Do you love magic? Do you have an iPhone? If so, get yourself over to the iTunes app store and plunk down $2.99 for what might be one of the more novel and original applications to hit the iPhone. Called Rising Card, the application is based off the classic and popular trick performed by hundreds of magicians around the world. It works like this: the magician tells you to think of a card and say it aloud. The magician then magically makes your card slip out from the deck using what appears to be a set of invisible strings.
*Warning: Spoiler alert ahead*
Now you, the every day joe, can perform this trick on unsuspecting relatives, friends or complete strangers. Upon initial launch of the app you’re presented with a set of instructions explaining how it works. I found these a bit overwhelming so you might want to opt for the video tutorial, which requires a WiFi or 3G connection. After the initial launch you have the option to officially launch the application, which will hide the instructions unless you hold down the ‘settings’ button presesnted on the fake screen.
Fake screen you say? Yup. The Rising Card iPhone app uses a fake screen to make your subject think you have yet to launch the application, but more on that in a sec. One you fire up the app you’ll have to perform a secret move to fully launch- you swipe down on the screen with two fingers. What will appear to be the app shutting down is in fact the fake screen launching. Each ‘application’ in the fake screen represents a card number while the 4 favorite buttons represent a suit. So, while your mark says the card aloud you punch the card’s info in accordingly. In order to truly dupe them into thinking you haven’t done anything underhanded, you’ll want to choose the suit first and then with a flick of a finger swipe left or right on the appropriate card. This will give the appearance as if you haven’t launched an application yet, but be careful not to let them see you select the suit, otherwise they might get suspicious. After that hand them the iPhone and tell them to launch the application, which unbeknownst to them is already running. Then they just need to shake the phone to reveal their card.
While I did enjoy the application I did receive some skepticism from fellow techies. They weren’t all that convinced that the app holds all that much allure since the mark has to say their card aloud. Also, the app does require some knowledge of how the iPhone works otherwise the least suspecting could be the most skeptical – the faux screen is what sells it and if they’re not familiar with the iPhone’s app environment they might just assume that you punched something in. Still, nothing beats the fake screen move and if the ‘pledge’ is presented correctly I truly think you’ll have some people begging you for the answer.