The latest to join the craze of magic iPhone apps is none other than street magic legend David Blaine.
Blaine and software company Partners 1993 have re-created one of the tricks from his groundbreaking “Street Magic” special. Called “Street Magic: See a Card,” the app creates a virtual deck of Split Spades Lions playing cards on your iPhone or iPod Touch and lets you perform one of his favorite card tricks. The release comes a mere few days after Blaine asked fans on Facebook if they have an iPhone.
“This is my favorite piece of magic,” Blaine said in a press release. “It was pivotal in gaining my first TV special.”
Here’s the basic effect: You load the app, which presents a 3-D deck of cards on your iPhone or iPod, and present it to your spectators. They “riffle” the cards by touching the screen; you ask if they saw a card. After taking the iPhone or iPod back, you shake it, and the card they saw appears. The basic effect is jaw-dropping on its own, but imagine the things you could do with an app like that and a regular deck of cards. Our minds are spinning with ideas already.
If you want to see what Blaine does with the app, a little bird has told us to tell you to watch the Ellen Degeneres special “Ellen’s Bigger, Longer and Wider Show,” at 9 p.m. Eastern tomorrow on TBS.