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Mentalism, mind reading and the art of getting inside your head | Derren Brown

Mentalism, mind reading and the art of getting inside your head | Derren Brown


We are all trapped inside our own heads, and our beliefs and our understandings
about the world are limited by that perspective, which means we tell ourselves stories. Right? So here we are
in this infinite data source. There’s an infinite number of things
that we could think about, but we edit and delete. We choose what to think about,
what to pay attention to. We make up a story … to make sense of what’s going on, and we all get it wrong. Because we’re all trying to navigate
with our own skewed compasses, and we all have our own baggage, but the stories themselves
are utterly convincing. And we all do this, and a lot of the stories
that we live by aren’t even our own. The first ones we inherit
at a young age from our parents, who of course have
their own skewed beliefs, their own frustrations,
their own unlived lives. And for better or worse,
we take all that onboard, and then we go out into the world thinking maybe we have to
be successful to be loved; or that we always have to put
other people’s needs first; or that we have some big terrible secret
we couldn’t possible tell people. And it’s just fiction, it’s just stories, and we’d worry a lot less
about what other people think of us if we realized how seldom they do. (Laughter) So I feel that magic is a great analogy
for how we edit reality and form a story and then mistake that story for the truth, and I’ve had a 20-year career in the UK staging big psychological
experiments on TV, and now that’s on Netflix. I also have a stage show. I’ve got my first Broadway show actually
coming up, called “Secret.” Just throwing that out there. No pressure. (Laughter) That should be this year. And I try to do something new
with mentalism, mentalism, which is the dubious art
of getting inside your head. So there was a heyday
for this kind of stage mind-reading, which was the 1930s. That’s why I’m dressed like this, in my most un-TED-like garb. And there was an act,
an act known as the Oracle Act. And in the Oracle Act,
members of the audience, as I know you have done, would write down secret questions, the sort of questions
you might ask a psychic, seal that question into an envelope, and on the outside of the envelope
they would write their initials and then roughly
where they sat in the audience. And then the Oracle, the mind reader,
would take an envelope one at a time, he wouldn’t open it, but he would attempt to divine
what question was sealed inside. And if he got that right,
he would try and answer the question for the person too. And the act spread like wildfire. It’s a testament, I think,
to the seductive appeal of some powerful figure
offering you easy, simple answers to life’s complex and subtle questions and anxieties. So thank you all of you
that wrote questions. I haven’t seen these.
I know somebody’s guarding them. Thank you so much. I will take those now.
Thank you all of you that did this. I should say, probably,
a couple of things before I start. In absolute honesty, first of all I can’t see
through these envelopes. They are sealed.
They are thick black envelopes. You’ll know if you wrote one.
I can’t see through them. Secondly, importantly,
I don’t know any of you and nobody is playing along. That’s not what this is. Thirdly … I don’t believe for a second that I have
any special psychological gifts, let alone any psychic ones. So let’s begin. Nope. (Laughter) OK, this — Oh, nice. OK, this one’s interesting.
There’s a couple here. I will start with maybe this one. This one’s interesting,
because the writing undulates. There’s a sort of an up and down thing, which normally — not always —
normally means that the person doesn’t know
the answer to the question themselves, so it’s normally a question
about the future, right? That sort of suggests uncertainty. So I would say it’s a lady, age-wise it’s a little difficult to tell
from this minimal handwriting, but I would expect maybe 30s,
maybe 40s, but let’s find out. It says — and a question
about the future — it says, “JN, center.” So it’s going to be somebody
in this big central section here. If you think this is you,
if you wrote one, could you make a fuss? It’s a bit difficult for me
to see in the center. Hi, give us a wave. So J … Jane? Jessica? Jessica: Yes. Derren Brown: Which one?
Jessica: Jessica. DB: Thank you. Just a guess.
Little murmur of approval, thank you? (Laughter) I’ll take it. Alright, so Jessica,
I won’t ask your age, but is it a question
essentially about the future? Jessica: Mhm?
DB: Yes? Jessica: Yes.
DB: Yes. OK. Alright. So what did we ask?
What did Jessica ask about the future? So am I OK with late-30s, early-40s? Jessica: I’ll take it. I’m taking it. (Laughter) DB: OK, so it’s important, because we ask different questions
depending how old we are. Just say, “I’ll take it” again. Jessica: I’ll take it. DB: Virginia? You’re from Virginia?
Jessica: Yes, I am. DB: Yeah. So — (Laughter) I think this is a lady, I think this is a lady
who wants to leave Virginia. I think you’re looking at plans, it’s whether or not things
are going to come together to get out. Just show me your hands. Other sides so I can see fingernails? OK, I think you have a farm and it’s whether or not you’re going
to sell your farm and get out of Virginia? Is this right? Jessica: Absolutely, that’s the question. DB: Alright. Great. Thank you.
It’s a great question! What was the actual question?
What did you put? Jessica: “Will I sell
the farm in Virginia?” DB: Will you sell the farm? Alright, so look, it’s a great question
if you are pretending to be psychic, because it’s about the future, which means I can give you
a yes or no on this. It means nothing.
You have no way of verifying it. And a dangerous thing to do — and if I say yes or no,
it’ll just stick in the back of your mind, and it can’t not start to affect
decisions you make. So a dangerous thing to do. However — (Laughter) Yes, I think you will sell the farm, because I think you’re the sort of person that in the nicest way
will get what you want. I think when there are things you want,
you tend to focus on them at the expense of other things that you know you probably
should be focusing on more, would you agree? Educated, you spent a few years in — Say yes again, the word “yes” quickly?
Jessica: Yes. DB: No?
Jessica: No. DB: California? Berkeley?
