Doug Segal: How to Read Minds and Influence People
Refreshingly open and honest take on the Derren Brown formula
This article is from 2012.
Doug Segal does not beat around the bush – from the off, he tells us that his ability to ‘read minds’ is in fact an elaborate system for planting information in people’s heads, drawn from his past experiences in the fields of psychology and advertising. His initial disclosure doesn’t ruin the effect though – his ability to apply these techniques is still very impressive, and he presents each experiment with showmanship and flair. An end-of-show finale – in which he gives (at this particular show) a very nervous audience member a crash-course in ‘mind-reading’ skills, only to see them put to spectacular use – sends everyone home with plenty to think about.