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Got an Ipod Touch recently and have been exploring the inexpensive magic apps. I came to this forum to look for recommendations but found the reviews hard to find. They are all in separate threads and way too verbose (for my taste). So I'm making my own review thread. Each item will have a BRIEF description. Please add to the list with brief descriptions and save the discussions for other threads.

I Magic Marvels #5 Richard Osterlinds Any Card at Any Number - Show the start screen which says MAGIC MARVELS #5, the spectator name a card and a number. You tap the screen and a deck shows. Spectator swipes the cards away one by one and the chosen card shows up at the chosen number.

Pros - 1) Excellent method and a real fooler. Will fool your magic buddies.

Cons - 1) You HAVE to show the start screen. That means this is clearly a "Magic APP" and there is no way to pretend you are doing magic and just happen to be using your ipod. 2) Requires quite a bit of practice. You need to do some memorization AND you have to actually practice the moves. Probably worth the practice IF you want to show a baffling Magic App, rather than baffling magic with your Ipod. 3) A little more expensive than the other inexpensive apps. I think it was $10. (could be wrong)

II No Freaking Way! - Spectator names a card out loud. You show them the No Freaking Way App and it shows a thumb scanner. They touch the scanner and a bunch of cards show quickly and stop on the named card. You can just have the spec name a card but magicians will probably prefer to do a card trick and use this as the revelation.

Pros - 1) Good method. 2) I love the way the cards flutter by and stop on the correct card.

Cons - 1) Like Osterlin's ACAAN (above), You have to show the Apps start up screen so this can only be presented as an amazing Magic App. 2) The start up screen says "No Freaking Way!" which is a bit course for my tastes, maybe I'm a prude.

Note - The developer of No Freaking Way was very open to my suggestion that he add a PRO OPTION which would cost a few bucks and would add the option to hide or change the start up screen so that this could be a stealth app rather than a Magic App. I also suggested a few other options that would appeal to me as a worker.

III Ellusionist's Invisible Deck - The Invisible Deck routine done on your Iphone

Pros - 1) Great method. 2) Beautiful looking cards 3) Three virtual decks to choose from 4) No need to show a start screen so you can just show the deck and do the trick.

Cons - 1) Will require practice. The technique is less intuitive than Tenyo's similar trick "Magic Shuffle" 2) Although you get three decks to choose from they are too fancy for my tastes. I prefer a deck that doesn't draw any attention to itself (even in and app) 3) A little more expensive than the other inexpensive apps ($8.00?)

IV Tenyo's Magic Shuffle - Invisible Deck on your Ipod/

Pro's - 1) Great method 2) Easy to learn 3) No start-up screen. This looks like magic you are doing on your Iphone NOT like you purchased a Magic App. 3) You can spread the cards and visually shuffle them which adds a tongue in cheek humor to the presentation ie "I have here and ordinary deck, as you can plainly see..." 4) The trick can be repeated and unlike some of the above apps you can't "get lost" and forget where you are. You can ALWAYS spread the cards and ALWAYS shuffle in any order you want. It is the least confusing of any of the apps to use.

Cons - I can't really think of any. This is my idea of a perfect App. The deck is not nearly as beautiful as Ellusionist's Invisible Deck but to me that is not a con. I don't want the deck to look spectacular. I want the audience to think I'm using some unimpressive solitaire app to do an impossible card trick. If I remember correctly it was $6.00. Sorry I don't feel like checking all the prices but I know I didn't pay much for any of these apps.

V Fitch Cheney 5-Card Trick (from not Itunes) - Spectator hands you any 5 cards from a real deck. You place one face down and have the spectator enter the other four into the App. The App then reveals the correct card.

Pros - 1) Fascinating method 2) Fun among magicians especially those interested in math

Cons - 1) Not for lay audiences

Note - This app cost a few dollars and I really like it. It isn't something I would use for a real audience but more of a challenge for magician's and mathematician's to figure out. If you are handed ANY 5 cards how can you use 4 of them to code the other? Once learned two people can do the trick without the app.

VI iForce - Mentalism with your Iphone. Make a prediction. Show it is correct.

Pros - Deceptive method 2) Disguised as an ordinary non-magic app 3) Flexible. This is not one trick but a utility that can be used in unlimited ways.

Cons - This isn't really a con but BECAUSE this is not one trick but is so versatile I haven't got it up and running for myself yet. I'm going to have to spend some time with it. Tenyo's Magic Shuffle is a one trick pony so It's already one of my go-to tricks. This will take more time but I suspect will lead to more. Don't let that scare you off. You could do the basic effect pretty quickly if you want. I just haven't yet.

Again, sorry I didn't go back and look up all the prices. I'm just pretty sure I haven't spent more than $10 on any of them.
Magic Mike

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