We’re all familiar with the “don’t try this at home” disclaimer on our favourite stunt or prank, but this time we really mean it.
Illusionist Derren Brown freaked out a whole nation of viewers as he convinced a woman to eat – yes, actually put in her mouth, chew and eventually swallow – a real piece of broken glass as part of his latest stage tour, Miracle.
— Ellie Fearn (@EllieFearn22) October 10, 2016
Derren brown 'don't try this at home' yeah let me eat a piece of glass or thrown misen in a pond with a straight jacket on xx
— libby.hanley (@libbyh73) October 10, 2016
The show, which he performed on stages around the country before the final programme was aired on Channel 4 on Monday night, saw him help audience members engage mind over matter to build their confidence and even improve their eyesight.
But the bit that really got viewers was when he carefully and painstakingly talked one viewer, Sarah, into eating a piece of glass, before swallowing it with a piece of apple.
The moment was so tense that even people watching the televised show felt they were doing the same thing…
— Sarah (@SarahShaw93) October 10, 2016
— Lucy Mapstone (@LucyMaps) October 10, 2016
With my anxiety I would've gone to the hospital with that glass trick #DerrenBrown
— YM (@Y0m0) October 10, 2016
Some went even as far as to suggest the digestion-defying performance showed that Derren’s skills could actually be dangerous…
Derren Brown just made a girl eat glass yet nobody is scared of him as a national threat.
— Lizzy Jakeman (@lizzyjakeman) October 10, 2016
Of course, some party poopers assumed that Sarah had only been asked to eat fake glass made of sugar…
Wow Derren Brown made someone eat some sugar glass that melted in her mouth so she could swallow it – amazing
— Ivan Thornton (@IvanDrago646) October 10, 2016
Does sugar glass taste nice? #derrenbrown
— Richard Evans (@RichardEvans90) October 10, 2016
But, whether you watched it in amazement or disgust, at least one person asking what we all wanted to know…
Wouldn't catch me eating glass for nothing… Derren Brown is amazing but am I the only one wondering what happens at the other end 😂
— Vicki Smith (@IncredibleEds) October 10, 2016