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Absolute Magic

by Brown, Derren

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Category: Philosophy
Media Type: Book

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Derren Brown offers a detailed study of the most difficult task facing any close-up magician: how to make magic convincing. This is a rich and witty journey through the thinking of Britain’s foremost current magical performer, whose television specials have revolutionized mentalism and drawn massive viewing figures. Absolute Magic offers the profoundest thinking, expressed in the most memorable and vivid prose, and is a necessary modern classic for the magician or mentalist striving to make his performances more powerful.
Date Added: Aug 1st, 2003
MLA SKU: 0CmizekJ5VRtJwn

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March 10th, 2004 8:48pm
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Reviewed by Neil
A ground breaking book that will probably annoy the heck out of many magicians!

This isn't a book with any magic effects as such in it but is an extended essay on approaching magical performance. Perhaps more accurately it is a book that details Derren's approach and it is one that has raised him from table-magician at a Bristol (UK) restaurant to the UKs leading magic TV star (read "psychological illusionist").

Derren's view is that "real magic" should come from somewhere and mean something. What will irritate some magicians is his apparant dismissal of the revered classics - he'd say that the cups and balls aren't real magic (gosh!)...they are an entertaining trick but no-one watching is made to re-evaluate their view on reality, even if they can't explain how the moves are done. He wants to make people question their beliefs, to come away a bit shakey. He explains how real magic can be found in the standard effects by thinking about the emotional presentation. For instance,... [Read More]
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August 19th, 2005 9:34pm
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Reviewed by zen
If you wish to do Magic justice, this book is required reading.

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