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Let us think for a moment of the standard mentalism presentation, and ascertain what it communicates. The performer has directed a spectator to think of a piece of information - something that the performer could not possibly know. We, the audience, realise that it is the performer's task to extract that information from the spectator's mind. How will this happen What does mindreading look like What is the process that the performer needs to go through to get hold of those words or images or...

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After embarrassing you all by feverishly denouncing the practice of forming an effect from the basis of an appealing sleight (rather than beginning with the question of what would appeal as an effect), I must upset you further by explaining that the following magical routine was indeed borne from little more than my enjoyment of a 'move I had, for perhaps no other reason than simple madness, spent some days working on a routine where a playing card, signed no less, is torn up rather horribly...

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You now need to embark on a relaxed fishing expedition to find the card. The presence of the Eight and Seven will create uncertainty on the spectator's part as to whether the card is high or low in value. This, coupled with a bold ploy on your part to begin the procedure will take you to the card very quickly. Here is how I begin Now I would like you to relax and concentrate on that card. In fact, say it to yourself, over and over again - The Queen Of Hearts, The Queen of Hearts, The Queen Of...

Praise for Derren Browrs Pureefect

PURE EFFECT opens a rich and significant new chapter in the progress of magical performance and mentalist technique. From the threads of his unique excursions into performance psychology, hypnosis, art and deception, Derren Brown has woven a breathtakingly original and compelling tapestry of magical excellence which could, and should, transform not just contemporary magical performance but also the way that books in this genre are henceforth written and presented. The ideas, approaches and...

Practical

The image comes to mind of a man juggling the most delicious fruit in front of a group of hungry children. I worked as a magician for eight years before I realised what I was doing wrong. Two events made me stop and re-evaluate my performance. The first occurred at a magic convention in London when I met Eugene Burger, who was performing for some magicians at a bar table. I asked if I could join him. He reached over and shook my hand, gesturing for me to sit down. He introduced himself and...

A 7wee Card Routine

The following is a marathon of a card trick, with which I generally open a set of card effects. It is fairly ostentatious and complicated, but I feel that the structure and pacing allow for a very engaging routine and a worthwhile investment of time on all sides. This effect has its origin in Tom Mullica's routine that begins with the selection of four cards and concludes with the double appearance of the cards under the box. This uses three cards, which I find makes for a more pleasing...

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Since making the decision in my early twenties not to pursue a career as a lawyer, I began to earn my living performing close-up magic. I occasionally would perform a stage hypnotic show, but as I had no desire to perform the standard humiliating stunts, I saw the advantage of concentrating on the magic, which was far more commercial. There is little room, I feel, for 'mentalism' as a table-hopping performer. Even as I found myself able to create my own close-up environment more and more,...

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Te rbal Card Force' is something of a misnomer, for to J force the mental selection of cards through this method V depends upon attitude and non-verbal communication as much as the words you use. The aim of these techniques is to have a spectator mentally select a card, but as you describe the selection procedure you are actually suggesting a particular card to him. Almost all depends upon the selection of a responsive spectator and engaging him in the process correctly - and even then I...

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The following e-mail came from Greg Wilson (reproduced here with his permission) It's now time for a little hypnotism. Your eyes are getting heavy, they're getting sleepy, you will reveal that 1992 coin trick, you will reveal that 1992 coin trick . . . call it that because the date must have something to do with it, right I mean, yeah, that definitely has something to do with it. think. I think I know. I think I don't know. I think 1 should know. 1 think I'm not going to know until you write me...

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One would have to count ten cards before the stack was repeated. Also, you are able to have neighbouring cards showing the same suit or value, which is a convincing advantage of this system. Let us presume that the stack is memorised. It resides in the pad, so that the face Seven of Diamonds is showing. The deck is in the right inner jacket pocket with the face card facing the body. A pen is in the left inner pocket. You have approached some spectators and they are delighted to see you. A deck...

Derren Brown

Photographs by Peter Clifford MAGIC BOOKS Derren Brown and his lovely cat Spasm relaxing at home. When a performance is over, what remains Fun can be forgotten, but powerful emotion also disappears and good arguments lose their thread. When emotion and argument are harnessed to a wish from the audience to see more clearly into itself - then something in the mind burns. The event scorches onto the memory an outline, a taste, a trace, a smell - a picture. It is the play's central image that...