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article imageValuable work of art to be ‘stolen’ in front of TV audience

By Andrew John     Nov 1, 2013 in Entertainment
British illusionist and all-round trickster Derren Brown is to stage an art robbery next month — in front of potentially millions of TV viewers.
Brown (42) will employ a crew of pensioners to target an artwork owned by millionaire businessman and art collector Ivan Massow.
The one-off special, Derren Brown: The Great Art Robbery, will air in December on Channel 4.
Digital Spy reports: “Brown will train his team the basics of pulling off a gallery theft, as well as how to move in perfect synchronicity and deceive security guards.”
A twist to the “crime” is that Brown will tell Massow in advance which painting will be stolen, and what time the theft will happen.
“He will also provide Massow a photograph of the robber,” says Digital Spy, adding a quote from Brown: “This has been nerve-racking for me and my team, leaving such an extraordinary task entirely in the hands of a group of contributors to pull off. The idea was to use the fact that the elderly tend to be treated as invisible as a strength.
“There’s only so much training you can give, so many worst-case scenarios you can try to cover. I’m used to feeling in control with these shows – but not with this one. It’s a big caper – fun, edge-of-seat, hopefully taking you to unexpected places.”
Brown recently announced that he would be bringing his Infamous show back to London for three nights next summer.
It’ll be staged at the Hammersmith Apollo on July 25, 26 and 27, following the 140-date 2014 leg of its tour.
Of the show, Brown says: “After six months of touring a much more personal show – quite a ‘brave’ move away from the template of previous shows – it’s been hugely rewarding to repeatedly hear audience members and critics say it’s the best show yet. I can’t wait to get it up and running again.”
Brown is not only an illusionist, but a mentalist, hypnotist, painter, writer and sceptic.
His sceptic credentials were illustrated spectacularly and with Brown’s usual showmanship in 2005, when travelled to the USA to try to convince five influential figures in the fields of psychic powers, religion, contacting the dead, New Age theories and alien abduction, that he had special abilities — using only the powers of suggestion.
In Channel 4’s Messiah, his objective was to get them to endorse him as an expert in their field. Using a pseudonym for each one, he succeeded with four.
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