A CHANGE OF MINDS
As announced on this website recently, the new series of "Derren Brown - Trick of the Mind" began on 11th April on SKY satellite station E4 (with a repeat showing due on Channel 4 on Friday 15th April at 9.30 pm). The show, in which Derren tours the country and astounds the public with his abilities of mind-reading and psychological illusion, featured a sequence shot in Portmeirion.
In this sequence, shot outside Mermaid Cottage, Derren invites locals and tourists to challenge him to a staring competition. Two of these "matches" were shown, in which both opponents, after some mind trickery by Brown, suddenly feeling unwell seconds into the contest! To introduce the setting, Derren mentions "The Prisoner" and is seen outside the Prisoner shop wearing a piped blazer (whilst the Speedlearn music from "The General" plays in the background).
Before and during the show, a viewer phone-in was announced whereby the public had to guess which card Derren was thinking of (from a selection of 5). The cards used were Zener cards, similar to those which appear in the Prisoner episode "The Schizoid Man".
News Announced 12/4/2005, Archived 5/7/2005