Der­ren Brown In­ves­ti­gates

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Mon­day, 8.30pm, SBS One Der­ren Brown is an il­lu­sion­ist. Some might call him a shonk. But at least he’s hon­est about the para­nor­mal abil­i­ties that draw thou­sands to his shows each year — he doesn’t have any. In his work, he says, he uses a mix­ture of magic, sug­ges­tion, psy­chol­ogy, mis­di­rec­tion and show­man­ship. How­ever, there are peo­ple who claim to have real para­nor­mal abil­i­ties. So who bet­ter to in­ves­ti­gate them? In this se­ries Brown hits the psy­chic trail to see if there is any sub­stance to it. He in­sists that in this time of eco­nomic re­ces­sion, and of course we’re talk­ing about Bri­tain, peo­ple in­creas­ingly are turn­ing to psy­chics to get an ex­tra edge, to as­suage fears and to com­mu­ni­cate with the dead. Things get com­bat­ive in Liver­pool when Brown has a bit of a fall­ing out with Joe Power, a man who claims to speak reg­u­larly with peo­ple on the other side, such as John Len­non. Ap­par­ently he’s ter­rific for busi­ness.

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