You are a card magician who dedicates time and ideas to new material, alternate takes, script lines and trick maneuvers in general? Are you, too, ready for a new way to talk card magic? Welcome to the card table's future.

Consider a trick as a sequence of position checks and actions. Repeat: position checks and actions. And use the Symbolic Method app to pin those down in a most concise and systematic manner. Compile your own set of notes, study tricks analytically, organize your card magic cosmos. In digital format.

This app is inspired by Juan Tamariz' 'método simbólico', developed in 1978, his visions on a notation system for card tricks, introduced in his trilogy ‘El Método Simbólico’ I and II, and the ‘New mini simbolico’. Only few took notice, but even the dusted oldschool magic circles can’t deny: almost 40 years later, time is right to use notation. Just as they do in music, in ballet, in math, in engineering, in aviation, in football. Streamline your approach!

Work with living documents that can be edited, fine-tuned, modified, modularized, filtered, exported to PDF, to email, to dropbox. Designed to be used whenever ideas and solutions occur to you, this app will become your all-time distillate of secrets and card trick solutions -- a modern asset for the fast card aficionado, who is not afraid of pioneering new horizons.

If in doubt, visit, where you will find whitepaper, introductions and tutorial movies, test the free 'Symbolic S-Up' sister app, or simply drop me a line.

- Note: this is the one-and-only program of this kind, a new experience they haven't taught you at school. It will require your dedication and attention before it returns its benefit. It is challenging. The help text, though comprehensive, is spartanic without formatting. It has the minimum design required to achieve its purpose. 'Symbolic Method' was created with passion and driven by commitment but if this is not what you expected, and considering the solid price, please do not hesitate to make use of Appstore's return option or contact me directly.

What's New

Version 3.9

1. The 'Context' menu's overlays for 'Place' and 'Direction' were redesigned and combined. The new 'Place' option allows to specify overlays indicating Palm, Hand, Pocket, Wallet and Case. The 'Direction' is option is deprecated. These changes make it much easier to describe actions related to palming, pocketing, and placing cards onto, into, or below card cases or wallets.
2. A new symbol was added for handing over cards from hand to hand, named HANDOVER.
2. Documents can now be renamed.
3. The 'Settings' menu now offers to specify up to 10 rows and columns, addressing large screen tablets.
4. Code maintenance, especially for the latest generation tablets.


Ralph Cos
5 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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