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In Confessions of a ConjurorDerren Brown invites you on a whimsical journey through his unusual mind.
Structured around the various stages of a conjuring trick, performed by his younger self in a crowded restaurant, Derren’s endlessly engaging narrative takes you from the history confesssions magic, to speculations on the manufacturing of Monster Munch and the correct way to poach an egg, via discussions about psychology, what he hums while cleaning his teeth and the social niceties surrounding Parmesan cheese.
Hugely revealing, hilarious and unlike anything you’ve read before, Confessions of a Conjuror is a refreshing alternative to autobiography that conjurr charm and delight you.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Not everyone will have the same relationship with pens, perhaps, and not everyone is the right age og feel his thoughts on After Eights and Monster Munch as cknjuror as I did, but there are many things that young people will relate to. One passage – this will exclude young people – of lying down, unseatbelted, in the back of a car, rolling into the crease, feeling the door handle with your foot, was beautifully written, full of sensory memory.
It would have been a great passage in a novel. Autobiographies are my favourite genre. This is not a book about an odd man, this is xonjuror book about an odd species, and to read it is to feel less odd, and more connected to that species.
Like the man himself: Structured around his performance of a single magic trick in the days when Brown was an unknown magician working in a Bristol restaurant i. But it’s worth going through it again, just reading the passages on the trick. Get some cards, stand at a table and act it out; as with any activity involving physical as well as mental dexterity, you’ll never really appreciate the skill involved and the practice required fonjuror you’ve at least given it a try yourself. Brown spent ten years in the restaurant before hitting it big; when you realize what goes into even the simplest “effect” as magicians call themit’s hardly surprising.
A weird but terrific book. At it’s heart an autobiography, this is a very good book if you’re after something a little out of confezsions ordinary. Very loosely built around a magic trick he is performing in his earlier days, there are frequent digressions into seemingly random subjects which all combine to give the reader a fascinating insight into how Derren Brown thinks. Occasionally he does stray into worryingly obsessive pedantry lifts but these parts are short lived and do not detract from the book as a whole.
If it’s linear structure you’re after, steer clear but if you enjoy brave, intelligent and humorous prose which avoids the usual mundane pitfalls of autobiographical rambling, get this.
I like to read history books and fact finder type books. I haven’t ever read a biography but i will consider reading alot more now i have finished reading Derren Browns Confessions of a Conjuror. A totally enjoyable experience that i infact didn’t want to end. So many times i giggled and once or twice i found myself laughing out loud. So funny and very relative to much i have experienced connuror life and i know others will think this also.
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I really, really did feel slightly sad when came to the end of this book, i almost didn’t want to read the last chapter as i didn’t want to have to stop reading the joys Derren Brown has shared here within these pages. Thankyou for this book, it has set a standard for me aswell as made me want to read alot more, especially more about and from this truly wonderful man. I held off reading this for a long time, I’m a fan of Derren Brown and didn’t want the disappointing experience of a poor biography from someone I like a pale shade of discovering someone you admire is a boreso having read the reviews I waited.
Curiosity overcame me in the end though and I’m very glad it did. Yes the structure is unusual and yes there are a lot of footnotes though I thought these were a rather charming conceit – I’m a sucker for a good footnote – but after a chapter or so I easily got into the swing of it.
And very good it was then indeed, a truly personal autobiography – very honest, very funny and not at all mawkish – what more do you want?
Some reviews have criticised Derren’s vocabulary – rather rude, surely you can describe your own life in whichever words you chose, but I think they rather miss the point, there’s some fairly tongue in cheek pedantry about the odd word, but nothing out of the ordinary. Others have criticised the opening chapters as being full of self loathing and made it sound like this is an indulgence – I honestly don’t think there’s an unusual amount here, don’t we all feel like idiots when placed in difficult and public situations?
I’ll finish with the highest praise I think you can give a piece of autobiography – as soon as I finished it, I ordered Tricks of the Mind because I didn’t want to let go of Derren’s authorial voice so quickly. One person found this helpful.
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