Card Now: A Business Card Production Magic Trick for the iPhone

Do you have an iPhone or iPod? Do you hand out business cards on a regular basis? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then you have to get Card Now by Halskov Apps. Card Now is an iPhone and iPod app that lets you perform an amazing and memorable business card production. Imagine showing your iPhone and “printing” your business card across the screen with the touch of a button, then sliding the card out of the phone to give to the spectator. Take a look at the video for a demonstration.

The trick is incredibly easy to learn and do and is a must for anyone who hands out business cards, regardless of whether or not you’re a magician. At $2.99, it’s definitely worth the price for the reactions it receives. It’s a great way to ensure that your business card won’t be forgotten.


iLoGo: Finally, An iPhone Magic Trick That’s Not An App!

iLogo Magic Trick

I really like using my iPhone to perform magic because I always have my phone with me, which is good for a quick, impromptu performance. The Apple App Store has a good selection of magic tricks, most of which can be performed without any additional props (coins, cards, etc.). I’ve performed several of these iPhone tricks and the problem with most of them is that the spectators are quick to assume that the secrets lie in the technology within the iPhone (and in most cases they’re right). For card trick apps, most spectators I’ve performed for actually believe that the iPhone can “hear” which card was chosen when it is said aloud. The tricks are fun and entertaining but they leave a lot of heat on the the technology which seems to take away from the mystery.

iLoGo, on the other hand, is a magic trick for the iPhone 4 and 4S that uses the actual iPhone for the illusion. With iLoGo, you borrow a spectator’s iPhone and actually move the Apple logo from it’s location on the top-center of the phone towards the bottom, or remove it from the phone completely (returning the spectator’s iPhone in it’s original condition, of course). Watch the video from for a quick performance.

iLogo is priced a bit high at $45 but it looks like a strong effect and with the millions of iPhone 4 and 4S users out there, I’m sure you’ll have no problem finding spectators.


Parrot MKi9100: Bluetooth Integration with Your Car Stereo

Parrot mki9100

About a month ago I was rear ended by a guy who, in the police report, said that he, “took a larger dose of heroin that normal,” which would explain why he plowed into the back of me as I driving at about 35 MPH. Luckily no one was hurt but my poor 2005 Nissan Altima endured more than she could bear. I spend a few minutes wallowing in a cold puddle of sadness before  realizing the obvious bright side of this unfortunate incident; a new car.

I purchased a replacement car last week and immediately made plans to replace the factory stereo with an aftermarket unit that incorporated two very important features; Bluetooth hands-free and iPod integration. My plan was to install the stereo from my previous vehicle which had both of these features but because the dash has a slight incline, installing an aftermarket stereo would ruin the aesthetics of my lovely new interior. I spent the next few days researching different products that could integrate Bluetooth and iPod /USB to my factory stereo and decided on the Parrot MKi9100. Read more


Magician Uses iPods to Perform a Trick About Deception

Marco Tempest, known as the Virtual Magician, performs a trick he developed using 3 iPod Touches. A lot of creativity and technical setup went into this trick and the outcome is absolutely gorgeous.

Marco’s niche as a magician is his fusion of magic, technology, media and branding. If you’re into to either of those things (or all of them like me), you should subscribe to the newsletter from his website and to his YouTube Channel. He has a great series of videos called PhoneCam Magic where he records a quick illusion on his phone without the use of post-production editing software. They’re fun to watch and try to figure out.

Marcos has inspired me to think of different ways that a company or brand could incorporate magic into a show or campaign. If I think of anything good I’ll be sure to post it.


The iPod Touch Makes a Great Babysitter

Hudson on iPod

My 13 month old son is a gadget geek, which makes me both proud and a little concerned (but mostly proud). He has mountains of toys and things he can climb or roll around on but once he’s caught sight of a laptop or cell phone his toys no longer exist. I typically wait until he falls asleep before getting my devices out. Lucky for our son, my wife had an iPod Touch when she made the switch to the iPhone so we were able to give him his own iPod to bang around and occasionally chew on.

The App Store has several apps designed for babies and toddlers and the ability to sync the device with our collection of music and videos for him makes the iPod Touch a great baby entertainment hub.  Unfortunately, there was one problem that hindered the baby entertainment/temporary parental relief. When we had an app or video up for our son, he would inadvertently press the home button and leave the app, so we were constantly relaunch them. It was a viscous cycle and it was tearing our family apart. When it seemed that all hope was lost, I discovered an application called IncarcerApp. IncarcerApp allows you to disable the home button of your iDevice while in an application. So now when I launch, let’s say the Baby Rattle Toy app (which he LOVES), I enable IncarcerApp, which disables the home button and avoids any unintentional exiting.  When he’s had his fill of flashing lights , floating suns and animal noises, I re-enable the home button, allowing me to exit the app as normal. Unfortunately, your iDevice must be jailbroken in order to use IncarcerApp, but it’s free and can be downloaded from Cydia.

Another great application that we’ve found very useful for keeping him entertained for long car rides is MxTube. MxTube is another jailbreak app that allows you to search YouTube and save videos directly to your device. We have tons of educational videos saved for him to watch when he gets fussy in the car or while we’re out.

The iPod Touch has been a really great toy for him. It’s also nice to have our collection of classical music to soothe him during nap time when we’re away from home. Check out Parents Magazine’s Best iPhone Apps for Babies and Toddlers for a great list of apps your baby will enjoy.