Derren Brown last night predicted, accurately, the lottery numbers.
Edit – 11/9/09 @1510 – It seems this is probably the most accurate prediction: http://poeljames.googlepages.com/HowDerrenDidIt.html
As well as this:
There have been conspiracy theories bandied around as to how he actually did it. Well, lets have a go shall we? Ok.
1. The Delay
People have said the delay between analogue and digital could have something to do with it. Digital, through its very nature, takes longer to reach us on our television sets. They reckon a runner could have watched it on Analogue, and as most people watch on digital, he could have told Derren the numbers.
That leads us onto how would he get them right? Well, another theory is…
2. Digital Effect– whereby a computer froze part of the screen, and a runner or assistant either replaced or wrote on the balls to Derrens right (our left).
Why couldnt this have happened? Well, if you want to argue it over and over then it could be true. But, seeing as the camera was handheld, and it was the delay isn’t actually that big, I doubt it very much. Also, the balls looked computer printed.
Next, someone said the last ball was raised, a sign that it had been quickly placed there. Well, I think it’s because the container to hold them was simply too small, and as they cannot defy physics, then they had to put it like that without breaking the balls or watching them fly everywhere. Simple. Probably.
Actually, I do have a theory of my own.
I reckon he could have actually done it. through study of the sequences of numbers, even though they are random, and his actual brainpower, it is possible for him.
Maybe thats a load of old tosh? I don’t actually know. What I do know is that I have seen him live twice and he amazed me both times, met him once and he seems genuine, and watched numerous television programmes, and i’m, i suppose, a bit open minded about him.
For more theories, this is collating them all –
What I am looking forward to is the reveal on friday night.
It was amazing – the only thing I was annoyed about was the numbers. I had 2 + the bonus, and two others were one number either way. I could have had 4 + the bonus, or even 5, if he thought harder, and instead of predicting them, changed them!