Channel 4 will tonight screen Derren Brown’s attempt to predict the midweek National Lottery draw. In a separate show on Friday he intends to tell viewers how he did it.
The stunt marks the start of a new series of television tricks from Brown, whose past shows have seen him perform Russian roulette live, apparently contact the dead in an interactive seance and convince members of the public to take part in the robbery of an armoured security van.
Details of the lottery trick, to be shown as the draw is made live on BBC One at 10.35pm on Wednesday, are being kept a close secret, but Brown said he was looking forward to the show.
“I realise there are a lot of questions this brings up, and I hope they’ll be answered on the Friday night show,” he said.
“For now, I’m really excited and really nervous and cannot tell you for sure how well it will work. Some things just have to be tried.”
A spokesman for the lottery said that 70 per cent of the adult population of the UK would be trying to emulate Brown’s trick and guess the numbers.
“It is impossible to affect the outcome of the draw and Derren Brown is not suggesting he is doing this,” the spokesman said.
“Derren Brown is an illusionist creating an illusion that he can predict the numbers. We wish Derren, but more importantly our players, the best of luck.”
Be sure not to miss the program on channel 4 in a separate show on Friday he intends to tell viewers how he did it. are being kept a close secret, but Brown said he was looking forward to the show.
Channel 4 on demand is showing the show live on its website