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John.W.Stevens

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If you were at the Portland Magic Jam, you saw Jonathan Levit close his show with this piece of magic.

I have been waiting for him to release it and it is now available.

Call a stranger. Randomly created phone number. Conversation. Card reveal. Fun piece of strange!

And it is amazing! Based on the old Mr. Wizard, but more!

Http://thestrangerapp.com

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I had an app called Mental Killer which seems to be the same effect. I don't think Mental Killer is supported any longer though. Anyone else have Mental Killer?

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I have Mental Killer, by Max Kraus and still supported.

Max is credited in this App. It is similar but also different (enough that Max was supportive of this release).

I love both. The killer thing about the Stranger is the audience makes up the number you call.

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Hi John,

I reinstalled Mental Killer and I think I'll be OK.

RE: The Stranger - the promo shows the spectator having a conversation on Facetime with "the stranger." But the ad says no helpers?? 

In Mental Killer, an answering machine says a few things ending with something like "oh - if you're calling about the card, it's the Queen of Spades."

The promo for The Stranger makes it seem much better than this. What's up with the FaceTime call? 

Can you give me more info re: limitations of The Stranger?

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John.W.Stevens

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You can perform the Stranger:

1) With no helpers - scripted conversations (3 different ones)
2) With a helper (if you want, and it is really cool... expands your presentation big time)
3) FaceTime call can be if you don’t have cell service and you can place a call using WiFi.
4) Some very impressive thinking in this app, with convincers, etc.

He walks through all of this in detail and is very accessible (Much like how Max is and very willing to help).
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Thanks for the info John. 

One final question: With no helpers, what are the scripted conversations like? Can the spec talk to the phone i.e. will the program wait for the spec to stop etc? 

With a helper I had this idea: Create a list of names for the helper that are indexed to the 52 cards i.e. Aimee is the AS, Betty is the 2S etc. The helper has the index by the phone so if someone calls and asks for "Betty" your helper looks at the list and knows that the card is the 2S. You simply tell your spec to ask for Betty, or Aimee etc. 

I do appreciate that the call is made to a seemingly random phone number. That definitely juices things up. 

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John.W.Stevens

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The scripts are with you talking.

The call a friend option allows for much more freedom, but scripts are powerful.

Louie Fox has some great ideas with coding the Card and more so you could do a book test with it. Pretty neat.

I’m having fun.

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I'm on Aaron Fisher's mailing list, last week he sent a free pdf with Jonathan's 'The Perfect Trick, (with embedded adverts for The Stranger.) "The Perfect Trick" is an app-less version from what I can see. Very cool.

Spec can phone a phone number created by the spectator or group of spectators and the performer does not need to speak to the person on the line. 

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