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Topic: FREE App!
Message: Posted by: BjornOrri (Feb 12, 2016 10:16AM)
Hey guys!

This weekend my app "Vanish" is available for free!
The only thing I ask in return is that you leave a review in the App Store.

I feel like the app is not reaching its potential and your opinions would certainly help.

Vanish on the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vanish-magic-trick/id992815164?ls=1&mt=8

Happy weekend!
Message: Posted by: Phil1111 (Feb 12, 2016 11:20AM)
Thanks for making this free, I will make sure to drop a review!
Message: Posted by: Phil1111 (Feb 12, 2016 12:02PM)
So I got it and messed with it a bit. I like it but I have no idea how to use this in a real performance. It works well and runs smoothly. If you have any ideas how to perform this let please let me know.
Message: Posted by: Expertmagician (Feb 12, 2016 12:47PM)
I just tested the app...here is the good news and comments:

1) I like the app a lot ...very cool ! Easy to set up and use.
2) The app has a lot more potential than what you describe as an effect to make an ICON disappear.

I will PM you with ideas and thoughts !
Message: Posted by: Phil1111 (Feb 12, 2016 01:39PM)
[quote]On Feb 12, 2016, Expertmagician wrote:
I just tested the app...here is the good news and comments:

1) I like the app a lot ...very cool ! Easy to set up and use.
2) The app has a lot more potential than what you describe as an effect to make an ICON disappear.

I will PM you with ideas and thoughts ! [/quote]

How do you think you can perform this? It just seems so weird to tie into a routine.
Message: Posted by: daniltan (Feb 13, 2016 12:03AM)
[quote]On Feb 13, 2016, Phil1111 wrote:
[quote]On Feb 12, 2016, Expertmagician wrote:
I just tested the app...here is the good news and comments:

1) I like the app a lot ...very cool ! Easy to set up and use.
2) The app has a lot more potential than what you describe as an effect to make an ICON disappear.

I will PM you with ideas and thoughts ! [/quote]

How do you think you can perform this? It just seems so weird to tie into a routine. [/quote]

BjornOrri already has a cool routine where you can blow out an icon to your phone. This is a fun little app to use with many use.
Message: Posted by: waas (Feb 13, 2016 08:34AM)
Hi BjornOrri:

Thanks a lot for the free app!

I'm myself an app developper, with 3 magic apps already on both Android and iOS stores (http://ho-creative.com).

Here's my review, hope it helps:

Vanish is a simple app, with a simple effect, and a straightforward and simple method.

The effect: You unlock your iphone, and ask a spectator to name (out loud) one app displayed on your home screen, you simply wave your hand over the screen, and the app's icon magically disappears from the screen! Pretty simple!

Effect review: This is not a reputation builder effect that you will use to close a show.
It should be presented as a sweet "quickie".
I will definitely use it when I have nothing else on me but my phone.
It will make your spectator smile, and it works on children too!

Method review:
The good: It's so simple you will learn it in less than 5 minutes, and it's a sure fire thing.
The bad:
* Some people may notice during the performance that when you touch an icon, the app do not launch as it should.
* Since the simple routine requires you to ask the spectator to name out loud his selected app, be prepared to get the annoying statement "Oh! Phones today have that voice recognition thing!"
* It's not hard for the spectator to figure out the secret with the basic presentation, that's why I'll present it as a sweet, surprising, smile inducing, eye candy "moment", not as a pure fooler.

Instructions review:
The instructions come in a text form only.
They're kept short, and crystal clear.
There's no instruction video, nor a presentation video.
There are no pictures or drawings.
There's no patter or suggested script.

My personal touch:
This is how I present the trick, my goal is to cancel the weak points cited earlier
"Hey, I want to show you a cool thing you may not know about the iPhones.
First, chose an app from my home screen. Got it? Don't say its name, just hover your finger over it.
OK.
If you touch the icon, the app will open, right? But don't touch it yet.
First, I put MY finger on this area where there's no icon, and now you may touch your app.
You see, with two fingers on the screen, the apps don't open!
You don't seem very impressed, don't worry, that wasn't the new thing I wanted to show you!
If I wave my hand over the phone, your app is gone, and we never said the name of your app, did we?"
Note: When the spec touches the icon, I secretely lift my finger from the screen by 1mm.

Conclusion:
There's still room for the app to improve I think.
If the creator figures out a way to force an icon or a to guess the selected icon, then we got a miracle.
I would definitely put a dollar to have this app always on me, don't miss it!

Waas
http://ho-creative.com
Message: Posted by: Expertmagician (Feb 13, 2016 04:58PM)
I showed my kids ... They thought it was cool ...
They immediately knew it was an app....

I think it may be magical if you use paper icon and pull it out of your phone.

I'm thinking of other ideas ...
Message: Posted by: daniltan (Feb 13, 2016 07:41PM)
[quote]On Feb 14, 2016, Expertmagician wrote:
I showed my kids ... They thought it was cool ...
They immediately knew it was an app....

I think it may be magical if you use paper icon and pull it out of your phone.

I'm thinking of other ideas ... [/quote]

The way I do this is by turning ON Reduce Motion in Settings - General - Accessibility. Then set the homescreen according to your vanish screen before performance. After you do vanish and re-appear secretly press the homebutton (usually while I'm going to prove it was my original homescreen) then start to swipe left and right. Sometimes I give my phone to the spec (android user) and let them inspect my homescreen. Not to iphone user since it's not really clean, yet.

PS. Touch the icon using bit side of your finger (beside your nail) it'll look like you're just pointing an icon, not touching it. When the spec inspect your homescreen and touch an icon it'll launch the app. You just explain to them that's how you launch an app.. By touching the icon.
Message: Posted by: alexbrazil (Feb 14, 2016 12:51PM)
Hi, Bjorn! I just visited the American and the Brazilian App Stores. However, the app is not free today :-(
Message: Posted by: BjornOrri (Feb 14, 2016 01:30PM)
Sorry, it seems I set the end date of the free period too early. I've changed it back and will prolong it until sometime tomorrow (Monday).
Message: Posted by: alexbrazil (Feb 15, 2016 06:51AM)
Thank you, Bjorn! I dowloaded it. I will test it and publish a review :-)
Message: Posted by: Magic1jim (Feb 15, 2016 12:08PM)
*** I missed it
Message: Posted by: Expertmagician (Feb 20, 2016 10:54PM)
I was out of town on a business trip this past week and demoed Vanish for about 30 magicians in the Atlanta IBM.
They thought it was great....hopefully some ordered it !

Good luck !
Message: Posted by: DynaMix (May 9, 2016 09:36PM)
I used it as a simple reveal. Knowing a thought of word, I will use the brain game and then this app to reveal the thought of letter. If it doesn't hit, no big deal since you know the word.
Obviously this is mental magic so a fun presentation is key.