- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Channel 4; New Ed edition (8 Oct. 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1905026358
- ISBN-13: 978-1905026357
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 332 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tricks Of The Mind Paperback – 8 Oct 2007
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"Tricks of the Mind exposes Derren Brown as a master manipulator, with not a cauldron or genie in sight" (New Statesman)
"Clearly the best dinner party guest in history - he's either a balls-out con artist or the scariest man in Britain" (Charlie Brooker Guardian)
"If you see anybody with this book, go the other way" (Hilary Mantel Guardian)
"Lifting the lid on some of the darkests secrets from the world of magic, Derren reveals with brutal honesty how some tricks work, how to perfect particular techniques and how to spot lies through people's behaviour. You'll be reading minds in no time! ****" (OK!)
"Will delight anyone with an interest in the weirder things people think and they they think them" (Independent on Sunday)
Derren 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...See all Product description
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It's an introduction to the kind of mind trickery that Derren specialises in. It introduces basic concepts of magic, teaching a simple disappearing coin trick and a card trick. It teaches a variety of mnemonic techniques, together with practical demonstration exercises, which prove to be extremely effective if you can be bothered to put them to the test. It moves on to discuss subjects such as hypnosis and NLP, the curing of phobias and pain control, placebos, and culminates with cold reading techniques, exposing the tricks of fake mediums and psychics and the dangers of bad thinking and snake oil merchants in general.
It is, as I say, an introduction to these subjects, because you surely didn't expect to learn all there is to know about these skills and deep topics from a single paperback, did you? But it's also just about the BEST introduction you could get, exposing the woolly thinking and smoke screens that make a lot of the literature on such things of limited value at best. This book prepares you to think properly and clearly if you wish to study the 'tricks of the mind' further; also, how to train yourself to recognise the tricks levelled against you by others.
On another level, it's simply a delightful and hugely entertaining read, just like one of Derren's shows. It's an absolute pleasure to turn the pages and I often laughed out loud. Derren's wit and sarcasm are often very subtle and I'm sure a lot of the most hilarious gags will go right over the heads of many people. I recall one section where he was railing against pretentiousness and then proceeded to explain what pretentious meant for people who might not know. Utter comedy gold, sir.
And on a yet further level, if you really stop to think about what you've just read, all of the core principles are actually revealed here very clearly indeed. Just don't expect to find them in bullet points.
A charming, conversational, controversial and enormously satisfying read.
You know how lot of rich and famous people say they read Napoleon Hill's 'Think And Grow Rich' over and over again and that's how they are so successful.. Well you know the feeling that leaves you? When you think you SHOULD read it over and over again because you think there is some magic force or formula attached to it? When deep down inside you just really cant be bothered reading it because it's boring AF and you know it's just absolute BS?.. Well this book here brought me back to the real world and helped me realize all these secret formula and self development books are a waste of time and money and pretty much all say the same thing which Derren referred to if I remember correctly as 'an age old philosophy of just getting things done'.
This is the book I will be reading over and over again in the following years to come. RECOMMEND!
I got quite into Derren Brown a few years ago and had to read this book. An interesting insight into some of the ways he works that should give you some hints to help avoid being scammed or tricked in the future.
It's engaging and easy to read.
Brown takes us behind the scenes of a few tricks, although most of these tricks are probably in the public domain anyway. It's not a "reveal all" or anything like that but it does give us a glimpse of how these things work.
There's a fair amount of psychology in the book and I found that interesting, as were Brown's views on the charlatans the pretend to be psychics, faith healers, alternative medicine practitioners and such, preying on the desperate and unfortunate. I agree with him 100% on this.
Brown writes with wit and it's an engaging read. Recommended.
The challenging chapters on memory provide exercises for the reader, some of which I can make work, others I cannot do. Derren puts a lot of store by memory as an important facet of intelligence. He describes the Linking System , which I have used successfully, the Logic System and the Numeric system which I cannot get head around.
Moving on to hypnosis and suggestability, he really debunks Neuro Linguistic Programming which he has obviously studied quite carefully.
He is really interesting and thought provoking on mirroring people and on telling lies.
He then moves onto a psychological discussion on anti science, pseudo science, homeopathy and religion where his views chime with Richard Dawkins. But then there is an interesting section on the placebo affect. Whilst debunking alternative therapies, he accepts that the Placebo affect is real and valuable. He maintains that alternative therapists could contribute to conventional medicine if they discarded their unfounded claims and credited the placebo affect.
One of the interesting side benefits of the book is his reading list with a short synopsis of the really good books he has read.
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Recommended to anyone with memory troubles