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Posted by abeodbart February 29, 2012 at 8:35 am

Magician Brian Brushwood recounts on his blog the tale of how Teller, the mute half of the magic duo Penn & Teller, sent him a lovely letter in reply to his own that changed his career for the better. It is so great that we have to share it with you, especially since we all know Derren has expressed his appreciation of Teller’s magic often (for example in his book). You just know it’s worth a read when the letter starts like this;

“My dear bastard son,

It is about time you wrote, my boy.”

Read the whole story on this link and find Derren’s own letter of advice to a young mentalist in the Svengali Brochure.

Penn & Teller, by Derren Brown

February 29, 2012 at 8:39 am
Leo Gopal says:

Love this! As a Hypnotist – this still resonates

February 29, 2012 at 9:29 am
Berber Anna says:

And this is exactly why I love that guy. Well, both those guys, really. Derren may be more of my ‘thing’ magic-wise because I’m in love with Victorian parlour stuff and he’s the closest thing to that while still being current, but I have such a big love for P&T because they’re just so DAMNED GOOD at what they do. I love magic of any kind, I’ve been to the big Vegas Hans Klok shows, but P&T and Derren are the only people that make me gasp when I see them perform. Precisely because of that surprise element that Teller describes. There’s craftsmen and then there’s artists. And they are artists.

February 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm
alan says:



By the by, young Fitzteller.
Should you stumble across my old genes some where. Kindly keep them, as a memento.

March 1, 2012 at 3:34 am

I love this letter so much. Such excellent advice to any artist…or to anyone, really.

March 3, 2012 at 9:24 am
Chrissy says:

Derren’s letter…I think I know the very one? Was it the one he wrote as a post in the Magic Cafe a few years ago, to a ten-year old? I saw it and thought it was so delightful that I printed it out and showed my friends! And reposted it here, on DB’s blog, a couple years ago. It’s so cheerful, it can brighten up a gloomy day!

March 9, 2012 at 4:44 am

Thank you, Mr. Brown for share this letter. I am mentalist in Brazil and today I made my first presentation in my hometown (Rio), although I made some presentations in the capital, I was very, very nervous about this..

This letter made me keep moving forward.

Thanks from my heart.

PS: Sorry for my bad English.



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