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COGNITO – Lloyd Barnes & Owen Garfield – A Review

COGNITO – Lloyd Barnes & Owen Garfield – A Review

COGNITO – Lloyd Barnes & Owen Garfield – A Review

This is the Ad Copy:

Magicians and mentalists have strived for centuries to crack the code of real mind reading.

COGNITO is the closest you will ever come to experiencing the incredible power of telepathy.

Imagine having someone think of ANYTHING (a playing card, star sign, word, movie, celebrity…whatever THEY want). They NEVER write it down, type it, point at it, click it, blink or even whisper…the thought ONLY exists inside their mind.

Yet with Cognito you know EXACTLY what they are thinking. There is even a way to do it with no peek at all.

Cognito is a revolutionary Magic App that combines a classic principle with genius new methods to know what spectators are thinking without seemingly doing anything.

The reason reviewers are calling this “The best app of the decade.” is because it has no competition. Cognito stands on its own as the most unique and brilliantly thought out Magic App ever created.

Simply put; Magic Apps shouldn’t get reactions like this.
Incredibly easy to perform
NO memory work or mental calculations
Perform in minutes
Works in ANY language
NO internet needed
Fools magicians
Multiple effects built in
Create your own effects with ease.
PLUS: A huge and active Facebook community (facebook name: cognitoapp) packed with ideas and new improbable routines.

Created by Lloyd Barnes & Owen Garfield and developed by Joshua Riley, Murphy’s Magic proudly presents… COGNITO

My Thoughts:

I don’t know where to start. COGNITO is described as a magic app. It is. But it is also so much more. This is the taking of an app and stretching it in every direction imaginable. This is the ultimate phone app…

I really wish I had more time to ‘play’ with COGNITO before writing a review. But.. time is a factor in new releases, and it’s important to get the basics out there.. and let the public decide. There’s a segment who want new effects first, before anyone else, and they are looking for info right now, as I write. And, if you have the right effect/app, they will exponentially launch the new product into a magical orbit in ways I could never accomplish. So.. here are my initial thoughts.

Everything is based on a classic methodology many of you would recognize. That said.. it’s like saying moon travel is based on the fact the Chinese launched fireworks into the air hundreds of years ago. Yes, everything went in the same direction.. up.. but the comparison isn’t fair.
COGNITO solves ‘problems’ in ways not imaginable thirty years ago, although it employs the same principles USED thirty years ago.

Imagine this…

A spectator THINKS of a card. They look at several pictures of cards on your phone and indicate whether their card is in those pictures. Without looking at your phone, you know the identity of the card they’re thinking of..

How? The app calculates the card.. sends YOU a text on your Apple watch or another phone disclosing the card.. and you are set for the reveal. What if the app sends a text to a confederate.. and they CALL to reveal the card.? Sort of like ‘The Wizard’ on steroids.

This isn’t the primary effect. This is one of many effects. I wanted to bring this one to light to show the broad range of effects capable with this app. There’s multiple ways of accomplishing each reveal so the performer can personalize the app to his or her style. And… you can literally personalize the app with your OWN designs, which are easily implemented into the existing effects.

I could go on and on.. but this review would become WAY to long to keep your interest. Aside from an hour and twenty plus minute tutorial designed to get you up to speed.. from absolute beginner.. to a comfortable performer. A very active Facebook group answers any questions you have not covered in the tutorial.. plus.. offers many different effects developed by enthusiastic owners.. and there are many. In fact, some of the top performers in the world are calling COGNITO a true game-changer and the top magic app of all time.

The tutorial covers a large list of effects and information. I have included the list here to give you a good overview..

Perform On Yourself- Easy ‘first effect’ to get you started.
Overview- What to expect.
How Cognito Knows- Detailed explanation of the classic technology.
The Split Principle- A swiping technique that serves as a base principle.
The Time Principle- A second technique, providing additional twists.
Proximity Input- Another input method making things very ‘personal’.
Watch & Confederate- Apple watch and confederate suggestions.
How To Exit- Instructions for getting out an effect.
Presets Explained- Self explanatory.
Peekless Peeking- A super mentalism tool.
Create Your Own Routines- Copy and paste to achieve personalization.
Scripts & Reasonings-Digging deeper into the working
Tips & Tricks- A must read..
On A Spectators Phone- Additional methodology.
Facebook Group- As mentioned.. a super group of performers

There are effects involving playing cards, horoscopes, dates, words, states and Marvel movies included. As I mentioned, adding new effects is a simple task. I promise.. once you purchase COGNITO, your mind will race at all the possibilities. I can’t understand pricing this at $29.95, seriously, considering the strength and versatility. There’s zero additional cost… nothing else to ‘unlock’ or purchase to get to the good features.

