Sept 10, 2009
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Derren Brown Predicts National Lottery Result: How He Did It

14 million to 1 shot? Nah!

On British national television last night, Illusionist Derren Brown appeared to have predicted the National Lottery draw for Wednesday night. (Youtube video at foot of this page).

Derren Brown lottery 'prediction'

Our panel of experts watched the events unfold and now reveal how he did it, or not.

Concerned Citizen
Harry Meedsden, Circus Artist

"I am sorry, I am a member of the Magic Circle and even if I did know how he did it (I could show you 99 ways he did it) I would be unable to do so for magic reasons. (You have no idea how ruthless magicians can be when someone reveals their tricks.) All I can say is that Channel 4's financial difficulties may now be over."

Shocked Man
Jerry Sprinkler, Radio Talk Show Host

"The simplest explanation is that Derren Brown has invented a time machine and went forwards in time to get all the lottery numbers from the past. Brown then signed a contract with Channel Four in the UK to put on a televised magic show for which he got paid £100,000 tops for the whole series when he could have won the mid week jackpot of £2mn for doing it for real. What a complete idiot."

Hug Tharsden, Bodybuilder

"Derren Brown is magic and he spent a year of his life working out how to predict the lottery numbers, plain and simple. Why must everything be a conspiracy with you guys?"

Old Gipper
Gramps Rusky, Organic Farmer

"If you listen closely to the audio you can hear a monkey chattering. This is because it took Derren Brown a year to train a monkey to jump in and place the numbers in order on the stand.

This was hidden by the technical wizardry of a split screen which was un split when Derren walked back across to, lo and behold, reveal the correct numbers."

Ape Man
Harry Baldicoot, Retired retirement consultant

"Derren Brown has developed some magical balls. The balls on the stand in Brown's studio did not have the correct numbers on before the lottery draw. The numbers were somehow put on the balls in the few seconds after the draw and before Brown displayed the balls on the stand to the audience.

How he did this is technically tricky - the trick being to make the numbers on the balls look like they were permanent, but getting the numbers to the balls is relatively straightforward these days ie via some kind of wireless or bluetooth set up - the balls are a receiver and display the numbers sent to them. But it could just as easily have been some kind of split screen video effect with a guy walking in to put the numbers on the stand and then walking off again before Derren Brown walked back to supposedly display them.

This is quite an easy trick, but I still can't work out how David Copperfield flew. It must have been something to do with Copperfield's bouffant hair, but there my theory stops cold."


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