Children Can Now Talk to Santa on Their iPhone and iPad this Christmas

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The “MagicFriends Xmas” App for the iPhone and iPad is now available for download on the App store allowing real conversations with Santa.

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“It has been great fun to watch children talking to Santa and his friends. The conversations are sometimes hilarious. Children’s imaginations have no limits and you never know where the conversation will go." - Mike Hennessy CEO of Caramagic.

Caramagic today released the "MagicFriends Xmas" app for kids on the App store.

"MagicFriends Xmas" enables children to have real conversations with Santa and his friends on an iPad or iPhone, where Santa is actually voiced and animated by a parent or family member as the Puppeteer on a second iPhone or iPad connected via Wi-Fi over the internet.

Once the call is made the child chats with a fun, animated Santa, Sam the Snowman, Candy the Elf or Prancer on their screen, in a world of make believe.

Children can laugh, joke and hear stories straight from Santa and his friends. They can also tell Santa exactly what they would like for Christmas -- and know he heard every word.

MagicFriends is developed on three simple ideas:

  • Children live in a world of fantasy and imagination
  • Children love to talk
  • Parents know their child best of all

MagicFriends is built on the latest VoIP platform, which allows the puppeteer and the child to be in the same house or miles apart.

The app’s voice changer allows the Puppeteer to morph their voice to match each different character. This morphed voice syncs with the mouth movement of the character on the child’s screen.

The Puppeteer controls the animations and with a simple swipe or tap can make Santa and his friends jump, wave, wink, dance and twirl on the child’s device. Welcome to the world of digital puppets.

Because the Puppeteer is played by a parent or family member they know their child, from their birthdate to their favorite color, toy or bedtime story. This creates moments of magic for the parent and their child that will last long after the holiday season is over.

MagicFriends has the potential to transform how parents and their children play. It brings language and conversation to the world of make believe in a way never achieved before. It develops their imagination and promotes learning and creativity. Through conversation and interaction, a child picks up language skills and absorbs the basics of social interaction, which is essential to their growth, healthy development and building self-confidence.

"MagicFriends Xmas" can be seen in action at http://www.magicfriends.com/xmas.

MagicFriends Xmas features include:

  • 4 Xmas characters; Santa, Sam the Snowman, Candy the Elf & Prancer the Reindeer.
  • Free to download and try using the free character Sam
  • Conversation and animation controlled by the adult puppeteer: characters can jump, wave, wink, twirl and more with a simple swipe or tap on the screen.
  • Voice changer adjusts the adult’s voice to match each character
  • Each character’s mouth movement syncs with the Puppeteer’s voice
  • Users can connect from two different Wi-Fi enabled spots anywhere in the world
  • Starter packs containing stories, scripts and jokes are available for download at http://www.magicfriends.com
  • MagicFriends Xmas is safe and secure. The app can only be used under parental supervision and devices can only connect through the acceptance of an email invite sent by a parent or guardian.

Pricing and Availability
The app can be downloaded for free on the App Store: MagicFriends Xmas
Access to Sam the Snowman is free. For access to all characters with unlimited character calls, users can upgrade to a paid annual subscription of $3.99.

Press Kit
Screenshots, icons and other related media are available for download from here: Media Kit

About Caramagic
Caramagicis an app publisher located in Dublin’s Digital Hub technology campus.

Media Contact
Contact: Mike Hennessy
Email: media(at)magicfriends(dot)com
Phone from US: 011-353-1-542-4125
Address: MagicFriends, The Digital Depot, Thomas Street, Dublin 8, Ireland

Website: http://www.magicfriends.com/xmas
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MyMagicFriends
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyMagicFriends

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