Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina BenaimDepression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim

Depression & Other Magic Tricks

bySabrina Benaim

Paperback | August 22, 2017

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Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem "Explaining My Depression to My Mother" has become a cultural phenomenon with over 50,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Andrea Gibson, author of Pansy, writes "I read this book on a day I couldn't get out of bed and it made me feel like I had a friend in the world...Simply put, this book disappears loneliness."
Sabrina Benaim is a writer, performance & teaching artist, whose home base is Toronto. She was a member of the Canadian championship-winning 2014 Toronto Poetry Slam team, & in 2015, she represented Toronto at the Women Of The World Poetry Slam.  Sabrina has written poems for ESPNW, The Government of Canada, & most recently, made her C...
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Title:Depression & Other Magic TricksFormat:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.25 inPublished:August 22, 2017Publisher:Button PoetryLanguage:English

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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and touching A beautiful, simple and touching book of poetry. It was everything I needed in a cold, sad winter evening.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Poetry Book I liked this book. Only really loved a few of the poems though. I did connect with the subject matter. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Thought it was alright overall, however, the format made it tough to read during some spots.
Date published: 2018-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WHAT IS POETRY THIS is poetry. Nothing speaks to me like the words on these pages.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love her! So glad I have a copy of the poems i used to listen to on youtube, such a cute writing style.
Date published: 2018-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful So happy I now own this book - I will come back to it time and time again when I'm feeling down. Beautiful read!
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this so much Truly a wonderful poetry book. The author was able to inspire and help you relate your own experiences with what she felt.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok collection of poems This is my very first poetry book ever!! Yay me! But I'm really confused someone help. I don't think I understand poetry. Like, at all. I did like it at least a little bit. There were some pretty things that I underlined, and I marked 3 poems that I really liked. Go me! But I don't have a whole lot of enthusiasm other than that. In some poems, each line was separated by a new line, but others were separated by a "/" and I'd like someone to please explain the significance of that. You've heard people complain about how modern poetry just sounds like a pretty sentence where the 'enter key' was hit a few times. This kind of proves that the indents don't mean anything...but I could be wrong. There was one poem that kind of got recycled in the book. It appeared a second time, looking like an expanded version of the first time, and I don't understand why that happened. One thing I think I forgot about the poetry is that it usually tells about a topic, not a story. It kind of jarred me a little. I don't have any particular connection with the topic so that could have also affected my enjoyment.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from sad but beautiful Read this book in one sitting because I could not put it down. Very relatable.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from SO BEAUTIFUL I literally bought this yesterday and I think that even though it is somewhat geared to someone with problems of wearing a bra, it is relatable in every other way possible.
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent A decent read. There are a few good passages but overall it wasn't great. I found the writing to be average, short and repetitive.
Date published: 2018-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Generally good None of the poems were as powerful as "Explaining My Depression to My Mother", but still a worthwhile read
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not how I thought it would be... I found it sort of repetitive. At some points it was like I was reading a different version of the same poem. Many poems seemed to me as only words on a page without much intent, yet some points in her writing were relatable and very powerful. If not for those powerful lines/metaphors, this book review would only have 1 star. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Too short It's short, only 96 pages. Give me a break. If you can't write minimum 250 pages, then it's not a book.
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so great! Really drought to like the thoughts that go through peoples heads everyday
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Relatable at some points, but not my favourite I found that this book put a lot of thoughts into words that may be hard for people to express. However, after a while it seemed like the same metaphors were being used. I read it through once, and I will give it that - if you are at all interested it is worth a read, but it is not something I would go back to ever read again.
Date published: 2018-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Subtly beautiful There were many poems that hit me hard, yet it was comforting.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Depression Sabrina's writing on mental health is so incredibly powerful. Put into words what you're unable to.
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book could use SOME work, but it was fine overall
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Not good writing. Simple as that.
