Derren Brown's lotto trick

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by BigHorn, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    As expected, his promised explanation of how he predicted the lottery was complete twaddle. So just how did he do it:?
  2. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    He didn't. Do you really think he'd be doing what he does now if he (or anyone) could accurately predict the lottery results...?

    Come on...
  3. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Camera trick. If you watch the footage back you can see the left-most ball jump up at one point.

  4. BigHorn

    BigHorn Active Member

    Yes, Ive seen this already and it may explain why he didn't do it with a live audience. If that was all it was, an ameteur camera trick, then it was a bit naff and not up to his usual standard.

    Certainly not something that takes a year in preparation as he claimed beforehand.
  5. johnmartin

    johnmartin Active Member

    Derren Brown does not use camera tricks. How he did it. God only knows but it was good television.
  6. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    I`ve seen him perform live and he does some pretty weird and wonderful stuff.
  7. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Not usually. Normally he does tricks that allow him to use suggestion to control people, but that doesn't really work with the lottery.

    I've read lots of people saying "Derren wouldn't do that". Well, why not? He's done lots of different things. He pretended to predict a bunch of horseraces by making 700-odd different predictions, and using the one that came up right.
  8. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

    The simple fact is it MUST be a camera trick. There is simply no way the 'Mathematical' explanation he came up with could possibly have any greater odds of finding the same 6 numbers than any other method.

    The machines were tested rigorously before the lottery was set up, and as far as could be determined - there was no pattern to the numbers thrown out.

    So no matter what process he claims to have used to choose his numbers - the odds of picking out one line and matching all six numbers remain the same whatever - a probability of roughly 7.1x10-8 (or in paddy flower's language, 14,000,000-1)

    Let's face it, if he DID crack a method of predicting lottery numbers - why not buy a ticket and give the proceeds to the NSPCC or the salvation army? Or why not buy a ticket with those numbers , keep the money and retire! let's face it, his wages can't be so good he's in a position to turn down three or four million quid can they?

    It's a stunt - plain and simple. And I wonder if the people at Camelot had something to do with it - in an attempt to revive the lottery's popularity? Or the vain hope that lots of people would believe his "explanation" and try the same thing next week.... and lose their money.

    It's a shame because so much of Derren Brown's stuff is really good - but this wasn't.
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2009
  9. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    Totally agree with you Andi. 100%. It was a camera trick, end of.
  10. HaleStorm

    HaleStorm Member

    It was a camera trick, the reason he moved over to the far right of the screen/other side of his TV, was so a still image mask of the Ball rack could be put over the Moving Live image, so when people put the correctly numbered balls in place, they were invisible to the watching audience...esentially they put a bit photo across the front of the left half of the camera lens

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