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Lottery Prediction


One of Derren Brown’s greatest achievements is correctly predicting all the six national lottery numbers. He wrote his predictions on six balls and they all turned out to be correct. However, he hasn’t revealed his predictions until after all the numbers have already been announced. The balls are in full view all the time and no one comes near them.


Derren has revealed the method he claims he had used in his next show. It involves a combination of automatic writing and the so called “wisdom of crowds” phenomenon. However, we don’t think this is what really happened. You can see his explanation here.

So, if Derren’s explanation is false, how did he really do it? There are several options, but one seems to be the most plausible: split screen.

What does this mean? On the left side of the screen (the one with the predictions), what you see is actually a pre-recorded footage. The only thing that is actually transmitted live is the right part of the screen with Derren and the TV screen. That way, we cannot see what is really happening with the balls. We only see a previusly recorded footage of them. Meanwhile, Derren’s assistants can put the winning balls into place just in time for Derren to come over to the left side of the screen and reveal them. When the balls are in place, left part of the screen also starts showing live footage.

Both parts of the video are cleverly put together so we think we are looking at one, continous live recording of the event. The camera is even moving all the time so we wouldn’t think of this explanation, but the movement effect can be easily achieved.

Here is a video demostration of a split screen for easier understanding:

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Lottery Trick


In this amazing trick, magicians David and Leeman play some lottery with the judges of America’s Got Talent. They ask each of the judges to pick one of the five color balloons lined on the table and then name a number from 1 to 99 when David pops the balloon they picked.

David and Leeman then reveal that the the prize of the lottery is hiding in the yellow balloon – the only one that remained on the table. They take the balloon to the judges’ table and when they pop it, a folded lottery ticket falls out.

They ask Howard Stern to unfold the ticket and scratch it off. It tuns out that the lottery ticket inside the yellow balloon correctly predicted the numbers picked by the judges! Well, almost. The numbers on the ticket are: 6, 69, 41 and 85. The last number, picked by Howard Stern, is one off!

But just when we thought that the trick failed, David and Leeman surprise us once again. They take off their jackets, and written on their back, it says: »Howard will be off by one«.

It’s a really amazing illusion. See the performance in the video, and then read how it was done in the explanation below.


How could David and Leeman possibly predict the numbers that the judges picked? And how could they know that Howard Stern will be one off? It all seems pretty impossible.

First of all, there was nothing inside the yellow balloon. David and Leeman didn’t know which balloon will remain on the table. Notice that the message on the board doesn’t say »What’s inside the yellow balloon«. Rather, it says »What’s in the last balloon«. If the last balloon remaining would be the red one, they would just use the red one and continue the trick in exactly the same way. There wasn’t anything in any of the balloons.

But when they pop the balloon, the lottery ticket falls out! How did that happen if the balloon was empty?

The lottery ticket didn’t fall out of the balloon, they just made it look like it did. Leeman held the folded lottery ticket in his left hand and let it go exactly at the moment they popped the balloon. This creates the illusion that the ticket was inside of the balloon and then fell on the table when the balloon was popped.

Ok, but this still doesn’t explain why correct numbers were on the ticket.

After writing down all the numbers, the assistant covers them with scratch off ink, which is the thing you scratch off on lottery tickets. This can be done very quickly while David and Leeman are reviewing the selected numbers and talking about the prize.

When Leeman goes to get the huge quarter coin, he reaches behind the board. The assistant hands him the quarter and the ticket. Leeman hides the ticket in his left hand, you can see him doing it in the video. Notice how his left hand is not relaxed but slightly clenched? That’s because he’s holding the folded lotter ticket.

When Leeman then goes to get the balloon, he grabs it with his left hand. The ticket is now between his hand and the balloon. He creates some space between his hand and the balloon, and then shakes the balloon. This creates the sound we hear, which makes it sound like something is inside the balloon. The ticket is actually bouncing between the palm of his hand and the outer side of the balloon!

When the ballon pops, the folded ticket automatically falls to the table, creating the illusion that it fell out of the balloon. Well played, guys!

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