Gambling venue puts the ‘no’ into hypnosis
Derren Brown, one imagines, is the kind of guy useful only in certain scenarios. In social situations he must be a nightmare.
If you were Derren’s friend, there would be no point trying to disguise your true feelings about going to see that particular play/whether it’s worth paying more for a better seat/whether to invite an estranged friend no one has spoken to in years. Body language would give away your thoughts instantly. What’s more, the illusionist could probably just hypnotise you if you didn’t agree.
But one of the places it is surely handy to have Derren around is at a casino. So it must have been very upsetting for his pals when the performer was banned from the premises of the Broadway Casino in Birmingham recently.
Apparently, the TV star was “politely” told he was barred from playing a game of blackjack when he visited the entertainment venue after finishing his live show Infamous.
Commenting on the turn of events, Derren said: “I went in after the show and sat down to play blackjack. They were very nice, served me food, but they wouldn’t let me play. So I watched the others for a bit and then left. I was escorted out by a member of staff and the manager.”
It transpires this is not the first time he has encountered this kind of problem. Derren added: “Over the years, I’ve been banned from playing at most of the UK’s casinos. So I wasn’t unduly surprised.”
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