Fringe Magician predicts Argus front page

The Argus: Fringe Magician predicts Argus front page Fringe Magician predicts Argus front page

When magician Doug Segal contacted me last week to say he could predict the front page story in Saturday’s Argus, I was sceptical.

Midweek he sent a secured envelope, which supposedly had our splash, and asked me to meet him on Saturday to compare the results.

Friday in the newsroom was a hectic one, with the council’s bullying and discrimination probe narrowly pushing the Poyet palaver off the front late on.

“That will have thrown him,” I told photographer Simon Dack, as we made our way to meet him on Saturday.

Determined not to let the envelope out my sight – as I hadn’t for the last few days – I opened it in front of him.

Heart pounding, but feeling a smug confidence, I unfolded the small piece of paper. It probably says something vague about Albion, I thought, after all that had been brewing all week.

The council report hadn’t come through until midday on Friday – a good 48 hours after he had sent the prediction in the post.

I took a deep breath and read it out loud: “Council under fire for discrimination and bullying”.

How did he do it? I had two pairs of eyes on him. I had opened the envelope, he hadn’t hypnotised me, and there is no way the council would have given him the report in advance.

Like his inspiration, Derren Brown, he doesn’t claim to be psychic.

His tricks, he tells me, are a combination of “persuasion techniques, statistics, reading body language, subliminal influences, cheating and lying”.

But what was to come was even more impressive.

The London-based Segal took me on a short tour of Brighton, stopping to point out various locations where something special had happened to him.

Once seated in a nearby coffee shop, he asked me to retrace our tour in my head and then think and write down a random word for each stop we made.

Determined to outfox him, I decided not to take the first thing that popped into my head. “Dog? Too obvious. Slipper? No, ship – we were too close to Ship Street.” I finally decided on STEPS.

For some reason the word for the second location that came to me was skirt. I changed it to DRESS at the last second. And for the final location I went for necklace – again at the last minute changing to NECK.

He then asked me to look out of the shop window at an Argus poster across the road.

On it were just three mind-blowing, breathtaking, cappuccino-dropping words: STEPS, DRESS and NECK.

With photographer Simon Dack and I ready to burn Segal at the stake, the magician walked us through the incredible trick.

We went back along the route of our tour. At each stop were a series of small stickers on bins, walls, lampposts and bus stops.

At the first location they read STEPS, the second DRESS and the third NECK.

He explained: “I see the things that nobody notices. I planted those three words in your head. You were always going to choose them.”

Doug Segal’s I Can Make You A Mentalist is at The Warren in Russell Place on May 24and 25.

Sceptics prepare to be converted.

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1:27pm Mon 20 May 13

Ashles says...

So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?
So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale? Ashles

2:18pm Mon 20 May 13

Poetic License says...

Ashles wrote:
So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?
He told me earlier that someone would say that!

A disbelieving individual, known to all a
pedantic prat.

I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true

Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU!
[quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?[/p][/quote]He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU! Poetic License

2:34pm Mon 20 May 13

AngelicDevil says...

It's hardly a controlled experiment. He could have got a tip off from a mate that works in the council that this is about to blow up.

I'm really sceptical about this stuff. Entertainment for the weak minded.
It's hardly a controlled experiment. He could have got a tip off from a mate that works in the council that this is about to blow up. I'm really sceptical about this stuff. Entertainment for the weak minded. AngelicDevil

2:49pm Mon 20 May 13

Crystal Ball says...

It must be, and can only be...Magic!
It must be, and can only be...Magic! Crystal Ball

3:41pm Mon 20 May 13

Ashles says...

Poetic License wrote:
Ashles wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?
He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU!
Did he predict how quickly posting in lazy non-scanning poetry would become a tedious gimmick?
[quote][p][bold]Poetic License[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?[/p][/quote]He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU![/p][/quote]Did he predict how quickly posting in lazy non-scanning poetry would become a tedious gimmick? Ashles

3:43pm Mon 20 May 13

Bigbazza23 says...

I've seen this bloke before -
They've got him all wrong.
He's not trying to be anything like Derren Brown, he's a comedy mind reader
Check out the trailer for his show: http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?feature=pla
yer_embedded&v=luNRM
_rknjs
It's (intentionally) hilarious!
I've seen this bloke before - They've got him all wrong. He's not trying to be anything like Derren Brown, he's a comedy mind reader Check out the trailer for his show: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?feature=pla yer_embedded&v=luNRM _rknjs It's (intentionally) hilarious! Bigbazza23

3:45pm Mon 20 May 13

Bigbazza23 says...

I've seen this bloke before -
They've got him all wrong.
He's not trying to be anything like Derren Brown, he's a comedy mind reader
Check out the trailer for his show: http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=luNRM_rkn
js
It's (intentionally) hilarious!
(This time with a proper link!)
I've seen this bloke before - They've got him all wrong. He's not trying to be anything like Derren Brown, he's a comedy mind reader Check out the trailer for his show: http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=luNRM_rkn js It's (intentionally) hilarious! (This time with a proper link!) Bigbazza23

3:51pm Mon 20 May 13

Ashles says...

Poetic License wrote:
Ashles wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?
He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU!
Hee! Hee! Hee!
Look at me!
I'm so wa-cky!
I post in poe-try!
Isn't it so cra-zy!
The funniest thing you did see!
I do this actua-lly
Because I'm so lone-ly.
[quote][p][bold]Poetic License[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?[/p][/quote]He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU![/p][/quote]Hee! Hee! Hee! Look at me! I'm so wa-cky! I post in poe-try! Isn't it so cra-zy! The funniest thing you did see! I do this actua-lly Because I'm so lone-ly. Ashles

4:03pm Mon 20 May 13

Poetic License says...

