I was a teenage shoplifter, admits Derren Brown

He’s Britain’s most celebrated master of illusion. And as a youngster, Derren Brown already had a way of making objects vanish – on shoplifting sprees.

Speaking on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs today, Brown, 48, reveals: ‘It was never anything expensive. But I remember looking around my bedroom once as a teenager and everything in my room I had stolen.’

The star, who eventually confessed his crimes to his parents, says stealing from shops including Harrods was partly down to necessity. He adds: ‘I loved the gadgets, they were too expensive to buy so I would steal them.’

Derren Brown, 48, has revealed he used to shoplift from places like Harrods in his younger days

Derren Brown, 48, has revealed he used to shoplift from places like Harrods in his younger days

Derren Brown, 48, has revealed he used to shoplift from places like Harrods in his younger days

But he also believes the shoplifting sprees filled a void which his later career would take care of. Brown, pictured, said: ‘This is before the magic thing took off. It was the joy of the misdirection and the fun of pilfering and not being seen.

‘It was joyful, but terrible and I am not condoning it.’

Desert Island Discs is on BBC Radio 4 today at 11.15am.

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