Derren Brown

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Rigil Kent (January 07, 2011, 07:32:13 AM):
Isn't Darren Brown the oke who left a wallet lying on the pavement in Piccadilly Circus all day and no one picked it up? How did he do that?

Real ugly wallet: day-glo orange with cerulean stripes, maybe?

Mintaka
st0nes (January 07, 2011, 07:55:15 AM):
Isn't Darren Brown the oke who left a wallet lying on the pavement in Piccadilly Circus all day and no one picked it up? How did he do that?

Real ugly wallet: day-glo orange with cerulean stripes, maybe?

Mintaka
Could be, but it was chock-full of portraits of the queen (granted, not a centrefold, but people seem to like having pics of her in their wallets). People just walked past it as though it wasn't there, and I don't know how he did it.
BoogieMonster (January 07, 2011, 13:48:17 PM):
Could've just plopped it down in a place where there is some other, more immediate distraction around. Hot chick on a sign becomes visible at just that spot, etc...

Remember in magic a major element of the trick is distraction. You won't see the slight if you're being misdirected somewhere else...
BoogieMonster (January 07, 2011, 14:03:38 PM):
Hmm, on a related note... I once saw a lengthy article about an experiment that involved one of the world's greatest violin players. A man who'se playing could reportedly reduce macho men to tears...

They put him in Grand Central station (IIRC) with some exceptionally rare antique violin... and let him play there with a hat on the floor for tips. This was a guy that demanded HUGE appearance fees otherwise... He apparently played all morning while thousands of commuters streamed past, way too absorbed in their own hurried rush to notice something exceptional happening right next to them. ONE person stopped for a couple of minutes to listen, and put some cash in the hat. Others did give donations, but they just kinda flung spare change into the hat as they hurried past.... The violinist was horrified. But the scientists took note...

Then in another data point unrelated to the story above... I saw a TED talk somewhere about a beggar who lay on the steps of some train station, literally starved and dehydrated, dying. He lay there for a long time while once again thousands of commuters streamed past.... until one single commuter (the guy who was studying this stuff), stopped to see what was wrong with him. He says the moment he did that, everyone around him stopped too, and suddenly the entire area was abuzz with "Hey what's wrong with this guy?! Get some water! Call an ambulance! I'll buy him some food quickly!"... It's not that people didn't want to help this man. But nobody even noticed he was there.
Lilli (January 07, 2011, 14:40:29 PM):
I once saw a lengthy article about an experiment that involved one of the world's greatest violin players.
Yeah his name is Joshua Bell. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html

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