Tricks of the Mind, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (4 ratings)


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...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Conjuring & magic
  • ISBN: 9781905026357

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Interesting but bitty. Goes off on a rant sometimes. Some very useful pieces.

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Very, very interesting. I'm a huge DB fan though, so obviously I'm biased. I can't say I agree with everything in there, but I found it was all interesting nonetheless. I particularly enjoyed the chapters on cognitive illusions and bad science. The book also contains a bibliography, including comments - so I'll be using this to read more about the topics I found most interesting.

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Enjoyed this more than expected. Very erratic writing style, ranging from high-energy literature-like foreword with numerous asides, to a very straight-faced and almost dull explanation of cold-reading. During the best bits, he mixes in occasional absurd asides (like claiming Hypnos was the Greek god of having sex with broom handles on stage) to liven up the material.Lots of introspection and self-deprecation make his opinions much more palatable.

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I really enjoyed this. He can be very funny and he's consistently interesting, even when he talks about himself. My favourite part (apart from the correspondence) is that on hypnotism. I've been hypnotised numerous times as I was a guinea pig for a friend who was training to become a hypnotist so it was very interesting to see the thoughts of someone who obviously knows a lot about it.As Brown himself admits, the last part is a rant. I agree with the man - I don't think highly of people take advantage of the stupid and other vulnerable sectors of society. Again, there is some interesting information in there but I'm not sure the rant really adds any value. A small complaint though - overall a good book and I recommend it.

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