I don’t know if Derren Brown is shown on US TV, but if he is, WATCH HIM. He’s one of the most impressive magicians/mentalists I’ve ever seen. Utterly brilliant, verging on genius.
This stunt, however, I’m a bit dubious about. The chances of him blowing his head off are next to nil (though I’m still slightly worried about it - I will be watching in queasy anticipation), but there’s a little worry about copycat stuff from the kids. Mind you, almost nobody has handguns in the UK, so there’s less danger of that than there would be in the US.
I should point out that it’s not ‘traditional’ Russian Roulette: each chamber is numbered, and the volunteer is going to put the bullet in a numbered chamber. Brown is then going to use his psych tricks to work out which chamber the volunteer will have put the bullet into. He’s going to pull the trigger until the live chamber comes into play, then shoot the bullet into the ground. Of course, since he’s not stupid, I’m sure there’ll be something else at work that he’s not admitting to that will act as a fail-safe mechanism.
I’m wondering if there will be a bit of hokum at work too - cutting the live feed to make everyone think it’s gone wrong, then him reappearing later (akin to the David Blaine rumour that’s going around).
Finally, his dad couldn’t spell ‘Darren’.