Brief Notes on the Second Edition

I was tempted, as with Pure Effect, to remove a couple of chapters from this printing just to cause the same kind of fiirore, But I didn't. I feel it worth clarifying that since writing this book, my move into performing only 'psychological illusions' has seemed to me to be a progression probably in part my way of resolving the frustrations I felt with magic, which come through in these pages. Of course given the nature of my television work it would have been incongruous and confusing to...

Designing with Cause

Creating Effects according to the Real Magic model As we have discussed, most magic performed by most magicians takes us no further into a dramatic mode than the exercise of will. He clicks his fingers or sprinkles some absurd dust and before you can say, Don't patronise us, you. unimaginative performer with no histrionic sensibility, a length of unusual white rope has been rent asunder and cleft in twain. In this situation, no cause to the magical effect is offered, other than the will of the...

Magic and Theatre

Were I writing a book about stage magic, theatrical issues would seem immediately appropriate. However, this is not about the wretched, irrelevant dove penetration acts still, unbelievably, performed for disappointed and bored audiences in seaside towns and convention centres across God's beautiful Earth. No, no, no this is a book about the performance of my first love (In actual fact, Debbie Boon, Reedham Park Primary School, 1978-9), close-up and parlour magic. Actually, for those who are...

Acting Technique Remembering to Forget

Fine acting is a joy to watck When I see such talent on stage or in a film, I find that 1 feel safe enough to lose myself in that character. 1 know that nothing will suddenly jar or leave me unconvinced. This feeling of safety to lose oneself is a kind preparedness to be vulnerable, and this means that we placing our trust in that actor. To have him suddenly do his job badly and lose us half way through the story would be a terrible betrayal on his part. I enjoy the company of actor friends....

Can Magic be Art New Thoughts

One cannot look at a magic-related Internet discussion egroup notice-board web-forum without seeing the word 'art' bandied up and down the electric super-motorway as if art and magic were two concepts unequivocally equated arid the most well-suited word-companions that one could ever hope to find lumbling with each other in the coats-room at an ideas-party. It seems that through the literature of magicians determined to deem their own magic important and worthwhile, a whole new generation of...

Prestige and Disillusionment

0 ver the course of the three afternoons that it has taken me to write this book, I have spoken to many professional and semi-professional close-up magicians about how they feel about their work. There is an issue that always used to linger in the back of my mind, which I often bring up. It goes something like this. We, as magicians, are aware of the huge industry that caters to us. Because of the enormity of the magic scene, it has given rise to massive in-house politics and ethical issues...

Meaning and Vision

Astonishment is not an emotion (hat's created. It's an existing state that's revealed. The experience of astonishment is the experience of a clear, primal state of mind that they associate with a child's state of mind At that moment of trying to box the unboxable your world-view breaks up- The boxes are gone. And what's left Simply what was always there. Your natural state of mind. That's the moment of astonishment. Those lines are taken from Paul Harris' introduction to his The Art of...

The Watch Steal

This is a popular steal, and one that is described in detail in other works. In essence, you take the spectator by the wrist from above, your thumb pressing against the face of the watch. Your third finger is naturally in position to find the end of the strap, and to walk it up through the buckle. This sante finger pinches the same end of the strap, against the second finger if need be, and pulls it up and clear of the pin. Keeping the strap up and back, the fingertip pushes the pin down, and...

Friends Amy and Kate

You OK Amy, what I want you to do is just stand still and completely relax. I want you to look around the room and think about everything your seeing, exactly how you think Kate would see it. (Now you should talk about things which are actually in the room, for example if your in a bar you should talk ask Amy to consider what Amy would think about the music, the bar service etc, etc. What you say specifically here is unimportant - but it creates a decoy for the real method ) You Amy, I want you...

Magic Books Authors Note

Those of you who have seen me perform will be aware that I have moved away from conjuring material to work with the area of our profession that deals with mind reading and psychological effects. This type of performance has always interested me more, and the development of genuine hypnotic, suggestive and persuasive skills has come to mean more to me than learning sleight-of-hand. This is, however, a book about the presentation of more traditional magic, which constitutes my background and is...

How To Be Yourself

Magic Books that deal with the matter of presentation and performance character are full of the adage, Be yourself. It is at once an immensely easy arid very fiddly thing to achieve. It is a problem that is appropriate for every novice magician, and some serious professionals. A magician getting started generally does so without an awareness of his natural style, for it is something to be learnt over time. Equally, Ftc will be unaware of the importance of the issue at the same time that his...

Welcome to Derren Brown Mentalism Tricks

Derren Brown Secrets

The effects I'm revealing in this book and some of the strongest in all of mental magic. All of these effects can be successfully performed by a complete beginner almost immediately. Please, do yourself justice though, read through the book several times and practice by speaking out loud. If you do this, I promise - you will be baffling your mates and literally be the star attraction of any party of club you go to I have written the instructions as concisely as possible. It has taken me a long...

Lift

A volunteer is chosen at random from the audience and joins you on the stage where they are seated next to you behind a table in full view of the audience. A second volunteer is also chosen from the audience and seated at the table as a close up independent witness to the proceedings. The first volunteer is then apparently placed into an instant trance state and their hand is apparently glued to the table by Hypnotic suggestion. In this state with their eyes closed, you seem to control their...

Speech Reading

Use hypnotic suggestions to get the person to say what they are thinking OUT LOUD in their head. o then, as they SAY THE WORDS OUT LOUD in their head, look for the tiny movements of the lips and mouth etc. that sentence was both a guide and an example - notice embedded commands Simple phrase you may like to start with Don't SAY WHAT YOU ARE THINKING OUT LOUD Speech reading notes td The trick of lip reading is to understand how sounds are made. As air is forced from the l ungs only several...

Closing Notes

That is the basic methodology that I use when I perform the trick. I have performed it 100s of times and providing I only do it once per person, I never get caught out. Feel free to adapt the script to suit your style. Instead of a 'psychological test' you could claim that you have 'psychic powers' which let you touch people from a distance. Remember, in the script above I suggested moving just a step away from the person who's eyes are closed. There is nothing to stop you walking to the other...

Rock Paper Scissors

This one when told how to do seems easy but it is quite hard to do. To do this all you have to do is sublimely tell them which one they are going to pick easy enough . The way derren does this is by making subconscious signals to the subject to tell him to pick the one he is signalling. E.g. on derren brown mind control 2 when he does this effect he says to the subject We'll play paper scissors stone where you go 1 2 3 hits his fist on his other hand 3 x and then you do something does scissors...

The Cigarette through Shirt as Misdirection for Extensive Thievery

When I perform the cigarette-through-shirt, I do so in order to provide light relief from what niay have been a series of fairly intense effects. To add to its impact, I relieve the spectator of as many belongings as I can according to a well-planned scheme which I shall describe here. Both the cigarette effect and the steals are performed as light relief - this is a more traditional setting for pick- pocketing, but I describe it here to show how much can be achieved in a short space of time...