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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 DerrenBrownfrom twitter waiting to see how quickly that dates this Far from the usual One glorious day, the world was immeasurably improved by my birth, little suspecting at the time that I would achieve world domination or not for 5 minutes if that , followed by lots of baby photos of a teenage X Factor runner up who can t really tell 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 DerrenBrownfrom twitter waiting to see how quickly that dates this Far from the usual One glorious day, the world was immeasurably improved by my birth, little suspecting at the time that I would achieve world domination or not for 5 minutes if that , followed by lots of baby photos of a teenage X Factor runner up who can t really tell you muchthan that they went to school and now sing a bit , Brown completely eschews a chronological approach to autobiography He entwines personal anecdotes, psychological insights and instructions for preparing a perfect poached egg within a dissection of the anatomy of a card trick in the retelling of a particular performance and combined with discussion of magic in general.Fascinating, wide ranging and amusing commuters who suffer from embarrassing giggle outbursts on buses and trains, beware I really enjoyed this Admittedly, I perhaps falsely malign a genre don t read much of based mainly on shiny celebrity biographies on display in supermarkets Reads like a 300 page mind spill with very little chronology or navigation Not sure if that was the intention but I lost interest after two thirds of the book There s only so long I can read about obsessive compulsive thoughts on pens, bathroom songs, and smooth kitchen surfaces. @Download Book Ø Confessions of a Conjuror á 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 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 cheeseBrilliant, hilarious and entirely unlike anything else you have ever read before, Memoirs of a Mentalist is a complete and utter joy 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 way.But 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 impress 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 way.But 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 theesoteric 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 overlook.While 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 2.5 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 he s also a lovely guy but this book is not it.I previously read Tricks of the Mind many moons ago in 2009 and found it fascinating Confessions of a Conjuror, however, was over written, dull, tedious, interesting and fun in parts, but over all a bit of a slog to get through.First of all, the whole book chronicles one 1 card trick to a group of people in 2.5 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 he s also a lovely guy but this book is not it.I previously read Tricks of the Mind many moons ago in 2009 and found it fascinating Confessions of a Conjuror, however, was over written, dull, tedious, interesting and fun in parts, but over all a bit of a slog to get through.First of all, the whole book chronicles one 1 card trick to a group of people in a party, but splits off and diverges into random ramblings about many interesting aspects of Derren s life growing up, but also about many totally irrelevant, couldn t care less about anecdotes that I wouldn t even bore a family member with on a late Sunday evening.For example A whole page telling us how he cuts his fingernails with clippers Also, if that weren t boring enough, a lot of these anecdotes were written in the term of footnotes I use the term footnotes lightly, because some of them took up 5 half pages So you d read the main piece of writing, see the asterix, go to the bottom, and read through 5 6 three quarter pages explaining Brown s lift preferences yes I mean that simple, non descript act of going in a lift to reach higher floors then have to flip back those 5 pages to continue to read the main part, that has been squashed up at the top, with 7 or 8 lines on each of those 5 pages I dread to think how any Kindle readers would get through this book Every single thing in the book is over explained to an excruciating degree To the placement of fingers on a deck of cards and each individual nano second of movement which I guess could be almost ok, seems as it s describing a trick but it s definitely over explained even for that to every non event that Derren thinks is important enough to mention the lift, the nail clipping, I can t even think of any others because they were such non events That being said There were a few fun and interesting anecdotes I quite enjoyed the main arc of the magic trick, even if it was over explained in parts, it was a nice insight into the trick and the thought process of Derren and probably most conjurors or magicians I also watched a few clips from Penn and Teller Fool Us while in the middle of the book, and clocked some obvious slight of hand whether this would have been obvious to me if I hadn t read the book, I couldn t say, but it was interesting that my brain saw it straight away The efficiency and ease of losing pens, childhood stories, some nice background info on old tricks I especially love sharing the one about the magician who used children from the audience to attest to there being no string holding up his floating woman years later one of the now adults said the guy whispered in his ear to not mention the very obvious string or he d fucking kill him and Derren s sexuality being used to make headlines were all very enjoyable to read about, so it s not all bad Unfortunately the mundane out weigh the interesting in this book.Cut out the footnotes most of the time they could have just been mentioned in the story and it would have flowed better anyway slash the explanations of most of the topics by half, and you d probably have a pretty interesting and enjoyable read 