By the end of the memoir he is still in that same room, having astonished a table of punters with a series of card tricks. From these observations, he delves into his past life, future career, his methods, beliefs, sexuality, the wisdom of Aristophanes, and, for more than three pages, the perfect way to poach eggs. So what do we learn about Brown from this jumble sale? For one thing, he is a self-confessed obsessive. Indeed, his tendencies manifest themselves in his overwrought, Victorian prose, which is laden with fetishistic detail.
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His description of why he prefers red-backed cards to blue-backed is an example. Much of the book freewheels in this way. One has to be on the look-out for biographical gems that might drift past on a two-page footnote. Occasionally, a moving nugget catches the eye.
For instance, he offers two explanations for his interest in magic. The first involves a number of items with which he became fascinated as a child a magic hat given to him at Christmas, a hidden compartment in an After Eight box , but the second, psychological explanation seems more convincing.
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There is some method given away here, but not much. Mostly, Brown provides an insight into how malleable and suggestible the average punter is.
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For that reason, he says, magic is all context. And that, it seems, is the message of this strange, postmodern book. Brown elevates seemingly insignificant moments in his life and imbues them with drama. He may be right. In Confessions of a Conjuror, Brown takes us on a meandering pleasure cruise downriver. It is worth the journey.
You can get a sneak peak inside Confessions Of A Conjuror here. William Schnoebelen "I was a sold-out, goddess-worshipping witch! Mike Warnke. Rebecca Brown, M. I am the proud owner of two of her books, He Came to Set the Captives Free and Prepare for War, both autographed by the author herself. I have watched an interview of this woman, and it is frightening how absolutely normal she seems. The Desire for Excitement Humans need stimulation. We have the greatest brain of any animal on earth, and we need excitement.
Cops, for instance And TV shows lead us to believe that lawyers have at least one jury trial per week, every week, with surprise witnesses, dramatic revelations, and of course justice prevailing. In reality, the world is pretty much what's there. That is, what you see is all you get.
Ogden Nash once said, "Things are often what they seem. Lurid tales of dark, disgusting, vile rituals.
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Secrets known only to the very few makes you wonder how some overly-coifed white-bread suburbanite Christian Fundamentalist learned them. It would almost appear that Christianity is boring, as if Christians desperately want their spiritual lives to involve some titanic struggle between the Vast Dark Forces and their God. He once submitted a bill to require the inclusion of "Creation Science" in school textbooks that contained information about evolution. On July 31, , he was shot in the left arm with 00 buckshot while standing outside his trailer in Austin, Texas. At first, he told police that he didn't know who did it; later, he said it was a "Satanic cult.
It was later learned that Mr.