I hope I’ve provide enough info to spur your interest. There’s SO much more.. and I have never reviewed one product with this many features.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I recommend COGNITO to all my friends and readers. Get it.

$29.95 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their Associates..

Review by Rick Carruth

GET MONEY – Louis Frenchy & George Iglesias – A Review

GET MONEY – Louis Frenchy & George Iglesias – A Review

Get Money -Louis Frenchy & George Iglesias – A Review

This is the Ad Copy:

From the minds of Louis Frenchy and George Iglesias comes a diabolical effect that will make your spectators hallucinate!

Based on the effect dollar to credit card created by George Iglesias in 1995 and popularized in the magic world during the past 10 years, Louis Frenchy now comes with this new version named Get Money where you will show 3 amazing transformations in just seconds.

Extremely visual, fast, very commercial, easy to do, portable and customizable.


Show a $1 dollar bill and transform it into a $100 dollar bill, now give a magic pass and transform the $100 bill into a blue VISA credit card, now show it from both sides and when giving another magic pass transform it into a gold AMEX credit card that you can also display on both sides.

The magician can place his own credit card (real or expired one) and make a payment with the gimmick or switch the gimmick for another one. Everything is fully explained in the instructional video.

Available in three versions: Dollars, Euros and Pounds.

My Thoughts:

Louis Frenchy & George Iglesias have developed a very unique effect, gimmick and all, that’s capable of doing everything the ad copy says it can do. There’s no hyperbole or exaggeration, which is quite rare now days.. and I am excited to review a product that’s worth getting excited about.

When I first opened GET MONEY, I noticed something familiar. The gimmick seemed to be something I remembered ‘playing around with’ a number of years ago. Soon, George talked about the history of GET MONEY and said it was based on an effect he created back in 1995 called Dollar To Credit Card. Bingo! I had one, although I seem unable to find it now.

Credit is also given to Bizzaro for Bill Breaker and Patrick Page for Paper To Bills. George always seems more than willing to give credit where credit is due. I appreciate that…

Although similar to Dollar To Credit Card.. this is a much improved and updated version, with considerably more flexibility and visual appeal. This version is totally justified.. and is NOT simply a re-packaging of an older effect. This is a major overhaul…

As the ad copy writes.. GET MONEY is a very visual effect that has the performer showing a one dollar bill, then with a rub, transforming it to a one hundred dollar bill. Just as quick, the one hundred dollar bill changes into a blue Visa credit card, which is shown both sides. When you think the effect is complete.. the blue credit card changes to a gold American Express card, which, again, is shown both sides. With a little practice, you can perform this quartet of changes in about ten seconds.

I know someone will asks.. can the final change be handed out for inspection? No. But you CAN, with improvising provided in the video, use the card in the final production to pay your bill. It requires attaching your personal card to the blue Visa card instead of the provided card – but everything is explained in the instructions. Nice touch..

I keep referencing the ‘dollar bill’, but Get Money comes in your choice of bills… Dollar Bills, Euros, or Pounds. EVERYTHING you need is provided, including very realistic bills and credit cards. They also include an extra set of bills should you ever need to replace the ones attached to the gimmick. There is ZERO DIY, aside from having to attach the gold card to the blue card with pre-stuck two sided tape. This takes about five seconds. You pull the back paper off the tape, stick on the card, and perform you little heart out.

This is probably an intermediate level effect. Although it is not difficult, it will require some practice concerning finger placement and timing. It is certainly within the skill level of anyone willing to spend an hour or two practicing handling and angles. That said.. angles are not extreme. You simply don’t want folks at your sides, as the thickness of the gimmick can be detected.

I mentioned extra bills included for repair. There is a portion of the video devoted to replacing the bills, should it ever become necessary. There is also a section on repairing the credit cards should you ever experience a problem with the ‘crease’. Enough said at this point. Just know the gimmick is made to last and every effort has been made to assure you can use your gimmick for a very LONG time.

The tutorial, available either online or for download, runs almost 50 minutes. There were NO audio or video problems. George is a good teacher, and, although he is from South America, he is quite easy to understand and a very engaging fellow.

I am definitely recommending all my friends and readers purchase GET MONEY. The price is totally justified, considering the quality of the gimmick and the overall strength of the effect.

$45.00 .. From Murphy’s Magic and their Associates..

Review by Rick Carruth