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We know it was a rumor.

We know that The Sun is not a reputable paper and has consistently misreported facts surrounding Derren Brown.

We know that Derren Brown is not going to attempt to turn a gay man straight and a straight man gay.

But what this post presupposes is… what if he did?

Let’s say this was a real announcement. Let’s say that Channel 4 confirmed it. Let’s say Derren Brown’s new special “Preference Optional” (working title) is set to transmit in 3 months time.

My initial reaction is that it would be a little too “on the nose”. These kind of issues come with politics that many time cannot be pleased. Beyond the fact that the scrutiny on the special would be beyond anything Brown has seen since the Russian Roulette stunt.

No one has a real stake in the fate of a man who believes zombies are attacking society. But there are PLENTY of people on all sides of the issue that want to know if Derren can REALLY adjust the sexual desires of a volunteer.

But then again, maybe that’s why it could work. The hype surrounding it could be bigger than anything he’s done. The rating would be monstrous. And in the end, isn’t that what it’s all about.

  • HAL

    Well, you are right about ratings being the only thing that matters. It doesn’t matter how stupid or ridiculous it is. Honey BooBoo is a perfect example, tuning in to watch an overweight kid act like an idiot (not to mention the whole family). People will watch anything.
    Derren Brown will go on making a fortune, cant deny that, with these moron tricks. Of course, they all get caught, like with his ‘Predict the lottery’ farce. All these fakes have to resort to tricks that can only be done ON TV, and with “Technial methods”.
    I’d like to see him hypnotize Obama, believing he’s not the president. His subjects are always somebody unknown, and not beyond getting paid. Just think, if he could make every gay person straight, GLAAD would be obsolete. If he could make every straight person Gay, the human race would be extinct. This man is a menace to the world. So do the smart thing….Next time his special comes on, watch Honey BooBoo instead.

  • Tim Ellis

    To some extent it appears to be a comment on the idea that changing a person’s religious faith (which Derren has done) is easy because it is not “real”, but to change their sexual preference is not possible because it is “hard wired” in them

  • SNOW

    Yes, I agree with Tim. It’s hard wired and I agree with Hal…Hogwash – you can’t change anyone’s sexual preferences. This is all sensationalism for television. But…is it just me? or does it seem like the percentage of gay magicians outweighs the percentage of straight magicians? There are a couple of very successful magicians I can think of that show feminine tendencies despite appearing ‘straight’. The art of magic appears to attract gay men for some reason.

  • HAL

    @DVCPRO:disqus Really, more gay magicians? Do we know of any fat magicians? Few female magicians. Don’t think we’ll ever see a Rosie O’Donnel levitation, she couldn’t pass through the hoop. They tried sawing her in half, the blade broke.