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Derren Brown branded 'evil' and 'cruel' after convincing people to 'commit murder' on TV

Sasha Brady

Published 14/01/2016 | 10:34

Derren Brown convinces a woman to push a stranger off a roof for his Channel 4 show Pushed to the Edge
Derren Brown convinces a woman to push a stranger off a roof for his Channel 4 show Pushed to the Edge

Illusionist Derren Brown is under attack after he used his powers of persuasion to convince unwitting participants to push a man, apparently to his death, from a roof in a dramatic episode of his TV show on Tuesday night.

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TV audiences were left reeling from Tuesday's Channel 4 programme Pushed to the Edge.

The show aimed to demonstrate the power of compliance by convincing members of the public to follow orders and commit wicked tasks.

Nobody was harmed during the illusion but Brown convinced two women to push a man from a roof.

Another illusion saw an actor playing a policeman, persuade a waiter to kidnap a baby from its mother, after telling the waiter the mother was a child abductor - under Brown's instruction.

Under Brown's instruction, an actor playing a policeman, persuaded a waiter to kidnap a baby from its mother, after telling the waiter the mother was a child abductor.

British broadcasting regulator Ofcom has reveived over 14 complaints for the stunts and viewers have taken to social media to brand Brown as 'evil' and 'cruel' for what they deem 'unethical stunts'.

Viewers were also intrigued by the fact that a reasonable person could be coerced into pushing someone to their death.

The sister-in-law of one of the particpants, Laura Wykes (28) said she found the experiment "horrible" but "fascinating" to watch.

Posting on Derren Brown's Facebook page, she said: "Derren Brown you naughty man making my lovely, kind, moral, strong, independent sister-in-law kick that man and push him over the edge.

"Totally fascinating to watch, work of genius how it was put together ... Has really made me challenge my own thought process. Horrible to see Laura struggling with herself and so upset."

Asked if her sister-in-law, had been given counselling, she replied: "I think so. Can’t wait to see her to give her a big hug."

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