Derren Brown was born 27th February 1971 in South London. He later
moved to Bristol to study Law and German and the University of
Bristol. This is where he developed his interest of hypnosis and
He made his living as a Close Up Magician, until 1996 where he
turned Stage Hypnotist and performed on stage at Bristol
He later shot to fame with his Specials "Mind Control", though
perhaps is best known for his show "Russian Roulette" where he
risked his life by playing Russian Roulette live on Channel 4.
A number of Specials followed, including The Seance, which
gained 700 complaints. Odd that no one seemed to mind that he
might blow his brains out on live TV the year before.
Specials are; Messiah, The Gathering, The Heist and The System, as
well as the series Mind Control, Tricks of the Mind, and Trick or
Derren also likes to perform live, and won the
Laurence Olivier Award for Best Entertainment Show 2006 for his
Live Tour, Something Wicked This Way Comes. He also has a new tour
Mind Reader, An Evening of Wonders which concludes June 2008.