Friday, September 03, 2010

Project 365 (246/365): Derren Brown's Tricks Of The Mind

.:246/365: Derren Brown’s Tricks Of The Mind:.

Less a book for professional magicians and mentalists and more a book for the general public, “Tricks of the Mind” is an engaging read from cover to cover, as Derren Brown talks about his methods (Although one would suspect shenanigans here.), his beliefs, and other interesting topics as he opens his mind to people for them to probe and analyze for as long as he feels inclined to let them do so.

When it comes to a book that really looks closely at the psychological phenomena that surrounds all of us, including hypnosis, neurolinguistic programming, and many other similarly controversial pursuits, Derren Brown’s interesting narrative style just captures the imagination and the charm that is often attributed to these things, all the while expressing a healthy dose of scepticism in the very same things that he apparently performs on a regular basis.

If you want a book from a man who is clearly conflicted by who he truly is and what he projects himself to be, “Tricks of the Mind” is an excellent read. It would be as though you were looking at a man trying to debate with himself about mentalism in a way that is entertaining, lively, and witty all the same.

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