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For a while now I have concerned myself with engaging peoples beliefs. A large part of me wishes to have people retain a scepticism about what I do and apply that to other areas in life where our beliefs are manipulated in ugly ways.

Derren Victor Brown

Most people think themselves kind enough, but rather like a magician thinking he is fooling an audience who can see through his trick, we are the worst judges of the effect we have on others. True, we can mentally point out various kindnesses we have committed and those pleasant aspects of ourselves. Yet by doing so, we ignore the real test cases: how we behave under pressure, how nice we are to people we dont like, how we deal with other people who seem determined to not live up to our unrealistic expectations.

Derren Victor Brown

To forgive purely because it is nicer to forgive, and to do so when its a tough call; to try to speak only kindly of those we know because it is preferable to do so; to enjoy the successes of others because living thus is more enjoyable than the stress of living resentfully: such kind things make us better, lovlier people. And to try to live this way for its own merits, without invoking a supernatural reason for doing so, is to celebrate our humanity and to give kindness back its teeth.

Derren Victor Brown

In magic, anyone with a shop-bought trick deck is a magician, and if people arent fooled they usually pretend to be, and they are understandably likely to mistake being fooled as a sign of being in the presence of an excellent magician.

Derren Victor Brown

Each of us is leading a difficult life, and when we meet people we are seeing only a tiny part of the thinnest veneer of their complex, troubled existences. To practise anything other than kindness towards them, to treat them in any way save generously, is to quietly deny their humanity.

Derren Victor Brown

The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.

William Feather

People are always saying, Can you use your skills to get extraordinarily beautiful women into bed? Well... yes, yes I can.

Derren Victor Brown

People come to Washington believing it's the center of power. I know I did. It was only much later that I learned that Washington is a steering wheel that's not connected to the engine

Richard Goodwin

For me, the most enjoyable aspect of going out and performing is that I never know how susceptible people will be to my methods.

Derren Victor Brown

A lot is said about children having stronger psychic ability because theyre so unjaded and innocent. This excruciating view of children is generally expounded by people who think like children and perhaps can be forgiven.

Derren Victor Brown

Even though its dark sometimes or its scary for the people involved, ultimately I always make sure theyre exhilarated by it. Its genuinely a real pleasure to take people to that place.

Derren Victor Brown

There are people who have the ability to wake up a minute or even seconds before their alarm goes off or to know what time theyve woken up without even looking at a clock. Now, thank God, I dont have to get up in the mornings but the potential of the body to keep such accurate time is remarkable.

Derren Victor Brown

Some people might think I could play Russian Roulette safely with a blank bullet. Our armourer took us outside to demonstrate the damage a blank causes at close range.

Derren Victor Brown

Our new economic approach is rooted in ideas which stress the importance of macro-economics, post neo-classical endogenous growth theory and the symbiotic relationships between growth and investment, and people and infrastructure.

James Gordon Brown

I want to lead a government humble enough to know its place where I will always strive to be and that is on people's side.

James Gordon Brown

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