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A few people over in the Penny forum have been asking about my forthcoming book, which has been scheduled to be released Real Soon Now for quite a while. Since I'm finally ironing out the last of the kinks, this seemed like the right time and place to officially announce it.

The book is called ParaLies, with the subtitle, Lies, D*** Lies, and Mentalism. It's essentially a collection of the best ideas and routines I've come up with since getting serious about this whole mentalism thing, 22 pieces in all. Releasing it is somewhat of a "house cleaning" for me; these are all things that have served me well, and now feels like the time to let them go and make room in my brain for some new developments. Here are the contents:


PART ONE: PAREIDOLIA
Effects that rely on making people see things, patterns, and causal connections that aren't really there—or occasionally vice-versa.


Bendito
A coin which has genuinely never left the audience’s sight since being shown to be clearly, unmistakably, entirely straight, visually bends in your hands. It’s then immediately handed out with no switching. Oh, and did I mention it can be signed?

Xijatsey
A hidden-in-plain-sight prediction of a mentally chosen playing card, which can serve as a revelation, a means of subconscious influence, or both. Can be performed in virtually any situation, large or small, in person, over the phone, on the air, or online.

C.S.I.C.O.P.
A demonstration of invisibility through suggestion. A card with two images drawn on it is shown to a volunteer and to the rest of the audience simultaneously. Everyone can see both images, yet a moment later, the volunteer insists that there was only one image there. She's then very surprised when she sees the second image, more surprised when the rest of the audience backs up your story that it was there the whole time, and even more surprised still when you show her a video of herself looking right at the image but not seeing it.

Fate Rules
A pair (or more) of ungimmicked cards from a popular party game, which can force a positive or negative outcome as many times as you wish. A true utility item, these can be used in a liar/truth-teller routine, as a forcing tool, in readings, living-and-dead tests, etc.

My Zeneration
An ESP card-matching routine that meets the following conditions: you and a spectator each have five (and only five) cards; you always choose your card first, and she then lays down the card that she thinks will match it; the cards are laid out into rows, not stacked on top of one another; once they’re laid down, they’re never touched again until the spectator turns them over to reveal the matching pairs; and everything can be examined. Alternately, you can also reveal matching pairs as you go, or involve multiple spectators, having them each match one pair of symbols.


INTERLUDE: PARADOXICALITY
A new, original, three-dimensional Escher-like object which by all rights should not be able to exist in three dimensions; plans for building one yourself; and thoughts on just what the heck such things have to do with mentalism anyway.


PART TWO: PARONOMASIA
Effects accomplished through well-chosen words, shrewdly fashioned phrases, and convenient idiosyncrasies of the English language.


Deckquivoque
A well-honed system for using equivoque to force one card out of fifty-two, plus thoughts and strategies for using equivoque with large numbers of objects in general.

Verbal Forking
Some useful bits of equivocal phraseology for those who perform spontaneous, cutlery-based metallurgical transformations in the wilds of the real world.

Memorandom
An experiment in "memory misdirection." To begin, a spectator freely names a two-digit number. You write the number on a card, and have it verified and signed by three other “witness” spectators. Finally, after much buildup, the first spectator opens a sealed prediction, on display from the beginning, which reveals... nothing but a bad joke. However, in the aftermath, the real purpose of the procedure comes to light: each of the three witnesses remembers seeing a different number on the card, and they're all wrong. The scene is then replayed to demonstrate how you subtly manipulated their memories while making them think something else entirely was going on. As a kicker, you reveal that you did correctly predict the number after all.

Invisible Brushes
A way to turn a potential hazard in an Invisible Touches-type routine into a strong asset. (Requires knowledge of the original Invisible Touches effect.)

The Billion Monkeys Book Test
An impromptu, any-book routine that elevates the standard book test plot into something more logical and more impossible: rather than revealing a word chosen from a book, you reveal a word that exists solely in someone's mind. The word selected from the book serves merely as a random starting point for a series of free mental associations, all of which could go in any number of different directions, and which are never written down, verbalized, or communicated in any way. The result is a 100% mentally-selected, wholly arbitrary word which, even if you had learned the original word, you now couldn't possibly know – which makes it all the more incredible when you reveal it.

Thought Chunnel
Like the Billion Monkeys Book Test, but without the book. Someone merely thinks of any random word (yes, really), changes her mind a few times, and you tell her the word she’s thinking of. Useful as a show piece, an impromptu demonstration, an over-the-phone deal closer, or the perfect response to the “Okay, then tell me what I’m thinking” challenge.


INTERLUDE: PASTEBOARDS
The worthwhile remnants of the author’s former life as a card junkie: a pair of slow-motion, eye-candy color changes; a visual moving-hole effect done from a shuffled deck with no setup (unless you count carrying around a hole punch as a setup); and a quirky presentation that gives an unexpected, memorable twist to a grizzled old warhorse.


