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Ghost Camera (2016) by Tenyo Co.

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T-266 GHOST CAMERA

Invisible objects appear in a photo! The camera is completely ungimmicked so you can borrow a spectator's smartphone to take the photo. This cutting-edge trick will captivate audiences because it is both timely and baffling.

PROPS INCLUDED
Handkerchief
Instruction sheet

DESCRIPTION
1. The spectator selects a card, returns it to the deck, and covers the deck with a handkerchief.
2. The magician snaps a photo using a smartphone.
3. When the audience looks at the photo, they are shocked to see that the selected card has appeared in the picture! This can be immediately repeated with a different card.

NOTE
Additional routines are included: a mysterious hand appears in the photo, and a selected coin is magically divined.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 16th, 2015
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First the good...
The hanky prop is very cool and spectators will have a hard time immediately knowing what technology is used for the gimmick. It's just not common yet.

The ghost affect with the live video recording feature of the phone is really cool seeing ghostly images fade in and out (when you follow the easy instructions how to do so).

I like this prop just for the cool factor.

The bad...
You NEED a camera phone with a flash for this to work. Using your own phone it's easy to force activate the flash, but not all phones have a flash and camera lights usually only activate in very dim/dark lighting unless you handle a spectator's phone and change a setting to turn on the camera light.

Realistically, you'll also need to perform using the spectator's phone. If you perform on your own phone, I guarantee the spectator will believe you're using a special app -- significantly diminishing the effect.

I really don't like that the Tenyo Logo is on the prop. It takes something organic and diminishes it a little. The readable logo is unfortunately on the important non-gimmicked corner of the hanky. I'm thinking of how to get rid of it. (Cut, bleach or sharpie it out? Or just show upside-down or thumb-cover it?)

The ugly...
The spectator CANNOT be allowed to handle the hanky. Worst case, the spectator crumples the hanky and possibly damages the gimmick. Best case, they will definitely find how the hanky is gimmicked via sight and/or feel. And even worse, since the hanky has heat on it being the main prop, they're going to want to examine it. This is different, for example, than Future Puzzle by Tenyo (which btw has it's own quirks, but is AWESOME and inexpensive), where the box is shown as empty and can be thrown aside while putting together the puzzle.

The gimmick in the hanky is much more visible than one would expect. I have performed for people with good vision in certain light and they can see "outlines" on the performance side of the hanky that they should not see! Busted. The spectator must NOT be allowed see the backside of the hanky since the gimmick is fully visible there. This is a problem since you really should at least flash the backside of the hanky showing to the spectator that there is no funny business there. I've used performance workarounds, but I would prefer to start the performance with the hanky face down. This problem really irks me. The backside of the hanky should be completely opaque and hide the gimmicks fully. The effect would have not been compromised.

I also really think that Tenyo should have included a non-gimmicked handkerchief that could be swapped out and man-handled...again, considering the hanky is the main prop. This would even allow a second picture to be taken again freely (if attempted by the spectator) that showed nothing on the ENTIRE hanky - hence enhancing the mystery.

Two stars because of the gimmick visibility issues and the significant limitations because of that. Unless you want to experiment with something cool, I can't recommend for purchase. Including a non-gimmicked hanky would have brought this up to 4 stars.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 27th, 2017
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Works good.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 22nd, 2017
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Great prop.
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This plays great for all ages! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 18th, 2017
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This is a borrowed phone effect, and for that reason - most modern day audiences think you're really doing some big time magic in manipulating their phone. (You just need to make sure their phone has a flash)

It plays well with kids and adults - and the what I injected into the trick was I pretended that I just needed to take a picture of the cloth to activate the ghosts inside and then predicted their card - which they worked hard to shuffle back into the deck.

After they were wowed by the prediction - I handed the phone back, but with it still turned on to the person who loaned it to me. Just as people were asking how I did the trick, the phone loaner went nuts about the picture they saw. I looked confused, "So, I guess you didn't believe me when I said I had help from ghosts?" And then everyone scrambled to get a look at the phone.

