Oh dear, here it is; all the information that should keep a would-be stalker occupied for... an hour or so. Any fully-fledged
stalkers must provide me with their names and addresses (not so restraining orders can be obtained) before additional information
can be released. Failure to comply will result in a sixteenth century curse being bestowed upon you. I think.
Does Derren have a middle name?
On Derren's DVD, Inside You Mind, he says "This is a DVD of me, DVB". The V is thought to
stand for Victor.
How old is Derren and when is his birthday?
He is 34 years old and was born on 27th February, 1971. That makes him a Pisces.
How tall is he?
Estimates vary from 5' 9" to 5' 10".
What colour eyes has he got?
General consensus is that he has brown(ish) eyes.
Did he go to university?
He went to Bristol University to study Law and German where he gained a 2.1, though he has been quoted
as saying "I didn't want to be a lawyer... or a German!"
Does Derren have a girlfriend?
This is obviously a vital question for all you hormone riddled teenage girls who 'want to have Derren's
babies', but Derren's official position is that he is single. However, Derren's private life is his private
life and no more will be said on the matter unless the man himself makes a statement or otherwise. So you
have been warned!
Who or what is Figaro?
Figaro is Derren's beloved pet parrot, but is being babysat in a sanctuary while Derren has to be away
Is it true Derren likes taxidermy?
Yes, he says "...it's great: it freaks people out, people never return to your house and it wards off
any unwanted sexual attention." He has a pet cat called Spasm which is a piece of taxidermy. Check
out the Photos section to see a picture of Spasm.
Can Derren dance?
Derren was ranked in the top ten student dancers in the country in the category of ballroom dancing.
If anyone would like to see Derren in action, so to speak, then check out the extras section of his DVD
and see the 'amusing' reaction of an old lady who Derren is trying to 'mind read'. This is one clip not
to miss just for he sheer comical value!"
How did Derren first start out?
He saw a hypnotist whilst he was at university and decided to learn about hypnotism. He also worked as
a close-up magician for 10 years, but he said that he gained most pleasure from the psychology aspect of
magic as the magic side leaves him rather cold. Derren has spent much time reading about psychology, and
the rest, so they say, is history.
Will Derren release any books in the future about his current work?
On Derren's website he says that he may do in the future when time is slightly more permitting. However, I
personally cannot see him doing so for quite a while as he has quite a niche in the psychological illusionist
area, plus it's a great media-question-dodging-response.
Is Derren psychic?
No. The techniques Derren uses may make him look psychic, but just remember his quote in Mind Control:
"I control the conditions so my testers become my testees."
Does Derren hypnotise his participants?
Although he was once a hypnotist, there are many different forms of hypnosis, such as waking hypnosis
(waking suggestion) and somnambulistic hypnosis. There are ways of suggesting and manipulating thoughts without
formally hypnotising people, so although Derren does not hypnotise people per se, he makes use hypnotic suggestive
Does Derren use stooges?
Of course not! Just think about it, no matter how much money Derren would pay the actors the tabloids would pay
much more just to expose Derren. If he did use stooges then he would have been exposed long ago.
Does Derren ever post on the forum?
Only very rarely on The Bird's Beak. If he does post it wil be under the name 'Forumadmin', but other people
post under this name as well (like Coops), so Derren will always say if it is him.
Does he have another username?
Does he ever read the forum?
Derren says that he sometimes reads the forum but does not do so regularly due to his busy work schedule and
for the sake of his own mental health!
I want to write to Derren, how do I do so?
email@example.com. Derren's people will read this and will often reply very quickly. This is also the
address for autograph requests. If you wish to use snail mail then the address is Derren Brown, c/o Michael
Vine Associates, 29, Mount View Road, London N4 4SS., but email is preferred.
Does Derren have any another talents?
Derren paints fantastic caricatures of celebrities with a slight twist. To see some of his many paintings
check out his official website. Hopefully sometime is the future he will hold an exhibition. Check out the
News section for further details as and when the become available.