Since February 2016, more than 500,000 Alexa users have gone on more than 1,000,000 interactive adventures inside The Magic Door. Started as a side project by husband and wife team Laura and Andy Huntwork with just a few short stories in November 2015, The Magic Door is now the largest collection of interactive stories designed from the beginning to be experienced by voice.
Amazon Alexa users can experience the whole collection by saying, “Alexa, open the magic door.” Google Assistant/Google Home users can experience a small selection by saying, “Ok Google, open the magic door.”
The Magic Door, LLC, founded by Laura and Andy in July 2017, now continues to release new interactive stories inside The Magic Door and also works with partners to launch interactive stories on Alexa and Google Assistant/Google Home using the Magic Door’s software platform.
Andy built the Magic Door platform as a content management system to enable Laura to tell engaging stories in a mostly self-service way without any coding. Andy worked with Laura to add new scripting, state management, output effects, and input handling to the platform to enabler increasing rich and engaging stories over time. He integrated Delight Games content with the same platform. He now runs The Magic Door, LLC, with Laura, where he is working on making all voice interfaces sound better and on making the Magic Door platform fully self service for authors.