A bit of a guess, but … Jessica: I went to Berkeley, yes.
Stop doing this! DB: So it’s a yes. Oh, and you’ve been
to India recently as well. There’s just a tiny, tiny little thing
going on there. Yes? No? Jessica: Yes, I just got back from India. DB: It’s a yes from me, I just don’t want
to say it like it’s written in the stars because it isn’t, and you need
to take responsibility for it. DB: Have a seat.
Thank you. Let’s do another one. (Applause) AH, also in the center? AH. This will be a man, a little older,
maybe late 40s, I would say from this. AH, center, stand up for me
if you think this is you. AH. Hi, let’s get
a microphone to this guy. Quick as we can,
on camera would be amazing. Oh, look at that! Freeze.
Don’t move. Don’t move. Keep absolutely still. Are you standing? Where are you? Man: I am standing. I’m not that short. DB: OK. Alright, now you changed that. There was just something
you did as you got up. Yes or no, have you
put something on here — you’re not doing it now,
but you did it as you stood up — to do with your left or your left leg
or your left foot, yes or no? Man: Yes. DB: Alright. He was giving us
a nice clear signal as he stood up. Put your weight on your
left-hand side and say “yes.” Man: Yes. DB: Take your hand out of that pocket,
put your weight on the other side, change hands with the mic
and say “yes” again. Man: Yes. DB: You have a dislocation in the big toe on your left-hand side? Man: Yes. DB: Thank you so much. Great.
Good one! Take a seat. Take a seat. Can I get the microphone?
I’m going to change microphone for this. Can I grab a mic up? Thank you. Thank you so much.
That would be great there. I’m going to change mic because, hopefully you can now still hear me? So I’m going to blindfold myself. And I’m doing this now so I don’t
have the clues as you stand up. I can’t see where you put your hands. I can’t see how you respond
to what I’m saying. I can’t see what the people
next to you are doing either. If they know the answers to the question,
that’s always very helpful. I won’t have those advantages, but strangely, this frees me up, and I want this to free you up as well, so if you didn’t write a question but you wish that you had done, you can still take part. The point of writing the question
is only that it just kind of gets a nice, clear, succinct
wording in your head. So if you can just find
a question in your head, make it clear and succinct,
just send it to me, and I’ll try and do this now
without anything written down. So just start to form questions
but send me your name as well. “My name is,” whatever that last guy was, and “what’s strange about my feet,”
or whatever the question was. So name and question. There is somebody already,
I’m guessing you’re quite near the front, because your name is quite clear. Feels like you’re
in the center at the front. OK, let me just … Allan? Feels like there’s an Allan. And you’re going to be quite near
the front, vaguely central, I think. Feels like it’s coming from right there. There’s like a man, maybe early 60s,
something like that. Allan: Yes. DB: You’ve got a mic? Great, thank you. Allan, just say “stop” when I get to you
so that I know where you are, where to face. Allan: Stop. DB: You a Capricorn?
Allan: Yes. DB: So Allan has something in his head. Now, did you hear it,
hear the reserve in his voice? It’s going to be something really tricky. I think with you …
Just say “yes” again for me? Allan: Yes. DB: It’s going to be either — no it’s not. It’s access, it’s a password
or access to something. Have you got something, just yes or no,
with a password in your head? Allan: Yes. DB: A computer password,
that sort of thing? Allan: Yes. DB: Excellent! (Laughter) In that case, I’m going
to finish on this one. Let me — If I get this right, they’re all going to know what it is,
and millions of people potentially. You will change it, won’t you? Allan: Of course. (Laughter) DB: Just say “of course” again?
Allan: Of course. DB: Alright. If it’s a word —
I imagine it’s a word, right — just see the password
written in front of you, big clear block capital letters, and as you look at it, think for me
of a letter somewhere in the middle, don’t say it out loud, just get a letter in your head
that’s in the middle. Have you got one?
Allan: Yeah. DB: OK, stick with that for me. Ah, you changed it, OK. You changed your mind there. I think you settled on a — I think that’s a “B”, yes? Allan: No. I didn’t. DB: Then it’s an “I”?
Allan: Correct. DB: But you had a B.
Allan: Yes. DB: Yeah, he changed his mind.
He changed his mind. (Laughter) So see it written there. Just keep saying it
to yourself in your head. Oh, you play drums, don’t you. Allan: I do. DB: Just get that out of your head,
get that out of your head, just focus on this one thing for me. (Laughter) My job is to sell you a story, right? I try and do this to all of you,
to get you to pay attention to one thing that I want you
to find important, ignore other things
that I want you to ignore, and then join up those narrative dots to tell yourself a certain story
about what I’m doing, and this only works because
we are story-forming creatures, which means we do this every day. We go out into this complex
and subtle world full of a complex and subtle people
like you and me, Allan, and we reduce them
to these neat characters that fit whatever story
we’re telling ourselves, and we say, “She’s insecure,”
“He’s arrogant,” “They can’t be trusted.” And these are just stories like the story
that I can somehow read your mind. You’re thinking of selling your company
as well, aren’t you, at the moment. Allan: Correct. DB: Which is something to do with skin? Allan: Yes. DB: Skin care or something like this. Allan: Uh, yes. DB: And I think the reason
why I love doing this is that it reminds me at least
to try and be more alive and alert to the complexity
and the subtlety of what’s real, that there’s always other stuff
going on that we don’t know about, and it means we can get less stuck,
we can be kinder to people because we can recognize
there’s always fear behind their stress, so we don’t need
to meet it as defensively, and we can start to see the stories
for what they are and recognize that life
isn’t all about us. Oh! Your password, where are you?
Where are you? Where is he? Allan: Right here. DB: Stand up for me.
Your password is “ariboy.” A-r-i-b-o-y? Is that right?
Allan: That’s correct. DB: Then thank you so much.
Thank you very much indeed. Thank you. (Applause)

