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← AC Grayling: Derren Brown's Lotto stunt was a trick too far

scoobie's Avatar Jump to comment 33 by scoobie

Dunno what AC Grayling is rambling on about. I get the feeling he had 12" to fill and needed something zeitgeisty to fill it with. His instructions about the basketball video are so casual as to be almost counter-productive. He omits to mention that you should pay *very close attention* to the number of passes they make and to whom, as if there's going to be a quiz at the end, and then after the video, i.e. lower down on the page, he should mention that maybe you missed something while you were watching. When I first saw this video years ago I was watching so closely that it wasn't until the third or fourth time that I noticed what I'd missed.

Anyway, with Derren Brown there seems to be a lot of grumbling about a magician who didn't reveal his trick, while ignoring the real tricks he had evidently pulled earlier by inducing 24 people into believing they could predict lottery results and successfully predicting which polystyrene cups that bloke would not step on. Unless of course he is a complete fake as Adrian Bartholomew believes. Personally I think he's got to the point where he likes to toy with the more gullible amongst us while showing the more intelligent how he might be doing it (e.g. the snowflake clue). On top of that he normally manages to baffle the intelligent people too. So he's keeping it real. Just.

Wed, 16 Sep 2009 07:11:00 UTC | #397544