Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Brown knows

Psychological illusionist (i.e., magician) Derren Brown is up to his old tricks again. Or rather, he's up to some new tricks. He has a new series called The Events starting on Channel 4 this week. He's opening the series with a rather audacious stunt in which he plans to predict the winning numbers in this Wednesday's National Lottery.

Coincidentally (!) I took part in a psychic lottery experiment yesterday as part of an ongoing study being run by Mick O'Neill. The aim was also to attempt to predict this Wednesday's winning lottery numbers. No trick here, Mick has spent a few years collecting data in an attempt to see if it is possible to predict the numbers using psychic means. For what it's worth the numbers I 'predicted' were: 3, 4, 8, 9, 17 and 38.

The draw is broadcast on Wednesday 9th September on BBC1 at 10.35pm. Mr Brown will be on Channel4 at the same time.


  1. Great,thanks...will definately be watching.

    Now do we all buy a ticket with your numbers or as usual pooh pooh the idea that we can predict anything....well its only a pound.

  2. I wasn't sure how Mick's expt. worked yesterday! Surely with 60-odd people in the room, all visualising numbers, every number from 1-49 must have been written down?? I don't get it...


  3. Lifes: Are you going to buy a ticket?

    I wasn't going to bother, but now you've got me thinking... what if those numbers did come up and I hadn't bought a ticket?

  4. E.: I'm never quite sure about the mechanics of Mick's experiments. In essence, he buys a load of tickets based upon the numbers chosen by participants. I'm not clear on how he subsequently analyses his data but he's ever hopeful of a big win!

    I gather he'll send an email to everyone who took part in the experiment on Monday with some more details of the results of this week's attempt.

  5. Ticket bought.lol.

    My numbers never come up so may as well try yours.

  6. Sorry but I think it's a complete waste of money. You may as well drop a pound coin/fiver or however much you spend each week down the drain!
    People are always hopeful of a big win that's the lure.
    Lifes - if your numbers never come up why are you still optimistic they could the next time or the next time or the next time?
    I predict numbers 1, 5, 12, 22, 27 and 35 but won't be buying a ticket.

  7. Good question enn.

    I made the fatal mistake of picking numbers instead of doing lucky dip and of course sods law dictates that the week I dont buy my ticket is the week it wins.

    Good luck to those who have bought tickets.

  8. Not a single one of my numbers came up! (And yes, I did buy a ticket...).

    So any ideas how the Brown-meister did it?

  9. Lol..not psychic then.

    I got one and the bonus from my psychic prediction...does that mean I am one and a teeny bit psychic.lol

    I have no idea how Derren did it but not revealing his prediction until after the draw must have something to do with it despite us being able to see the balls he chose.

    Will look forward to the reveal.