Predicting the Prediction

While I said that I hadn’t a clue as to how Derren Brown pulled off his "predicting the Lottery" stunt the other day, I’m coming round to the view that it relied on some sort of split screen illusion; like this:
 
   
 
Mind you, even if it was done this way, odds are that Derren Brown won’t tell it out straight. After all, he’s got an hour long show to fill tonight…
 
Update: I haven’t seen the show in which he "explained" how the trick was done, but apparently he claimed that it was by using a group of volunteers to do automatic writing of lottery numbers and then averaging the results to come up with the prediction.
 
Yeah, right – and if you believe that you’ll believe anything. Depressingly enough, going by the comments on the internet, many people do…

About Geoff Coupe

I'm a British citizen, although I have lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1983. I came here on a three year assignment, but fell in love with the country, and one Dutchman in particular, and so have stayed here ever since. On the 13th December 2006 I also became a Dutch citizen.
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