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Get whatever you want on demand with no hassle, through SMS

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Murat Karademir — nomad,istanbul
great video by wired about magic
Sarah Buhr — Reporter, TechCrunch
Will Magic go the way of WunWun and TaskRabbit or do you think it will be able to keep up with literally ANY legal request?
Ryan Hoover — Product Hunt
@sarahbuhr poses a good question. There are several other widely horizontal, on-demand services that failed. Why will this work, @dwmerriman? Also, when will you build a website and/or mobile app or are you brave enough to live off of SMS forever? 😉
Michael John McClain — Snap Shop
@sarahbuhr you nailed it.

This will work as a subscription service for everything or free for niche products with added fee after purchase.

The only way anyone can order anything is if they raise their prices. Hence pricing out the average consumer.

The concept went viral, the ease of use. Its an idea whose time has come but the logistics have yet to be solved.

NICHE NICHE NICHE

cc: @jdcarlu

Yo + Uber = too broad for now.
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@marty — Director, Tens
This website looks extremely untrustworthy, purely from a design standpoint. I feel a lot of potential users would be put off by this!
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@marty Yes, I totally agree, the website was a basic MVP of a website we made today and wasn't finished! We've updated it now.
Thomas K. Running — Nomad, Teleport
@marty @dwmerriman The current website is nice and simple :)
Ryan Hoover — Product Hunt
This has similarities to Cloe, an SMS-based service for asking questions (and another example of an "invisible product"). cc @hildebrandchase @kylebrussell
alex kwon — oneminute
@rrhoover Magic can scale this if they can get a supply of high quality magicians who can quickly carry out tasks real time in their free time. Similar to how uber drivers just start driving around when they have free time.
Fred Rivett — One half of @wecontrast
There's a superb article on the crazy 72 hours these guys have had since launch on Mashable, definitely worth checking out http://mashable.com/2015/02/23/m...
Mike Luo — Perphekt
Seems great, looks awesome for a busy person (I don't personally think I'd be that busy to use it though). One note, it seems like a medium pizza and a soda is $19 and some basic groceries/toiletries for $65. Yeah, I understand theres a need for convenience and you pay extra but honestly, those seem very expensive. To be honest, it seems like a very expensive "fee" to pay to have everything automated when things like Dominos come out with a siri like app and lots of places already do online grovery delivering. One thing that is interesting though is the flights, doesn't seem like a horrible price. Just saying that this seems like a niche product and I would potentially try it out if prices were lower (you guys would obviously get a lower margin, but is it really that hard to order a pizza/search kayak/order from instacart?)
Jim Carter III — Cause Hacker
@azianmike this is exactly why it works. The time it takes one to think through the ways to do it cheaper, source the goods, consider doing it themselves, pull out a credit card etc, you realize *hell it's only a little more*. even when it's a lot more, I like that it's free to see what the price comes out to first and make the call. the magic is in the psychology that you're talking to a human attempting to help you and is ready to pull the trigger for the right price. It's the reason the on-demand economy is thriving. @semil went deep on it yesterday. [http://blog.semilshah.com/2015/0...] i love this idea, looking forward to using it.
Jack Smith — Serial Entrepreneur & Startup Adviser
Interesting idea. Terrible site design. Unclear if they're charging for this added convenience.
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@_jacksmith Hey, this is David, one of the founders. We made this website this morning and got a few initial test users. Response was overwhelmingly positive. Did not expect it to be on Product Hunt!

We charge a small fee after the cost of delivering you the service. We'll always be transparent about the pricing before you confirm an order.
Sean M. Madden — CreativeThunder.co & CreativeTribes.co
Crazy cool!
Amrita Chandra — Startup Marketer
This also has similarities to Path Talk but a different delivery mechanism.
Ian Hunter — Pilot, Sommelier, Aeron Jockey
"Requests have ranged from help getting out of court to a tiger delivered to a customer’s door"

This reminds me so much of Zaarly early days. We had requests including Moon Boots and cowboy hats. The problem is quite obviously fulfilling blank slate requests.
Sachin Dev Duggal — Sachin Dev Duggal, shoto
@dwmerriman how do you handle payments?
Jason Marmon — Co-Founder & CTO @ HomeSwipe
How are you storing credit cards? Do we text our info to you? Seems pretty sketchy, especially if you're using twilio to manage this since I don't believe they have an option for SSL
Harry Raymond — Co-founder Drinkeasy
@jtmarmon From their website: "We will send you a 128-bit encrypted HTTPS link via SMS that you can click to enter your credit card number. We do not store your credit card number. All payment processing is handled by Stripe."
Jason Marmon — Co-Founder & CTO @ HomeSwipe
@harryraymond good catch, thanks :)
Ross@GoLocalApps — GoLocalApps
Also seems like Jarvis

Text messaging is a large market. Granted its pretty limited, but lots can be done in those limitations. We've considered using Jarvis, but some of its limitations have kept us from signing up yet.
Abe Storey — Entrepreneur & Growth Marketer
Just tried submitting a request with no response @dwmerriman you all must be swamped...
Nick Frost — Editor & Marketing @ Mattermark.
@dwmerriman thanks for the update!
Nadia — The StartUP CMO: Marketing I PR I Social
would have spent the 3k to get access immediately.. too late now.
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