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Maxy
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It is a welcome addition to the magic apps and it offers amazing magic without putting your phone - apparently - into play. It looks like you just searched something in Google using their phone, after they choose any choice you tell them to open their phone and voila their choice matches your prediction. It gives you an option to use Google Search, Amazon, YouTube or Wikipedia to show the prediction on the spectator’s phone. The input method is genius, yes it is not something new but -AFAIK- it is first time to use it in magic .

Cons
- The app has some limitations you should consider them, for example you cannot predict numbers.
- Lighting is crucial, test the app before you perform in any place.
- To make the app work you should follow the instructions carefully or you will end up with partial prediction.
- It works with English and other languages which use similar letters, you can overcome this limitation for none English speakers by using images rather than words.

Pros
- It offers hands-of approach of app magic without touching your phone during the routine, only you set your phone before the beginning of the routine.
- Very strong and it can be a very good closer to your show because most people will have no explanation to it.
- You can do it impromptu or with some preparation (take with you some pictures or cards), I prefer the none-impromptu version because it can play very well for English and none English speakers at the same time.
- The instructional video is well produced and covers everything you need to know about the app, routines + some extra advices.
- You can choose between (Google, Amazon, YouTube or Wikipedia websites) to show your prediction. If YouTube app is installed the result will show in the app.
- The input is very easy,fast and virtually undetectable by the spectators .

Now! Vs Inject!
Even they look similar, but they are still different, you can use them both in one show without repeating yourself. You can think about Now as quick input tool for predictions and Inject as multi tool for predictions, forcing and peeking info.

Inject is more capable, more polished and has different applications but still its input method needs some practice, while with Now app can begin performing with very little practice .

Now app is doing one thing and it is doing it well and easy while Inject has more features and applications. Inject has also hands-off approach for some applications like peeking but it needs extra something. They can co-exist easily ,you can use Now for predictions and inject for forcing, mind-reading and peeking.

You can not use Now more than one time for the same spectator because its routines are similar, but the applications of Inject are different and you can do different routines with it.

If you are in app magic then better to get them both, but if you have to choose one of them then ask yourself: do I need strong routine and easy method? Or do I need different routines and I’m willing to devote some time and effort for learning?

Another strong point of Inject that you can perform it through phone or Skype, also Inject has bigger community.

If you have to choose one better to watch their trailers and demos and then decide by yourself - but IMHO both are good -.
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Most reviews in the magic world came in the first month when the product launched, very rare reviewers revisit their old reviews and give their real experience after time.
After more than 2 months, Now! app improved very much by adding new features like the Qr Code and the confirmation feature.
By adding the confirmation feature, one of the mentioned cons above is no more applied here (about the partial prediction) because you can confirm the prediction before it sent. It is an optional feature, but it is good to have it.
The Facebook group is very active, Mariano responds very quickly to the questions and suggestions.
I highly recommend this app.
BTW: I've the Android version, the things on the IOS side are little different because you need to install the TestFlight in order to use the app, on Android it is straightforward process.
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Wroth it for Inject owners or not?
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It is a great addition to Inject users.
The main difference is the convenient natural input method compared to Inject ( c****a vs s**pe) .
Now! needs some cards to assist the input method. while Inject virtually propless.
Inject has more features so everyone of them has its place.
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