Illusionist Derren Brown came under fire last night from an unlikely source after his mum reacted angrily to news that he had successfully predicted all six lottery numbers on last night’s television spectacular.
“Oh, he did, did he?” commented Mrs. Ethel Brown, 82, upon being told of her son’s amazing feat. “Same old story – muggins here is always the last to know. You’d think that after all those years of changing his nappies, cooking his dinner and being strapped to a rotating wheel while he perfected his knife-throwing act, this is the thanks I get? Those knives really hurt!”
Mrs. Brown continued, “After all that, he couldn’t even slip his own mother the winning lottery numbers? Bloody typical.”
During last night’s show, broadcast on Channel 4, Brown, 38, promised to correctly guess five of the six numbers correctly, but dumfounded critics by managing to guess them all. Furthermore, the illusuinist has promised to reveal how the trick was done later this week, much to the bemusement of fellow magicians.
TV critic Jason Sheehan pointed out: “It was noticable to many how nervous Brown looked throughout the recording. Many put this down to him projecting a sense of theatre and showmanship or even to the possibility that he wasn’t sure himself if he had pulled off the trick correctly.
“However, I’ve met his mother – and quite frankly, she’s a terrifying lady. If you watch the programme back you’ll see a moment 17 minutes in, where Derren quite visibly realises that he’s forgotten to give his mum the numbers and starts crapping himself. I wouldn’t like to be in his shoes when Ethel catches up with him, that’s for sure.”
Asked to comment further, Mrs. Brown would only say: “Next time I see him, he’s going to feel the back of my hand. And possibly the tip of my shoe up his backside.”