Abra is a magical poetry instrument/spellbook for iOS. Touch words and watch them shift under your fingers. Cast dozens of spells to mutate the text and set it into motion. Write your own words into Abra and see them become part of her vocabulary. Read, write, and experiment to discover Abra's secrets and make her poems your own.

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This app was created as a born-digital artist’s book, funded in part by an NEA-sponsored Expanded Artists’ Books grant from The Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. Available in parallel is a limited-edition clothbound artist’s book that treats the printed page itself as a touch-screen interface. An iPad running the Abra app can be inserted into the book, conjoining the analog and digital into a unified reading experience.

Abra was created by Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, and Ian Hatcher.

Available free for iPad and iPhone. Requires iOS 8+.

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Twitter: @AbraApp

What’s New

Version 1.21

This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Fixed crashes in iOS 10

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

lookgoodinblue ,



Debbiebbad ,


It needs work it never opened

smhskdkucixnebd ,

doesn't work

won't even open on iphone

App Privacy

The developer, Ian Hatcher, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

No Details Provided

The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


  • Family Sharing

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

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