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My Pet Boris (the magic spider ios app) is the work of magician Ian Pidgeon from Sydney Australia.

Most people I know, myself included freak out when they walk into a spider web so you can pretty much guarantee a reaction to this trick.

First of all I would like to credit Jim Pace's The Web from L&L Publishing as the inspiration for this effect. The Web can be purchased from your local magic dealer or online through L&L Publishing or most other Magic sites. L&L publishing own the rights to the original "The Web" effect and have authorized us to market this app.

While "The Web" is a magic trick using cards, My Pet Boris has a totally different presentation and is intended more as a prank that anyone could use.

It utilizes the smart phone as a familiar object that is endlessly fascinating to people instead of introducing it as a magic trick. The technology allows for video, animation and vibration that involves multiple senses and increased interest. People are always curious to see what new applications are being developed. This provides a powerful emotional hook.
The spider is an Australian Redback spider Latrodectus hasseltii a relative of the American Black Widow and are quite dangerous. He was released in my neighbor's garden after filming.

Effect:
I present this as a cool new smart phone app (app sold separately) that merges the spectators own body with computer generated images to create a form of augmented reality that is incredibly realistic.
I ask the spectator to hold out their hand so I can take a picture of their palm, secretly loading a plastic spider on the back of their hand, then place the phone on their palm and introduce Boris.
The animation and shadowing make it look like the spider is actually crawling across their hand. They can even feel him move because of the phone's vibrator.
He stops a few times on his way across the hand and the magician pokes him to encourage him to continue.
I show how you can interact with Boris by sliding my finger under the phone to rub the spider's back. Boris really seems to be between the phone and their hand. You could never do this in real life. Too dangerous with a poisonous spider.
Then I show how waving my hand over the proximity sensors on the phone make him come back. He runs back across the screen.
I take the phone back and ask them to try. When they wave their hand over the screen, they notice out of the corner of their eye, a realistic spider clinging to the back of their hand and they FREAK OUT!

That's My Pet Boris!

NOTE: This is the accessory pack for the Magic Spider App. The app must be purchased separately through the App Store or Google Play.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 3rd, 2013
All that you get when you purchase this are three plastic spiders, three plastic cockroaches and about twenty sticky pads for adhering them to the backs of peoples' hands. I assumed there would be a code or something that would allow you to download the app for free. There is not. The app must be purchased seperately from the appstore for $4.99. The description should state this!

Apart from that its a great gag. I just felt a bit cheated.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 23rd, 2013
To the other reviewer James who felt cheated because the download was not included as we all thought it would be judging by the advertisement. It is true that Penguin does not make it clear at all, that you must also pay another four ninety nine in order to get the phone app portion of this effect, as well they should. Shame on them, but if you are assertive and do as I did and call them on it, they will happily give you a credit for the extra money you had to pay for the download. If they do not, I will have a talk with them. I told them to be more clear about it & they should be adjusting the advertisement soon. Penguin has usually taken care of me whenever I had an issue. This gag/illusion is a SCREAM!! I mean literally. For the most part the reactions are huge & intense with a nice healthy chorus of heavy laughter afterwards. Just understand that if you buy this you are NOT getting the phone application... Just the cute, useful physical props. The download is sold separately & the info is supplied with the props packaging or just go to "my pet Boris.com". Penguin... In all fairness, due to the situation, I recommend you leave my FULL REVIEW uncensored. My reviews are thee most accurate & unbiased on this site. They should be respected as such. My reviews are here for a reason. Trust them. Achilles
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EXTREME REACTIONS! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 6th, 2013
Easy to learn with guaranteed reactions. You get realistic looking creatures and the download is now my favorite one on my phone.
The first time that I performed this on a friend I got a response that far surpassed any on the product description provided by my friends at Penguin Magic!
I feel that this little goody has totally prepared me for my Halloween Shows this year.
Easy to do....Great Reactions...Fun to Perform.......and that's what it is all about now isn't it?
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 8th, 2013
The Good:

AMAZING REACTIONS, and its really quick to perform! Everyone that I showed my new app to had a genuine reaction to the spider appearing on their hand.

The Bad:

The app itself like any app is largely device dependant, the native camera on my phone crashes the app, but the in app camera shows a blurry picture. This is going to vary from device to device though. Additionally, you can only show this trick to each person once... fine for table hopping or hitting the street, but for us casual try-hards at work, don't think this will have much life in the office.

The Ugly:

You have to purchase the app separately. I didn't realize this from the PM description however after the fact it was in one of the reviews.

Recommendation:

I love the reactions from this gag, however after two weeks at work I had showed everyone that I was going to show, so to me it wasn't really worth the money for me. However if you feel like you can get more life out of it than I did, they I would really recomend checking out the website 'www.mypetboris.com' and select a cheaper pack, there's really no need to buy 3 spiders and 3 cockroaches for this trick.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 14th, 2014
While this one falls more under the, gag category than magic it really is a lot of fun! I broke it out and used it within a day or two of receiving it and the reactions were great (people DO NOT LIKE SPIDERS)!
I gave it 4 stars for 2 reasons. One: the app is a little buggy (pardon the pun) and on more than 1 occasion blinked out mid presentation and two: it could have included a bunch more adhesion dots, (you can buy more separately). That said, if you like freaking people out and getting great reactions you're gonna love the gag!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 10th, 2014
If you have an iPhone... Buy it.. Also the app is sold separately but is worth it and I use to have the Jim pace (the web) this is by far much better...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 26th, 2017
You don't need an app.
Use your camera to take a LIVE, close-up view of their palm during a palm reading.

Push a button on the camera, lift up the screen to show a pre-arranged photo of a spider on the back of YOUR hand.
Don't say a word.

Just look at them and then at their palm.

The tension ...the waiting time...HEIGHTENS the impact. They WILL turn over their hand. It's a matter of time and tension.

And I haven't even received the effect. I ordered it minutes ago. We all know the impact of "The Web." And the impact of acting: silence and concern on your face.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 21st, 2017
Most of the time only spectators have fun because you are busting your ass for tricks that you cant enjoy the moment. But with this you can have fun and connect with them easily
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 10th, 2017
Easy and fun to do.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 15th, 2017
Hands down this receives the BEST reaction of anything I perform. However, it really is more of a gag than magic. The entire audience screams! I've never had a problem -well, a volunteer did upon seeing the cockroach on the back of her hand "fling" the cockroach across the room -never to be found. But now I have back up cockroaches.

Simply buy it and start getting a belly laugh every day!
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