S2, Ep5: Derren Brown | Mentalist & Illusionist | Original Thinking

Derren Brown is best known for his mind-altering stage shows and Netflix TV specials. By mixing mentalism, magic, illusion, suggestion, hypnotism and suggestion, Derren’s performances are always innovative, distinct and continually push boundaries. So often surrounded in secrecy, what you're about to find out is the creative process that goes into developing some of his most famous stage shows and effects. Most people ask Derren how his performances are done but what you’re about to discover is even better - how he creates them in the first place. This episode is packed full of revelation and actionable advice that could be applied to everyone’s life.


Three takeaways from this episode include:

  • How to find meaning at different stages of our life and why a creative endeavour is a great way to do it. 
  • Why becoming who you are is forgetting about who you are supposed to be. 
  • And why we should all be finding something of meaning that’s bigger than ourselves and putting everything into it. 


Derren’s Recommendations:

Susan Cain - Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Laurence Scott - Picnic Comma Lightning: In Search of a New Reality

John Kaag - Hiking With Nietzsche

Om Podcasten

Season Two is here! Welcome to the Unlocking Creativity podcast - a show that's all about ideas. How to have more of them, how to have better ones and how they can change our lives. My name’s Daniel Brookes and by day I’m a Television Producer whose job it is to come up with brand new shows and generally obsess about all things creative. Join me as I speak to trailblazers from the creative business worlds of design, film, fashion, TV, music, art, performance, tech, business, food and more. Together we'll talk about the thoughts that changed their lives, their creative processes and their tips and tricks for how they come up with their best ideas. Daniel Brookes | Host of Unlocking Creativity Twitter: @danielrbrookes Instagram: @danielrbrookes Email: [email protected] Website: www.unlockingcreativitypodcast.com