• Derren Brown: ‘Taking up magic was a distraction from my sexuality'

    5 monthes ago - By The Guardian

    The illusionist, 47, on taxidermy, Christianity, making coffee and coming out in the papers Being gay facilitated my capacity for shame. As a child, I carried around this thing that gradually became this big dark secret. When I came out in a newspaper interview at 30 I was expecting the reaction the following day to be like the climax of Dead Poets Society , but actually no one really cared. Taking up magic was a distraction from my sexuality. There is that 1970s cliché of the gay man as hairdresser, interior decorator, fashionista... and all of those things are about arranging surfaces in...
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