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Derren Brown

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28 octobre 2010

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, Memoirs of a Mentalist is a complete and utter joy.

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"There are certain things you know you want from a particular autobiography. The stuff you neither hope for nor expect - that's the author's real gift of self. Derren Brown - who reads his 'Confessions of a Conjuror' with the same elegance and warmth he brings to his mindboggling performances. The audio is a rich and easy joy from beginning to end." (Bella Todd Time Out)

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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 trick, performed by his younger self in a crowded restaurant, Derren's endlessly engaging narrative takes you from the history of magic, to speculations on the manufacturing of Monster Munch and the correct way to poach an egg, via discussions about psychology, what he hums while cleaning his teeth and the social niceties surrounding Parmesan cheese.

Hugely revealing, hilarious and unlike anything you've read before, Confessions of a Conjuror is a refreshing alternative to autobiography that will charm and delight you.

--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read it! 25 février 2012
Par Jyazz - Publié sur
Read it. Or better yet, get the audio book.

The audio book is even better (it's read by him!). I had to pull the car over several times because I was laughing so much.

One of the best things I've read in a while.

For those complaining about 'there is a storyline and it keeps getting interrupted', I think you completely missed the point. This is Derren Brown's world and his insight into his life. I thoroughly enjoyed it
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Definitely not what you expect 13 janvier 2011
Par AKU - Publié sur
Firstly it has to be said that this book is clear evidence of the devastating effect that "psychology, misdirection and showmanship" can have on publishers!!!

The book is very different from anything that I have ever read. It feels a lot like being able to hear every single thought that pops into his head. As such it should not surprise that is a) very chaotic going off on tangents and tangents of tangents (with multi page footnotes etc) and b) largely very very trivial (several pages on clipping finger and toenails). I guess it gives you a good taste what actually being able to read someone's mind would really be like.

However what this will also give you is a very interesting picture of the real person that is behind the Character he puts on for show. I for one was very surprised to find that somebody so adept a controlling other peoples minds would have such difficulty controlling his own!! But maybe that is why he got into it to start with?!

I find myself compelled to keep reading - but could not say why - Typical!!
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 EXTREMELY Rich prose and Hilarious and Insightful Read 18 octobre 2010
Par John T. Kooz - Publié sur
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I love the inside perspective to things only a conjuror would know (like how slick and smooth or slippery and clumsy a deck of cards can be, for example). DB's prose is EXTREMELY rich. it's enjoyable reading this book because of the author's first-hand account of so many of his enthralling (or at times embarassing)experiences. Derren's extremely rich, witty, and hysterical phraseology ("lubricated glutton" is one phrase that had me in stitches) has continued on (and is much richer I feel) from his first book into this one. This is definitely a treat. Also some of the immense detail in the descriptions of scenes depicted make this incredibly unique. It's not Joyce (but in a way, quite close), but for a book that's read primarily because of the author's non-literary profession (conjuring, hypnotism, and showmanship), this is a smashing good and incredible book. His savant-like attention to detail (indubitably vital to the completion of some of his tricks) is preposteroulsy funny and amusing at times.

Derren's tricks for mnemonics and cognitive connections are back in a bold new (and even more helpful) flavor.

It truly is a set of (humiliating and hysterical and fascainting and impressive) confessions. To anyone who admires derren's work, this book is incredible.

Also reading this book I realized how much of Derren's nuance preferences differ from my own. I had liked to think I had more commonalities with Derren instead of differences, but it seems that the contrary is more accurate; I share less in common with him than I thought. Oh well, it's still a royally hilarious and informative books at moments.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 For the Derren Brown Fan 27 décembre 2012
Par Michael Gooch - Publié sur
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
This book is largely a stream of conscious. In addition, there are so many tangents upon tangents I found the first quarter of the book rather hard to digest. As I continued reading, I adapted to Derren's style and allowed myself to go along with the flow. I was glad I did.

This book is actually quite different from Tricks of the Mind. It provides much more backstory to his life and frustrations with such. You will sometimes read where we are able to peer or glimpse into an author's mind. In this case, you will get much more than a mere glimpse; you will find yourself fully immersed. Rather than finding his thoughts troubling, I found myself thinking that he is `more like us' than I had thought in the past. Maybe that is good or maybe that is bad but it is what it is.

If the reader is expecting to find the secrets behind some of his illusions, you will be disappointed. Although, Derren does provide an ample wealth of the psychology that is embedded in most of his work.

If you are a Derren Brown fan, you will like the book. If not, then you will probably think it is rubbish. I would recommend you read Tricks of the Mind before buying this book. It may satisfy your need to know what kind of bizarre mind ticks behind that skull.

I hope you find this review helpful.

Michael L. Gooch - Author of Voodoo Fever
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must Read for Real Fans 6 novembre 2011
Par Ellipsis - Publié sur
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
This book is revealing, but not in the typical sense. Derren does not reveal how his tricks are done, he reveals who he is. This book is just as Derren described it. It is part autobiography and part whimsy. I really enjoyed reading it. I'm a big fan of Derren and his work, so I was delighted to get a personal look into his mind.

At first I had an issue with the organization of the book. About a 1/4 of the book is spent describing a card trick he performed many years ago in a restaurant. This tale weaves in an out through the book. The majority of the book is about...everything. He describes a lot of his past, a bit of his present, his likes, dislikes, and opinions. He tells many stories, and also rants, in a good natured way. In one section he might be talking about his love of Eggs Benedict, and then an astrick will direct you to a note at the bottom. The seemingly small note at the bottom will continue on the next few pages, as it delves into a story about eating eggs at a hotel, and then the story diverges off into a humorous rant about how hotels tuck the bed cover (duvet) into the bed, and make it impossible to sleep under.

I often found myself agreeing with Derren on many issues concerning...ear plugs, elevator awkwardness, and battery operated toys. He is very funny, but he might only appeal to certain people, as his humor is a bit different. (But maybe that is just how British humor is, I don't know, I'm American.)

The organization of the book may seem annoying at first, but if you use a bookmark to mark the pages you were on before you're redirected to a side note, it's easy to pick back up where you were. (Those who have read the book will understand what I mean.)

All in all, if I were to judge the quality of writing I would give it 5 stars. His words are rich, and his descriptions perfect. The content is creative and good. He held my attention, amused me, made me think, and gave me a unique insight into his life.

If you are a true fan of his, you really should buy this book.
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