In , he started performing stage shows at the University of Bristol under the stage name Darren V. Brown; the "V" stood for "Victor". Brown explained various psychological techniques used by purported psychics and spiritual mediums to manipulate their audiences. The most notable was cold reading , a technique which Brown discusses extensively in his book Tricks of the Mind. However, he did include one extract taken from a episode of Trick of the Mind in which he found an object that had been hidden in the streets of Venice by a volunteer.
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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. This is a manifesto for performing excellence, not a mere collection of routines. Originally privately published by the author, Absolute Magic was only available directly from Derren via his password protected web site.
Those fortunate few who were able to negotiate the web site and place their order have cherished their copies. With his performing career no longer affording him the luxury of filling orders, he has authorized its publication and the book is now available. Brown also possesses considerable experience with pick-pocketing, a subject he explores in some technical as well as theatrical depth.
There is some pragmatic contents of the book, which still serves as a vehicle for Mr. Then go out to perform fresh and eager to improve even more, and from the moment you arrive, invent and walk your own prestige Carry it around with you with the quiet nature of the man confident in his authority. Communicate it thoroughly and subtly before any magic begins. You are not a juggler, nor a mere amuser of the middle-classes: you are a magician.
The main task of that wonderful job is to lift people out of themselves. You are a connection to a wondrous world, and if you forget that and just become a mingling trickster, then you are undercutting yourself, and denying yourself the shiver of an unrivalled type of job satisfaction.
In keeping with our model, it is vital that you transport people: that in some sensitive way you challenge the comfort of the social context. In places where the posh gather and talk about silly things, you must gradually, softly, sound a bass note that rumbles.
Absolute Magic: A Model for Powerful Close-Up Performance