How to Accurately Predict the Lottery on Live TV

Most Americans aren’t familiar with Derren Brown, the mentalist-cum-magician-cum-con man, but in the UK, he’s been boggling the minds of  TV watchers for years, with his oft-unexplained feats of psychological tomfoolery, such as reading minds, performing live séances, and predicting horse races. In the first of series of live specials for UK’s Channel 4, he upped his game by claiming to be able to predict the outcome of the British National Lottery on live television, a feat he apparently successfully achieved. Here is that broadcast:

Now, Derren Brown himself calls this a “highly complex event of misdirection”, so you know things aren’t exactly as they appear. His own explanation involved 24 volunteers, long division, and a heart free from avarice– basically bullshit.

Discarding that explanation, several enterprising viewers claim to have figured out how he did it, and the results seem to fall in line with what was broadcast.

The Solution: the 30-second version
Mutated Monty applies Occam’s Razor to the task: the simplest solution being the best. He demonstrates how some phony camera shake and a split screen gave Brown enough time to jigger with his balls.

The Breakdown
Noiseache gives us a play-by-play of exactly what’s going on during the broadcast:

The Evidence
And DerrenExposed corroborates this explanation, exposing a technical glitch in a close-up of the balls:

And Just For Laughs
And finally Holy Moly takes the piss out of Derren Brown with this send-up:

Despite what Derren Brown claims is the “official” explanation, he has maintained that it’s just a trick after all. This doesn’t detract from the fact that he’s a master of misdirection and manipulation by suggestion as one of my favorite clips below demonstrates:

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  • http://www.higgypop.co.uk/post/652/ Higgypop

    Not my rules, that's what Derren said in the show.

    Plus 2 is still as likely if someone picked -62 because someone else may have picked +260.

  • http://www.higgypop.co.uk/post/652/ Higgypop

    Not my rules, that's what Derren said in the show.

    Plus 2 is still as likely if someone picked -62 because someone else may have picked +260.

  • http://www.higgypop.co.uk/post/652/ Higgypop

    Not my rules, that's what Derren said in the show.

    Plus 2 is still as likely if someone picked -62 because someone else may have picked +260.

  • numerate

    Thanks for your comment however if they picked negative numbers above 49 this would make it even more unlikely to result in a 2

  • http://www.higgypop.co.uk/post/652/ Higgypop

    Not my rules, that's what Derren said in the show.

    Plus 2 is still as likely if someone picked -62 because someone else may have picked +260.

  • Milan Vasquez

    A lottery employee told me about this ticket a couple of months ago, and I've been playing it quite a bit since then. I've been going on the assumption that the bingo lottery is actually positive, when you add the net value of the remaining lower tier prizes to to the roughly even money for the top prize.

  • Milan Vasquez

    A lottery employee told me about this ticket a couple of months ago, and I've been playing it quite a bit since then. I've been going on the assumption that the bingo lottery is actually positive, when you add the net value of the remaining lower tier prizes to to the roughly even money for the top prize.

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    It has been 3 months since I read and tried to impliment what Derren is showing on this article. I must say that everything i have done so far as been unsuccessful. Altough I won a minor $5 in the proccess so whether that was down to his teaching or pure luck is still to be found out.

  • http://www.homeremovalservices.com/removalservices-in-kent.html Removal Companies in Kent

    It has been 3 months since I read and tried to impliment what Derren is showing on this article. I must say that everything i have done so far as been unsuccessful. Altough I won a minor $5 in the proccess so whether that was down to his teaching or pure luck is still to be found out.

  • http://www.lottopreview.com/ Tersia

    We've just started a kind of 'social/psychic experiment' to try and predict the lotto numbers through a recognised mental technique called remote viewing, combined with the power of an online community. Fun and fascinating.
    http://www.lottopreview.com

  • http://www.lottopreview.com/ Tersia

    We've just started a kind of 'social/psychic experiment' to try and predict the lotto numbers through a recognised mental technique called remote viewing, combined with the power of an online community. Fun and fascinating.
    http://www.lottopreview.com

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    These kinda things really annoy me cuz you’ll probably never know the answer. Derren likes to wind us up and he does it well lol

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BMOAAO33OBOLO2YTCVSMWI7ASI Vince

    Whether it is a trick used by Darren or his
    way of manipulating results, but one thing is for sure, the videos shown above have
    summed up precisely what he has been claiming so far. But the fact is lottery game is dependent purely on luck. I am not too sure
    about such tricks. 

  • James

    Whether it is a trick used by Darren or his way of manipulating results, but one thing is for sure, the videos shown above have summed up precisely what he has been claiming so far. But the fact is thelottery game is dependent purely on luck. I am not too sure about such tricks. 

  • Writer Reinvented

    Whether it is a trick used by Darren or his way of manipulating results, but one thing is for sure, the videos shown above have summed up precisely what he has been claiming so far. But the fact is thelottery game is dependent purely on luck. I am not too sure about such tricks.