Brit illusionist turns to roulette

Brit illusionist turns to roulette

September 18, 2009.

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 (see previous report) 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.

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.

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