If you're looking for an Audio book for Tricks of the Mind, then sadly this CD isn't it. Although there are many E-Books (& similar) claiming to provide short-cuts to Derren Brown's secrets, most are sadly not the genuine article & the best way of discovering his techniques is through reading Tricks of the Mind.
What this CD is (in its own words) is 'Crumbs from the Table of the Master'; it is a taster of some of the best bits of the book in order to whet your appetite for the real thing.
CD1 covers 'Memory' & includes 3 systems for remembering useful material, without rote learning or similar. The first system is very useful for lists of random objects, the second for speeches (without notes) & the third is about how to remember people's names at parties etc. With each, he gives practical tips in using them & I personally have found the latter surprisingly effective in customer services (where remembering names is the ultimate in flattery).
CD2 is longer & covers two sections: Magic & Hypnosis. Magic, he teaches you a coin trick (which is the opening of the actual book) & elaborates on it to show how a trick can be made very sophisticated from a simple start. He also guides you through a card trick & reveals an important technique for magician's to exploit (Newton's Third Law of Motion). Lastly, there is Hypnosis. This is better covered in the book (e.g. the Dormitory Elephant), but the glimpse here is revealing into how to create & build a hypnotic 'trance'. Although he is brief, the material here can be used effectively to become an amateur hypnotist since all the technique requires is confidence. (As an important aside for motorists (such as myself): this section doesn't use any actual hypnotic techniques, so it is alright to use in the car.)
So, this CD is not a complete work-through of Tricks of the Mind but is more a glimpse at its contents in order to draw you further into the mystery of his magic. If you, like me, enjoy audio material that is moderately stretching but not as cerebrally painful as Charles Dickens, then this CD is surprisingly enjoyable. If however you are after finding out his secrets (so that you can fool Clod-pates, Halfwits & Harlequins AND Charlie-sat-before-you), then you should get the book instead. Either way (to use one of the NLP techniques from the CD), it is difficult to avoid the allure of the mysterious...
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