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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. 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 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 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 esoteric words But the main reason I enjoyed the book was looking at the world through his eyes he finds interest in the things most people would overlookWhile this wasn t exactly a page turner for me I know there will be a lot of things I think back to and I ll be trying to look at the world in a slightly different way because of it

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Confessions of a Conjuror

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. 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 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 very self analytical in the way he tells his story I found that aspect to be very relatable and I think others who identify with being socially awkward introspective and curious can also relate to his story 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 uirks 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 inspiring television performances That and a sense of aweI 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

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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


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

  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 of OCD even if he keeps saying

  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 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 take

  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 seg

  5. says:

    Reads like a 300 page mind spill with very little chronology or navigation Not sure if that was the intention but

  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 reading had no idea what he was on about just bad

  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 and met him once h

  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

  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 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 very self analytical in the way he tells his story I found that aspect to be very re

  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 a lot of TV I actually know DerrenBrown from twitter waiting to see how uickly that dates thisFar f

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