Comments (100)

  1. Seahawks should have ran the ball

  2. Time for James Randi

  3. He took a lot of acid in college

  4. So he doesn't reveal the trick. Waste of my time.

  5. People who don’t get it. Lol! He’s messing with your personal narrative, skewing your internal monologue. Your thoughts are the explanation! Great job Ted talk.

  6. Always been a fan of Derren's work
    Bravo

  7. The only obvious explanation for this is – the targeted audience members are part of the act.
    Sworn to secrecy , paid well, have signed a form that will ruin them financially if they spill the beans.. Akin to working for the US government..

  8. Mentalism aka Mind Hacking

  9. I think he had a team doing Google searches on the people in advance. You can know who you're going to choose if the places in the room are predefined.

  10. Thanks for sharing Derren! Would love for you to explain how this works 🙂

  11. Wow, so many people not getting the point…. Derren is an illusionist, he clearly states his intentions, situations can be engineered to fool you, does this not perhaps illuminate the question of “mediums” etc? The difference is, Derren tells you straight out of the gate that this is a trick…. of course he cheats and lies to get an effect, he’s a conjuror, and one of the best.

  12. 'Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc' galore. At no point did he expressly say 'no one went through these cards beforehand/after they were written in order to tell me what they were.' nor did he say 'I didn't go through these cards before/after they were written to see what they were.' Saying 'someone has been guarding [the cards]' is a misleading statement designed to cause the viewing audience to believe he told them something he didn't say. Anyone with prior interest in Derren Brown may remember he has studied methods which give him an above average capability in the field of mnemonics. Stating that the cards were at some point guarded, whatever that may mean in this case, has no inference to what happened before and what happened after that event.

