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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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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