PART THREE: PARAPHRASEOLOGY
New methods for classic plots, novel applications of known principles, and improved designs for utility devices.


Cinefauxbulation
A perfect closer for after-proms, weddings, or any couple-themed event, this triple prediction sends the VIP couple on a spontaneous movie date. You bring the couple onstage and hand them a large folded card to hold (no box or envelope, just the card). Members of the audience then call out a random day, time, and current movie title. With no assistance from you, the couple then opens the card to reveal exact predictions of the movie, time and day printed in large letters inside, plus a special surprise kicker that will turn the prediction into a memorable, real-life event.

The Word To Your Mother Book Test
A DIY gimmicked book that allows for the cleanest, most “inside their head” single-word revelation around. While your back is turned, the spectator opens to any page, thinks of any word, then concentrates on any letter in that word. You first reveal the letter she’s thinking of, then go on to reveal the rest of the word letter-by-letter (or in any other way that will bring joy into your heart).

The Uncertainty Principle Book Test
Another DIY gimmicked book which allows you to reveal three different thoughts. The spectator mentally chooses three items from the book (no force, any page, any words, etc.). You write down your impressions of each of them, and then before the spectator says a word, you show your impressions of all three of her choices to the audience. She then reveals her thoughts, confirming that you got them all right.

Thwarpie
A practical, reliable Sharpie thumb tip writer that you can make in about five minutes, using items you probably already have around the house (provided you're a magic geek who has a spare thumb tip lying around).

Code-A-Chroma
While talking about colors and their meanings, you secretly learn the favorite color of at least one, and possibly up to three audience members. You can then use this information in your favorite chair routine, one-ahead, Q&A, pendulum effect, or anything else that will help further your dastardly agenda.

Actual Proof
A way to let your audience experience a powerful and incontrovertibly real manifestation of their own mental abilities by successfully duplicating a picture drawn by one of their own. An unforgettable routine that sends everyone home with a documented, tangible reminder of the incredible things their mind can do.


My goal now it to have it completed and ready to go in time for Mindvention. In the mean time, feel free to post any questions, comments or queries, and I'll answer them as completely as I can.
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Quinn,

I've said it before and I'll say it again . . . I can't !@#$%^& wait! Smile

An admission of bias is forthcoming - I've seen some of the material in this book and it's excellent. From the coin bend and 'Thought Chunnel' to Joshua's take on psychological invisibility, 'Xijatsey' and others, there is TONS of wonderful thinking and great material in this book. I completely enjoyed everything I saw (and used it!) from what Quinn has shared. Besides very solid, working material there is plenty of deep thought, new tools, applications and techniques (psychological and mechanical) that will be of tremendous use.

I've purchased everything Joshua has released and will continue to do so. I've already placed my order for 3 copies of his new book and know they will make perfect gifts for select individuals.

If you loved the thinking and methods behind 'Ascension' and 'Conjunction' then you already know the value and quality of Joshua's work. How could one go wrong?

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One word Joshua...WHEN???
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This is on my radar for sure.. please keep us posted Quinn
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Another word Joshua... How Much? <-- Yeah, that's 2, I know.
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As I posted elsewhere, I am really looking forward to this.


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RESPECT

Looking forward to this Josh! Sounds mighty fine to me.

Cheers,
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Hi Joshua,
Being quite new on the mentalism arena, would you say that it is essential to have any major background knowledge before acquiring your book, and if so where is the best souce of this knowledge?

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Jerome, thanks so much for the kind words. Your support throughout this project has been awesome.

Kinesis, I'm shooting for two weeks. Of course I was also shooting for six weeks ago, but I really mean it this time. Smile As for price, that's one of the things I'm still working out.

Kam, if you're new to mentalism, you'll definitely want to wait a while before getting this book. It assumes a working knowledge of standard mentalism techniques, and some experience performing them. If you do a search, there are many threads on the best place to start in mentalism, but the two standard texts are Corinda's Thirteen Steps to Mentalism and Annemann's Practical Mental Effects. I would also recommend, at minimum, Bob Cassidy's Fundamentals and Banachek's Psychological Subtleties.

And thanks to everyone else for your interest!
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Sounds good! I think I'm in...

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I'm very excited about this. What kind of price are we looking at? I ask because the exchange rate is currently not my friend.
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Im in Smile
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Hi Quinn,

This sounds like another winner and I can't wait until it's release. Will it only be available directly through you?

Regards, Steve
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Hi Josh,

If you have this at MindVention, I'll be first in line to purchase!