    To practice the ability to reconstruct and generate understanding of arguments, both logical reasoning and logic games on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT in the U.S.) and Law National Admissions Test (LNAT in the U.K.) are designed to measure exactly that ability. Studying for these tests then would cultivate this ability. This is the kind of lesson I would think many would've liked to see mentioned in the video instead of merely a preview to his next stage performance.

  13. Amazing! I saw Derren Brown a few years ago and unfortunately his Jedi mind tricks didn't work on me, but I have a lot of respect for what he does

  14. Pattern recognition at its best.

  15. Looked like magic to me

  16. low low quality act. Should have been performing in Pub rather than TED talks … Has the quality of TED speeches gone this south ?

  17. It's pretty easy to get into someone's head when they are thristy.

  18. Feels like Derryn is using his incredible memory skills ! Never met or had contact with any of them , but done a little background research on some of the audience before the show, perhaps ??

  19. Here is the trick…. write down a "prediction"… get people think about what's on the paper, then reveal your "prediction" to them. stupid people will think you read their mind. Since most people are indeed stupid, you will get paid well for tricking them. Priests have been doing it for thousands of years.

  20. How fantastic was that! Also, TED is the one platform bringing such extreme excitement for all!
    Wow!

  21. Don’t fall for this fruit basket of nonsense.

  22. While I found this very entertaining, I was hoping for some explanation on how he does it.

  23. People complaining….Ask yourself, are you not entertained?

  24. DERREN, if by chance you weren't popular, you are now.

  25. Feels like I just watched part of the backstory of a Batman villain. He even had his own mask/helmet thingie.

  26. What if his point isn't about if he can read minds, but it's about how we want to create a story about his mind-reading?
    Like how we create a story that he's a faker or a story that it's real – and he says exactly that we shouldn't limit ourselfs to those stories because there's always more stuff we don't know about.

  27. boring.

    i do this everyday.

  28. I have been looking up Derren on youtube for the last couple of months waiting for this TED appearance…
    this is accually a bit from one of his last shows, and you'd be surprised how easy it is what he does….

  29. What is this about? How did he do it?

    Really interesting to watch and easy to fall for. He talks about how our brain deceives us since we are telling ourselves stories and then he shows us a story of him getting into the heads of the audience, thrilling!

    How did he do it?

    Now as he says our brain is making it complete even though there are holes that indicate how he most likely has done it

    1. he never showed us any name that was on the envelope (we just believe the initials he calls out)
    2. he never opened any of the black envelopes but the first lady just said that this has been the question she had written (watch any of his other shows and learn that he truly is a master of auto suggestion)
    3. he says he does not know anything about any of the 3 people (but since he could have pre-chosen them, he could have looked for public information about them / or observed them before the show: each of the participants carried a name tag…)

    in any case, big applause to his art of autosuggestion and his craftsmanship of making us belief his story of getting into someone’s mind 🙂

  30. If people knew the mystery of trees and what you can achieve by connecting with them. You can learn to do quite mystical things, You can learn to read a person's mind word for word with such accuracy it shocks people. WE all have access to this knowledge,.

  31. Well…no scientific proof of this all being real whatsoever… he might have done good research about those people….

  32. This people had no idea what was about to hit them.
    Derren Brown is simply unbelievable. The best of the best of the best in what he does

  33. Ted talks promote pedophilia. Look it up.

  34. Entertaining display but this sort of stuff, when in the hands of the wrong people, devalues individual autonomy and decision-making.

  35. Glad I read the comments before finishing the talk! It's bummer he didn't discuss at least some of the techniques

  36. She went to Bark-ley

  37. I think he's a wizard and he's lying to us to cover up.

  38. This is done by actors in the audience, you'll notice they always have another actor with them to act incredulous. lol. It's a great show if you can suspend your beliefs.

  39. TLDR: We all tell ourselves stories that simplify reality. None of us can know true reality; no matter how true the story feels. When we recognize this, we can open our mind to a greater curiosity and perception of what is real.

  40. He has a nice round head and nice ears.

  41. Derrens publicist working overtime trying to crack America.

  42. This a joke. I thought the talks were supposed to be informative and based on scientific fact.

  43. Derren is a legend

  44. For everyone saying he didn't explain his techniques, actually he did, but you have to read between the lines. He wasn't guessing what people wrote at all as that would be impossible. Instead he was gauging by hand writing which people are open to (hypnotic) suggestion, and on the stage right there and then, he was using using conversational hypnosis to make them give the answers that he planted in their mind. In the stories he tells people on stage (which are by design long-winded) there is another story that the conscious mind doesn't detect but the unconscious one does (a story within the story), this then primes the mind to give particular response. Very impressive.

