Derren Brown, the illusionist/hypnotist on Channel 4’s Mind Control television show, claims he will use his mental powers to convince a heterosexual male of his homosexual tendencies
The Sun reports Brown is confident the trick can work either way – that is, he can persuade a gay man to become attracted to women. Brown declared his homosexuality four years ago.
The 41-year-old said: “I was thinking about this the other day. It would be interesting, wouldn’t it? To take a gay guy and make him straight and a straight guy and make him gay.” And some of his more outrageous hypnotism attempts include trying to make people rob a security van and to “kill” actor Stephen Fry.
However, he continues to stress that his tricks and sleights of hand are not about controversy.
“Controversy has never interested me for its own sake. It’s always been about doing stuff that feels dramatic,” he said.
In an interview with the Gay Times , Brown admitted his sexuality bothered him. He even joined a little-known evangelical movement – Living Waters – which professed to be able to make gay men think like heterosexuals.
“[It was] More interesting than ‘Read your Bible and all your problems will go away’, it had a bit of depth and psychology to it, but it was just based on a false premise. I wasn’t denying it in myself but I had built up quite an austere, eccentric persona – I used to wear a cape, have long hair, that sort of thing. That’s an easy thing to do if you’re not relaxed about the whole sex thing.”