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Tricks of the Mind [Paperback] Paperback – Import, 2007
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This book is a little what didn't expect. It's a lot like a how-to book. He'll go through a lot of methods he uses for memorization and reading people, etc.. all the stuff he does on the show. There are instructions as to how to improve these methods, and with practice you will just get better, etc. From the mouths of babes, this is coming from someone INCREDIBLY talented. That doesn't mean that you're incapable of doing it too, but he makes it seem slightly easy.
Brown also goes obsessively into a lot of his memorization methods and mnemonic devices he uses. I'm not so sure it's an arrogant approach but he can get really descriptive with something that in all likeliness you will not be able to master. If you want more of a how-to book, literally, then this is definitely for you. If you're more interested in a general "these are my methods and how I apply them" then this will be a little bit out of your reach. I personally just wanted to know about how he developed these methods and how he uses them, more of a generalized view. Instead he will go into very specific topics and cover them in great detail, with a bit of a detached chapter system.
As far as it is written, Brown seems to be EXTREMELY cheeky and cynical with a lot of what he writes. I think he tries too hard to inject humor and witty banter into his book when it just comes across as too much and, frankly a little douchey. Sure he has a bit of wit in his specials but at least it is kept minimal. He DOES write like he talks, which helps to envision his voice.. but he really does lay on the smart-ass talk a bit thick.
Still, I thought this was okay. Easy to read, and a worthwhile purchase (used) for Derren Brown fans.