We very rarely review phone apps on this site, but when we were offered a look at Any Card To Phone (AC2Phone) we were delighted to take a look. These days we always have our phone with us, so the idea of having a magic trip ready to go all the time is very appealing.
In essence you can use this app for a ‘reveal’ at the end of a card trick. When you run the app the back of a playing card is visible. This can be freely ‘moved around’ by anyone. When you turn the phone over again it will be displaying the face of a playing card which has chosen in any way you prefer. An extra feature has now been added where you can finish the trick by ‘pulling’ the card out of the phone!
In look and method AC2Phone is very similar to an app I used to use when I still had an apple device – though I understand from a friend that the other app is no longer being supported. The app I previously used was more of a routine – so you could appear to shuffle the cards first – and in presentation it was rather more like an electronic version of the classic Invisible Deck.
In AC2Phone, it is really only the revelation of the card rather than a ‘free-standing routine.’ You could have a physical card selected and have it appear on your phone. Or you could have someone merely think of and name a card and then reveal it. Or you could use any kind of peek device or centre tear – or the mentalism tool of your choice for the first part of the routine.
In order to ‘pull’ the card out of the phone, you will need very basic sleight of hand, but I really like the extra visual element that creates. And it somehow draws attention away from the phone itself which is a real bonus.
Another excellent feature is the possibility of customising the back design. The app includes good quality reproductions of some ‘standard’ backs including (bicycle rider etc) – but also allows you to upload your own artwork. I don’t like the faces of the cards so much – and that might also make the illusion of ‘pulling’ the card from the phone less convincing as the pips are a bit more bold than standard bicycle faces, for example.
It’s very easy to do – and you’ll learn it in 5 minutes. For a very modest investment you have a trick you can carry around with you all the time. Well worth a look.
You can pick it up at the Play Store. An iOS version is coming soon – watch this space…
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