101 Bets You Will Always Win

  • Filename: 101-bets-you-will-always-win.
  • ISBN: 9781509824014
  • Release Date: 2016-09-08
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan



What would you do if someone bet you they could balance a coin on the edge of a banknote, walk through a postcard, or make you move your limbs through the power of suggestion? Would you take that bet? From Richard Wiseman, the creator of the 350-million-view YouTube phenomenon, Quirkology, comes a thrilling mix of lateral thinking, magic tricks and scintillating science stunts which is sure to appeal to curious minds everywhere. Using only your body and everyday household objects, 101 Bets You Will Always Win is both a practical guide and illuminating exploration of the fascinating science that underpins these seemingly impossible challenges.

101 Bets You Will Always Win

  • Filename: 101-bets-you-will-always-win.
  • ISBN: 9781250121875
  • Release Date: 2016-09-27
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin



Everyone loves a winner. Imagine being able to challenge anyone with seemingly impossible bets, safe in the knowledge that you will always win. Imagine no more. Richard Wiseman is a psychologist who has traveled the globe in search of the world's greatest bets and in "101 Bets You Will Always Win" he shows you how to use science, logic and a healthy dose of trickery always to be on the winning side of every bet you make. Using coins, dice, matchsticks and ordinary objects, you'll discover, among many other things, - how to balance a coin on the edge of a dollar bill - pick a cup up with a balloon - balance two forks and a matchstick on your fingertip - separate two glasses without touching them In explaining the bets, Wiseman also explains the science behind them making what at first seems mystifying as natural as the laws of gravity. Let YouTube sensation Richard Wiseman turn you into one of those smart people who can say "I'll bet I can..." and know that you'll never lose.

101 Bets You Will Always Win

  • Filename: 101-bets-you-will-always-win.
  • ISBN: 9781925483062
  • Release Date: 2016-08-30
  • Number of pages: 128
  • Author: Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher: Macmillan



Everyone loves a winner, and this book is all about how to win. Discover the amazing secrets to 101 seemingly impossible bets, including how to: · balance a coin on the edge of a banknote · walk through a postcard · create a pen that writes any colour · transform a tea towel into a chicken 101 Bets That You Will Always Win by Richard Wiseman is a jaw-dropping mix of lateral thinking, unbelievable magic tricks, scintillating science stunts, fabulous factoids, mathematical mischief, and cunning conundrums which will appeal to curious minds everywhere. The Quirkology YouTube Channel has attracted over 350 million views online and is now on a mission to make the whole world more quirky. Written in the fast moving, smart thinking, and somewhat surreal, style adored by Quirkology fans across the globe, this book reveals how to confound colleagues, dazzle on dates, flummox friends and family, and be the life and soul of the party.

Quirkology

  • Filename: quirkology.
  • ISBN: 9780330526050
  • Release Date: 2011-03-04
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan



Ever wondered why bad musicians always win the Eurovision Song Contest, or how incompetent politicians get elected? You need some Quirkology in your life. While other scientists beaver away on obvious problems, Richard Wiseman has been busy uncovering the secret ingredients of charisma, exploring how our personalities are shaped by when we are born and examining why people usually miss the obvious signs of their partner's infidelity. Using scientific methods to investigate offbeat topics that interest the general public as well as the scientific community, Quirkology brings a new understanding to the backwaters of the human mind and takes us to places where mainstream scientists fear to tread. Comparable to Freakonomics, but British, far more populist, and a lot funnier. Findings include: How does your surname influence your life? What does the way you walk reveal about your personality? Why should women have men write their personal ads? What is the funniest joke in the world?

Night School

  • Filename: night-school.
  • ISBN: 9781447252061
  • Release Date: 2014-03-27
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Author: Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan



Almost a third of your whole life is spent asleep. Every night you close your eyes, become oblivious to your surroundings and waste hours flying, being chased or watching all your teeth fall out – and then you wake up. What on earth is going on? Based on exciting new peer-reviewed research, mass-participation experiments and the world’s largest archive of dream reports, Night School uncovers the truth about the sleeping brain – and gives powerful tips on how you can use those hours of apparently ‘dead’ time to change your waking life. Along the way you will discover how to learn information while you sleep, the creative potential of a six-minute nap, and what your dreams really mean. Studies show that even a small lack of sleep can have a detrimental effect on health and happiness. It’s time to banish nightmares, make the most of the missing third of your days, and get the best night’s sleep of your life.

