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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Preview — Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown. Confessions of a Conjuror by Derren Brown. 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 mind works, see what motivates him and discover what made him the weird and wonderful person he is today. Obsessed with magic and illusions since childhood, Derren’s life to date has been an extraordinary journey and here, in Confession The inside of Derren Brown’s head is a strange and mysterious place.
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 Taking as his starting point the various stages of a conjuring trick he’s performing in a crowded restaurant, Derren’s endlessly engaging narrative wanders through subjects from all points of the compass, from the history of magic and the fundamentals of psychology to the joys of internet shopping and the proper use of Parmesan cheese.
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To ask other readers questions about Confessions of a Conjurorplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Confessions of a Conjuror. Lists with This Book. Aug 12, Phillip Edwards rated it really liked it Shelves: The first thing to say about this ‘memoir’ is that Derren Brown has a writing style like no other celebrity, or possibly anyone since the days of Dickens and Melville.
His rococo prosification would not be unbefitting of a lawyer in a 19th century novel. I only hope it’s not catching. His recollections of a performance of a card trick to an audience in a Bristol restaurant some years ago before he found fame form the scaffolding onto which he hangs various digressions – psychological and philos The first thing to say about this ‘memoir’ is that Derren Brown has a writing style like no other celebrity, or possibly anyone since the days of Dickens and Melville.
His recollections of a performance of a card trick to an audience in a Bristol restaurant some years ago before he found fame form the scaffolding onto which he hangs various digressions – psychological and philosophical flights of fancy.
In fact this book is one long meandering, but fascinatingly peculiar, reverie. His astonishingly anal attention to detail as he observes individual audience members – noting the significance of every glance, nuance and gesture and describing events in super slow-motion, is extraordinary. Like Sherlock Holmes deducing everything in bullet-time.
It’s not just the audience who are under the microscope though, he becomes more and more self-analytical: The task was buying earplugs – which apparently requires a good feel so as to ascertain that the density of the foam is of the desired sufficiency. This is a man so finickety he makes Niles Crane from the sitcom Frasier seem like a bit of rough.
If I had been told this was a book written by a high functioning autistic, or someone with some similar syndrome, or perhaps a patient of Oliver Sacks, I would have been no more surprised. Well, I say no shit, but he does then go on to discuss methods of bottom-wiping Along the way he does briefly reveal some of the tricks of the trade – conjuring that is, not bottom-wiping.
Not only the mechanics of forcing and palming cards but, more interestingly, the psychology of misdirection, the manipulation of the audience’s imagination and the whole theatricality of performing magic. Jan 10, Tom Williams rated it liked it. I’m a big Derren Brown fan.
I watch him on TV, I’ve seen him live, I’ve read stuff he’s written and even — fleetingly — met him. So I was pleased to find a copy of this book under the Christmas tree. Proust starts with a madeleine. Brown starts with a pack of cards. But both use this as a jumping off point for a stream of introspection that takes them through their lives.
We learn of Derren’s childhood, how he got into magic, where he lives, what his favourite playing cards are, even the books he I’m a big Derren Brown fan. We learn of Derren’s childhood, how he got into magic, where he lives, what his favourite playing cards are, even the books he keeps in his loo. We learn even more intimate details too, sometimes bordering on Too Much Information. And we get his opinions on everything from the existence of God to the importance of kindness in daily life.
Derren Brown being, I think, a genuinely kind man or so a friend who’s met him less fleetingly than me assures me and intelligent and reasonably well-informed, I enjoyed reading his views. But I read them in the same way as I listen to the views of a friend on the great issues of the day.
If I wasn’t already predisposed to like him and pay him some attention, I’d probably just find him boring and opinionated. As the book goes on, it rambles more and more until the footnotes are longer than the text. No, really, by the end there are pages with more footnote than text. It becomes steadily more self-indulgent. The weirdest thing is that at the end he thanks his editor. You have to ask: So is it worth reading? Well, I enjoyed it, even if some of the last few chapters began to seem a little wearing.
But, as I said, I’m a big fan. If you don’t like Derren Brown, I imagine this book will drive you mad. He’s got a lot of fans and, like I say, he’s a nice man. Apr 05, Hil rated it liked it Shelves: Is this padding or is it priming the reader for something? As an autobiography, it’s quite haphazardly told in a stream of consciousness with no semblance of chronology.
