Apps for iPhone and iPads
The apps listed below form a suite of tools that support the study of card magic be it through the Symbolic Method, as introduced on this website, or by targeting further trick-related challenges.
These apps represent the most coherent and complete set of computer based learning tools for magicians and set the gold standard.
They all follow the same design principle: a straight and non-distracting user interface following a less is more approach that helps focus on the essentials; a uniform look and feel across the various apps; a respectful attitude towards the user with serious help text formulations and no advertisement; user-driven development - a key element in shaping the tools to where they are today.
The apps are available on the AppStore with regular maintainance and updates. Where applicable, permission to reuse intellectual property has been granted and documented within each app's credits section. Detailed feature overviews are given in the respective store entries.
Please follow the link above for Screen Recordings for a live view on the look and feel.
Apps for the Symbolic Notation
This app is about Juan Tamariz's Symbolic Method, his visions from 1975 on a concise and straight format to document card magic. The app is the logical follow-up to yeahgic's Microsoft Word extension Digicals introduced in 2002, and marks another milestone in academic approaches to card magic.
This app serves as a free introduction
to Symbolic Method. Limited to 5 views, be it stacks, text- or action boxes,
it gives you the complete look and feel of the commercial app, including Card
Maps and web tutorials.
As the name implies Symbolic S-Up serves to document set-up configurations of card tricks.
As always at yeahgic.com: no advertisements.
Apps for the Coin Symbolic Notation
This app applies Coin Symbolic Notation and serves to document Coin Matrix and Classic Coins Across effects.
Sharing Symbolic Method's basic framework to organize documents as a sequence of positions checks and actions, it introduces entirely new concepts in coin magic documentation, such as Spaces and Layers, or local and global Grammar, to address the specifics of coin magic. Symbolic Matrix opens up new directions.
This app serves as a free introduction to Symbolic Matrix. Limited to 5 views,
it gives you the complete look and feel of the commercial app.
As always at yeahgic.com: no advertisements.
Apps for Scripting
This app is about Scripting. Script Editor provides a unique format to
edit and review scripts and speaches. It targets magicians, comedians, mc's and anyone who presents with a focus on the spoken word.
Script Editor allows to arrange text in boxes similar to the way text is organized in comics. Introductions, punchlines, closing remarks plus structural elements can be nicely arranged into a truly holistic view of your script resulting in a powerful way to prepare and finetune presentations.
Script Editor is the no-card-symbols subset of the Symbolic Method Editor.
Apps for Mental Techniques in Magic
Nothing comes close to training card magic with the deck in the hands. However, training mental techniques can be very efficient using learning aids on mobile devices. Train your mental stack-skills anywhere and anytime.
Built around a random card and position generator the apps offered here are kept simple and straightforward. No complicated menu - start, touch and go.
Special emphasis has been made to mimick real life performance situations. Consider these apps your virtual spectator on demand.
This app is about the Acaan plot (Any Card At Any Number). It targets those who learn and perform the ACAAN plot using the stacks by Tamariz and Aronson or just any user defined stack.
This app is about training stack-skills.
It randomly gives you any card and then challenges you to name either the next,
the next of the same suite or the same kind. Cycle either forth or back.
And so much more.
It targets those who use the stacks by Tamariz and Aronson or just any user defined stack.Stack Trainer supports Harry Lorrayne's Peg System.
This app is about calculating the final digit of
the sum of a serial number -- based on the idea of outcasting the tens. It also
addresses the missing digit problem. The design of this
app is geared fully towards Alain Nu's Serial Thrillers.
It targets those who perform tricks that require this kind of skill.
This app is about
Simon Aronson`s "Twice As Hard" plot based on his "Undo Influence" principle. Supported is also Jean-Marie Becker's version named 'drah sa eciwT'.
It targets those who learn and perform these effects using the stacks by Tamariz and Aronson or just any user defined stack.
This app trains your ability to estimate and gauge pile sizes. Rendered as simple bars, a deck cut into various piles is represented. By gauging the relative sizes of the bars, and with the total number they represent in mind, the user can estimate the individual pile sizes. By cycling into the next phase the app then displays the correct numbers before starting all over again with a new random situation.
The following two apps are either satellite applications that sound-support the mental trainers presented above, or - as Random Input - they provide you with a chance to experience the look and feel of the commerical apps.
This app is
very basic. It simply creates random inputs be it card values or digits. Like
the ACAAN and Serial Numbers trainers it also supports sound and allows you to get an idea of the series'
look and feel. This app is free.
It targets those who practice tricks that need random inputs by a spectator, mainly in the context of card tricks.
This app serves to record sound files in CAF-format (Apple Core Audio Format) according to the four suites, the ace, the three court cards and values from 2 to 9. These sound files, once moved into the other apps' documents folder (using iTunes) allow for the sound option.