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Derren Brown - Trick Or Treat
trick_or_treat.jpg Trick or Treat is a British television show hosted by Derren Brown. The focus of the show is on one person selected from a pool of volunteers who responded to adverts in the national press to take part in the show. The experience the volunteer receives is decided by which card they choose. If they choose the card that says 'Trick' they receive a bad experience and if they choose the card that says 'Treat' they receive a good experience.

This distinction is not always obvious, however: in Series 2, a participant's dark experience of being persuaded to  kill a kitten was a 'treat' because of the positive attitude to life Derren believed she would consequently develop; similarly, a volunteer who chose a 'trick' was kidnapped, but had been taught escapology techniques which enabled her to easily escape.

 
Derren Brown - Trick or Treat: Car Crash (Season 1 - Episode 6)
The subject is put into a trance and wakes up at the scene of a staged road traffic accident in which she sees herself dead in her car. She is unable to move and the 'rescue personnel' do not respond to her presence. Prior to its broadcast, this episode was criticised in the Daily Mail newspaper for trivialising the issue of road deaths and potentially harming the subject psychologically.


Derren Brown - Taxi Ride (Part 1 of 3)



 

 
Derren Brown - Trick or Treat: The Taxi Ride (Season 1 - Episode 5)
In the main plot, Derren's "trick"-victim is Steven, whom he gives a taste of temporary lunacy. The subject is firstly kidnapped in a London taxi cab and then becomes a street madman. Side plots include Derren showing to Martin Freeman the power of new age crystals and a group of bankers guessing the number of pieces of candy in a jar and coming up with a numerical equivalent.


Derren Brown - The Taxi Ride (Part 1 of 2)



 
Derren Brown - Trick or Treat: Piano Girl (Season 1 - Episode 4)
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In the main plot, Derren's "Trick Or Treat"-victim is 21 year old Yshani, whom he teaches to play the piano to concert standard in one week. In the end, she gives a piano recital at London's Wigmore Hall.


Derren Brown - Piano Girl (Part 1 of 2)

 

 
Derren Brown - Trick or Treat: Anne's Bus Ride (Season 1 - Episode 3)
The subject, an elderly lady, is taught how to read bluffs and play poker. She takes part in a tournament with professional poker players and is beaten only by a fluked final hand.

Derren Brown - Anne's Bus Ride (Part 1 of 2)
 

 
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