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Tonight, Derren Brown Reveals All

Posted by | Posted in Entertainment | Posted on 11-09-2009

Morning all! As you may or may not have heard, Derren Brown recently “predicted” the winning lottery results here in the UK – and got them right. The programme was only about 10 minutes long, and broadcast live at the same time as the lottery draw itself. But how did he do it?

Well, there have been a number of theories. Just search Twitter for people’s opinions on the matter, but there has been a bit of a media frenzy about it since Wednesday night. Naturally, tabloids like The Daily Mail and others have got their opinions, and a WordPress website has been set up and it contains the top 10 theories on how he did it, with comments from readers. This is what I think about some of them:

The Split Screen

This theory involves the screen being split into two – one half is a live picture of Derren flapping his arms around and yapping on about legal requirements, while the other half of the screen (where the balls are) is actually a pre-recorded video shown over the top of the live feed. This would enable someone to be on stage, writing the numbers on the balls as they’re being drawn out, without being seen by the audience.

My thoughts: rubbish. Firstly, the camera was a handheld camera, and was shaken about a bit during the filming. Placing a pre-recorded video over one half of the screen would be tricky at best, and easily spotted when the two pictures weren’t aligned. Also, the numbers on the balls are clearly printed, and not scrawled on by a person.

The Projector

Located somewhere behind the balls was a projector that projected the numbers onto the balls as the numbers were drawn out.

My thoughts: rubbish. Not only would the projections clearly be “lighting up” the balls, they wouldn’t be written on the balls in black text, like they were in the broadcast. Also, Derren moves the balls round to face the camera, and adjusts them with his fingers. The text clearly moves with the balls – a feat that’d be extremely hard to achieve technically.

Electronic Ink Balls

Some people have said that the balls had small LCD screens inside them, and that as the numbers were drawn out, the balls were wirelessly controlled and made to display the correct numbers.

My thoughts: possible, but unlikely. Devices with ‘hidden’ screens simply look different. They often have very shiny black surfaces, and the text is displayed in a vibrant colour. The lottery balls shown were white, with black text. The surfaces of the balls are also curved, making it very had to have any kind of screen inside them.

Hidden Balls Inside His Sleeve

Some say he had a hidden set of balls up his sleeve, and “somehow” managed to get the right numbers onto them, and swap them for the balls on the stand. They say that this might have something to do with the way he held his hand in front of his face during the draw.

My thoughts: rubbish. Not only would he have to get the balls from his sleeve onto the stand without people noticing, but he’d have to “somehow” write the correct numbers onto the balls in the first place. There are far too many “somehows” in this argument for it to be worth considering. Also, it wouldn’t take a year of your life to work that trick out.

Filming Every Possible Outcome

Derren filmed himself “predicting” all combinations of the lottery draw and replaced the live feed with a pre-recorded video when all six numbers were known.

My thoughts: This is the second most ridiculous theory. Aside from the audience noticing a video switch, there are 14 million different combinations. Assuming it took 10 minutes to film each one, it would take 266 years non-stop to film all 14 million outcomes. Obsurd.

Mass Hypnosis

Using his well-known powers of psychology, he somewhow managed to hypnotise, or at least influence, every viewer into thinking that the numbers were correct, when in fact they weren’t.

My thoughts: rubbish. Firstly, not everyone can be hypnotised. Secondly, the vids are freely available to watch on YouTube and the like, and with the diminished video quality and possible lack of sound that some people might have, the hypnotism simply wouldn’t work.

Magic Forumula

He’s spent a year of his life working on the problem and has actually come up with some kind of formula to predict the lottery results.

My thoughts: This is THE most ridiculous theory. However, I do believe that it’s possible to come up with a theory to help you. You’ll never be able to predict the lottery results 100%. There’s just no way to do it. However, you might be able to come up with a formula that might narrow down your choices somewhat, or at least, will give you a set of combinations that are more likely to come up than others. Again, that sounds ridiculous as well, as each draw is independent of any other, meaning any combination of numbers is just as likely to come up as any other.

But the law of averages says that if each combination has an equal chance of being drawn, and there are 14 million combinations, then after 14 million lottery draws each combination should have come up once. This implies (‘implies’ being the operative word here) that as time goes on, any given set of numbers is more and more likely to be drawn.

Perhaps Derren’s system makes use of that theory. Or maybe it’s just one big hoax. Personally, I’m hoping it’s a little more involved than the thing he did with the horse racing – which turned out to be a bit dissapointing.

Other Stupid Ideas

  • Time travel
  • Special effects
  • Camelot bribery
  • The draw wasn’t live
  • The camelot ‘insider’

There are plenty of theories, but at the end of the day, all will be revealed. Tune in to Channel 4 tonight at 9pm to find out how he did it.

UPDATE: Just seen this. Completely outrageous! Fair enough, the guy contributed a lot to the Allied war efforts, and he should be praised and honoured for that. And yes, he was badly treated (back in 1952, no less!) for the way he lived his life, but what’s that got to do with anyone who’s alive today? Anyone who did anything remotely wrong to him has no doubt passed away by now, and as far as I’m concerned, it’s not the current government’s job to apologize for the actions of other people.

He deserved an apology from the people that did him wrong, but not from us. We can sympathize with him, sure, but that’s it. Not to mention, he’s dead.

Things like this really piss me off about our government. It’s clearly a PR stunt – they can see that a lot of people signed the petition on the Number 10 website, and thought they’d do themselves a favour (and get into people’s good books) by spending no money, and very little time, apologizing for something that they couldn’t give a flying monkey’s brass ones about. Makes my blood boil!

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