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About Marius Brill

Marius Brill is a playwright, journalist and novelist. His latest novel, ‘How To Forget’, explores the murky world of magic and mentalism, conjurors and con-artists. He twitters @mariusbrill and blogs at  

Articles by Marius Brill

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

To hell in a handcart

The comforts of pessimism are to be found in an illusion of control

Cancel Halloween

What can Halloween, celebrating the eve of the western Christian feast of All Hallow's Day, have to offer that isn't already a national pastime?

Are we machine?

Advertising puts a lot of money in the way of machines that predict us better. But also of social network services that makes our behaviour more predictable. Do we run the risk of losing the Turing test by becoming less human?

Derren Brown, Hallowed Be Thy Name

The success of TV conjuror Derren Brown tells of our vulnerability to the magic of pseudo-scientific explanation. While researching the brilliant comic novel, How to Forget, the author joined the ranks of the conjurors and came away with a degree of healthy dis-illusion

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