Last night, my friends and I gathered around the TV for a rare treat: one of the world’s greatest mentalists (and a skeptic to boot) absolutely pwning (do the kids still say that?) the ever-loving crap out of a cheesy wannabe psychic medium.
Derren Brown Investigates is a new series on Channel 4 here in the UK in which the magician travels around the world
debunking investigating paranormal claims. The first debunking investigation: Joe Power, who once told Skepchick reader and Merseyside skeptic Marsh that skeptics are basically like pedophiles.
Derren follows Joe around for a week asking uncomfortable questions and yet being very, very fair. Joe spends this time whining, exploding with scary unexpected rage, and (ALLEGEDLY) cheating.
Oh yeah, and Friend of Skepchick Richard Wiseman made an appearance, and I swear it happened no more than 7 seconds after my friend Chris said “I bet Wiseman’s going to show up at some point.”
Hilarity ensued, and was blissfully caught on tape.
Those in the UK can watch it via 4oD for the next month, and those outside the UK can watch it via YouTube for the next 30 seconds before it gets taken down:
The show was sort of meh up until around 12:30 when the best segment ever happens.
Joe asks Derren to give an actress (Claire Cooper) a reading. Derren first says he doesn’t normally do this because it makes him feel like a complete asshole (cut to Joe looking pissed). Then Derren gives her a good reading with plenty of hits that she confirms (cut to Joe looking annoyed). Then Derren says there’s a crossover between what he does and what Joe does. Joe interrupts him to give his own psychic advice to the actress, saying she drives a Mini (yes) and one of her cats has a problem with a paw (yes).
Joe turns to Derren and says, “I like to come up with facts.”
It is without a doubt one of the pissiest lines I’ve ever heard. I can’t believe he didn’t follow it up with sticking out his tongue and giving Derren the finger.
As all three are parting ways, Joe says to the actress, “I forgot to say about the affair.”
Claire: “What affair?”
Joe: “Oh, it doesn’t matter forget it!”
Claire: “No, tell me.”
Joe: “Nah, ha ha ha!”
Claire: “No, tell me, you can’t do that!”
Derren: “Go on, keep going.”
Joe: “We’ll leave that for another time, ha ha, you just keep traveling in your Mini!”
Joe: “I could have been picking that up from the auric field, which, it’s stored in the magnetic field. And I wouldn’t be a person to leave you in limbo thinking something’s going on.”
Derren: “But you were going to, you said…”
Joe: “BECAUSE YOU PUT ME ON THE SPOT, DERREN!”
Ha, ha! What a dick. Oh and it turns out that prior to the taping, Claire drove her Mini right up to Joe, parked it, got out, and walked past him into the building.
But I’m sure it came from the auric field.