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Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
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Jul 19, 2009

really liked it
Read in April, 2009

Brown's 'Tricks of the Mind' is not only fascinating but tickles the odd smirk with his humble tongue-in-cheek self-aggrandising repartee, astute witticisms, hilarious personal anecdotes, and sneekily mocking but honest dry turn of moistened phrase to test the more gullible readers.

Brown also expresses his rationalist position on life's frauds and general prejudice, tending towards philosophical scepticism and explaining most supernatural phenomena as a human weakness for suggestibility, self-deception, and the brain's nature for association, storytelling, and rewriting history! He also has an inspiring section on positive thinking and visualisation techniques for personal development.

After a few serious paragraphs on stuff, Brown throws in a pomegranite to spice it up and keep the reader awake. In another chapter, he explains the history of various hypnotists and conjurers, interweaving convincing and dubious examples peppered with colourful licence; as if he got bored and needed to amuse himself.

Taking an eclectic approach to his profession, Brown both overtly and surreptitiously blends multiple techniques into his acts. He sees himself foremost as an entertainer with a professional and ethical responsibility towards his audience. In total, Brown presents a world full of contradictions, including himself - perception is reality and Mischief is his middle name!

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