Derren Brown Biography
Derren Brown is an English mentalist, illusionist, and author. He rose to fame in 2000 after his television debut with Derren Brown: Mind Control. Since then, he has produced several other shows for the stage and television. He has produced in both series and specials. He won two Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment.
This was in recognition to his work on the show Something Wicked This Way Comes, 2006 and his 2012 show Svengali. He has also written books for magicians as well as the general public. He does not claim to possess any supernatural powers. His acts are often designed to expose the methods of those who do assert such claims.
In his performances, he often says that his effects are achieved through “magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection, and showmanship”. He got his breakthrough show, Mind Control in 2000. He had just got a job a production company founded by television magician Andrew O’Connor. His work went on to become their first award-winning product.
Later on after several further shows with Objective founded his own company. He founde his company Vaudeville Productions with former Objective executives Michael Vine, Andrew O’Connor, and Paul Sandler. His aim was to produce his own shows as well as other projects with other performers.
Derren Brown Age
Derren was born in Croydon, London, England. He was born on 27th February 1971. His age is currently 48 years old as of 2019.
Derren Brown Net Worth
Greatly known for his “mind-reading” act, Derren Brown has made a huge fortune drom his career. He has earned his net worth from his appearances on British television series Trick of the Mind and Trick or Treat. He has also appeared on several television specials and stage productions.
In 2000, Brown started his own series called Derren Brown: Mind Control, since then he has gained significant fame. Derren Brown has an estimated net worth of $7.5 million. Details about hhis cars, houses or property are not known.
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Derren Brown first came out as gay in 2007. It has not been a walk in the park for him. Fans have directed insults to him and his sexuality and he has faced rejection. Growing up, he tried to train himself out of being gay. This was partly due to his then belief in Christianity. He once went to a religious camp to be “cured”. He is now an atheist.
Brown dated a man for a month, before telling anyone of his sexuality, aged 31. “The process of coming out is normally very disappointing,” he said. “It’s not that people react badly to it – they really don’t care.” He says that he took up magic as a distraction to his sexuality. “magic is all about how you arrange surfaces. I got very good at deflecting people from things I didn’t want them to see.” he said.
Derren Brown Books
Brown has written five books: His first book was Absolute Magic, subtitled A Model for Powerful Close-Up Performance. It not so much about magical methodology as about how magicians can make their performances magical; it is written in a variety of styles: sometimes humorous, sometimes serious.
He warns against an act that conveys the feeling of “Here are some tricks I’ve bought” and urges magicians to make their performances experiential and memorable by involving the audience.
His second book is titled Pure Effect. It is a more traditional book of trickery and technique and offers an insight into some of the methods that Brown employs. It also offers a starting point for development for the reader’s own use. His first two books were intended for magicians; they were written before his fame.
He later wrote his third book, Tricks of the Mind. The book is Brown’s first book intended for the general public. It is a wide-ranging book in which Brown reveals some of the techniques he uses in his performances, delves into the structure and psychology of magic and discusses hypnosis.
He wrote his fourth book Confessions of a Conjuror that was published by Channel 4 Books in October 2010. It is a mix of autobiography and humorous observation told mostly through footnotes and diversions while Brown describes performing a single card routine for a group of people at his old restaurant gig. In 2016, he released his fifth book Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine.
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Derren Brown Interview
Q: Miracle is an amazing show. My worry is for the person who could get the impression that Christianity is just emotion and hype. Obviously, there are also good things about Christianity. Is there a danger of the pendulum swinging too far?
Derren Brown: Well, I am an atheist. In a way it’s not my job to defend the Christian faith! I make it clear in the show that this is not in any way against the Church or religion, or even the idea of healing. This is a scam that’s carried out against the Church and exploits those with sincerely held faith.
Q: There were 1,200 people at last night’s show. I wonder how many left thinking that you’ve clearly shown that Christianity is all stuff and nonsense?
