Tricks of the Mind (Paperback)
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DescriptionDerren Brown's television and stage performances have entranced and dumbfounded millions. His baffling illusions and stunning set pieces - such as "The Seance", "Russian Roulette" and "The Heist" - have set new standards of what's possible, as well as causing more than their fair share of controversy. Now, for the first time, he reveals the secrets behind his craft, what makes him tick and just why he grew that beard. "Tricks of the Mind" takes you on a journey into the structure and pyschology of magic. Derren teaches you how to read clues in people's behaviour and spot liars. He discusses the whys and wherefores of hypnosis and shows how to do it. And he investigates the power of suggestion and how you can massively improve your memory. He also takes a long hard look at the paranormal industry and why some of us feel the need to believe in it in the first place. Alternately hilarious, controversial and challenging, "Tricks of the Mind" is essential reading for Derren's legions of fans, and pretty bloody irresistible even if you don't like him that much...
- Published: 08 October 2007
- Format: Paperback 416 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781905026357 ISBN 10: 1905026358
- Sales rank: 827
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Reviews for Tricks of the Mind
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Tricks of the Mind
One of the best things about the unnerving, transfixing, magical Derren Brown is that he shows that his impossible-seeming acts are merely mind tricks. Brown, to quite stunning and bewildering effect, facilitates tricks that our own minds play on ourselves. And, by extension, Brown shows that paranormal, pseudoscientific, and supernatural occurrences are themselves just tricks of perception.
In Tricks of the Mind, Brown demonstrates that there isn't any real magic in what he does just exquisite showmanship, skill and psychology. Like a British James Randi, Brown debunks the notion that ghosts or ghoulies or ESP or spoon-bending are anything more than frauds and hoaxes. He shows how and why hypnosis works and how you can spot a liar. A radical, street anthropologist, Brown is a kind of expert on the type of human behaviour that con-men are out regularly to exploit. Know thyself -- read Brown! by Mark Thwaite