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There seems to have been a lot of online bitching about the Derren Brown lottery Event, but I thought it was pretty cool. Lots of people sound massively annoyed that he didn't actually tell us how he "predicted" the lottery numbers, and are whining that it was obviously just camera trickery and blah-de-blah, but I think that's missing the point. The Friday night show was entertaining even if most of it was nonsense designed to misdirect (no, the wisdom of crowds doesn't work like that; no, those experiments on willpower's effect on randomness by the PEAR group were pretty nonsensical too.) Also there was a cute mouse, so yay. And just because something could have been done by camera trickery doesn't mean it was. I'm not saying it wasn't, but either we'll never know, or it's all building up to something later on in The Events.

(Hmm, actually, this web page is quite convincing that it was done with split screen. Doesn't matter. Moving on.)

There are posts from someone in the studio audience and one of the 24-strong "crowd" doing the prediction which are pretty interesting. But I love the whole huge conspiracy feel of it all, with what seems like most of the internet trying to explain or predict or discredit the trick. Brown managed the important thing - it was definitely An Event.

My prediction? His ratings will stay good, if only to see how he fixes us to our sofas this week.



Sep. 14th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
I thought the "explanation" fell flat. He didn't have enough material to fill the hour- and all that stuff about the wisdom of crowds was clearly a red herring. The stunt itself was brilliant.

I'll certainly be watching the rest of the series. I love his work.
Sep. 14th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I realised pretty early on that all the explanations were going to be nonsense, so I just enjoyed the tricks in the show on their own merit. It was time-filling misdirection nonsense, yeah, but I thought it was entertaining in its own right.

I can see why it frustrated people, especially with the publicity saying it was the lottery reveal show!


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