It was a very a fun, simple trick - a beginner can do it. Plays great with kids - but fools adults as well.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 26th, 2017
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I feel it should be called Ghost Handkerchief.

It's really easy and since the instructions aren't in English - here's the fun way I figured out how to do it.

Audiences sometimes like seeing magicians mess up - and this is a fun one where I purposely tell them I haven't performed this in a while and if I mess up when naming their card not to tell me the name of the card & to give me another chance.

An audience member selects a card (via a force) - shows everyone I then tell them to shuffle it into the deck and lose it. I purposely mess up in naming the card (I already know the card since it was forced) & told the group (which had some kids in it) that I have a handkerchief which is haunted and that the friendly ghost inside helps me out when I need it.

I say taking a picture with the phone helps wake up the ghost - so, that's why I need a borrowed phone. And then after I take the pic and guess the card correctly they're impressed - but as I return the phone to the spectator - I say - "Remember, it wasn't all me - the ghost helped out as well," and show them the image on the phone. That reveal played really big as everyone wants to check out the phone and is in awe.

In a fun way that picture is a takeaway for the audience member as well - as it's on their phone.

Really the only thing you need for the trick is an audience member that has a phone with a flash on it - which is pretty standard - but imperative for this trick.

This trick is good for magicians of all ages - and is easy to perform. The only skill you truly need is to be able to force one card - there's a ton of ways to do that so pick your fave. The handkerchief also has some mentalism abilities with an arrow - but I haven't thought of what to do with that yet.

It's an unusual trick and a fun one at that.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 27th, 2017
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I recently saw one of my Magician friends, who is also a street performer here in Las Vegas, perform with this. I immediately ordered it from Penguin Magic the next day. It is a simple trick to perform, but I have been getting great responses to it every time I perform it. Another Great Tenyo product.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 25th, 2015
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Enjoy the ghost camera trick,although I had to come out with my own routine. Cause everything was in Chinese. But beside all that great trick.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 24th, 2015
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This trick is absolutely fantastic! I have used at several high end corporate events including a trade show and conference and it always accomplished the desired reaction. The fact that it uses he spectator's phone is brilliant! This trick is a worker. If you get paid to entertain real people then this is a great trick to have in you r case.
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A Tenyo item you'll perform, and just play with! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 12th, 2015
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This is a Tenyo item that will actually fit in your working set without looking "prop-y". The first time I used this, it killed.

Since we live in a world were everybody now shares every photo they take online, this could be used as a tool to spread word of mouth about your act. Have the spectator hold the handkerchief and take a picture. Just an idea.

This principle I've seen used in magic once before a few years back, but how it was used then was very limiting.

I've modified mine so I can quickly identify which image I want to display without too much handling of the handkerchief.

The only downside, not even a downside, more like a wish. They should have made this double sided, and card reveals only. This could have provided up to 8 card reveals possible instead of 2.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 9th, 2015
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First off, not really cool with the title---U basically get a cloth, should be ghost image or xray cloth, but I digress.

This uses CAMERAFLAGE technology that first appeared back in 2007. So you force a card and magically an image appears of that very card on the cloth. The cool part is that the image can't be seen easily with the eye but ONLY on camera.

Now that bad parts-the cloth is super thin, which means that images can be seen with any amount of light from the back of the cloth. At certain angles the card images can also shine thru in MEDIUM light levels. So cloth is not angle proof or fully examinable.

There are no english instructions included, you have to download those.

You also have to orient the cloth the correct way, spectators can see the image on their view screen, they must have the flash on when taking a picture.

Aside from those minor "people managment/misdirection" issues the effect is kinda cool.

This might have been cooler if they made a black T-shirt with the selections, they could have included an ESP symbol-look for this technology to appear in the near future.

Since there is virtually nothing like this available at this time, I would recommend this effect.
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