Ashles wrote:
Poetic License wrote:
Ashles wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?
He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU!
Hee! Hee! Hee!
Look at me!
I'm so wa-cky!
I post in poe-try!
Isn't it so cra-zy!
The funniest thing you did see!
I do this actua-lly
Because I'm so lone-ly.
With your improper use of the hyphen, it would not surprise me to find..

You're wannabe reporter for the Argus..who talks out his behind!

I see you responded twice.. to my original little ditty.....

I think we know who the lonely one is....and whose life is REALLY sh**ty
[quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poetic License[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?[/p][/quote]He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU![/p][/quote]Hee! Hee! Hee! Look at me! I'm so wa-cky! I post in poe-try! Isn't it so cra-zy! The funniest thing you did see! I do this actua-lly Because I'm so lone-ly.[/p][/quote]With your improper use of the hyphen, it would not surprise me to find.. You're wannabe reporter for the Argus..who talks out his behind! I see you responded twice.. to my original little ditty..... I think we know who the lonely one is....and whose life is REALLY sh**ty Poetic License

4:31pm Mon 20 May 13

Ashles says...

Poetic License wrote:
Ashles wrote:
Poetic License wrote:
Ashles wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?
He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU!
Hee! Hee! Hee! Look at me! I'm so wa-cky! I post in poe-try! Isn't it so cra-zy! The funniest thing you did see! I do this actua-lly Because I'm so lone-ly.
With your improper use of the hyphen, it would not surprise me to find.. You're wannabe reporter for the Argus..who talks out his behind! I see you responded twice.. to my original little ditty..... I think we know who the lonely one is....and whose life is REALLY sh**ty
Great life thanks.
I post here because it amuses me or because I have an interest in discussing something, not out of some strange little compulsion to be wacky.

I also notice you seem to be losing your cool a little. All that poetry not calming you down?

(But seriously the scanning, try and work on it)
[quote][p][bold]Poetic License[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poetic License[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?[/p][/quote]He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU![/p][/quote]Hee! Hee! Hee! Look at me! I'm so wa-cky! I post in poe-try! Isn't it so cra-zy! The funniest thing you did see! I do this actua-lly Because I'm so lone-ly.[/p][/quote]With your improper use of the hyphen, it would not surprise me to find.. You're wannabe reporter for the Argus..who talks out his behind! I see you responded twice.. to my original little ditty..... I think we know who the lonely one is....and whose life is REALLY sh**ty[/p][/quote]Great life thanks. I post here because it amuses me or because I have an interest in discussing something, not out of some strange little compulsion to be wacky. I also notice you seem to be losing your cool a little. All that poetry not calming you down? (But seriously the scanning, try and work on it) Ashles

12:22am Tue 21 May 13

yawnnn says...

Any chance of waving your magic wand at the green party and making them vanish!! Ill buy you a pint if you do!!
Any chance of waving your magic wand at the green party and making them vanish!! Ill buy you a pint if you do!! yawnnn

12:16pm Tue 21 May 13

Poetic License says...

Ashles wrote:
Poetic License wrote:
Ashles wrote:
Poetic License wrote:
Ashles wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?
He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU!
Hee! Hee! Hee! Look at me! I'm so wa-cky! I post in poe-try! Isn't it so cra-zy! The funniest thing you did see! I do this actua-lly Because I'm so lone-ly.
With your improper use of the hyphen, it would not surprise me to find.. You're wannabe reporter for the Argus..who talks out his behind! I see you responded twice.. to my original little ditty..... I think we know who the lonely one is....and whose life is REALLY sh**ty
Great life thanks.
I post here because it amuses me or because I have an interest in discussing something, not out of some strange little compulsion to be wacky.

I also notice you seem to be losing your cool a little. All that poetry not calming you down?

(But seriously the scanning, try and work on it)
(But seriously the scanning, try and work on it)

Should read But seriously, the scanning, try and work on it)

Eats shoots and leaves....

Posting because it amuses YOU... hmmm Egoism (as opposed to egotism..) Look it up!
[quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poetic License[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poetic License[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ashles[/bold] wrote: So he isn't so much 'inspired' by Derren Brown, as simply stealing his act wholesale?[/p][/quote]He told me earlier that someone would say that! A disbelieving individual, known to all a pedantic prat. I bet him a crisp tenner that it would not come true Then I saw the comment and thought 'Ashles' he must mean YOU![/p][/quote]Hee! Hee! Hee! Look at me! I'm so wa-cky! I post in poe-try! Isn't it so cra-zy! The funniest thing you did see! I do this actua-lly Because I'm so lone-ly.[/p][/quote]With your improper use of the hyphen, it would not surprise me to find.. You're wannabe reporter for the Argus..who talks out his behind! I see you responded twice.. to my original little ditty..... I think we know who the lonely one is....and whose life is REALLY sh**ty[/p][/quote]Great life thanks. I post here because it amuses me or because I have an interest in discussing something, not out of some strange little compulsion to be wacky. I also notice you seem to be losing your cool a little. All that poetry not calming you down? (But seriously the scanning, try and work on it)[/p][/quote](But seriously the scanning, try and work on it) Should read But seriously, the scanning, try and work on it) Eats shoots and leaves.... Posting because it amuses YOU... hmmm Egoism (as opposed to egotism..) Look it up! Poetic License

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