Derren does it forwards

Friday, August 28, 2009 by

C4 has released a further trail for Derren Brown: The Events… and this time it’s forwards.

Details of The Events, which – despite press pointing towards Friday 11 September as the kick-off day, actually debuts with a short live broadcast on C4 on Wednesday 9 September – are still being kept under wraps. But before we speculate further, here’s that trailer…

So what do we know? The first episode, is the most intriguing; Brown stating “if it got out beforehand, we’d probably be stopped from doing it.” However, National Lottery-related iconography – and numbers – in the trail are hinting at some sort of Lotta-related stunt. Perhaps Derren’s hoping to get us all to bet on the same numbers.

Event #2 is shaping up to be a variant of a trick performed at his recent stage show, Enigma, where members of the audience were compelled to rise to their feet. Except, this time, he claims he’ll be causing viewers at home to become stuck to their sofa.

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The third Event is provisionally titled ‘How to Fool the CIA’, and is Brown’s take on the phenomenon of ‘remote viewing’, while the fourth… well, nothing’s been forthcoming on that.

“In the modern world of mass communication and big business,” says Brown, “simple tricks can be developed to make even the most secure of systems vulnerable when you know where to push.”


14 Responses to “Derren does it forwards”

  1. Applemask on August 30th, 2009 5:28 pm

    Red and black are obviously important; apart from dominating the trail visually, he subliminally reinforces it by putting it on the truck at the beginning.

  2. Denis on August 31st, 2009 10:33 am

    The website in the ads – is active.

  3. Rod Begbie on September 1st, 2009 1:23 am is also live. Dr Rene Marrone was the inventor.

  4. MartS on September 1st, 2009 8:15 am

    The website address upto the .com is of course, Manchester United backwards, and there’s a lot of red and black in the trailer- which are colours on this season’s home shirt…

    Maybe some sting or stunt on the result of the next game – and the lotto lookalike logo is just another classic piece of Derren misdirection to the viewer?

  5. confusedmind on September 1st, 2009 2:25 pm

    this weekend he also predicted the score of the Man U match on another hidden website! how does he do it???

  6. degu on September 1st, 2009 2:37 pm

    Didn’t anyone see his prediction of the United score, before the game, the other day? He predicted it correctly, saw a link to the site it was on, that surely has to be part of The Events.

  7. Anny on September 1st, 2009 4:35 pm

    I saw that too degu. Bf was all “Yeah right, as if…” But after the score turned out to be right he shut up. lol
    Mabye now I even get him to watch the Events with me. Even if there is no more footie involved. But who knows?

  8. Gary W on September 1st, 2009 4:58 pm

    Yeah i saw that he predicted the scores, honestly how does he do it?! You think it has something to do with The Events?? I can’t wait!

  9. 9thgate XX on September 1st, 2009 7:04 pm

    Spotted the link to the score predictions site, too! Had to tune in for the match after that even though i’m not mutch of a footy fan! If this tuns out to be a regular thing, I should take up gambling!

    This guy is really good! Can’t wait for ‘the events’ now! XX

  10. JohnnyBoy on September 1st, 2009 7:16 pm

    OMG!!! i saw that prediction website too!!! never thought he would pull it off though!!! the man is unreal…. so if he can predict footie scores, and devise a system to win the horsies – why is that man still not loaded??! why does he not spend his whole day at the bookies!!! cant wait for the Events!! its gotta be HUGE!!!

    his blog keeps hinting at loads of cool Events related stuff including hidden comps!! man i hope the Events are worth the hype!!!!

  11. darkedave on September 2nd, 2009 3:22 am

    I saw his score prediction and still can’t believe the dude got it right. Amazing.

  12. MartS on September 2nd, 2009 1:29 pm

    Err- Johnnyboy. He didn’t devise a system to win on horse racing. If you watched that show, all the production team did was get a group of punters to place a small amount of money on each horse is small field 7f seller at Wolverhampton.
    Those that backed the winning horse, were then asked if they would like to carry on – those that backed the non winner horses were refunded, and fell out of the show.

    This was then repeated until the show was left with 1 punter and 1 last race, and after a rather convoluted set-piece where low level hyponsis was involved, at the final race at Haydock (i think) she was told to put a couple of grand on the horse Derren suggested, and it lost. Cue miserable faces but then, a bit of slight of hand bet recepit replacement from the Brownmiester and she found that she had the winning horse afterall and it was all smiles and bulging back pockets from the tenners she got back.

    In the early stages of the show there was no ‘magic’ system, just maths and covering all possibilities before the Derren Brown showmanship kicked in for the showstopping last race scene at the end.

  13. Andy Elms on September 2nd, 2009 1:58 pm

    I wonder what it would take to have a load of production company runners, gophers and interns just to post to fora saying “yeah, I saw him predict the result before the game and he got it right!!” Kind of like Baudrillard’s thoery that the first Gulf War was made up, as the only way people heard about it was by news reports.

    Also reminds me of a trick in my Ali Baba magic book – you get a person to pick one of six coloured matchboxes, then show them that they had predicted that you’d pick that one. As it turns out, each matchbox is “predicted” in a different way – black cross on the inside, underneath etc. Simple spread betting/covering of bases. Just don’t do it twice with the same audience.

  14. Scryler on September 2nd, 2009 2:07 pm

    Andy: there’s no doubt the prediction is a trick of some kind, the guy never claims to be psychic. I don’t think it was up very long before the match, maybe just a couple hours maximum?
    I don’t think it would be worth the effort to pay people to do it. Too risky he’d be caught out. We’ll see how he does on other predictions if there are any in this TV thing.