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. I ve used YouTube clips of this guy in class This one and I think it went down quite well, really One of the things I think it is important for a teacher to teach is that there are lots of people in the world who are trying to manipulate you and that learning to be aware of that fact is probably the most important thing anyone can teach you The clip above demonstrates that need beautifully I was very interested to read about this guy s feelings of I ve used YouTube clips of this guy in class This one and I think it went down quite well, really One of the things I think it is important for a teacher to teach is that there are lots of people in the world who are trying to manipulate you and that learning to be aware of that fact is probably the most important thing anyone can teach you The clip above demonstrates that need beautifully I was very interested to read about this guy s feelings of self loathing The idea that essentially his job is to fool people or to trick them can t really make him feel particularly wonderful about himself However, he has many very interesting things to say about the psychology of magic tricks the idea that much of magic is in the eye of the observer and that no magic trick is as great as we lie to ourselves afterwards it was in reconstructing it for friends I also really loved his descriptions of alpha male behaviour the difficulty of his job in approaching people at random and essentially making fools of them really would have to be done on the basis of being well judged This book is a long articulation at least it is framed as a long articulation of a magic trick performed to a group of three people, one of whom is just such an alpha male Why women reward such behaviour by breeding with such people remains a mystery to me, but, I guess, such must be the pull of biology over culture.I don t normally read biographies Part of the reason is that people tend to feel they need to tell me things I m not all that interested in hearing In this case it was the stuff about his nose pickings not sure what the point in telling us that was Not that I really mind, it is not prudishness, rather boredom and a lack of interest He was muchinteresting with his homilies and ethical asides even though I could tell these would probably annoy other readers to the point of distraction The only things that really annoyed me in the book were the numbered lists but mostly because my brain works so completely differently to anything like a numbered list of reasons for anything that I found this completely alien.It is hardly surprising that this guy suffered from compulsive ticks as a kid anyone who spends their life perfecting card tricks and such would need that to be quite a large part of their character, I would imagine As I said, I quite liked his home spun philosophy essentially, be nice to one another hard to argue with that I was also amused that he was yet another magician atheist, sceptic Maybe fundamentalists are right to worry about magic after all.This was okay not brilliant, not deeply philosophical and even occasionally quite funny The story about The Sun outing him as homosexual was very amusingly told Now, Murdoch is someone who has a lot to answer for.This was fun, if somewhat longwinded in places 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, introspecti 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 quirks 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 sinspiring television performances That and a sense of awe.I 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 Then I woke up Then I died Some thoughts that crossed my mind while reading this Derren s really waffling on about nothing here Is this padding or is it priming the reader for something Derren has a quite strong form of OCD, even if he keeps saying he doesn t really have a problem His OCD type behaviour is probably what makes him such a great magician artist showman etc Blimey, he s so pompous He s clearly bragging but pretending he s casually mentioning something I could learn a Then I woke up Then I died Some thoughts that crossed my mind while reading this Derren s really waffling on about nothing here Is this padding or is it priming the reader for something Derren has a quite strong form of OCD, even if he keeps saying he doesn t really have a problem His OCD type behaviour is probably what makes him such a great magician artist showman etc Blimey, he s so pompous He s clearly bragging but pretending he s casually mentioning something I could learn a lot from Derren Haha, I ve done that myself WTF, the man is unhinged As a reader I was interested in reading about his life, so wasn t disappointed by any lack of how to do tricks as others were As an autobiography, it s quite haphazardly told in a stream of consciousness with no semblance of chronology I didn t really mind that though After reading, Derren seemshuman fallible flawed now, which is perfect I suspected his brilliance at what he does stemmed from life long dedication to the art, and while there s a bit of that, he also came across as having a normal for a posh person upbringing with usual insecurities and temptations of childhood, particularly being an only child for his first 9 years He needs to give himself a break once in a while, especially when he misplaces a pen Blimey 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 tree.Proust 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 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 tree.Proust 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 evenintimate 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 life.Derren 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 opinionated.As the book goes on, it ramblesanduntil the footnotes are longer than the text No, really, by the end there are pages withfootnote than text It becomes steadilyself 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 before So 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