eight bits on Sep 15 2008, 12:49 PM, said:
That is, you do part of Brown's work for him. Why?
How to say this delicately? A proverb among con men is "You cannot con an honest mark." Ziggy, part of you hopes that there is some "back door" in the psyche through which you, too, can get somebody's wallet. Ironically, there is. Ask 50 people politely, and you will get a wallet.
This reminds me of one of Derren Brown's other video's
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX94fV4TWbc (pretty long video, this is just part 1)
Here he convinces someone that he knows "the system" of horse racing and that he knows the winner of every game.
He sends someone an email with the winner of each race, and after a while tells them to bet money on the horses, and on camera you see him being right every single time.
How he did this?
He emailed al lot of people sending them all different horse-race outcomes untill he covered every possiblity and thus one of these people got an email with all the winners.