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Tricks of the Mind

Derren Brown (author)
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Channel Four Books
Magic and psychology
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Table of Contents:
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  • Preface to the Parperback Edition
  • Preface

Part One: Disillusionment

Part Two: Magic

  • A Coin Trick
  • A Card Trick
  • Perception is Everything
  • Tricks with Suggestion
    • The Pendulum
    • Muscle-reading

Part Three: Memory

  • Starting Points
  • The Linking System
    • Uses of the Linking System
  • The Peg System
    • Remembering Long Numbers
    • Memorizing a Deck of Cards
    • Memorizing Football Scores
  • Remembering Names
  • The Importance of Reviewing

Part Four: Hypnosis and Suggestibility

  • A Brief History
  • What is Hypnosis?
  • Seemlingly Unique Hypnotic Phenomena
    • Painless Surgery
    • Hallucinations
  • How to Hypnotize
    • The Dangers
    • Language
    • Structure
    • Prepare Your Subject
    • Trying a Post-hypnotic Suggestion
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming
    • The Eyes Have It (some of the time)
  • Tools for Personal Change
    • Targeted Rapport
    • Playing with Pictures
    • Phobia Cure
    • Self-confidence and the Image We Project
    • Confusion and Self-defence

Part Five: Unconscious Communication

  • Learning to Read People
  • Spotting Lies and Giveaway Tells
    • Establishing a Baseline
    • Key Areas of Unconscious Communication
    • Test Your Acuity
    • Signs of Truthfulness

Part Six: Anti-Science, Pseudo-Science and Bad Thinking

  • Thinking Traps
  • Science and Relativism
    • Worry About Science
  • Belief in the Supernatural and Pseudo-Science
    • Confirmation Bias: Looking for What We Know
    • Extraordinary Coincidences and Psychic Phone Calls
    • Anecdotes and Fact
    • Superstitious Thinking
  • Alternative Medicine
    • The Placebo Effect
    • The Appeal of the Imaginary
  • Mediums, Psychics and Charlatans
    • Cold-reading
    • More Examples of Cold-reading Trickery
    • 'Honest' Psychics
  • Final Thoughts
  • Correspondence
  • Acknowledgements
  • Suggested Further Reading and Quoted Papers
  • Picture Acknowledgements
  • Index

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