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Rave version of the Three Wise Men lifeline icon.

Three Wise Men was a lifeline introduced in the U.S. on Who Wants to Be a Super Millionaire.


Along with Double Dip, this lifeline could only be used by contestants if they correctly answer the tenth question, worth $100,000. When a contestant decides to use this lifeline, the host will read and feed the question to a panel of three experts, and they will have 30 seconds to confer and figure out the answer to the question. The clock's graphics are the same as the Phone-a-Friend's but smaller.

One of the three experts would be a past Millionaire contestant and another would be a female. A different panel would appear on each episode, but their identities would not be revealed until a contestant correctly answers their $100,000 question. If that does not happen before they are almost out of time, their identities are revealed then.

The lifeline's graphic is a mortarboard, to indicate the intelligence of the experts.

The chart below lists people who have appeared for the "Three Wise Men" lifeline.

Date Name Contestants they helped Notes
February 22, 2004 Nancy Christy123
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Anthony DeCurtis
Todd Kim
February 23, 2004 Dr. Abby Salny2
Dr. Drew Pinsky
John Carpenter1
Robert Essig
February 24, 2004 David Goodman1
Tracy Caldwell Dyson2
Michael Starr
N/A They were the first "Three Wise Men" to not help a contestant.
February 26, 2004 Kevin Olmstead1
Dr. Curley Bonds
Lisa Schwarzbaum2
Michael Koehn They were the first "Three Wise Men" to not be revealed after a contestant incorrectly answers their $100,000 question as well as the first to get a question wrong.
February 27, 2004 Erin Barrett2
Kim Hunt1
Charles Preston
N/A They were the second "Three Wise Men" to not help a contestant.
May 16, 2004 Belinda Luscombe2
Dr. Jim Gates
Dan Blonsky1
Scott Hoff
Judi Stauber
May 17, 2004 Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi2
Michael Starr
John Carpenter1
N/A They were the third "Three Wise Men" to not help a contestant.
May 18, 2004 Jenny Elesnu2
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Kevin Olmstead1
Devin McMahon
May 20, 2004 Pat Thompson123
Chris Farley
Dr. Glen Ferrart
Jason Carter
May 23, 2004 Dr. Anna Fisher2
Fred Nelson
Joe Trela1
Pat Headley
May 25, 2004 Lori Meduski2
Dr. Tyra Spiegel2
Kevin Olmstead1
N/A They were the fourth "Three Wise Men" to not help a contestant.
May 26, 2004 Nancy Christy123
Albert Kim
Ken Davis
Chris Smith
1Past Millionaire contestant | 2Female | 3Past female Millionaire contestant

International versions

Modified versions

  • In 2000, the Hungarian version had the first modified version of the "Three Wise Men", called as "Ask the other contestants 2 times". 8 years later, on the Norwegian version, this lifeline was renamed as "Ask the Star". On 2020, in the German version, this lifeline was renamed once again as "Ask the Millionaires". This lifeline was very similar to "Three Wise Men", except only two experts (celebrities) instead of three, and it had 60 seconds to use.
  • In 2008, the second modified version of the "Three Wise Men" lifeline, called "Ask the Expert," was introduced for the Clock Format. This lifeline had only one expert, and there is no time limit to use.
  • Since May 5, 2020, the third modified version of the "Three Wise Men" lifeline, called "Ask two Experts", was introduced for the 11th season of Ai Là Triệu Phú. This lifeline was very similar to the Ask the Star lifeline, with only two experts in a special room, and this lifeline had only 30 seconds to use.