Derren Brown: The reality is that a lot of churches nowadays do rely on sensationalism and personal experience. I remember standing there when we were all being told to speak in tongues. The guy said: ‘Just start talking and make a noise. If something in the back of your mind tells you that you’re just being silly then that’s the devil telling you that.’ Even then, as a 20-year-old, I thought it was a crowd-manipulation technique. Not to belittle much richer religious experience, but that is sadly quite typical.
Q: You arrived at university as a pretty committed Christian. What happened?
Derren Brown: Yes, but only in a very personal sense. I wasn’t particularly evangelical about it. One of the reasons I got into magic and hypnosis is that if you don’t feel very impressive in yourself, magic and hypnosis are very appealing because they’re very controlling and make you look amazing. I had, what seemed to me, a strange reaction from my fellow Christians in the CU of absolute horror.
Derren Brown: I would do a hypnosis show and have Christians at the back talking in tongues and trying to exorcise me. I thought it was just based in fear and ignorance, but that planted a seed of alienation. At the same time I had a good friend who was and still is a psychic healer. I could look at that and see how she was maintaining a circular belief: confirmation bias.
Derren Brown: You ignore the evidence that doesn’t support it. But, I thought: ‘How is that any different from what I’m doing [as a Christian]?’ I think there are many ways of sustaining a Christian or any other religious belief without this, but for me I thought the difference is that there has to be an objective, historical, factual event rooting it, like the resurrection, that separates it from just being a subjective circular belief.
Derren Brown: Up until then, I’d read a few books written by Christian apologists that make you feel like it’s a very well-tested historical event. But the moment you look outside of that and actually look at how the Bible was put together, it’s a very different story. I wanted to undo those glib answers. I knew I could go to church every Sunday and be given a lot of emotive truisms. But, if anything, you’re encouraged not to ask questions.
Q: Do you feel that if your church had had a more intellectually robust engagement with these issues you might have been able to stay in the Christian faith?
Derren Brown: I don’t know. It would be nice to think that, but I wouldn’t want to blame it on the fact that it was happy-clappy churches. Equally, they probably kept me going for longer too.
Q: I personally believe that there are strong arguments for the historical reliability of the Gospels, specifically around the death and resurrection of Jesus. But you start your biography Tricks of the Mind (Channel 4) with the words: ‘The Bible is not history’. What was the process that led you to take that view?
Derren Brown: You’re dealing with hagiography. It’s not written as history. These are sacred stories that are there to show a divine person. It’s that sort of genre. So it’s the equivalent of a cult springing up now around a soldier in World War Two who had died and been resurrected and the evidence they gave you for that was some anonymous, second-hand, written information in the 1980s. How seriously would you be expected to take it?
Q: That analogy isn’t quite the same because what resulted for Jesus’ followers was a very different theological view; one that went against their Jewish expectations. It seems an odd thing to make up. A risen messiah wasn’t what they were looking for.
Derren Brown: But Paul doesn’t talk about physical resurrection. For me, a much more likely scenario is that of a spiritual resurrection. If you don’t look at Christian writings but look at historical writings, the idea of a resurrection isn’t even mentioned until AD110 by Pliny the Younger. There’s a mention of the religion but no mention of the resurrection. It’s not until mid-second century [that] even the idea of the mention of the physical resurrection even appears.
Q: Within the Jewish context that Christianity came from, there was a belief in physical resurrection at the end of time. From everything I can see, Paul seems to understand it very much as a physical resurrection.
Derren Brown: I don’t think Paul gives a very clear idea of that at all. He only seems to talk about visions, and things that he describes seem to be very understandable as spiritual. At very best there’s a huge question mark over what that is.
Irrespective of that, one can still live, I’m sure, a very strong Christian faith regardless of how you take that. But that was my journey through it. That was the one thing I was looking for because it was the one thing, for me, that separated it from somebody saying they were psychic for all their own reasons.
Q: Do you have the will to reinvestigate it?
Derren Brown: It is a background interest. For me, what’s interesting is the history of ideas, what Christianity did. I’m writing a book on what it means to be happy, the good life, and how that idea got hijacked for a couple of thousand years. That’s more interesting than what people choose to believe.