Amoralman: A True Story and Other Lies

Amoralman: A True Story and Other Lies

Truth and lies are two sides of the same coin. But who's flipping it? A thought-provoking and brilliantly entertaining work of non-fiction from one of the world's leading deceivers, the creator and star of the astonishing theater show and forthcoming film In & Of Itself.

Derek DelGaudio believed he was a decent, honest man. But when irrefutable evidence to the contrary is found in an old journal, his memories are reawakened and Derek is forced to confront—and try to understand—his role in a significant act of deception from his past.

Using his youthful notebook entries as a road map, Derek embarks on a soulful, often funny, sometimes dark journey, retracing the path that led him to a world populated by charlatans, card cheats, and con artists. As stories are peeled away and artifices are revealed, Derek examines the mystery behind his father's vanishing act, the secret he inherited from his mother, the obsession he developed with sleight-of-hand that shaped his future, and the affinity he felt for the professional swindlers who taught him how to deceive others. And once he finds himself working as a crooked dealer in a big-money Hollywood card game, Derek begins to question his own sense of morality, and discovers that even a master of deception can find himself trapped inside an illusion.

Amoralman is a wildly engaging exploration of the fictions we live as truths. It is ultimately a book about the lies we tell ourselves and the realities we manufacture in others.

Title:Amoralman: A True Story and Other Lies
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525658559
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    Amoralman: A True Story and Other Lies Reviews

  • Matthew Carey

    I found Derek's show "In and Of Itself" mesmerising and I couldn't wait to read Amoralman. I devoured it in a few hours and now I'm looking forward to going back to watch I&OI again because I suspect ...

  • David Wineberg

    In the mids 80s, Monty Python’s Graham Chapman wrote his autobiography. He titled it A Liar’s Autobiography, and the preface was by the six co-authors. Now, Derek DelGaudio has published his own, ...

  • Allen Adams

    https://www.themaineedge.com/style/am...Introspection is difficult. Looking within ourselves and asking questions about who we are is a challenge that the vast majority of us are unable (or unwilling)...

  • Peter McDermott

    Despite being neither a magician nor a gambler myself, I'm deeply interested in the subjects of magic and gambling, so it was inevitable I'd get to Derek Delgaudio's book, Amoralman, sooner rather tha...

  • Andrew Martin

    The moment we knowingly conceal information from others we set a boundary between ourselves and those who do not possess the knowledge. This boundary provides us with a space of privacy and privilege....

  • Adam Roesner

    Derek DelGaudio is a scintillating artist. Whether you have seen his one man show on Hulu, "In & Of Itself," or this is your first exposure to him, you are in for a treat. Amoralman takes the reader t...

  • Max Tachis

    I bypassed the entire To Read stack on my table and stopped midway through the book I'm currently involved in to dive into "Amoralman" the second it arrived on my doorstep. It's a quick read! Due in p...

  • Cyn Donnelly

    If you know the name Derek DelGaudio it’s probably either because you have a deep appreciation for sleight of hand or you were fortunate enough to see his one-man show “In & Of Itself” either in...

  • Luke Mosher

    I really dug Delgaudio's concert film In and Of Itself (directed by Frank Oz, check it out on Hulu), and have listened to a couple interviews with him, so I was excited to read this one. It's a quick ...

  • Nick

    This is a great book. Imagine mixing the best parts of a young Ricky Jay, but without the polish and experience; the complexity of the con in The Sting, but more grit than wit; characters straight out...