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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What do you see? Not an autobiography at all, conjurlr 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 ddrren 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 boxbut the second, psychological explanation seems more convincing.
It was not always the case. 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.
Book Review: Derren Brown ‘Confessions of a Conjuror’
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.
Confessions of a Conjuror
What a fantastic book. Really gives you an insight into Derrens past. 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. 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 cerren commands in it: Posted By Admin on November 21, Please tell me which it is.