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Nothing Is Impossible: The Real-Life Adventures of a Street Magician Hardcover – 27 Sep 2012


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Press (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0091948916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0091948917
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 3.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A terrific read" (Jonathan Ross)

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The UK's hottest street magician takes us on a mystical journey into his world

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JanMarie on 13 Jan. 2013
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12 year old nephew loves Dynamo, does lots of card tricks himself so thought he might enjoy this bio, thoug did worry it may be a bit old for him. However he has already finished it and loved it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clem Durber on 18 May 2013
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Very good.Very interesting. Dynamo is down to earth, and quite funny. I am only half way through the book, but loving every minute of it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C152 on 19 April 2013
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I brought this book for a friend and she really liked it! Lots of pictures of good quality in there as well :)
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Format: Paperback
Nothing is Impossible is the autobiography of a Bradford lad called Stephen Frayne, a guy who was badly bullied as a kid and who managed to turn it in to something positive. You might have heard of him – he captured the world’s attention as Dynamo, the ‘Magician Impossible‘ who gained notoriety for a variety of high-profile stunts including his stint walking on the waters of the Thames.

Now, I don’t know how much help Dynamo had when writing this, but I’ll admit that the whole thing is very well written with no obvious mistakes and extraordinary insight in to the magician’s mind. Whilst he doesn’t reveal the secrets behind his magic, that’s not what you want to hear anyway – if you knew how he did his tricks, it would ruin them!

However, you do learn why he does the magic that he does, and it’s fascinating to see how his troubled childhood in Bradford helped to shape the man that he became. He also covers his early career, and it’s particularly interesting to see how the Prince’s Trust helped him to get to where he is today.

My copy holds a little extra significance – it’s signed by the man himself, as part of an offer that he posted through his Facebook page where you could get your copy signed if you pre-ordered it before the book’s launch. I would’ve pre-ordered it anyway – he’s a fascinating man, and you should leap at the chance to find out a bit more about what makes him tick.

Celebrity autobiographies are usually vacuous and faintly depressing, and they reek of ghost-writing and a lack of talent – here, Dynamo rewards the Dynamites, his dedicated followers, with something a little different. A little special. A little magical.
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Dynamo is one of Britain's greatest entertainers and therefore it was with immense pleasure that I heard a few months ago that he was publishing his autobiography in view of the rich and impressive career he has had so far (and hopefully this will continue for many years to come!). And Dynamo the man emerges from this book very much like his tv persona portrayals: honest, truthful and moreover, wonderfully human.

The course of his life, from his childhood to the present, is pretty comprehensive and we get a nice balance of his experiences from both his personal and professional life, along with numerous interesting and amusing anecdotes. For those following the history of British theatre, this is a treasure trove of information regarding his time with the Marlowe Society at Cambridge, the Birmingham Rep, the National Theatre, the Old Vic/Prospect Theatre Company and of course, his highly successful tenure at the Royal Shakespeare Company in the early 1980s and after. Sadly, all this isn't indexed and one has to navigate via the chapter titles which of course is more than possible but not so convenient.

As mentioned by other reviewers though, a lack of proofreading and factual errors sometimes mar one's enjoyment of this otherwise very lovely book. As this is a collaborative effort between Dynamo and Derren Brown (or to be more precise, the inside cover states that this is an 'as told to' book...it would have perhaps been better to explicitly state this on the front cover, or even in HarperCollins' press release/book description), it is rather difficult to know who (along with the proofreaders) is responsible for this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Carole Booty on 4 Oct. 2013
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Easy read but if you watched the tv show then most of his story is in that . but a nice read and a nice guy with a nice story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverley on 7 Jan. 2013
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It was a very good, interesting and very inspirational. I think it was good value and totally worth every penny!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. B. Kelly on 29 Sept. 2013
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ive been fascinated by dynamo I think he is clever at what he does
so I was intrigued about his life, his life hasn't been easy with illness and being bullied,
he has crohns disease and I do to so I know how he felt.
overall a good read I would recommend
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