Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Derren Brown



A belated Happy New Year everybody.

I watched Evening of Wonders on TV last night, which for those who didn't see it was a televised version of Derren Brown's stage show. Derren Brown is an internationally acclaimed psychological illusionist who appears to predict and and control human behaviour.

Evening of Wonders was a homage to the mentalist performers of the 1920's and 30's and at the heart of the show was some quite astonishing "mind-reading". The thing is though, Derren Brown does not claim to be a mind-reader; far from it, he actually describes his craft as "a mixture of magic, suggestion, psychology, misdirection and showmanship."

Derren Brown is always fascinating to watch and everytime I do I always want to find out more about the techniques behind the magic and the mystery, and I thought you might be interested in sharing a little of what I discovered. One of my main sources of information comes from the work of David Abbott a magician who at the turn of the 20th century was regarded as one of the best documenters of the methods used by fraudulent psychics.

The following e-book which you can download for free is an explanatory account by Abbott on mind Reading in Public. To the best of my knowledge this work by Abbott is in the public domain so Please feel free to distribute this e-book to anybody who you think might be interested.

Mind Reading in Public: By David Phelps Abbott



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4 comments:

Helen said...

Nice post. Would you mind if I add a link to the ebook on my blog? I will of course give you credit for educating me on it :-)

Regards,
Helen

mdw said...

No problem Helen

All the best

David

Young Heejin Cassie said...

Hi David,

Wow! This is really interesting. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Take care,
Young ^_^

genna78 said...

Great post...
I love Derren Brown..

Genna
Italy