Author(s): Brown, Derren
Publication Summary: 2003, 251 pages
Publisher: H & R Magic Books
We regret to report that at the express request of the author, this book will not be reprinted. Because of the many requests we receive for information about this and because we are proud to have been associated with its publication, we are keeping this listing active, even though we cannot supply copies. We do occasional run across used copies. Feel free to email us regarding availability.
Following the success of Pure Effect, Derren Brown offers a detailed study of the most difficult task facing any close up magician: how to make magic convincing.
This is a rich and witty journey through the thinking of Britain's foremost current magical performer, whose television specials have revolutionized mentalism and drawn massive viewing figures.
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. But those who study it carefully will
find much practical information, not only on close up magic (Derren's emotion packed presentation for the floating ring, for example) and mentalism, but
also Derren's unique approach to theatrical pick-pocketing.
Originally privately published by the author, Absolute Magic, was only available directly from Derren via his password protected website. Those fortunate few who were able to negotiate the website 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 distribution by H & R Magic Books.
Jamy Ian Swiss in Genii Magazine March 2000|
"If the author's previous book, Pure Effect, was a
challenge to the status quo of close-up magic, then
Absolute Magic is an outright call to arms...he wants
not only to alter the way we do our art and work, but he
wants to transform the way we think and feel about it. Mr, Brown also possesses considerable experience
with pick-pocketing, a subject he explores in some
technical as well as theatrical depth.
There is some excellent instruction here...this is some of the most
pragmatic contents of the book, which still serves as a
vehicle for Mr. Brown's thoughtful consideration of
Here is an excerpt from the book, cited in the Genii review, as characteristic of its contents:
"Have the courage to think from this starting-point, and to leave ninety percent of your repertoire behind you. 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. You act with caution, and you pace the mood of the event (and you don't cloud that judgment by swigging too much of the Champagne yourself), but you remember that you are there to create magic… and you bide your time."