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In Confessions of a Conjuror, Derren 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 of 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 will charm and delight you.

©2010 Objective (P)2010 Random House Audio

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  • Jehonatan Yosefi
  • 26/04/2015

A great book

I just loved it, if you are looking for a great story, from a great person, buy it immediatly.

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  • Kristofer Jarl
  • 28/07/2014

Derren Brown is the best there is at being him

What made the experience of listening to Confessions of a Conjuror the most enjoyable?

The fact that it is the author who reads the story. And how much he gives. He is completely naked and shows all his awkwardness and strangeness in this great book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

N/A

Have you listened to any of Derren Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not, but I will soon.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, it made me laugh at a few points. Derren's humor is subtle, and it's not often you laugh out loud. But I still did a few times.

Any additional comments?

This book is not for everyone. It's for those of us who love Derren Browns performances and his quirkiness. Because he is quite quirky. But then again, so are most of us.

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  • Louise
  • 10/04/2012

Smiled the whole way through

if you like Derren you will like this book.
it is witty and enjoyable.
Smiled the whole way through this book.
he is a great narrator and delivery of the book was really well done.

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  • Frederik
  • 06/10/2017

Don’t clap at the end!

If you find yourself wanting to laugh and clap at the end, he got you ;)
A book to be heard, rather than read, as this strange version of an autobiography, is best presented by the author, whom happens to know his way with rhetoric :)

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  • Hugh
  • 13/11/2010

Witty

This is an interesting book - a more like (low-key) stand-up comedy than an auto-biography. While the seminal moments in Derren's life that lead him to magic are covered, they are not the central focus of his book. It is more a collection of memories, related by tenuous segues, with a little bit of conjuring theory thrown in. I found his vivid descriptions of childhood memories particularly good - maybe because we are approximately the same age and I could relate a lot to what he said.
The language and phrasing used are witty, without quite crossing the line into overwrought, and are a pleasure to listen to. Audio book listens are additionally rewarded by the fact the the author is also the narrator. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud funny bits, and I would recommend this to fans, as well as people who have only a passing interest in his actual shows.

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