Shawn
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Update: I was really, really hoping to have this out in time for Mindvention. And while I could have, in the end it came down to a matter of doing it quick vs. doing it right, and I've chosen the latter. So let me offer my apologies in advance to anyone who was hoping to walk out of Mindvention with a copy your hands. All I can provide in the way of consolation is the knowledge that the book you'll get before much longer, will be better than the book you would have gotten there.

As it is, it looks like I'll be releasing this at the absolute worst possible moment: just after Mindvention, when all the mentalists are both broke and too busy with the stuff they got there to think about buying anything else. Once again, my timing is impeccable.
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Well I'm more than happy to wait. This is still on the top of my list.
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I think we will all be saving a little money to buy your book Quinn. Your stuff is excellent. Very worth any wait.
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Update: I was really, really hoping to have this out in time for Mindvention. And while I could have, in the end it came down to a matter of doing it quick vs. doing it right, and I've chosen the latter. So let me offer my apologies in advance to anyone who was hoping to walk out of Mindvention with a copy your hands. All I can provide in the way of consolation is the knowledge that the book you'll get before much longer, will be better than the book you would have gotten there.

As it is, it looks like I'll be releasing this at the absolute worst possible moment: just after Mindvention, when all the mentalists are both broke and too busy with the stuff they got there to think about buying anything else. Once again, my timing is impeccable.
Still with the Chinese circus Smile
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Looking forward to it Smile
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Hi Quinn,

Since I can't go to Mindvention, I'll not have spent all my money on other material Smile Looking forward to the release.

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Hello

Are there any news ? is it available ?

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I'm pleased to say that I've just sent out preview copies to a few knowledgeable and trusted folks in the biz. (And I'll be sending more out later today, so if you know you've got one coming but it isn't there yet, don't worry, I haven't forgotten you.) Once I get their feedback and make sure I haven't stepped on any toes or made any huge gaffs, I will make the book available for pre-order, and then start shipping them as soon as they're printed. My hope, which I think is a realistic one, is that all of the above will happen within the coming week. However, after all the release date debacles I've seen, I ain't makin' no promises. Smile

One small change: the Paradoxicality section has been removed. This is because a friend wisely pointed out something that I was too close to see: the coolest thing about my impossible objects is watching them move around and still maintain their impossibility, which most impossible objects can't do... and which makes a book the worst possible medium to convey them. So they will go back on the shelf for some future project.
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Excellent news... I what I have of your material and am definitely looking forward to this!

Keep us updated, cheers.
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I sent to Joshua my first impressions about his PARA-LIES...

Ok, according to Joshua, the effects of a particular section of his book could have only worked in english, but I already envisioned with no problem whatsoever how they could work in all the other languages I know.

Thus, most european buyers can fully use this book.

This aside, this book is one of the BEST books I've read this year, and even if it seems a cliché (it is not) if Joshua asks $200 for this book... it is yet a low price for it.

Just one routine (and here I'm thinking about Billion Monkeys Book-Test) can have an awesome impact if inserted (in the right place) in your show.
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I've just put in my preorder for ParaLies. I'll be waiting (somewhat) patiently by my mailbox... Not sure why, but I just have a good feeling about this Smile

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I have preorder the book!!!
My mail this months will be full!!!!
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ParaLies is now officially available for preorder, and is expected to ship no later than the end of Thanksgiving weekend. Details at:

http://www.mentallyimpossible.com/paralies
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A few points I've been getting emails and PMs about: not everything in the book is surefire, and not everything will work for all performers or all audiences. Specifically:

Thought Chunnel is only really suitable for American audiences (for reasons I can't go into in detail).

The Billion Monkeys Book Test was designed to be done only in English, but as Paolo so aptly demonstrated, it can be adapted to other languages -- just be prepared to put some work into it.

The Uncertainty Principle Book Test is not surefire, and furthermore when it fails, it fails big. This is discussed in depth, along with my feelings about why it's worth doing anyway in the proper circumstances.

Actual Proof is hard to qualify. Like most whole-audience, "macro" routines, its effect on the audience as a whole is essentially surefire; its effect on any given individual, not so much.

The effects that I would classify as completely impromptu are: Xijatsey, CSICOP, Deckquivoque, Verbal Forking, and Thought Chunnel. Others range from "pretty close" to "nowhere near."

Other questions, feel free to ask here or PM me, and I'll answer as thoroughly as discretion allows.
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The effects that I would classify as completely impromptu are: Xijatsey, CSICOP, Deckquivoque, Verbal Forking, and Thought Chunnel

How sure fire are these effects Joshua? (apart for Thought Chunnel, which you have clarified already)

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Thought Chunnel can go awry, but the more you do it, the more surefire it becomes. The rest are all all surefire (with the obvious "unless you screw them up" caveat).
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Its mindreading...you can be wrong...I could'nt give a rats *** I'll come up with outs using method or laughter Smile

Im sure the reward is worth the risk Smile I'll be placing my order very soon Smile

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