NEW YORK – A game of Russian Roulette (search) with a real, loaded gun is slated to be broadcast live on British television this Sunday in what is being billed as the ultimate reality-TV stunt.
"It is a real gun with a real bullet and I am really putting it against my head," said Derren Brown (search) a self-styled "psychological illusionist."
Brown plans to pull the trigger of a 348 Smith & Wesson several times, sensing which chamber the bullet is in, and plans to point the gun away from his body and fire the killer shot harmlessly into the air.
"If I am not 100 percent sure, I will not pull the trigger," Brown said, admitting, "It would be humiliating but it would be preferable to the other consequences."
Brown said the show won't glamorize gun violence.
"We are dealing with it in the most serious and strenuous way possible. The drama will not come from the gun part, but from the fun and games and entertainment that comes from the selection process."
The show will air on a several-second delay in case Brown shoots himself. If that happens, viewers will not see the gun fire into his head. Instead, the screen will go blank and display a message advising viewers what's happened.