', he's willing to try stuff that hasn't been done before, and therefore new and original television is the result. This show proved interesting for me, as a lot of the methods are used are linked to psychology, which is an area of fascination for yours truly; shown by the fact that I'm studying it at University. The way that Derren subliminally influences people is genius, and also very funny. There is a part during the show when the contestants are convinced to steal some sweets from a newsagent. Naturally, it starts to arouse the suspicion of the shop assistants after ten or so people wearing suits have entered the shop and tried to steal something! Overall, this isn't the best thing I've seen on television - but it one of the best shows recently, and I hope to see more from Derren in the future.
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