Magic is absolutely fascinating. From the simplest of tricks like the coin trick or the deck of cards trick, to the somewhat complex ones, magic continues to blow us away.
I am sure you have seen magic being performed and felt compelled to try out the trick but unfortunately you were not able to make it work. You have probably wondered, what really is the trick to this magic? “What am I doing wrong?” “How can I make it work?”
Well, to get those kind of questions answered you simply want to read the book, “Tricks Of The Mind” because the book has been written by a very smart magician and lets you in on some mind blowing magic tricks. How great of him to make the tricks plain and clear to you, right?
Yes, I thought so too.
This is the book I will be reviewing here, so as to give you all the necessary details on it before you actually get to purchase it.
My tricks of the mind book review will be handling the essential aspects of the book including the gist of the book, the author’s brief background, some meat of the book, the pro’s and con’s of the book, where best to get your copy and my final thoughts on the book.
With that said, let’s get started on it right away.
Name: Tricks of the Mind
Author: Derren Brown
Best Place to Buy: www.amazon.com
Genre: Self Help Book
Publisher: Channel 4
Publication Date: January 1, 2000
The Gist of the Tricks Of The Mind Book
This is a book that lets you in on the psychology and constitution of magic.
You will learn incredible things from the book such as:
* How to spot liars and how to get cues of peoples behaviour
* How to do hypnosis on people
* How to greatly improve your memory
* The power of suggestion
* And more awesome stuff to power up your brain that you are surely going to love.
The author of this book is called Derren Brown. He is a really respected illusionist and mentalist who has produced several stage and television shows in specials and series.
He has also written books for the public and magicians, and has won the Laurence Olivier Awards for Best Entertainment for his work.
By this, I believe you can see that he is one person who is experienced in this area who you seriously want to pay attention to if you really love knowing the science of magic.
Some Meat Of The Book
In this book, Derren looks at how tricks can be played on our minds by magicians as well as the tricks that can be played on us by our very own minds.
In the first part of the book, the author talks more about his life as he wants you to get to understand his journey as a magician. He tells his story in a humorous way that gets you really interested in the book.
Next off, in part two of the book, he goes on to explore the principles of conjuring. He looks at manipulation of an audience observation, sleight-of-hand and much more on this area. He also guides you step by step into the coin trick. This is a section I found pretty useful in understanding the basics of magic.
Part three of the book is where you learn a whole lot on memory. Here, you will get to know how to memorize long lists,
names, and even facts. Honestly, this is an active part that will show you how powerful your mind really is.
It’s here also that you learn on how to unlock amazing parts of your brain.
You will learn how to use mnemonics, the linking method, loci method all which aim at aiding your memory.
In the fourth part of the book, the author takes you through hypnosis. You will learn how to do it from start to end, and get to see what it is all about not to mention how exactly it works. This is an area that will be really eye opening on the subject of hypnosis.
Part five of the book teaches you on unconscious communication. There are a number of sections to it such as how to influence people and win friends, body language and also lessons on psychology.
The last part of the book is on Anti-Science, Pseudo Science and Bad Thinking.
Here, the author gives his personal opinion on logical fallacies, ‘Neuro-Linguistic Programming’, Clairvoyants and organized religion as a whole. You might want to read this area with an open mind because Derren is very personal here but also shares quite some insightful perspectives that can benefit you in a huge way.
I have barely scratched the surface of what the book really offers and I would like to let you know that there is more to this book that is self explanatory than what can be said about it. So I recommend you to get the book so that you can get all the goodies it comes with.
Pros And Cons Of The Book
As always we will start with the pro’s section.
* There is a lot of great information in the book on magic (probably more than you would imagine)
* The book really helps on the issue of memory
* The book is thought provoking and eye opening
* The book is usable in that the things discussed here are very practical
Some of the content in the book have brought some controversy. Especially in the last part of the book. However, the controversy has been raised by folks who have different perspectives on the topics discussed. I would encourage you to read the book yourself to get your own perspective and see if what they are saying is true or not.
Tricks Of The Mind Book Vs 13 Steps To Mentalism By Corinda
13 Steps to mentalism is basically a book on mental magic. The book will help you know how to read people’s minds.
This is what makes it different from Tricks Of The Mind which guides you on the tricks of the mind.
I think that both books are highly useful on the topic of mentalism and they would make a good combination to work with to learn more about magic.
Where To Get The Book
To get yourself a copy of this extremely helpful book, I encourage you to go to www.amazon.com. It is my personal favorite and it comes with quite a number of benefits such as:
* Free access to prime reading
* Free shipping for print book
* No extra cost once you get one kindle first ebook a month
* Free access to audible channels and so much more
As I conclude, I would like you to remember that in the book you will learn to:
* Make hypnosis work for you
* Improve your memory
* The basics of magic
* Spot liars and how to get cues of peoples behaviour and so much more
These insights will go a long way in building your foundation in magic and mentalism.
My Personal Thoughts On The Book
The book is really fascinating in terms of the information it gives you. Honestly, the part on memory is quite intriguing.
The book would go well with a great mind program called The Raikov Effect.
I highly recommend this book to any person that wants to understand the tricks behind magic or a person that want to get to know Derren Brown a bit more.
I would love to hear your experiences with the book as well as any questions you may have on it.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts and opinions on the book. And if you have other great self help books that you would want me to do reviews on, let me know in the comments below.