A popular charismatic illusionist and magician Derren Brown has revealed he “flirted” with a church that tries to cure gay people. It’s a revelation that has sent shockwaves through his fans and detractors alike.
The magician says that before he came out in 2008, he spent time with the Living Waters movement, which offers healing to those with “same sex attraction”. In an interview with the UK’s Sun tabloid newspaper he said “I did go through an area of the church that was trying to ‘cure’ gay people. It was rather misjudged. I was aware of that and kind of flirted a bit with that. Friends of mine were in it so I was kind of aware of it. I just felt it was misguided.”
“It was a convenient way of getting around not quite embracing the whole gay thing” he goes on “It was more interesting than, ‘Read your Bible and all your problems will go away.’ It had a bit of depth and psychology to it, but it was just based on a false premise.
“When I got to my early 30s I realised that it [being gay] wasn’t going to go away.”
The magician has filmed a documentary, Miracles For Sale, about faith healers who claim they can cure afflictions from blindness to cancer. The Channel 4 show sees Mr Brown turn a member of the public into a fake ‘healer’ and sends him to the US bible belt to expose the “scam”.
Derren Brown says he no longer believes in God and sees ‘healing’ as deceptive, but was recently seen entering a religious establishment in North London last month, added: “It’s true they shout about curing cancer, curing homosexuality, it does go on, but it’s not a motivation for me”
“Derren Brown, a man of considerable learning and knowledge admitting that he ‘flirted’ and toyed with the notion that gayness can be cured by religion does a great disservice to the whole gay community. He’s perpetuating the myth that homosexuality is wrong and something chosen that can be cured by prayer and religion” Said Jason Shaw gay rights commentator and writer. “I’m disappointed, the whole story seems to be just to gain attention for his new TV show, with little regard to how it will effect others”
“I used to like him, think he was really clever, really talented, all his mind bending tricks, powers of suggestion and that sort of thing. But now, after this latest story about his sexuality and loathing of it, make me think differently” Sighed George a 47 year old former fan from Worthing.