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Series / Miracles for Sale

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Miracles For Sale is an hour-long Derren Brown special broadcast by Channel 4 in April 2011. It takes the rough form of a documentary exposing the US faith healing industry by training an everyman to mimic their tricks. It's not a neutral or balanced investigation by any means, and evokes a lot of Religion Tropes.

Miracles For Sale contains examples of:

  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Derren and Nathan.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: The team call off their involvement with a Christian PR company to avoid dragging an innocent man's business into their fraudulent adventures.
  • Advertisement:
  • Everything Is Big in Texas
  • Healing Hands: The faith healers, or so they claim. Also, on some level, Derren and Nathan.
  • Placebo Effect: A short-lived version, consisting of adrenaline and enthusiasm, brought about in audience members at the rallies.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: By Nathan, in front of an audience, with a real-life faith healer looking on.
  • The Reveal: When Derren explains the true nature of his recruitment drive.
  • Scam Religion: Derren's description of prosperity theology.
  • Sinister Minister: The show's portrayal of faith healers.
  • Training Montage: As Nathan becomes 'Pastor James.'