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from powerful Wonderful read, very positive and perfect
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This was really well written but I'm a little torn on it. Some poems were beautiful (especially the ones on mental health) but some were just okay so it's hard to rate as a whole. "mom says where did the anxiety come from? anxiety is the cousin visiting from out of town depression felt obligated to bring to the party. mom i am the party. only i am the party i don't want to be at." "if i am late it is because i was too anxious to leave"
Date published: 2018-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from breathtaking I bought this after watching her online spoken word poems and I'm so glad I did. I laughed and I cried and the solace I found in her words honestly makes me come back to this collection every time I feel remotely alone. A beautiful and heartwrenching collection. Absolutely beautiful
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Good read. highly recommend
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sabrina has a beautiful imagination! The use of metaphors in this book is stunning. It's poetry again, and again, turning in on itself. My boyfriend and I discussed how her anxiety poems are much more clear than her depression poems, and then we realized this is done with purpose. Sabrina conveys to the reader what parts of her mental health are understandable, and which parts are not. This book is more of a heartbreak story than I expected and talks at length about Sabrina's lost love. Even if this doesn't suit your fancy, it is still a beautiful experience. Thank you, Sabrina, for sharing with us.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so good honestly one of the most relatable books I've ever read pertaining to depression. She explains it to a T and what it's like dealing with depression and anxiety day to day.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievably Mind Blowing I loved this book. It is one that resonates with me and has for a long time. It is the kind of poetry I love. It isn't too simplistic, it requires thought, and it is like having a friend, even when you have no one. So, if you suffer from depression, or chronic pain, or chronic illness, or you feel lost and alone and broken, pick up this book. It gave a voice to what I felt when I felt lost.
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different This book is different from other poetry books, but I thoroughly enjoyed every page.
Date published: 2017-12-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh The writing style wasn't really for me but I can tell why so may other people like this book.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok While I saw parts of the plot coming I was incredibly surprised by the ending.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely book The title drew me in to tell you the truth but I really enjoyed this book after all. It was a lovely read with poetry and representations of the author and various people.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok There was some brightly written poetry in this book. but I found it kind of pricey in the story. It was nice to read through though.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A profound collection of relatable poems about mental illness Poetry, poetry, poetry. Oh, how complex, beautiful, and incredibly personal and public it can be. I love poems so nuanced that they suspend me in a state of infinite profundity. I love topics that discuss mental health, trauma, recovery, fables, and love stories. Depression & Other Magic Tricks has all these points. But another thing I love is poetic structure. Unlike some new poets' poetic structure choice, Sabrina Benaim's style made sense to me. I understood why the poem was written in a certain format, however, it did distract me from the content just a bit. On another note, I recommend watching Benaim perform some of her pieces! I loved the representation of depression and anxiety in this book, and I loved how I could find myself in the verses. And since poetry is completely subjective, Benaim's voice and experiences were heard and understood in all their personal, nuanced glory. Yet there was something that just didn't click with me to give it a 5 star. This is a case of it's not you, it's me so some readers may thoroughly agree and/or disagree with me, and that's okay. Poetry is subjective and universal and personal and just as complex as the poems themselves. This review can also be found on my Goodreads and Amazon pages but I've tweaked some parts for Indigo reviewing purposes.
Date published: 2017-12-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful poetry Benaim's collection is about her experiences with depression in several poems. I felt like it was very true and from the heart and for the most part I liked the poems. Some poems definitely resonated with me more than others. Benaim has a voice that so direct and frank yet beautifully poetic, which is something I don't see often and it works so well with this topic. I feel like this makes her poems very relatable, especially to fellow sufferers of depression, and I enjoyed reading this poetry collection.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Poignant The poetry in here is beautiful and has stuck with me after reading. At times, it has been like looking at my reflection. She finds words for emotions that I cannot. A book I keep going back to.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ! I loved this book! I found it incredibly relatable for someone who deals with mental health issues in their day to day life. She is a fantastic poet and I had the pleasure of watching her preform some of these pieces... Let me tell you, when she brought the words to life I could feel them bounce through my body! I highly recommend this book to those who need someone to relate to (in terms of mental health/depression)
