Fear And Faith is a two-part Derren Brown show from 2012 about, well, fear and faith; the first episode focuses on placebo drugs, the second on the psychology of spirituality and superstition.
Fear And Faith contains examples of:
- Bar Brawl: Staged, naturally.
- Deal with the Devil: Jokingly evoked by Derren at the start of episode two. It's a theme that runs through much of his work.
- The Everyman: Played straight with most of the participants; later averted by Natalie. In contrast to most of the people Derren chooses to work with, she was picked out for her scepticism and strength of mind - purely to make the process of manipulation more challenging.
- Face Your Fears: The phobia sufferers by the end of episode one.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: Threatened during the brawl.
- Labcoat of Science and Medicine: Worn by 'Professor Gladwell.' Justified because it's only there to play on the participants' notions of what a doctor should look like.
- Magical Gesture: Something remarkably close to a real life example is heavily featured in episode two.
- Performance Anxiety: Listed as a phobia by one of the participants, who loses all ability to sing if there's even the slightest chance she'll be overheard.
- Placebo Effect: Tackled directly in the first episode and more vaguely in the second.
- Primal Fear: Two of the participants have a debilitating fear of heights.
- The Reveal: Episode one features an early reveal for the audience regarding the nature of Rumyodin, then a slightly less dramatic one regarding the scope of the show itself, and finally a big reveal for the participants.
- Episode two also pops out reveals so often, for both the audience and the participants, that it's impossible to take anything on face value.
- Skeptic No Longer: Derren determines to bring this about in Natalie, if only temporarily.
- Shrinking Violet: One of the participants begins the first episode as a reluctant example.
- Significant Anagram: In The Reveal when Derren reveals that Rumyodin is an anagram of Your Mind.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: In the most positive way. Rumyodin as the drug did nothing, it was the participants' belief that they could overcome their fear (and positive reinforcements) that helped.