Confessions of a Conjuror

  • by Derren Brown
  • Narrated by Derren Brown
  • 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Confessions of a Conjuror, Derren Brown invites you on a whimsical journey through his unusual mind. Structured around the various stages of a conjuring trick, performed by his younger self in a crowded restaurant, Derren's endlessly engaging narrative takes you from the history of magic, to speculations on the manufacturing of Monster Munch and the correct way to poach an egg, via discussions about psychology, what he hums while cleaning his teeth and the social niceties surrounding Parmesan cheese.
Hugely revealing, hilarious and unlike anything you've read before, Confessions of a Conjuror is a refreshing alternative to autobiography that will charm and delight you.

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Absolute magic

Ah, what can I say about Derren Brown? Sharp-suited magic man? Pointy-beareded mind meddler? Both are true, but for me, Derren is simply this - a grand master of foolery, lovely with it, and very, very funny. Confessions Of A Conjuror is at once wonderful and insightful, utterly bonkers, entirely bemusing and totally entertaining. Derren lets us inside his mind, and here he reads his own work, so it really is like he's having an enthralling - if wacky - conversation with you. I challenge you to listen to this without guffawing out loud (I did within seconds). Put simply, there is much more to Mr Brown than the personna you see on the television or at your local theatre. Well worth an audible point.
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- Lucy

He's really a nice guy

An interesting take on the standard celeb autobiography in which Derren uses a detailed description of a card trick performed some years ago as the narrative thread, and drifting off at tangents as he is reminded of incidents from his early life, prompted to create random lists, chooses to name-drop (just a little!) and espouses his philosophies on life and its general lack of kindnesses.
The sense with which I came away from this book was that Derren didn't seem to like himself at all until comparatively recently. His almost overwhelming self-criticism is evident from the first minutes of the recording and there is very little of the dark, sexy persona created for his earlier TV shows. Several of the childhood memories do not show him in a good light at all and I will admit to cruelly sniggering at his embarrassment re Hugh Grant. Sorry, Derren!
This is a revealing autobiography but it is not laid out easily so some work is required from the listener. I thought it was the more rewarding for this, and am surprised to read other reviewers expressing disappointment.
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- Stephanie Jane

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-10-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks