This is another impressive video from Derren Brown and after watching it you can’t help wonder if it’s fake because you are left with no idea how it all happened. To begin with, you will notice that a large emphasis is placed on Stephen Fry lighting a cigarette and then later, Derren.
20 years ago nothing would of been out of the norm but smoking in the workplace is for the most part banned on UK TV and for someone to just light up out of the blue, it never happens any more, so to begin with this looks odd but it makes sense at the end of the video.
So Derren spreads a deck of cards across the table and tells Stephen to think of one of them in his head. He then tells Stephen to continually say which card he has picked in his head but not to say it out loud.
Derren then “reads his mind” pretty much instantly and says which card he has thought of, to which Stephen is left confused. Here’s where it gets really confusing, Derren also lights a cigarette and tells Stephen that he doesn’t think the card he’s chosen was actually in the deck and he spreads them out once more.
On closer inspection we see that Derren is not actually smoking a cigarette at all, it is the card that Stephen picked in the first place. It’s a great video and if it is legit, in other words Stephen wasn’t in on it and wasn’t playing along, then it’s an incredible trick.