I didn’t really mind that though. I suspected his brilliance at what he does stemmed from life-long dedication to the art, and while there’s a bit of that, he also came across as having a normal for a posh person upbringing with usual insecurities and temptations of childhood, particularly being an only child for his first 9 years.
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He needs to give himself a break once in a while, especially when he misplaces a pen. Dec 29, Gar rated it really liked it. I kind of struggled with this book when I started. The whole thing seemed very disjointed, and he would flit from topic to topic with baffling segues. Connuror language as well hit me as a bit over the top, wordy in a Dickensian way.
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But all that changed as I continued to read the book and I realised I was expecting the wrong thing from it. It is a hard book to define, “memoirs” only begins to cover it, but once I stopped trying to pigeonhole it, it became a much better read for me. I was very impress I kind of struggled with this book when I started. I was very impressed with how Derren Brown was willing to bear all on the page, discussing things such as his propensity for nose-picking or “having a little tidy-up” as he euphemistically called it.
And my initial misgivings about the language he was using faded away when I got into the rhythm of the book, and I actually enjoyed looking up and learning some of the more esoteric words. But the main reason I enjoyed derfen book conmuror looking at the world through his eyes, he finds interest in the things most people would overlook. While this wasn’t exactly a page-turner for me, I know there will be a lot of things I think back to and Conuror be trying to look at the world in a slightly different way because of it.
Apr 30, Otak rated it did not like it. Derren Brown is one of my favorite people, so of course I highly enjoyed this book – it is actually one of my favorites. What’s so vrown about this book is the way it’s constructed because it is not a conventional kind of autobiography.
Derren Brown performs magnificent mental tricks and illusions, so he’s very aware of himself and conessions self-analytical in the way he tells his story. I found that conjurof to be very relatable, and I think others who identify with being socially awkward, introspecti Derren Brown is one of my favorite people, so of course I highly enjoyed this book – it is actually one of my favorites. I found that aspect to eerren very relatable, and I think others who identify with being socially awkward, introspective and curious can also relate to his w.
The way he illuminates his own psyche with examples, and the thought processes of why some people can act a certain way, gives the reader the tools to try and understand their own quirks.
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This book is a strange balance of personal stories, psychology, history, humor, and minutia. Derren’s way of interweaving his philosophical thoughts with, let’s say, his nervous tics, his petty shoplifting as a child, his method of cooking the perfect eggs benedict, his list of perfect books to read while on the toilet and his interest in art and music is fascinating to me and especially enjoyable because he expresses himself with such humor and self-deprecation.
To further separate this story from traditional memoirs, Derren frames the whole of his narrative by describing a performance of one of his card tricks to a group of strangers. In the way he describes what’s going on in his mind at each step as he performs it, he digresses into many different threads of thought which gives the background of his experiences growing up, his interest in magic, and the way his mind thinks.
After reading this book, I get such a sense of understanding – not just of what kind of person Derren Brown is, but also of his joy of life which is what I usually feel whenever I see one of Derren’s more inspiring television performances.
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That and a sense of awe. I think this is a book that all fans of Derren Brown will enjoy, but there is an added level of thought-provoking self-analysis that could appeal to any reader unfamiliar with Derren’s work. I highly recommend the audiobook as well which is read by the author, although there are a few footnote digressions in the book that don’t make it to the audio. Feb 26, Steve Wales rated it it was amazing Shelves: I picked this up pretty much at random from the library – I’m not a conessions fan of autobiography and, since I don’t watch a lot of TV, I actually know DerrenBrown more from twitter waiting to see how quickly that dates this Far from the usual “One glorious day, the world was immeasurably improved by my birth, little suspecting at the time that I would achieve world domination [or not] for 5 minutes [if that]”, followed by lots of baby photos of a teenage X-Factor runner up confesskons can’t really tell Conjurro picked this up pretty much at random from the library – I’m not a big fan of autobiography and, since I don’t watch a lot of TV, I actually eerren DerrenBrown more from twitter waiting to see how quickly that dates this He entwines personal anecdotes, psychological insights confsesions instructions for preparing a perfect poached egg within a dissection of the anatomy of a card trick in the retelling of a particular performance and combined with discussion of magic in general.
Fascinating, wide-ranging and amusing commuters who suffer from embarrassing giggle-outbursts on buses and trains, beware!