The inside of Derren Brown’s head is a strange and mysterious place. Now you can climb inside and wander around. Find out just how Derren’s. If you haven’t heard, Derren has a new book out called “Confessions Of A Conjuror”. Here’s a recent review from the Sunday Times: (Follow the. In Confessions of a Conjuror, Derren Brown invites you on a whimsical journey through his unusual mind. Structured around the various stages of a conjuring.

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There’s only so long I can read about obsessive-compulsive broown on pens, bathroom songs, and derrenn kitchen surfaces But I read them in the same way as I listen to the views of a friend on the great issues of the day. But only read after watching all the specials, series, and read Tricks of the Mind and have a basic interest in conjuring, psychology, or mentalism otherwise as an outsider to this British-based book, you would struggle to understand what the book set out to achieve.

Because he is quite quirky. And that, it seems, is the message of this strange, postmodern book.

Obsessed with magic and illusions since childhood, Derren’s life to date has been an extraordinary journey and here, in Confessions of a Conjuror, he allows us all to join him on a magical mystery tour – to the centre of his brain Derren Brown is a master of his art and has penned a truly excellent story of himself, his past and the world in which he conjures. Feb 17, Gianni Barbieri rated it really liked it.

While I would have liked to know much more his progressions as an illusionist, painter and collector, Brown sadly keeps these as guarded as the secrets of his trickery but nonetheless beguiles us with very telli Confessions of a Conjuror is part autobiography, part self-help manual and part musings of a modern day Sherlock.

Many other shows followed [in no particular order]: But if it does you’ll finish the book in a day. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I’ve found Derrens books very hard to read, they aren’t written in a style I like, I love his TV shows, but his books left me dissapointed: Overall I recomend it but i must warn Good but not what I expected.

Smiled the whole way through if you like Derren you will like this book. It never gets heavy into instruction or preaching but tells these through amusing recollections of his childhood and just simple observations. Called mysteriously Russian Rouletteit caused international controversy when Brown managed to persuade a member of the public to load a real bullet into one of the six chambers of a pistol.


But they are long and make you loose context of the book. Audio book listens are additionally rewarded by the fact the the author is also the narrator. Occasionally, a moving nugget catches the eye. However, brwon has many very interesting things to say about the psychology of magic tricks — the idea that much of magic is in the eye of the observer and that no magic trick is as great as we lie to ourselves afterwards it was in reconstructing it for friends. My real gripe, and the reason this gets 3, not 4 stars, is the use of footnotes.

Confessions Of A Conjuror | Derren Brown

Learn how you can baffle those around you with mind-blowing magic and employ simple psychological techniques to leave your audience gasping! It’s structure is interesting: As an autobiography, it’s quite haphazardly told in a stream of consciousness with no semblance of chronology. This audiobook is about hypnosis and how to use it effectively. Book starts with trick, and explanation of the minutiae of the deck, surroundings, etc.

Ah, what can I say about Derren Brown? Apr 30, Otak rated it did not like it.

As I said, I quite liked his home-spun philosophy — essentially, be nice to one another hard to argue with that. But all that changed as I continued to read the book and I realised I was expecting the wrong thing from it. Is this padding or is it priming cojjuror reader for something?

Confessions of a Conjuror

So what do we learn about Brown from this jumble sale? Eccentric details and explanations of his behaviour confeesions to my current knowledge of his charming brand which I, as many do, already admire.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Alright, the endless footnotes – that are sometimes longer that the text on the page itself – can be a bit confessiins at times, but then the things he tells you are so interesting that it doesn’t bother me anymore. Derren feels like he’s invited us into his London apartment for an evening after a show and given us an extended and uninhibi Unequal parts accounts brodn self loathing, near obsessive compulsion step walking, dealing with fame and famous people, the power and the art of conjuring misdirection, framing as well as the technical tricksproustian reveries of childhood, new age skepticism and lost of christian faith, muscle memory, the importance of kindness, ear plug preferences and confdssions collections.


The book is structurally written like a page essay: Derren feels like he’s invited us into his London apartment for an evening after a show and given us an extended and uninhibited journey into what’s going on inside. But I still find it fascinating and very well written, if a little disjointed, but I find this unstructured style charming, it jumps from subject to subject, just dreren a stream of conscious abit beckett. Magic Tricks of the Mind By: While the seminal moments in Derren’s life that lead him to magic are covered, they are not the central focus of his book.

From these observations, he confessiosn into his past life, future career, his methods, beliefs, sexuality, the wisdom of Aristophanes, and, for more than three verren, the perfect way to poach eggs.

I laughed out loud to conjuuror ending of this audiobook, and if you listen to it, you should do too. Books I give 3 stars to, I would probably read again. This was a pleasant one-off for me. As a big fan of Derren Brown’s work, I bought this book to try to fathom some of what makes Mr. Isnted I got a collections of thoughts on varius subjects like congnative biases and personal development.

It is close to self help but if that doesn’t grab you the rest of the book probably wont.

Confessions of a Conjuror Audiobook | Derren Brown |

Fascinating, wide-ranging and amusing commuters who suffer from embarrassing giggle-outbursts on buses and trains, beware! At page 91 I would have resisted all thoughts to ever saying hello or making awkward small talk if we met after a show or in a coffee shop. By the end of the memoir he is still in that same room, having astonished a table of punters with a series of card tricks.

He’s a good writer, both solid and entertaining, and I liked the story and the delivery. Set around the performance of one magic trick, Brown’s constant meanderings and hilarious anecdotes serve to paint a side picture of his life and his very particular nuances.

For that reason, he says, magic is all context.