A few months ago, a friend brought Derren Brown (a well-known British magician) to my attention, noting that a number of “episodes” from his programs could be watched on YouTube. I watched a number of them and found them, overall, to be fun and fascinating, with a few quite stunning and a few less than profound.
For the past fifteen years I’ve read about and into “the New Age movement,” often suspecting that some of the more prominent spokespersons were charlatans, or at least employed the methods and means of charlatans. Thus I’ve had a keen interest in “the debunkers,” those who expose the fakery and deception so often found among claimants to supernatural powers.
Thus I decided to purchase Derren Brown’s book, Tricks of the Mind (Amazon-UK, not available in the U.S. yet) and see if I could pick up some new pointers. I suspect I will, but in the meantime, I’ve been rather disappointed at his naïve and rather sophomoric departure from, and critique of, his former (and my current) Christian faith.