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This behind the scenes footage shows 10 terrified human guinea pigs taking part in ‘scare tests’ for Derren Brown’s revamped ghost train ride at Thorpe Park Resort.
One terrified participant’s heart rate TREBLED to 183 bpm as they tried out the shocking VR attraction under laboratory conditions.
The footage, captured with the approval of the participants, shows Derren Brown experimenting on ‘fearless’ participants chosen especially for their perceived ability to withstand shocks and fear.
The subjects were the very first to preview the new VR additions to the illusionist’s upgraded Ghost Train – renamed Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon.
Derren Brown said: “Over the last few weeks I have been testing out the components of the attraction and decided to run scare tests on a selection of participants who claim they are totally fearless – the reactions have been incredible.
“Visitors to the Ghost Train will experience a heart stopping combination of next generation technology, grand illusion, live action and special-effects, completely unalike anything they will have seen before.
“We are making this bigger, better and scarier than last year. The changes and improvements that have taken place will scare the sh*t out of guests”.
The trials resulted in terrified reactions including spine-tingling screams, falling out of the chair and curling into a ball, with one test even resulting in a VR headset being flung across the room.
The average resting heart rate is 60 – 100 bpm – however one subject’s heart rate reached 183 bpm.
When combined the participant’s heart rates reached a total of 1,452 bpm and typically their heart rates increased by 31.9 bpm each.
And the participants displayed a range of physical responses including screaming, crying, pleading and an inability of determining reality from the VR content.
The VR footage was created as result of feedback from fans in 2016 who demanded more shocks and it will feature in the revamped Ghost Train when it re-opens on 31 March 2017.
And now the park is appealing for more people who can withstand ‘shock therapy’ to register for advance testing.
Participants can enrol for the next round of testing at Thorpepark.com and signing up to the newsletter. They are specifically looking for the following:
• Natural born adrenaline seekers / junkies
• Adventurous souls seeking a new mind-bending challenge
• Those looking to test their strength of mind
• Individuals who thrive on multi-sensory experiences
• Must be good at keeping secrets
Derren Brown’s Ghost Train: Rise of the Demon opens on 31 March 2017. For the latest updates on the attraction and advanced booking visit: www.thorpepark.com
FULL RESULTS FROM THE TEST:
Name: Occupation: Heart rate (bpm):
Nick Ferreira Ex-Boxer 138bpm
Joseph Sands Security Guard 129bpm
Alo Raptopoulos Martial Arts 127bpm
Matt Sproit Ex-Prison Officer 112bpm
Matthew Larmond Security Guard 169bpm
Carol Nulty Stunt Woman 145bpm
Freddie Pearce High School Teacher 133bpm
Emilia Cain Bungee Jumper 183bpm
Faye Carmichael Police Detective for Gangs Unit 159bpm
Roxanne Gregory TA Army 157bpm