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Hypnosis

Tricks of the Mind
Narrated by: Derren Brown
Length: 38 mins
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Learn the key techniques behind successful hypnotism, including the preparation of your subject, inducing a trance and awakening your subject. Derren offers you tips on how to be safe, as well as revealing some of his own experiences on stage- good and bad!

Brought to you by Random House Audio and Channel 4 Books.

Music Publisher: BDi Music Ltd, Composer: Steve Beresford.

©2009 Derren Brown (P)2009 Random House Audiobooks

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Darren Brown!

Darren Brown is an amazing illusionist and hypnotist. This book is brief but solid. A good intro into hypnosis 4 stars

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Quick easy read

fun as usual from Derren.
easy to learn.
doesn't take long to read
great short backstory.
thanks

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And begin

I thoroughly enjoyed the professional and responsible approach this audio is presented. I am adopting all this expert's recommendations.

As expected Derren narrates in an engaging and entertaining way. Loved it.

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abridged score

It's not really abridged, one quickly realises, when following very carefully measured instructions in an as nonchalantly as exemplary demonstration of mastery

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  • Ed
  • 28-12-2011

Amazing what the Mind can do

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I don't know if I would necessarily recommend this audiobook, however the performance of the book by Derren (and of course written by him) means you get a unique perspective on the story. Whilst he doesn't go though how to perform Hypnosis, he does go though the basics of how and why it works the way it does.

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I think if you're either a Derren Brown fan, or interested in Hypnosis, this audiobook is for you. It certainly gives an interesting insight into how Derren, an actual stage performer uses hypnotism. If you're looking for a quick way and verbatim script on how to hypnotise someone, this audiobook isn't really for you, but having said that, Derren does lay down some basics, but doesn't give you a blow by blow on how to Hypnotise a person (or people).

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  • Tim
  • 05-03-2011

An Introduction into how 2 b as cool as Jesus 1

If you're looking for an Audio book for ?Tricks of the Mind?, then sadly this isn't it. Although there are many E-Books (& similar) claiming to provide short-cuts to Derren Brown's secrets, most are sadly not the genuine article & the best way of discovering his techniques is through reading it.

What this is (in its own words) is 'Crumbs from the Table of the Master'; it is a taster of some of the best bits of the book in order to whet your appetite for the real thing.


This particular section covers Hypnosis. This is better covered in the book (e.g. the Dormitory Elephant), but the glimpse here is revealing into how to create & build a hypnotic 'trance'. Although he is brief, the material here can be used effectively to become an amateur hypnotist since all the technique requires is confidence.
(As an important aside for motorists (such as myself): this section doesn't use any actual hypnotic techniques, so it is alright to use in the car.)

So, this audio clip is not a complete work-through of ?Tricks of the Mind? but is more a glimpse at its contents in order to draw you further into the mystery of his magic.
If you, like me, enjoy audio material that is moderately stretching but not as cerebrally painful as Charles Dickens, then this is surprisingly enjoyable.
If however you are after finding out his secrets (so that you can fool Clod-pates, Halfwits & Harlequins AND Charlie-sat-before-you), then you should get the book instead.
Either way (to use one of the NLP techniques from another section), it is difficult to avoid the allure of the mysterious...

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  • Robert
  • 22-11-2011

Simply Hypnotic

Derren Brown has received a lot of attention with his Channel 4 TV shows demonstrating the amazing ability to influence people using hypnosis and other psychological techniques. This book gives an excellent overview of the ideas and concepts of hypnosis and how he uses them. He is very careful to describe the difference between theraputic hypnosis and stage hypnosis and the ethics associated with using these techniques. I don't think a beginner could learn hypnosis from scratch using this book alone. He provides a few excellent examples, but does not describe in sufficient detail the process of putting someone into a hypnotic state. With this in mind, I found his insight, entertaining, and engaging. I always prefer books read by the author, and this was particularly well read, and I didn't want to turn it off. I highly recommend this book as it offers great ideas on the ethical use of hypnosis and the effects it can have on people.

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  • Deano
  • 24-02-2016

I was getting into that....

Good book, enjoyable listen. Waaaaay too short.. Darren we need more content for our cash.

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  • spiritf
  • 29-05-2019

rip off

had i known that this is only 1 chapter i would have never have wasted my money .

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  • alan purdie
  • 23-03-2018

absolute joke

this book last for about 10 minutes . do not buy. I can't believe it's actually for sale

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  • Kevin P Orchard
  • 19-11-2019

simple

i liked it, it was well presented and easier to understand than some on this subject.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-07-2019

Amacon

Only got 1 chapter amazon is a con

Gimme my money back you losers
Mest up my day







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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-2018

short sharp and informative.

a brief summery of a technique with suitable warnings (I hope people listen too) before hand. I find the view's are balenced and fair and the information easy to digest. thou I have little interest in being a stage hypnotist I think the techniques useful and intriguing to use on oneself and how he manages to perform his amazing shows. if anything it's too short and would of liked more than a few crumbs off the table. magicians and their tricks.

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  • Brian
  • 27-05-2017

A jewel in the crown of interested parties.

Derren is a fantastically talented TV and stage performer, part of his attraction is the interaction, care and the respect he has for his subjects. This short audio book is a glimpse into Derrens well practiced and finely tuned hypnosis techniques. I would have loved if he had done a full verbatim induction, but totally understand why this can't be done, and shouldn't be done in this format. If anyone is genuinely interested in hypnosis, as I am, I fully recommend this book.

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  • Justique
  • 21-03-2016

very very basic hypnosis

its a beginners guide to hypnosis at best, no doubt the guy knows what he is talking about its just he doesn go much in dept and talks very broad,, sadly so more a brush of book for those to knows basic hypnosis. nothing special.