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Confessions of a Conjuror

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 todayObsessed with magic and illusions since childhood Derren's life to da. 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 treeProust 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 keeps in his loo We learn even 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 lifeDerren 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 opinionatedAs the book goes on it rambles and until the footnotes are longer than the text No really by the end there are pages with footnote than text It becomes steadily self indulgent The weirdest thing is that at the end he thanks his editor You have to ask if this is what it looks like after editing what on earth was it like beforeSo 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 So 4 if you re a fan 1 if you re not He s got a lot of fans and like I say he s a nice man So let s settle for 3 overall

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S 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 cheeseBrilliant hilarious and entirely unlike anything else you have ever read before Memoirs of a Mentalist is a complete and utter jo. 25Here s the thing I love Derren Brown I love his shows his performances his personality I ve seen him live twice and met him once he s also a lovely guy but this book is not itI previously read Tricks of the Mind many moons ago in 2009 and found it fascinating Confessions of a Conjuror however was over written dull tedious interesting and fun in parts but over all a bit of a slog to get throughFirst of all the whole book chronicles one 1 card trick to a group of people in a party but splits off and diverges into random ramblings about many interesting aspects of Derren s life growing up but also about many totally irrelevant couldn t care less about anecdotes that I wouldn t even bore a family member with on a late Sunday eveningFor example A whole page telling us how he cuts his fingernails with clippers Also if that weren t boring enough a lot of these anecdotes were written in the term of footnotes I use the term footnotes lightly because some of them took up 5 half pages So you d read the main piece of writing see the asterix go to the bottom and read through 5 6 three uarter pages explaining Brown s lift preferences yes I mean that simple non descript act of going in a lift to reach higher floors then have to flip back those 5 pages to continue to read the main part that has been suashed up at the top with 7 or 8 lines on each of those 5 pages I dread to think how any Kindle readers would get through this book Every single thing in the book is over explained to an excruciating degree To the placement of fingers on a deck of cards and each individual nano second of movement which I guess could be almost ok seems as it s describing a trick but it s definitely over explained even for that to every non event that Derren thinks is important enough to mention the lift the nail clipping I can t even think of any others because they were such non eventsThat being said There were a few fun and interesting anecdotes I uite enjoyed the main arc of the magic trick even if it was over explained in parts it was a nice insight into the trick and the thought process of Derren and probably most conjurors or magicians I also watched a few clips from Penn and Teller Fool Us while in the middle of the book and clocked some obvious slight of hand whether this would have been obvious to me if I hadn t read the book I couldn t say but it was interesting that my brain saw it straight away The efficiency and ease of losing pens childhood stories some nice background info on old tricks I especially love sharing the one about the magician who used children from the audience to attest to there being no string holding up his floating woman years later one of the now adults said the guy whispered in his ear to not mention the very obvious string or he d fucking kill him and Derren s sexuality being used to make headlines were all very enjoyable to read about so it s not all bad Unfortunately the mundane out weigh the interesting in this bookCut out the footnotes most of the time they could have just been mentioned in the story and it would have flowed better anyway slash the explanations of most of the topics by half and you d probably have a pretty interesting and enjoyable read

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Te 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 wander. really tried here the man is a brilliant performer but he shouldn t write the language is fine the observations acute but after an hour s reading had no idea what he was on about just bad


10 thoughts on “Confessions of a Conjuror

  1. says:

    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 catchingHis recollections of a performance of a card trick to

  2. says:

    Then I woke up Then I diedSome thoughts that crossed my mind while reading thisDerren's really waffling on about nothing here Is this padding or is it priming the reader for something?Derren has a uite strong form

  3. says:

    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

  4. says:

    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 The language as well hit me as a bit over the top wordy in a Dickensian wayBut all that changed as I continued to read the book and I realised I was expecting the wrong thing from it It is a ha

  5. says:

    Reads like a 300 page mind spill with very little chronology or navigation Not sure if that was the intention but I lost interest after two thirds of the book There's only so long I can read about obsessive compulsive thoughts on pens bathroom songs and smooth kitchen surfaces

  6. says:

    really tried here the man is a brilliant performer but he shouldn't write the language is fine the observations acute but after an hour's readi

  7. says:

    25?Here's the thing I love Derren Brown I love his shows his performances his personality I've seen him live twice

  8. says:

    I’ve used YouTube clips of this guy in class This one and I think it went down uite well really One of the things I think it is important for a teacher to teach is that there are lots of people in the world who are trying to manipulate you and that learning to be aware of that fact is probably the most impor

  9. says:

    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 great about th

  10. says:

    I picked this up pretty much at random from the library I'm not a big fan of autobiography and since I don't watch

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