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Derren was born in 1971 in Croydon. It was a difficult birth - his mother was in Devon at the time. A precocious and puzzling only child, he liked to paint, foster obsessive habits and once set fire to a neighbour's boat by accident. Derren went to study Law and German at Bristol University and fell in love with the city. This was a time when marriage between man and city was still frowned upon, so rather than face public derision Derren decided just to live there forever instead. During this time he began to perform magic in bars and restaurants, and gave occasional hypnosis shows. Then in 1999 he was asked by Channel 4 to put a mind-reading programme together for television, which became Derren Brown: Mind Control. It was an immediate success and gained Derren a cool underground kudos which he described as 'not enough'.
Mind Controls 2 and 3 followed, then a series, and then in October 2003 Derren caused an international furore by playing Russian Roulette live on television. This secured his notoriety with the public and his big apartment in London. 'Bristol can shove itself', he said. Further specials have followed - Derren Brown: The Seance which was the most complained about show in the history of television. He still gets several letters of complaint a week from psychics and Christians. He is sensitive to everyone's objections but knows at least the latter group will forgive him.
Derren's workload keeps him exhausted and irritable fifty-two weeks a year and he continues to live in London with a large collection of taxidermy and a fatalistic parrot. He spends any free weekends painting and likes to receive gifts.Quatrième de couverture :
Derren Brown's television and stage performances have entranced and dumbfounded millions.His baffling illusions and stunning set pieces- such as the Séance, Russian Roulette and the Heist - have set new standards of what's possible, as well as causing more than their fair share of controversy.Now, for the first time, he reveals the secrets behind his craft, what makes him tick and just why he grew that beard...
Tricks of the Mind takes you on a journey into the structure andpsychology of magic.Derren teaches you how to read clues in people'sbehaviour and spot liars.He discusses the whys and wherefores of hypnosis and shows you how to do it.And he investigates the power of suggestion and how you can massively improve your memory.He also takes a long hard look at the paranormal industry and why some of usfeel the need to believe in it in the first place...
Alternately hilarious, controversial and challenging, Tricks of the Mind is essential reading for Derren's legions of fans, and pretty bloody irresistible even if you don't like him that much...
'Clearly the best dinner-party guest in history - he's either a
balls-out con artist or the scariest man in Britain.' Guardian
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