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Preparation, materials and equipment

For this activity, you will need a video clip in which British hypnotist and sceptic, Derren Brown, demonstrates a principle of human behaviour. To access the video on Metacafe, click on the following link: To access the video on YouTube, click on the following link: Decide how you are going to display the clip in class. Possibilities include: Laptop or desktop (good for small groups) Computer, projector + screen iPhone or other mobile device (good for one-to-ones/intimate classes) Dont forget the loudspeakers If you dont have Internet access in class, you could download or capture the video from YouTube. Use or a similar site. Note, however, that in doing so, you will be breaching YouTubes Terms of Use.

WALLET MYSTERY (by Jamie Keddie)

Lesson plan
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Tell your students that you have a puzzle for them. Tell them the following: It is 10:30 in the morning. A man is walking along Regent Street in the centre of London. He stops and takes a large amount of money out of his pocket. He counts it and then puts it into his wallet. He bends down and places his wallet on the pavement. The man walks away. Approximately six hours later, the man returns. His wallet is still there. He bends down and picks it up. He counts the money. It is all there. He puts the wallet back in his pocket and leaves the scene. How can this be? Repeat the whole puzzle as many times as necessary until everyone understands it. Ask students to work out why no one took the wallet by asking you closed questions (i.e. questions to which you can only answer yes or no). Work on the grammar of the question forms. When students either give up or work out the puzzle, show the clip. Dictate the questions below or write them on the board. Ask students to discuss them in pairs or small groups:

* Some people may be sceptical about the authenticity of the video. Regent Street is a busy place. Why wasnt the wallet accidentally kicked out of the circle?

Have you ever found a purse or wallet in a public place? What did you do with it? How would you react if you saw a wallet with a circle drawn around it like the one in the clip? Why do you think the circle makes a difference? Do the think the clip was made honestly or is it possible that they cheated in some way or another? *

WALLET MYSTERY (by Jamie Keddie)