If any of you follow @themagicnetwork on Twitter, or have read my status updates here, you'll know that I recently got the book "Paralies" by Joshua Quinn, and also recently had a lot of time in planes, trains and automobiles to read it.
I obviously haven't performed any of the effects yet, but couldn't wait to give a review. So, this will really be a review about my impressions of the book itself and not so much about the effects, since I can only speculate about how well the effects will go over with audiences.
So here goes:
The book is a softcover book, 255 pages long. It contains explanations for 21 effects. Most of the effects are mentalism effects, and there are a few card tricks thrown in there too, from Joshua's former days as a card junkie. The card tricks are a couple of colour changes, moving a hole in a card, and Joshua's version of the colour monte routine, which he calls Quantum Monte.
Of the mentalism effects, most are explained in really good detail, and he goes into the routining, presentation tips, audience management, etc. A few of the "effects" are not as detailed, but are rather ideas that can be incorporated into a routine or further developed into a routine.
The effects that he describes in detail range in the performance situations that they cover. Almost all can be applied to stage performance, and some would only really be suitable for stage. Some require a small group of people to participate, and many are also suitable for one-on-one and close-up. There are a few that would be best suited for two to three participants as well.