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Google Effect: for iPhones
by Alan Rorrison


(1 review, 8 customer ratings) ★★★★

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Google Effect: for iPhones by Alan Rorrison

You ask the spectator to name any card that they like. No force is involved and it truly is a completely free choice. You then hand them your phone which has the Google search engine on the screen ready for the magic to happen. you ask them to type "what is my card?" or something similar into Google and hit the "Google search" button.

Now watch as their face drops. Google has not only told them what card they freely thought off but it has also brought up a full page full of search results linked to the card. They can even go into the images section and be greeted with pages of image results showing the card. If they think its just a cleaver app they can do any standard search they like as they are on the real Google!

Key points:

  • ANY card can be selected. There is no force what so ever.
  • They ask Google "what is my card?" so you are hands off!
  • Can be repeated instantly with any other card.
  • Super simple user interface makes it easy to use.
  • The effect uses Google. Something everyone is familiar with.
  • It is in your pocket and ready to go at all times.
  • They are left on the REAL GOOGLE with no idea how this could be possible.
You will not find this app in the iTunes app store. Do not worry it is completely legal and you do not have to jailbreak your phone to use it. We simply use an alternative method for creating and distributing the app which gives us and you more control of the content. For instructions on how you can quickly install this app please see FAQ#10.

Reviewed by Joe Libby (confirmed purchase)
★★★★★   Date Added: Tuesday 01 November, 2011

This is a great magic trick that has an odd logic too it. Google is always being refined and having new features added, so why shouldn't it be able to do magic tricks?

Very easy to use interface and the convincer is that your volunteer types the question into the search box. Since real Google search results are brought up, this should be a real baffler.

A minor quibble is that the fake Google screen doesn't quite resemble the current iPhone version; hopefully, Alan will update that soon. But I don't think it's a deal breaker, since your volunteer will be focused on typing the question. You should be careful about doing this for kids, since some of the search results may not be kid-friendly. At least make sure a kid doesn't click on an inappropriate link!

While I do use my iPhone in professional performances, I think this trick is best suited for informal situations. But think of the fun you can have, and the wonder you can create, when you tell your friends about the latest enhancement to Google! Great job, Alan!