Thank you For Your Time

If there is anything I have to say in summary, it is this: have an aesthetic vision for your magic, and let the realisation of that vision be the reason for performing. Be clear in your mind what your magic looks and feels like: what the experience of your magic is to your audience. Let that clarity drive the creation of your verbal and non~verbaI communication as you perform, and dictate the material you choose. And work to transmit your material, not just present it.

I have written this book with a confidence in my own beliefs, but as I said at the start I must risk sounding arrogant in order to communicate fully the model I have in mind for magic. It is, I repeat, only my model, and by no means the correct or~e. There is no 'correct one.' I hope that you have seen me through that model: understood its aims, considered the conflicts and problems that would beset it, and found some worth in seeing the model through. I have risked becoming enamotired with that model myself -■ but to reiterate, theory must follow practice, and few areas must remain as fervently pragmatic as conjuring. So if these considerations have been new to you, get out and apply what you can as best you can, but keep your eyes and ears open for the feedback that will let you know whether you are reaching your goats. If you take to my ideas, then absorb what I have written as an attitude, rather than a set of techniques, and from that attitude develop your ozun techniques, and form your awn model that makes mine seem incomplete and naïve.

That's all I have to say: other than to thank you for being one more decent and conscientious magician out there who, amongst all that dreadful, meaningless, patronising magic presented throughout the world, is prepared to really give his work some thought. I hope that means one less bored, jaded professional, and would be delighted to think that the world has one more magician who feels a real excitement about his work and is prepared to invest real effort and thought into it. One who never loses sight of the transporting potential of magic to an intelligent, modern adult audience.

Best wishes, Derren Brown.

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