9/20/09 – The British illusionist Derren Brown, who had the mainstream media in the UK trying to fathom how he was able to apparently predict winning lottery numbers last week has a new wheeze – this one using the game of roulette.
The Telegraph newspaper reports that Brown will gamble GBP 5 000 of a TV viewer's savings on a roulette wheel. The viewer will not even know it is their money until Brown calls them on the night of the show.
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Casinos will pay out up to GBP 175 000 if the correct digit is predicted, which would be paid to the viewer if Brown is correct.
The series Derren Brown – Evening of Wonders (Channel 4) closes its run with a program titled Derren Brown: How To Beat A Casino, which will be screened on Channel 4 on October 2 at 9pm.
Brown is also attempting to use subliminal messaging techniques in a show to be screened tomorrow in which he says viewers will be stuck to their sofa.
Derren Brown: How To Control The Nation will show viewers a film which he claims will leave audiences unable to move.
He said: ”The second show is a piece of media which will be played to the viewing nation that will have the effect of rendering them immobile.
”Not all of them, but it will basically stick a lot of people to their seats.
”It's safe, it won't work on everybody, but it's applying what I do one-on-one with people on stage and turning it into a piece of technology that can then be broadcast – and it has never been done before.”
The programme will be shown on Friday on Channel 4 at 9pm.