Mentalist Banned from UK Casinos

May 29, 2013

Mentalists have a reputation for highly developed intuitive and mental acuity, and few rank as highly as 42 year-old television and stage celebrity Derren Brown in the UK. The British illusionist recently encountered a snag due to casinos’ adversity to calculating and crafty customers.

It came as no surprise when on Saturday night, Derren Brown was escorted from the Broadway Plaza Casino in Birmingham shortly after attempting to have a go at Blackjack on a private table. It so happens that he visited the casino with a couple of friends immediately after finishing his live show Infamous. However, in fear of losing their profits, the Broadway Plaza Casino did not take long to pull the plug on the showman’s fun, opting to escort him out of the gaming halls.

Later, as Derren commented on the incident to AGE, he said, “I went in after the show and sat down to play blackjack. They were very nice, served me food, but they wouldn’t let me play. So I watched the others for a bit and then left. I was escorted out by a member of staff and the manager.”

As a matter of fact, the mentalist had already been banned from most UK casinos before his name became famously anonymous with illusionism. Nikki, a casino worker, recounted one story of how Derren’s situation came about on Apparently, Derren would sit for a really long time at a blackjack table in a casino without playing. When he finally placed a bet, his wins would be with a 100% regularity.

It did not take long before the polite and very charming Briton had gained popularity with patrons, who were eager to know more about him. He also drew the attention of the pit bosses who would have preferred that he didn’t show up at their casinos at all. These casinos wouldn’t risk scandal in the eyes of their customers, so they banned him one at a time. Eventually, Derren Brown found himself unwelcome at most gambling venues in the country.

Regarding The Broadway Plaza Casino incident, Derren’s comment was that, “Over the years I’ve been banned from playing at most of the UK’s casinos, so I wasn’t unduly surprised.”


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