59 Seconds

  • Filename: 59-seconds.
  • ISBN: 0307593266
  • Release Date: 2009-12-29
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Author: Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher: Anchor



A psychologist and best-selling author gives us a myth-busting response to the self-help movement, with tips and tricks to improve your life that come straight from the scientific community. Richard Wiseman has been troubled by the realization that the self-help industry often promotes exercises that destroy motivation, damage relationships, and reduce creativity: the opposite of everything it promises. Now, in 59 Seconds, he fights back, bringing together the diverse scientific advice that can help you change your life in under a minute, and guides you toward becoming more decisive, more imaginative, more engaged, and altogether more happy. From mood to memory, persuasion to procrastination, resilience to relationships, Wiseman outlines the research supporting the new science of “rapid change” and, with clarity and infectious enthusiasm, describes how these quirky, sometimes counterintuitive techniques can be effortlessly incorporated into your everyday life. Or, as he likes to say: “Think a little, change a lot.” From the Hardcover edition.

Happy

  • Filename: happy.
  • ISBN: 9781473526853
  • Release Date: 2016-09-22
  • Number of pages: 576
  • Author: Derren Brown
  • Publisher: Random House



‘Deeply informative, moving, wise and full of love’ Alain de Botton Everyone says they want to be happy. But that's much more easily said than done. What does being happy actually mean? And how do you even know when you feel it? Across the millennia, philosophers have thought long and hard about happiness. They have defined it in many different ways and come up with myriad strategies for living the good life. Drawing on this vast body of work, in Happy Derren Brown explores changing concepts of happiness - from the surprisingly modern wisdom of the Stoics and Epicureans in classical times right up until today, when the self-help industry has attempted to claim happiness as its own. He shows how many of self-help’s suggested routes to happiness and success – such as positive thinking, self-belief and setting goals – can be disastrous to follow and, indeed, actually cause anxiety. This brilliant, candid and deeply entertaining book exposes the flaws in these ways of thinking, and in return poses challenging but stimulating questions about how we choose to live and the way we think about death. Happy aims to reclaim happiness and to enable us to appreciate the good things in life, in all their transient glory. By taking control of the stories we tell ourselves, by remembering that ‘everything’s fine’ even when it might not feel that way, we can allow ourselves to flourish and to live more happily.

Sleights of Mind

  • Filename: sleights-of-mind.
  • ISBN: 9781847652959
  • Release Date: 2011-02-03
  • Number of pages: 304
  • Author: Sandra Blakeslee
  • Publisher: Profile Books



What can magic tell us about ourselves and our daily lives? If you subtly change the subject during an uncomfortable conversation, did you know you're using attentional 'misdirection', a core technique of magic? And if you've ever bought an expensive item you'd sworn never to buy, you were probably unaware that the salesperson was, like an accomplished magician, a master at creating the 'illusion of choice'. Leading neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde meet with magicians from all over the world to explain how the magician's art sheds light on consciousness, memory, attention, and belief. As the founders of the new discipline of NeuroMagic, they combine cutting-edge scientific research with startling insights into the tricks of the magic trade. By understanding how magic manipulates the processes in our brains, we can better understand how we work - in fields from law and education to marketing, health and psychology - for good and for ill.

Sad Animal Facts

  • Filename: sad-animal-facts.
  • ISBN: 9781250095091
  • Release Date: 2016-09-06
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Author: Brooke Barker
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books



New York Times Bestseller! A delightful and quirky compendium of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths, with over 150 hand-drawn illustrations. Ever wonder what a mayfly thinks of its one-day lifespan? (They’re curious what a sunset is.) Or how a jellyfish feels about not having a heart? (Sorry, but they’re not sorry.) This melancholy menagerie pairs the more unsavory facts of animal life with their hilarious thoughts and reactions. Sneakily informative, and wildly witty, SAD ANIMAL FACTS will have you crying with laughter.

The As If Principle

  • Filename: the-as-if-principle.
  • ISBN: 9781451675054
  • Release Date: 2013-01-08
  • Number of pages: 285
  • Author: Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



The best-selling author of 59 Seconds challenges popular self-help approaches while counseling readers to take specific actions to improve outlook and circumstances, drawing on scientific findings to demonstrate how simple physical activities, from smiling to walking briskly, can alleviate common challenges.

