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What happens when someone gives numbers that are not valid area codes or phone numbers? Does the app actually check this? When doing a presentation for a group, someone is likely to know, for example, that an area code or phone number can't start with the number 1.

I also find it somewhat amusing that they are making efforts to have strangers available, and the assistant version is what's generating the majority of the hype, while saying this:

"Normally—for an effect to be THIS powerful, you need the help of a secret assistant—and often, a secret ‘code’ too.

But ask anyone who’s worked with these types of tricks before and they’ll tell you: secret assistants can be frustrating. Either you can’t find a friend to help when you need one, or they forget what to do—or some other inconvenient thing gets in the way."


You are right about calling numbers that are clearly not valid numbers. When I ask someone for the first three digits after the area code, and if they say "1", I always say, "Well that won't be a valid number. Let's try something real."

As for using the live stranger (your accomplice) vs. the recordings, they are both in there for a reason. They enable the performance to happen, with success, in any situation. If you don't have a stranger available, or something happens in the moment where they can't be available, you always have the recordings (phone calls) that work beautifully. It's the combination of both methods that makes this such fun to perform.
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There is also the possibility that the spectator might try to call someone they know. I would prefer that the “stranger” is a phone number you give to them in advance so that the possibility of a code is precluded
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On Jun 30, 2019, paperinick wrote:
There is also the possibility that the spectator might try to call someone they know. I would prefer that the “stranger” is a phone number you give to them in advance so that the possibility of a code is precluded


This is why I prefer to ask several people to provide numbers to construct a random phone number.
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Any news of the International version?

I'm not patient at the best of times, but this is so exciting I'm refreshing the page every 30 seconds.
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I heard about this several months ago when Jonathan Levit mentioned it on The Magic Word Podcast. It sounded like it would be perfect for some ideas that I had, and I have been anxiously awaiting it's release. I watched videos of Jonathan performing it, and it is crazy strong.

I bought the app on the night of release and have been playing with it since. It's really really well thought out and executed. And Jonathan has been very helpful to people on the special Facebook group to answer questions and solve issues.

One thing I really love about 'modern magic releases' is the closed Facebook groups that often accompany them. I am in a few, and it really is handy to have a network of people who are using the same prop that you are using and these groups become a think-tank for brainstorming ideas, troubleshooting issues, and sharing in each others success with said prop. For instance, one member closed his show at a casino this weekend and said his response was incredible (including from management). In the case of The Stranger, this group has another use - as many group members are volunteering to play 'the Stranger' for each other.

I know Jonathan has more plans for updates to enhance the app (and subsequently, the trick)but after at least a year in beta testing - the app and the trick are already pretty *** phenomenal.
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On Jul 1, 2019, Harry Patter wrote:
Any news of the International version?

I'm not patient at the best of times, but this is so exciting I'm refreshing the page every 30 seconds.


I'm planning to have this available later today. Please check back later in the day, and if you have other questions, or don't see it, please feel free to PM me. Thank you!
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I heard about this several months ago when Jonathan Levit mentioned it on The Magic Word Podcast. It sounded like it would be perfect for some ideas that I had, and I have been anxiously awaiting it's release. I watched videos of Jonathan performing it, and it is crazy strong.

I bought the app on the night of release and have been playing with it since. It's really really well thought out and executed. And Jonathan has been very helpful to people on the special Facebook group to answer questions and solve issues.

One thing I really love about 'modern magic releases' is the closed Facebook groups that often accompany them. I am in a few, and it really is handy to have a network of people who are using the same prop that you are using and these groups become a think-tank for brainstorming ideas, troubleshooting issues, and sharing in each others success with said prop. For instance, one member closed his show at a casino this weekend and said his response was incredible (including from management). In the case of The Stranger, this group has another use - as many group members are volunteering to play 'the Stranger' for each other.

