I play online chess on a regular basis on chess.com (I’m to lazy to be good at) and on this site was a news article about a dutch chess player cheating by having a smartphone (with chess app) sowed into his trousers. In another recent high level tournament 4 players played the exact same game for about 25 moves and than the referee put the 4 players in 2 different halls. Cheating in chess seems to be a real problem. Well this leads me to imagine how you could cheat in a memory competition. Some options that i think of:
- google glass that look like normal glasses; record and replay;
- swapping deck of cards;
To be completely honest, I don’t think that cheating in competition is a big thing, however I have some reason to assume that memory feats performed on television could be fake quite often. I once had a boss (warehouse manager) that was friends with a famous television show presenter. Well, he got invited to participate in a show in which he could win a 20.000 euro car. …and he won, but he didn’t get the car. He knew all the answers to the questions because he knew the questions beforehand and he was simply acting for a small fee and got to meet some celebs. He also told me that in world record shows like “wedden dat” (I bet I can…) some participants are actors; I remember someone licking envelopes so he could tell from which country the envelop was. In another show someone claimed to eat 2 pounds of chocolate bars a day and was now able to taste the difference between more than 100 chocolate bars.
This brings me to a rather delicate subject: Ben Pridmore participating in Britain’s got talent. He memorised a deck cards in 1 minute. Well, could it be that he was invited by Simon Cowell to act. Did Simon want to take the risk (however small) that Ben messed up. I know for a fact that some high level artist are invited to the show pretending to be just starting their career. A good example is dutch singer gladys grace who did really well in America’s got talent. She said in the show she wanted to sing for a bigger audience; that is rather funny considering the fact that she a mega star in holland who sings in completely sold out concerts in football stadiums on a regular basis.
So my question is: are memory feats on television likely to be fake?
If Ben Pridmore could answer this himself would be awsome.