Android Apps

Palka Christmas Card

Palka Christmas Card allows you to take a photo, put it into a Christmas Card and email the card to friends. The app starts in camera mode. There you can either take a photo of someone or take a selfie— or pressing the back arrow, you can choose a photo from your gallery. Using face detection, the photo appears in the right place in the first Christmas card. Clicking on the card cycles through other cards with the same photo included in each. The pull-down menu allows you to reposition the photo, add a beard to it, add and position holiday messages, draw or write on the card, or email it to friends. If in drawing mode, pressing the "volume" buttons allow you to alter the drawing.

In taking a photo, be sure that the person is well-lit and is the only person in the scene.

In the menu, selecting to "transform" an object allows you to freely move the person, object or text on the screen. Clicking "Transform photo" followed by "scale" allows you to scale the face in the photo. Transform and Draw must be clicked off to allow you to change cards. Each card holds its own adjustments, additions and drawings.

At the bottom of the menu is the option to email your card to friends. The emailer scans your smart phone and gives you a list of email addresses to choose from— or you could type in new ones.

This app has no advertisements.

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Palka Card Trick

 

Palka Card Magic Trick (for Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and after) is a simple magic trick that will surprise the viewer when he sees his chosen card appear magically on your Android smart phone. No physical cards are necessary. The viewer just names one of 52 cards in a deck and you reveal the card of his choice on your smart phone.

Embedded in the app are three techniques used to accomplish this trick. Any one can be used by itself to perform the trick. Only one of the techniques uses voice recognition. Alternating between the three techniques can keep any viewer guessing. All the results are visual.

The techniques are easy to learn. They employ a simple version of "Chased" and similar "Si Stebbins" ordering, which are common to magicians. The app has a pull-down menu item that reveals the instructions in detail with screen-capture illustrations and text. It also has a graphic overlay for learning the techniques. A complete reveal is easy to do quickly.

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Palka Face Card

Palka Face Card Magic Trick is a simple magic trick that will surprise the spectator by revealing to him his own face in the center of a card he has just chosen. No physical cards are necessary. The viewer just names one of 52 cards in a deck and you reveal on your smart phone his picture inside the card of his choice. You make his card "rise to the surface". Afterwards you can email the card to him.

The trick is done in three steps: (1) You take a photo of the spectator or you select a photo of him from a gallery. (2) You wipe the screen clean to reveal his chosen card with his picture in the middle. (3) You email him a picture of the card.

A good approach would be to go around the room taking pictures of people on your smart phone. Then on your smart phone, launch Palka Face Card and select from the gallery the photo you just took of a certain spectator. (It's a good idea to have his email address in your smart phone.) When you approach him, it looks like the app is just starting with the main screen showing the girl inside the heart. Ask him to choose a card from an imaginary deck of 52 cards. If he suspects that voice recognition is being used, have him write it down. Rub the screen and his card appears with his picture in the center. Afterwards, press the button which says "Select Recipient". Choose his email address from the list and send off the email with his card as an attachment.

Embedded in the app are two techniques which are easy to learn. Voice recognition is not used at all. The two techniques employ a simple version of "Chased" and similar "Si Stebbins" ordering, which are common to magicians. The app has a pull-down menu item that reveals the instructions in detail with screen-capture illustrations and text. It also has a graphic overlay for learning the techniques.

Palka Face Card uses face detection to position the viewer's face on the card.

This app has no advertisements since advertisements would interfere with the atmosphere of the trick.

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