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not great I enjoyed this read, however I didn't feel that these poems were as relatable or enjoyable as other similar poets.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Worth the Price This book is good but the problem that I have with it is the price. Why sell such a small book, one that most people can finish in 20 minutes, for 20 dollars? It's not even 100 pages. For the most part, if you see her performing her poetry, you got the gist of the book too #plumreview
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible It was the title that originally peaked my interest, but it is the content that kept me reading. The words are so powerful and describe depression, something so ugly and terrible to endure, in such a manner that can only be described as beautiful. I could find myself in every line, and I felt comfort in knowing that other people experience what I'm going through too. These poems are the closest definition of what depression feels like, and I believe that they can inspire a generation of people to understand mental illnesses.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Relatable! As someone who suffers from depression, I can not only relate but also feel all the author has written.
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from wow truly opened my eyes and i enjoyed the style of writing
Date published: 2017-11-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from wee bit immature but enjoyable I own the print edition. I much prefer rupi kaur, but there are a few poems in here i resonate with. In general i feel the style and substance is a little immature for my taste. I still appreciate the author's work and look forward to seeing how they grow.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good, but rather immature I much prefer rupi kaur, but there are a few poems in here i resonate with. In general i feel the style and substance is a little immature for my taste. I still appreciate the author's work and look forward to seeing how they grow.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from eye-opener wow, this is an eye-opener about depression from a first-hand perspective
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from no It's not especially well-written and basically serves as millennial bait.
Date published: 2017-10-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok was hyped for this book, and was somewhat pleased, but not entirely. Good for a quick read, but will not match your highest expectations.
Date published: 2017-10-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok Overall, this book could have used some work but the general atmosphere was very gripping, and the character development was great!
Date published: 2017-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AHHHH! Read the first couple of pages in this book and couldn't put it down! 10/10! Anyone and Everyone has to read this.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing and true! Important themes presented in a very well managed poetic form.Lovely book!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's alright Well written. Would read again!
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i love this book and would 10/10 recommend to anyone interested.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok i love this book and would 10/10 recommend to anyone interested.
Date published: 2017-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love it very relatable and very honest
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Important themes presented in well managed poetic form.
Date published: 2017-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional I bought this book after listening to her on Button Poetry, I was not disappointed.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from strangely powerful I could see a lot of people not being into this, but I found it powerful and well written.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from WAS NOT FOR ME EVERYONE SEEMED TO LOVE IT, HOWEVER I DID NOT ENJOY HOW THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN.... GOOD MESSAGE THO
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Such a powerful book to read
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excited i love her poetry about her depression she explains it in such a beautiful way
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from very powerful finished it in a few hours. very powerful
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great! This was very helpful for me!
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting mix I love the interesting mix of poetry in this book. A great poet, that knows how to get her message across. Very strong poems with deep and powerful meanings behind them all. A great read for those who are looking for a better understanding of what it is like to suffer from depression.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I took refuge in this book. A great read for anyone!
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Powerful Collection Powerful! Benaim is talented (those metaphors, girl!) and I think my younger self would have felt solace in her words. I hope many others do too!
Date published: 2017-07-25

Editorial Reviews

"In Depression & Other Magic Tricks, Sabrina Benaim has devised a maze of language that both prods and lulls the reader deeper into the tangle: "What is the name of a place that everyone can see is burning...& that place is not a place but a person." Unafraid to address the intangible murk of depression's stronghold in the face of grief, Benaim writes "when the sky fell...you would think i would have run." And aren't we all this surprised by what we will and will not do in the heat of our own undoing? It is a thing of courage to address the bottomless dark with whole words, to trumpet its omnipresence, to name it and not flinch." -- Jeanann Verlee, author of Said the Manic to the Muse