Friday, April 01, 2011

Religion as Trickery: Brown (5)

On Sunday night at "Atheism for Lent," we'll be watching and then discussing "Messiah," a documentary made by Derren Brown in 2005. Its Channel4 blurb reads,

Derren Brown takes his debunking mission to America. In a country where his mind control skills are unknown, he sets out once again to demonstrate just how easy it is to dupe people in believing five impossible things (almost) before breakfast.

He tries to convince five leading figures that he has powers in their particular field of expertise: Christian evangelism, alien abduction, psychic powers, New Age theories and contacting the dead.

Can he succeed in convincing the five “experts” of his powers? And will they go further and openly endorse him as a true practitioner?
Here's the entire documentary on Channel4's YouTube Channel, but it can also be downloaded from iTunes.

Derren Brown: "Messiah"

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