A classic of magic, finally available as a download.
We all recognize Derren Brown as one of the finest mentalists of our age. His critically acclaimed writings, television shows, and theatrical productions have made him a respected household name all over the world. Everyone knows that.
What fewer people know is that years before his fame, Derren earned his living as a close-up magician specializing in card magic. He released The Devil's Picturebook in 1999, a stunning collection of card material years ahead of its time. The card magic he performs and teaches offer a rare glimpse into how Derren thinks about his magic, and how he constructs routines. Then, as now, the audience's emotions are always Derren's primary focus.
Vanishing Inc. Magic is proud to bring you The Devil’s Picturebook for the first time as a digitally remastered download. Over the course of three hours, you’ll be given a detailed, rare insight into this rare Derren Brown material. The first half focuses on Derren's “traditional” card work; featuring his Card Under Box, Oil and Water and the famous Smoke routine. The second features his incredible, pioneering psychological card material.
Part 1: Conjuring
3-Card Routine: A beautiful routine using three selections.
Mike's Move: An invisible bottom card control.
Card Under Box: As the title implies, a multi-phased routine.
Oil and Water: Derren's terrific version of this classic.
Zameil's Rose: A poetic piece in which a selected card changes into a shower of rose pedals.
Smoke: Perhaps Derren's signature close-up piece, this is a thought-of card to cigarette.
Part 2: Psychological Effects
Out of this World: Derren's wonderful additions to the classic routine.
Double Think: Two thought-of cards are discerned. The method is groundbreaking.
Extreme Mental Effort: This effect will absolutely fool you.
Invisible Deal: A fantastic concept worked into a prediction effect with cards.
Invisible Deal Force: In a way the opposite of the above, this uses the same principle.
Who Is Derren Brown?
Born in Croydon in 1971, Derren Brown's interest in magic was kicked off during his time at Bristol university studying law and German. A hypnotist called Martin S Taylor visited the university to perform his show. Derren had never seen anything quite like it and it was that moment that started off his interest, and career.
Derren Brown is now known as one of the finest mentalists the world has ever seen. Long before he came to the British public's attention with the launch of Derren Brown: Mind Control in 2000, he was working in a pub in Bristol doing mainly card magic. Card legend Jerry Sadowitz was responsible for this start to his fame, by introducing Derren to Objective Productions who made the show.
He now has won numerous awards for his TV and stage shows along with critical acclaim wherever he performs. But it did all start off with a love of hard-hitting card magic that always had the emotional hook Vernon so often spoke of.