This Magician Uses Smartphones To Captivate A Distracted Generation

At one time, close-up sleight-of-hand magic relied on coins, cards, and currency, but since most tricks require an audience to pay close attention, it's hard to compete with distractions like Facebook and Twitter these days. So as the folks Cool Hunting discovered, magician Doug McKenzie decided to just incorporate them, as well as other technologies, into his routines.

McKenzie doesn't rely on custom apps, or any kind of underhanded hardware hackery to impress those he performs for, though. He just cleverly incorporates the devices most of us refuse to leave the house without into his tricks, and the results are just as wonderful as guessing the suit of a playing card. We're particularly enamoured with his phone number calculator trick that would make for one heck of an ice breaker. [Cool Hunting]


    Magic is a great way to attract the attention of a potential audience.
    For any-one wishing to follow Doug into the world of Magic, here's a helpful start.
    I've made available some free magic videos to occupy and amuse those interested in this art-form.
    Each video uses everyday items easily found in the average house, so there's no cost involved in preparing and performing the illusions.
    Also, each video includes a 'how-to' section to assist with the mastering of the effect.
    These videos can help fill in those idle moments, when you're stuck at home with nothing to do.
    They can be found at:

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