  45. All prior knowledge based on feedback from assistants who collected the information while feeding the participants clues and subconscious queues. The whole thing is about as remarkable and fascinating as the process of paint drying if you're behind the curtain. In fact a scientist explaining the chemical reactions involved in paint drying would thrill you more

  46. its really this dime spinning on a teachers table….

  47. From reading the comments, I have to say Mark Lucas is the most humble narcissist I have ever come across.

  48. No knowledge shared, no insight given. Entertaining, but a waste of time nonetheless.

  49. There is no Science exists in the world that can do such type of things this is merely created stage show this artist used certain techniques to make his stunt look like real which well appreciated but basically he is a befooling audience. TED Platform must not encourage in these show.
    Total Bullshit

  50. https://youtu.be/6kSq7dPlw0A

  51. Do you believe this man?
    I can’t.

  52. METHOD: Derren has done something like this in his stage show. DB is an amazing entertainer and I don't intend to discredit him here I'm just helping to explain a non-psychic method for achieving this exact affect. My belief is it works in principle as follows though I don't claim to know his exact handling. 1). A small number of the audience are targetted. DB's team know where they sit. Maybe during the reservation/ticketting process. Or the seats themselves are targetted with a special marked envelope or lack of envelope so the audience member needs to ask for an envelope.
    2). The team now have a small population of say 8 people who they know the full name of and their seat location.
    3).Now the team need to obtain the question text. This is likely done by simply opening the envelop that was marked/tagged for each of the targets. The non-target questions can be ignored.
    4). The team use the targets' names to research them on social media, etc. If done in advance even more in depth research can be done before the show. In this performance the info was almost certainly purely social media; apart from the password.
    5). Additional info may be obtained in the queues to enter or in the bar during an interval by DB team casually chatting with the targets.
    6). The info is relayed to DB during the act probably by ear-piece. He improvises stuff about accents, handwriting, posture, etc. to explain some of the researched info (though I do believe he is capable of some lesser forms of these feats via his knowledge of human behaviour).
    7. The Password. I am certain this wasn't mind reading; DB confirmed so in his talk. It also is too specific to be cold-reading. My assumption is his team obtained it by casual chatting with the guy during the break, or someone else (like a family member) revealed it to the team.

  53. Can someone plain and simple without
    any mombo jumbo tell me how he did it..my guess is that he had planted someone or two among the audience to get information from them..

  54. Did anybody catch the Ted Talks episode with the woman who tried to normalize pedophilia by saying raping little kids is a sexual preference? TedTalks is degeneracy! They even banned Graham Hancock for being scientifically correct about the inaccuracy of the Clovis first theory. Unsub from this pseudo science and tune in to The American Renaissance instead!!

  55. when i got tickets for his show a while back there was a small section to fill in if you wanted. youd forget about that in 6 months time when you go see him. Social media account, your ticket being assigned to your seat, an ear piece.

    Most of this is done easily now. Still no idea how he does some of his stage work and big finales though. Great entertainer. Not a tad talk.

  56. Why is this on TED? TED used to be interesting

  57. For folks saying he uses stooges or primes people before the show by mining Facebook etc… he did this exact trick on me when I saw him live last year with my wife. I was not planted there and I don’t post anything on social media related to what was on my card.

    He always does this trick after an interval, so my best guess is that he uses the time before the trick to memorize 5/6 cards and then comes out and just makes a show of regurgitating that information. We never actually see the writing on the front of the card, which also points to this answer as there is no way for us to validate he is talking to the person who’s name is on the card he picks. If he does it this way, then I believe there is no lies in what he states beforehand, only slight dishonesty in saying the notes are currently sealed (not necessarily remained sealed).

