Illusionist staging TV game of Russian Roulette


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2dogs
May 15, 2003, 06:52 AM
http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,7493,955741,00.html

Brown bites bullet for Channel 4

Jason Deans
Wednesday May 14, 2003


Brown: 'I'm just going to have to get used to guns before I do this'

Channel 4 is to test the limits of taste and decency with a televised game of Russian roulette in which psychological illusionist Derren Brown will attempt to avoid shooting himself in the head.
The programme is part an exclusive two-year deal Brown has signed with Channel 4, which will also include a live seance special and a second series of his Montreux award-nominated show, Derren Brown: Mind Control.

In the Russian roulette special Brown will choose a member of the public to load a real bullet into a pistol and will guess which of the six numbered chambers it is in.

He will hold the gun to his head and, when the chamber he believes contains the bullet comes round to the barrel of the gun, Brown will fire it away from himself.

Channel 4 will broadcast a recording of the stunt rather than screening it live in case something goes wrong.

"It's just going to be me, the other person and a gun in a bunker," said Brown.

"If you put six items on a table and asked someone to pick one, I can always work out which one [they chose].

"As long as I don't think about the gun [I'll be OK]. I'm just going to have to get used to guns before I do this."

Brown will undertake a nationwide search for a member of the public, whom he will get to know and trust, to load the pistol.

The Russian roulette special will be filmed on the Isle of Man, Jersey or Guernsey because the gun laws in mainland Britain prevent Brown performing the stunt.

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pytron
May 15, 2003, 11:51 AM
Darwinism at work...

4v50 Gary
May 15, 2003, 01:52 PM
I'll learn some sleight of hand and swap bullets. No more wax backed by only a primer. It'll be a real lead bullet with 2 grains of bullseye.

Kids, don't try this at home.

TechBrute
May 15, 2003, 01:58 PM
Darwinism at work... My thoughts exactly.

blades67
May 15, 2003, 02:06 PM
I don't think they'll get four years out of him at this rate.:rolleyes:

HankB
May 15, 2003, 02:13 PM
A revolver? Aww, heck, he should join the modern age and try something like a Glock! :neener:

Coronach
May 15, 2003, 02:35 PM
...and this seems like a good idea, to whom, exactly?

I think he needs a new agent!

Mike

DadOfThree
May 15, 2003, 02:54 PM
At first I had the same reaction as you guys but...
There will be some trick to it. He is not going to guess which one is loaded, he will already know. The same as sawing a lady in half. It's not like he might accidently commit murder and cut her in two. It's a show, no danger involved.

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