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Review of Paul Harris Presents Phone Phreak (iPhone 6)

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February 5th, 2016 1:02am
Reviewed by Doc Johnson

I really love this effect. I have been doing something similar for years. The effect is tremendous, and has great potential. It is also tons of fun!

The effect is sold for the particular iPhone you have. You get everything you need for a specific iPhone to perform the effect. These effects use an IPhone app as well has some devices that form an IPhone case and attach to your phone.

The instruction is very good.

He covers several effects, from a bill production to a bill change. Another really cool effect is a photo of a dog that is in pieces that restores piece by piece and ends with you removing the restored photo. Another effect is a moving iPhone logo.


The biggest issue is this effect is only for one specific iPhone. This may or may not work with future releases of the iPhone.

Another issue is the props don’t seem to hold together well. The gimmicks is in essence, an iPhone case made up of a front and a back. However, the front and back don’t stay together well. You can perform with this, but you will need to hold it together and you can’t just use this as your regular iPhone case.

Another issue is that with some of the effects, the bill that is on the app looks so real that I have had participants not realize that magic happened when the real bill is pulled from the case. If this seems like a problem for you, you might want to do some of the other effects it does, such as a bill change.

The ad is pretty accurate, but I wouldn’t hand this out for examination, so I wouldn’t say “everything is 100% examinable”. It’s not that they are going to find something, it’s just that people expect cell phone cases to be very sturdy and tightly attached to the phone and this isn’t the case with this. I would be concerned about it falling off the case and perhaps breaking or getting damaged.

Finally, for me, I have performed a similar effect to the primary bill production from a smart phone using the photo gallery feature on any smartphone and a bit of sleight of hand. The downside to the “gimmickless” approach is it take a bit of prep to get the bill into play. Also, Jeff teaches several other effects that are just built into the app.


The skill level required: 1 of 5.
Audience management skill required: 1 of 5.
Performance angles: 360 degrees
The reset time required: 2 minutes (Note: You are not likely to reset in front of your audience)
The DIY time involved in advance: 15 to 30 minutes


I really love this effect and I think this is something that many magicians would carry with them everywhere they go. It makes for a great impromptu effect. The biggest potential downside is that it may or may not be compatible with future iPhones, and the gimmick does not fit completely securely on the phone.

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