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Book (pre-order - ships Mar 2) by Derek DelGaudio ($27.00)


Truth and lies are two sides of the same coin. But who’s flipping it?

A thought-provoking and brilliantly entertaining work of nonfiction from one of the world’s leading deceivers, the creator and star of the astonishing theater show and forthcoming film In & Of Itself.

Derek DelGaudio believed he was a decent, honest man. But when irrefutable evidence to the contrary is found in an old journal, his memories are reawakened and Derek is forced to confront–and try to understand–his role in a significant act of deception from his past.

Using his youthful notebook entries as a road map, Derek embarks on a soulful, often funny, sometimes dark journey, retracing the path that led him to a world populated by charlatans, card cheats, and con artists. As stories are peeled away and artifices are revealed, Derek examines the mystery behind his father’s vanishing act, the secret he inherited from his mother, the obsession he developed with sleight-of-hand that shaped his future, and the affinity he felt for the professional swindlers who taught him how to deceive others. And once he finds himself working as a crooked dealer in a big-money Hollywood card game, Derek begins to question his own sense of morality, and discovers that even a master of deception can find himself trapped inside an illusion.

A M O R A L M A N is a wildly engaging exploration of the fictions we live as truths. It is ultimately a book about the lies we tell ourselves and the realities we manufacture in others.

256 Pages


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  • Tim asks: So ... what exactly is the true description or the book? Is it a "magic" book. Is it a mainstream book????

    • 1. Ted answers: Did you read the description? It appears to be an artist's thoughtful memoir.
    • 2. Adam answers: It's a fair question. It's in a section called 'magic books', and it's priced like a 'magic book', so it would be good if it was a 'magic book' but it seems like it may not be a 'magic book' but it's in the 'magic book' section and priced like a 'magic book'.
    • 3. Tim answers: Honestly. It's priced like a regular book.
    • 4. Jason answers: It is NOT a magic book. There are no routines or effects described. It is essentially a biographical chapter (not a full biography) from Derek's life. It's also fantastic - I read an advance copy. Card magicians and gambling experts will enjoy it, but it's aimed at the general public.
    • 5. Adam answers: This is not priced like a regular book... Also it's in the 'magic books' section. Majority of the major online book shop's best sellers are under £10.
    • 6. Adam answers: Look at the difference in Derren Brown's books, you want Pure Effect? Sure you have to pay! You want 'Happy' or his other ones? Under £10.
    • 7. Tony answers: For those who seem to be lamenting that this "magic book" isn't really a "magic book" even though it's priced like a "magic book" despite being non-instructional...let me offer some context. Firstly, someone mentioned the price of books on "major online retailers" websites. As it happens, the price of the book on the largest online retailer website is within $3 of what it costs here at VanishingInc. Personally, I think it's worth $3 to support the work that VI is doing. Secondly, the price of other books is irrelevant. Those books are not this book. It's up to you to decide if you want the book more than your $27. Or not. Thirdly, you're paying for ideas. Not paper and ink. If you want to buy paper and ink -- which seems to be the goal of some people -- let me recommend Office Depot. Ideas cost more than office supplies.
    • 8. Adam answers: I'm not comparing Vinc with another retailer... it's a normal book. Normal books are under £10. It's weird that it says 'non-fiction' too, as though normal magic instructions are fiction. Derren Brown is the best comparison here, his 'magic books' are priced like 'magic books' and are 'magic books', his non-'magic books' are priced like non-'magic books'. This appears to be a very expensive book about some random guy. We buy secrets here, and information, methods etc. and we pay a price. We can buy the very best 'magic books' in the world here, the best ones ever written. We can buy some of the best normal books ever written for 99p on Kindle. This seems to be like reading Wikipedia or something.
    • 9. Jason answers: It is a hardcover book. A quick search of Amazon for "hardcover biography" (the section AMORALMAN is listed under on Amazon) and "Last 90 days" shows that its price is right in the middle of the other selections in that category. Some are cheaper, some are more expensive. Although there were 75 pages of results returned, I looked at all of the ones on the first 3 pages of Amazon and NONE of them are under $14.00 (£10). It's priced appropriately for its intended audience.
    • 10. Adam answers: No it isn't.
    • 11. Adam answers: I just did the same search, £13.59, £10.99, £11.19... but yeah this random guy...
    • 12. Jason answers: I ran a search for "hardcover biography" on just now, ranked by "English" as language and "last 90 days" as publication date, 7 of the books on the first page of results were more expensive than Amoralman. You seem to be looking to find books that are cheaper. I'm just trying to find books that are in the same category (and marketed to the same types of audience) and then comparing prices. And Derek's book compares favorably. Were some cheaper, as you pointed out? Sure. But many were equally priced or more expensive. The average price of the books in that section? £16.98 Amoralman is £15.99.
    • 13. Adam answers: I took the top answers, number 1, 2 and 3. Those are most popular, and by actual people. If Derren Brown's general consumer books are under £10, and he's literally Derren Brown, then why on flat-earth would I pay twice as much for some random guy?
    • 14. Chad answers: Adam, you're an idiot. If you don't want the book, then don't buy it.
    • 15. chris answers: Nobody is making anybody buy this book. Nobody is asking ‘this one guy here’ to confirm whether they think the book is priced appropriately. The product description is quite clear. Buy it or don’t.
    • 16. Johnson answers: Turn the lights out when you are done here.
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  • Timothy asks: Is this book hardcover or softcover. Assuming hardcover, given the high price, but would like to be certain.

    • 1. David answers: Hardcover.
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AMORALMAN by Derek DelGaudio