Confessions of a Conjuror

  • Filename: confessions-of-a-conjuror.
  • ISBN: 9781409081289
  • Release Date: 2010-10-14
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Author: Derren Brown
  • Publisher: Random House



The inside of Derren Brown's head is a strange and mysterious place. Now you can climb inside and wander around. Find out just how Derren's mind works, see what motivates him and discover what made him the weird and wonderful person he is today. Obsessed with magic and illusions since childhood, Derren's life to date has been an extraordinary journey and here, in Confessions of a Conjuror, he allows us all to join him on a magical mystery tour - to the centre of his brain... Taking as his starting point the various stages of a conjuring trick he's performing in a crowded restaurant, Derren's endlessly engaging narrative wanders through subjects from all points of the compass, from the history of magic and the fundamentals of psychology to the joys of internet shopping and the proper use of Parmesan cheese. Brilliant, hilarious and entirely unlike anything else you have ever read before, Confessions of a Conjuror is also a complete and utter joy.

Rules for My Son

  • Filename: rules-for-my-son.
  • ISBN: 9781786490094
  • Release Date: 2016-11-03
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Walker Lamond
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books



Rules For My Son is a collection of traditional, humorous, and urbane fatherly advice for boys. From the sartorial ("Men should not wear sandals. Ever") to the practical ("Keep a copy of your letters. It makes it easier for your biographer") to even a couple of sure-fire hangover cures ("There is no better remedy than a dip in the ocean"), the book of rules, photos and accompanying quotations is the quintessential instruction manual for becoming a Good Man - industrious, thoughtful, charming, and of course, well-dressed. Hip and witty with a decidedly traditionalist flavour, Rules for My Newborn Son is meant to evoke simpler times when Father knew best and a suitable answer to "Why?" was "Because I said so." Based on the hit blog and presented as a beautifully designed hardback, there is no better gift for the discerning father, father-to-be, or son, this Christmas.

Paranormality

  • Filename: paranormality.
  • ISBN: 0230752985
  • Release Date: 2011
  • Number of pages: 340
  • Author: Richard Wiseman
  • Publisher: Macmillan Pub Limited



'People are emotionally drawn to the supernatural. They actively want weird, spooky things to be true . . . Wiseman shows us a higher joy as he deftly skewers the paranormal charlatans, blows away the psychic fog and lets in the clear light of reason.' Richard Dawkins Professor Richard Wiseman is clear about one thing: paranormal phenomena don't exist. But in the same way that the science of space travel transforms our everyday lives, so research into telepathy, fortune-telling and out-of-body experiences produces remarkable insights into our brains, behaviour and beliefs. Paranormality embarks on a wild ghost chase into this new science of the supernatural and is packed with activities that allow you to experience the impossible. So throw away your crystals, ditch your lucky charms and cancel your subscription to Reincarnation Weekly. It is time to discover the real secrets of the paranormal. Learn how to control your dreams -- and leave your body behind Convince complete strangers that you know all about them Unleash the power of your unconscious mind

Magic in Theory

  • Filename: magic-in-theory.
  • ISBN: 1902806506
  • Release Date: 2005-04
  • Number of pages: 175
  • Author: Peter Lamont
  • Publisher: Univ of Hertfordshire Press



A useful manual for any magician or curious spectator who wonders why the tricks seem so real, this guide examines the psychological aspects of a magician’s work. Exploring the ways in which human psychology plays into the methods of conjuring rather than focusing on the individual tricks alone, this explanation of the general principles of magic includes chapters on the use of misdirection, sleight of hand, and reconstruction, provides a better understanding of this ancient art, and offers a section on psychics that warns of their deceptive magic skills.

Rules for My Daughter

  • Filename: rules-for-my-daughter.
  • ISBN: 9781786490124
  • Release Date: 2016-11-03
  • Number of pages:
  • Author: Walker Lamond
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books



Rules For My Daughter is a collection of traditional, humorous, and urbane fatherly advice for young women and girls. From internet dating ("Never trust a profile pic") to the practical ("The right friends will appreciate a well timed burp. Your grandmother will not.") to aiming high ("There's more to life than Being a passenger." Amelia Earhart), this endearing book of rules and quotations is the quintessential instruction manual for becoming a confident and industrious young woman. Hip and witty with a decidedly traditionalist flavour, Rules For My Daughter is meant to evoke simpler times when father knew best and a suitable answer to "Why?" was "Because I said so." Based on the hit blog and presented as a beautifully designed hardback, there is no better gift to celebrate the special relationship between father and daughter.

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