I know Jonathan has more plans for updates to enhance the app (and subsequently, the trick)but after at least a year in beta testing - the app and the trick are already pretty *** phenomenal.


Thank you! I appreciate the feedback! It's been a labor of love and I am so thrilled to have this out there now. And, the Facebook group has been wonderful! Such great ideas flowing already!
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On Jul 1, 2019, Harry Patter wrote:
Any news of the International version?

I'm not patient at the best of times, but this is so exciting I'm refreshing the page every 30 seconds.


I'm planning to have this available later today. Please check back later in the day, and if you have other questions, or don't see it, please feel free to PM me. Thank you!


Great - now I'm checking every 10 seconds!
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On Jun 30, 2019, paperinick wrote:
There is also the possibility that the spectator might try to call someone they know. I would prefer that the “stranger” is a phone number you give to them in advance so that the possibility of a code is precluded


This is why I prefer to ask several people to provide numbers to construct a random phone number.

I don’t know. I will toy with the idea...
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This sounded familiar to something I bought back in 2008 called "Peter Knows", was a very low price and worked every time, brilliant, just cant remember all the details, I think the line is probably closed now, just thought it worth a mention.

Here is a link to the discussions on the Café back in 2008:

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......orum=109

Did anyone else buy this and use it?
Thanks,

Paul
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On Jul 1, 2019, magictaffy wrote:
This sounded familiar to something I bought back in 2008 called "Peter Knows", was a very low price and worked every time, brilliant, just cant remember all the details, I think the line is probably closed now, just thought it worth a mention.

Here is a link to the discussions on the Café back in 2008:

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......orum=109

Did anyone else buy this and use it?
Thanks,

Paul


I’m sure it’s compatible with iOS 13. Smile
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I got this just based on the respect I have for Jonathan's thinking and it transcended my expectations. It's interesting that so many of the faults people that haven't purchased the effect are bringing up are all covered in the insanely clever psychology at play in the design of the effect. There are so many options and variables you can control that makes it a perfect worker for most any occasion. I can't wait to put it to use!
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I got this just based on the respect I have for Jonathan's thinking and it transcended my expectations. It's interesting that so many of the faults people that haven't purchased the effect are bringing up are all covered in the insanely clever psychology at play in the design of the effect. There are so many options and variables you can control that makes it a perfect worker for most any occasion. I can't wait to put it to use!


Thanks, Ray!
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Has anyone who recently purchased this tried it out? And, what are your thoughts on it after a few test runs?
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Needs volume adjustment, I just encountered this issue
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Has anyone who recently purchased this tried it out? And, what are your thoughts on it after a few test runs?

I finally had a go with it last night for about 5 different performances switching between a few pre-recordings, the practice area makes that very easy. It plays very strong, just as you see in the demo. To me it’s a keeper, I will use it everywhere I perform. It’s a no brainer for me.
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Just contacted Jonathan Levit, and he assured me than an ANDROID version is in the works. I have to say, this is truly a brilliant and well thought-out effect. Though I'm also worried about the inevitability of exposure (America's Got Talent, anyone??), there are so many smart subtleties built into the effect that I can see myself incorporating this into my act, even though I generally don't like cell phone effects. (One thought I have: if I do end up using this, I will try to think of a way to introduce the phone earlier in the show, or immediately prior to it, just to "naturalize" the device. Otherwise, I would worry a little about whipping it out for just this one thing--draws too much attention to it, as in, "I Will Now Use My Phone for This Special Thing." As opposed to already having it in play.)

Oh, and one more thing: the idea of harnessing live magicians via Facebook could be a game-changer in so many ways, used for other effects too. Brilliant.
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Are there no limitations on broadcast performances such as TV, YouTube, etc?
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Anybody bought this in the uk yet?
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Are there no limitations on broadcast performances such as TV, YouTube, etc?


Thanks for the question. Yes, there are limitations for this. It does state in the app that these performances need to be granted permission by Jonathan Levit.
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