But look closer. What do you see? Not an autobiography at all, but a weird, whimsical and, at times, uproarious deconstruction of the celebrity-memoir genre. Whether at his writing desk or in front of the camera, it seems Brown is happiest when leading his audience a merry dance.
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But look closer. What do you see? Not an autobiography at all, but a weird, whimsical and, at times, uproarious deconstruction of the celebrity-memoir genre. Whether at his writing desk or in front of the camera, it seems Brown is happiest when leading his audience a merry dance. Confessions of a Conjuror is a description of one night in a Bristol restaurant. In the first chapter, he is looking for a group of diners to dazzle. 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.
From these observations, he delves into his past life, future career, his methods, beliefs, sexuality, the wisdom of Aristophanes, and, for more than three pages, the perfect way to poach eggs. So what do we learn about Brown from this jumble sale? For one thing, he is a self-confessed obsessive. Indeed, his tendencies manifest themselves in his overwrought, Victorian prose, which is laden with fetishistic detail.
His description of why he prefers red-backed cards to blue-backed is an example. Much of the book freewheels in this way. One has to be on the look-out for biographical gems that might drift past on a two-page footnote. Occasionally, a moving nugget catches the eye. For instance, he offers two explanations for his interest in magic. The first involves a number of items with which he became fascinated as a child a magic hat given to him at Christmas, a hidden compartment in an After Eight box , but the second, psychological explanation seems more convincing.
It was not always the case. Ah, magic. There is some method given away here, but not much. Mostly, Brown provides an insight into how malleable and suggestible the average punter is. For that reason, he says, magic is all context. And that, it seems, is the message of this strange, postmodern book. Brown elevates seemingly insignificant moments in his life and imbues them with drama. He may be right.
In Confessions of a Conjuror, Brown takes us on a meandering pleasure cruise downriver. It is worth the journey. You can get a sneak peak inside Confessions Of A Conjuror here. What a fantastic book. Really gives you an insight into Derrens past. Very funny. I also have the audio to actually hear Derren read the book was amazing I can picture him very clearly in the situations he is talking about.
Derren is wonderful. A phrase he has planted in my subconscious! I look forward to his latest book and the journey on which it will take me. Barry Snashall 1 wk, 1 day ago Wow! 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. So when we meet I will adopt this style and try not to impress with pathetic anecdotes which will bring more of a polite laugh.
Great book nearly pages and not one completed trick yet in the restaurant, but captivated. I have the audiobook read by derren and I was wondering if there are any embedded commands in it :D.. Another amazing book! Posted By Admin on November 21, Please tell me which it is. Many thanks Barry.
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 today. 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. Brilliant, hilarious and entirely unlike anything else you have ever read before, Confessions of a Conjuror is also a complete and utter joy. Brown takes us on a meandering pleasure cruise downriver.
Cancel anytime. Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. Learn the key techniques behind successful hypnotism, including the preparation of your subject, inducing a trance and awakening your subject. Here Derrren guides you through a coin and a card trick, revealing how you can instantly transform a simple trick into a complex illusion. Learn how you can baffle those around you with mind-blowing magic and employ simple psychological techniques to leave your audience gasping!
Edition UK Edition. Derren Brown is a relative celebrity in the UK, but not one to be found in the weekly glossy trash mags, no. Trouble is, America may not have heard of him, save for certain worldwide controversy. And then in , one TV special changed everything. Called mysteriously Russian Roulette , it 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.
Technically, it's a kind of autobiography, but what it really is is a kind of meandering shaggy dog story that presents narrative in the same way that a great conjuror presents a trick. Brown begins by recounting a night from the start of his career, when he was performing close-up table magic at a restaurant in Bristol. He recounts in eidetic detail his nervous thought processes as he begins his work for the night, conjuring up the scene with language. And then, just as you think he's about to tell you about the trick he performs, he veers off into a meandering story about the effect that the smell of pink industrial soap and blue ink has on him, taking him back to his unhappy school days.