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  • Tricks of the Mind
  • By: Derren Brown
  • Narrated by: Derren Brown
  • Length: 36 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Narrated by: Derren Brown
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Summary

Here Derrren guides you through a coin and a card trick, revealing how you can instantly transform a simple trick into a complex illusion. Learn how you can baffle those around you with mind-blowing magic and employ simple psychological techniques to leave your audience gasping!

Brought to you by Random House Audio and Channel 4 Books.

Music Publisher: BDi Music Ltd, Composer: Steve Beresford.

©2009 Derren Brown (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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An Introduction into how 2 b as cool as Jesus 1

If you're looking for an Audio book for ?Tricks of the Mind?, then sadly this 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 it.

What this 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.


This particular section covers 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 audio clip 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 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 another section), it is difficult to avoid the allure of the mysterious...

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Excellent magic guide

Short but packed guide gives enough info for a complete beginner to perform an effective magic performance

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"The more you watch the more you miss."

This short (35 minutes) audio essentially covers a card trick and one with a coin, plus a little more chat about illusions. As usually, Derren Brown himself narrates the book with swift sharp, dry humour and dismissive sartorial sarcasm.
Although not really interested in magic, or similar, I personally find Derren Brown fascinating and my only disappointment with the book is the shortness of its length

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Does what it says on the tin

I love Darren browns flare with language. He gave a thoroughly enjoyable and informative performance (if a little short but as they say in showbiz "always leave em wanting more" and well... yea, that's what he did.

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