  58. ABSOLUTELY NO WAY IN THE WORLD WTF NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HOOOOOOOOOOOWWWWWW?????

  59. This is just a random guess but (and I am not trying to be ruining anything and I do love Derren Brown's quick mind and showmanship but) I have a couple theories which are not at all new to anyone, I'm sure. Firstly, as soon as he mentioned that he had asked the audience members to include their location in the audience I knew. (I was a telelvision booker for many years and worked with the booker for "John Edwards' Crossing Over" program). I was disappointed at the time as I was a naive believer in his powers, but as soon as I knew he even HAD a booker, it was all over. That is literally all I needed to know. And it has everything to do with a staff of researchers and where the person is located in the audience. (This was famously revealed by accident once as well, on his show, when one soon-to-be-read audience member got up and MOVED their location mid-way during a commerical break without anyone noticing, You can imagine the havoc it caused ole John E.) Anyway, I think I've said enough to show what happens here and how without getting disgusting about it. Wink.
    EDIT: I forgot to put my Second Theory: hmmm…how shall I put this? Without being too silly, write Darren's name in several fonts…stand back and look at it again. What do you get? Closer together now. Still confused? Hmm…Perhaps you errrrrrred…and need to put two into one.

  60. Holy smokes, this guy amazes me.

  61. 14 minutes of rehearsed bullshit, if you are reading this save yourself and click on the next video! Peace

  62. Great Job, Great message

  63. Carson did this – Karnak the magnificent – your about a decade to late for this act!

  64. yep, that is definitely fake.

  65. The women from Virginia seems incredibly sweet, like a genuinely kind soul.

  66. I don't care what he says, this counts as psychic in my books.

  67. I f'ing love you derren!

  68. So everyone agree that this is fixed.

  69. I watched this because I'm watching The Mentalist.

  70. Everyone there bought tickets to the show, which with the help of TED means he would have knowledge of the the names of everyone there and where they are sitting. He can then look some of them up on Facebook to find out more about them. He would have looked through the envelopes to find a suitable question that he'd be able to answer with what he'd found out about them on their Facebook page. As for the password guy, it's probably the password he used when buying his ticket for the show. Derren would already know his name.

  71. Interesting demonstration but from the title I was hoping to learn more about the art, not just see it executed. Fascinating and simultaneously disappointing

  72. To the dickheads just saying he didn't explain it, he's almost presenting a scam, it's dangerous etc blaaaah, you've missed the point at the end, which is just as valid as any other TED talk, we all create stories in ours heads, we all tell ourselves different things, battle with different worries. Sorry you've missed him over the 20 years he's been doing this stuff and therefore are doing exactly what he's talking about.

  73. Derren is amazing, he’s a national treasure here in the UK. Great to see him on TED finally.

  74. out of curiosity was it assigned seating?

  75. SO many magic tricks and illusions are thoroughly understood these days (thinking of shows like Pen and Teller's Fool Us). Does anybody know how grand illusion and mind-reading tricks like this are done?

  76. I didn't like derron at the start because in my eyes Keith Barry was first.. I can't lie this had me on the edge of my seat

  77. What I see is a memory show. He memorized people’s info cards and is mixing showmanship to make them think he’s reading them. I love Derren brown. He’s incredible

  78. My mans looks like Jeff Bezos in the thumbnail

  79. I love derren brown but I miss his old stuff. It just seems to be the information he found out could be easily done in this day and age

  80. Brown tells the audience that these psychic shows were "dubious", an "act", and that he does not have psychic powers.The point being, that even after telling people, some folk ignore that and make up their own story….the subject matter of the talk.

  81. I am glad that he is not a Godmen 😉

  82. For those wondering how he does this… it's most likely the same way Peter Popoff used to bamboozle people. See James Randi's videos about Peter Popoff.

  83. i wonder if derren is actually using his gift. hes very tuned in. when does one say its mentalism or an acute awareness that some would call psychic

  84. He has researched and memorized the adiuence seating positions,there intials provide clue to which member it is,so he throws away some who are not in the centre,the earpiece microphone he had at the start was still feeding him info,most likely of the peoples profiles on facebook and other social media platforms,think about if he had the persons profile open in front of him on a laptop and made the statements"you have been to India"..wouldnt be amazing,he called Alan out blindfolded,because he knew Alan was siting there front and centre,then acted like he didnt by having Alan tell him to stop when he was in front of him,Alan was kind of forced to take the microphone after identifying himself,Derren had all the info he needed before he started,Alan was planned,the rest assisted by earpiece on the fly

  85. Still he is a brilliant performer,and melds many techniques,making the method difficult to see…or hear…feel etc.

  86. Alan sitting in the front row with a reasonable sized name tag on … selected early on in the demo (probably when talking to the lady from Virginia) and used as the last "guess". Mentalism – the subtle art of expert observation … entertaining though

  87. Mentalism: Hire an actor and have them say yes to all your questions.

  88. One of the useless videos of ted.

  89. I don't believe him. He probably just collected the information on people before the show, that's how it's usually done.

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