I watched another YouTube video of mentalist Derren Brown. In this one he pretends to have the mystical power to convert atheists to religious belief with just a touch.
We see him address a small group of people somewhere in New England. One young woman describes herself as a nonbeliever in anything religious or spiritual. Brown then gently places his hand to her head for a few seconds. When he removes his hand and asks if she's still skeptical, she says tearfully that she now understands what her grandmother meant when she talked about getting a hug from God.
The video is titled "Instant Conversion," because that's what we're allegedly seeing.
Now, there are two possibilities here. One is that this woman was already primed to believe, regardless of her conscious denials, and all it took for her to be converted was the right stimulus.
The other possibility is that it's all fake. In this regard, it's worth considering a comment left on YouTube by someone with the screen name "dumani." He is Turkish, and his English is a tad shaky, but he gets his point across [my emphases in bold; some minor typos corrected]:
okay that girl joined DBs show one more time in England. Derren says no actors but this girls joins second time. First one was mind reading and that girl was reading mind or that girl's mind was being read.
What a chance that girl is now in America and her acting is really B.A.D... Even I am from Turkey I can understand this. Normaly I believe DB is not a Liar. I WANT TO believe this. However after seeing this I can not. I hope someone makes explanation here...
Maybe he's wrong, and it was two different girls who resemble each other. Or maybe not. Dumani posted this comment two weeks ago. So far, no one has responded to his point, though we do find a skeptic saying, "This guy [Brown] rules."
But does he play by the rules?