Derren Brown Predicts the Lottery – HOW?
How the fuck did he do that?
The show began with Brown looking nervous, after a brief intro we were shown only 3 people present, 2 camera men and Derren. One camera man near him, one at the other end of the room. We were repeatedly advised that this was the culmination of a year of Browns work, that he apologised if it went wrong, and that he was incredibally nervous. There was a stand with balls on in one side of the shot, and a TVÂ in the other side.Â We couldnt be shown the balls yet as “Camelot had an agreement with the BBC for them to show the draw numbers first.”
Uh, ok, but draw numbers arent the same as your prediction?
Derren then turned on a TV that showed the draw happening live. He went and stood next to the TV, while the balls were stood on their own. Sad as I am, I had set up 2 tvs in my living room so I could watch both shows live. Derren looked increasingly nervous, the draw began and he stood with his hand over his mouth.
I kept watching the balls, you could see the camera shake a fair amount, which I guess was to throw off the idea that they would split screen this part.
Once the draw was done, Derren wrote the numbers on a piece of card, turned the balls round and….
So how did he do it?
He didnt have time or opportunity to slight of hand swap the balls. Thats out.
Split screen is a possibility, and would explain why we had the mysterious camera at the other end of the room with a wider shot, which wasnt used again after being introduced. This would be a disappointing trick though.
Lasers in the ceiling burning the balls with the numbers mid draw is one of my favourite ideas, but ultimately only an evil genius like Dr Evil would go with this.
Mini LED projectors inside the ball is another thing Ive heard suggested, which I guess is a distinct possibility. Though is that really that magic?
My prediction? Derren Brown is a witch and must be burned at the stake (after sharing next week numbers with me thanks)
Edit : Now with video!