OK so I was watching tv last night in my hotel room when Derren Brown’s Russian Roulette (Reloaded) came on. I had never heard of him before coming here so for any of you unfamiliar, from what I can gather, Derren is one of those people who can “read” people with an amazing degree of accuracy. In the Russian Roulette program, using his powers of intuition, he whittled a field of 100 volunteers down to 1, the lucky “1” being the one who would load a bullet into a chamber. Derren was then to determine which chamber the guy had chosen, point the gun at his head, and based on what he believed to be the “safe choices” would fire the gun.
That was all incidental to me, however. If the guy is for real, he is an amazingly talented person. In one portion of the show, he had the group (of 35, I believe it was) draw a face on a piece of cardboard. He had all but one guy turn their drawings in (without revealing to him which drawing belonged to who.) By looking at the picures, not only could he deduce who had drawn them, but he came up with uncannily accurate details about their lives, careers, interests. The one gentleman who had turned in his picture was asked to stand, and Darren, drawing again on his abilities, drew up what he felt was an accurate representation of what the audience member had drawn. And indeed, it was eerily accurate - almost an exact replication. Breaking the audience up into groups of three, he instructed each group to vote one person out - and accurately determined which person from each group would be the one oustered.
I’m a fairly skeptical person, but I couldn’t help but be impressed. His website has this test which worked fairly well for me (and anyone who remembers my “Where are we meeting thread” from a few months back might find it interesting.) It was inaccurate enough to be realistic - and the first one, while wrong, was amazingly close to accurate.
Anyway, I’m sure he has his detractors, and anyone offering any testimony against his abilities, I invite to stand up and say so. I really want to be skeptical, but, maybe the guy really is just an amazingly intuitive person.