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Tricks Of The Mind

By Derren Brown

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Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 08 October 2007
Derren Brown's television and stage performances have entranced and dumbfounded millions. His baffling illusions and stunning set pieces - such as The Seance, Russian Roulette and The Heist - have set new standards of what's possible, as well as causing more than their fair share of controversy. Now, for the first time, he reveals the secrets behind his craft, what makes him tick and just why he grew that beard. ricks of the Mind takes you on a journey into the structure and pyschology of magic. Derren teaches you how to read clues in people's behaviour and spot liars. He discusses the whys and wherefores of hypnosis and shows how to do it. And he investigates the power of suggestion and how you can massively improve your memory. He also takes a long hard look at the paranormal industry and why some of us feel the need to believe in it in the first place. Alternately hilarious, controversial and challenging, Tricks of the Mind is essential reading for Derren's legions of fans, and pretty bloody irresistible even if you don't like him that much...

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The definitive book by Britain's favourite illusionist...

About the Author

Derren was born in 1971 in Croydon. It was a difficult birth - his mother was in Devon at the time. A precocious and puzzling only child, he liked to paint, foster obsessive habits and once set fire to a neighbour's boat by accident. Derren went on to study Law and German at Bristol University and fell in love with the city. This was a time when marriage between man and city was still frowned upon, so rather than face public derision Derren decided just to live there forever instead. During this time he began to perform magic in bars and restaurants, and gave occasional hypnosis shows. Then in 1999 he was asked by Channel 4 to put a mind-reading programme together for television, which became Derren Brown- Mind Control. Mind Controls 2 and 3 followed and then, in October 2003, Derren caused an international furore by playing Russian Roulette live on television. This secured his notoriety with the public and a big apartment in London. Further specials have followed - Derren Brown- The Seance was the most complained about show in the history of television. He still receives several letters of complaint a week from psychics and Christians. He is sensitive


"Tricks of the Mind exposes Derren Brown as a master manipulator, with not a cauldron or genie in sight" * New Statesman * "Clearly the best dinner party guest in history - he's either a balls-out con artist or the scariest man in Britain" -- Charlie Brooker * Guardian * "If you see anybody with this book, go the other way" -- Hilary Mantel * Guardian * "Lifting the lid on some of the darkests secrets from the world of magic, Derren reveals with brutal honesty how some tricks work, how to perfect particular techniques and how to spot lies through people's behaviour. You'll be reading minds in no time! ****" * OK! * "Will delight anyone with an interest in the weirder things people think and they they think them" * Independent on Sunday *

EAN: 9781905026357
ISBN: 1905026358
Publisher: Channel 4 Books, a division of Transworld Publishers
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.7 x 2.6 centimetres (0.27 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Sara Barker on
Still relatively unheard of in New Zealand, Derren Brown has rocked the UK with his techniques that he describes as a mix of "magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship", from performing simple, baffling magic tricks on television and on stage, to 'subverting' business professionals to commit what they thought was a real armed robbery in 'The Heist'.
This book is Derren's first book written for the general public and is an excellent read. Covering areas such as simple magic tricks, and techniques to improve your memory (which really do work!), to deeper areas such as mentalism, Neuro-linguistic programming, religion; the myths behind hypnotism, psychics and alternative medicines, Derren takes you on a journey through viewpoints and ideas that you may not have even considered before. Derren also offers some very funny anecdotes of his life and encounters with various people, which may seem a little off-track, but do offer a sense of insight into the man himself. If you're familiar with his TV shows, it's not hard to almost hear his voice in your head as you read along to it.
If you're expecting Derren to give away how he does his impressive tricks, this is not the book for you. He gives very little away, and this only adds to the intriguing nature of his skills and human susceptibility. But do read it if you're interested in Derren, the power of subconscious programming or simply gaining more perspectives about the world we live in. One can only hope that his dvds will appear on our shelves and that he makes his way to New Zealand sometime, because from reading this book and watching his shows, it would be an unmissable opportunity.
Sarah Valentine on
This guy still boggles my mind, This was a very insightful book, especially for anyone interested in how our minds work. Very interesting and entertaining read.
Richard Girvan on
An absolutely fantastic book. Brown's grasp of the English language is both broad and whimsical. He explains his craft - without giving too much away - in a way that's easy to understand and fun to read.

From the mnemonic techniques to the advice on such things as psychics and NLP, this book is a must for everyone.
Justin Tonner on
Great book for any fan of Derren Brown. There's some great memory techniques & magic tricks that are easy to learn and you'll have fun impressing your friends with them.
Justin Rogers on
Derren Brown is a physiological illusionist who fuses “Magic, Suggestion, Psychology, Misdirection and showmanship” to create the unique art that he is famous for.

In this book, Derren reveals mnemonic memory systems that greatly improve brain power and impress your friends! He also outlines the basics of hypnosis and explains how and why it works. Derren’s views and opinions are expressed in great depth and explains to us why we think the way we do. His humour and charm is sprinkled throughout all of the above, with witty comments and amusing life stories.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will definitely read it again! I only wish more people knew Derren Brown as he is truly amazing. My mind has been greatly broadened from reading this book and changed the way I see the world.

Highly recommended!
Patric Nordbeck on
Except the literal help to improve your memory, Derren Brown goes into the stories behind what he does. Which effects he thinks they have on how we think and the intelligent and reality of 'magic' and hypnotism. If you are an information-shark, wanting to know everything, this is a good guide into broadening your view. Except being intelligently and in-depth, it is written with Derren's natural wit and charm (at times you'll even laugh out loud). What brings it all together is the knowledge from one of the worlds foremost entertainers that is woven in his explanations and thoughts about what he does. Absolutely brilliant.

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