Originally Posted by whodini
What I meant was is he more of a con than an "actual" magician? Some of the suggestion stuff I've seen him do just FEELS set up. Or at least that's what I tell myself while I watch.
I watched "The System" a few weeks back but figured out the punchline about ten minutes into it. Same with the execution of the final "surprise." There were a few things in between, though, that defied explanation.
haha, I was surprised that you wouldn't know Derren Brown. I'm a little biased in my adoration of him, but I think he fits the definition of magician in the broadest sense. At the outset he lets us know everything is accomplished by trickery - which IMHO gives him a little leeway to play with us.
Yes, the more knowledgeable of us know that he is not accomplishing everything with hypnosis and suggestion, but he does genuinely use a lot of it in his work and nothing
is stooged. I've been lucky enough to peruse some of his (extremely rare) earlier manuscripts, and while his methods may be more devious than he implies there are no prior setups with spectators.
His commitment to skepticism and his definition of himself as magician I think make him an honest liar at the very least.