When I first got STARS by Gordon Bean and Larry Horowitz, I didn't think it had much magic in it, and decided (wrongly) to keep it only for my magic collection -- not for my performing repertoire. But shortly after filing STARS away in my packet collection storage box, I was at one of my strolling magic gigs, and there was a table of US Veterans. I got to thinking that Stars would be a great interlude to show them, as a thank you for their service.
Of course I didn't have it with me for that gig... but I now carry it in my shirt pocket for all my table hopping and strolling gigs. I don't do it at every table, but if I come across any veterans, I add it to the set. And the response is always great, way out of proportion to the simple handling and effect.
The effect: magi shows four special cards that have big white stars on a blue field. They have this same design on both sides. "In life we see a lot of people as "Stars" -- actors, sports figures, sometimes a co-worker, or maybe a family member. Sometimes, it seems like almost everybody's a Star." As this is said, one of the large stars seems to split into a bunch of little stars (still on the blue background). "But I always like to remember who the real Stars are." Now the four cards are dealt onto the table and they have become a US Flag. "The men and women who honor and defend our country. Thank you for your service."
The whole thing takes about 1 minute to perform. And for the right audience, it is remembered and appreciated more than a perfect performance of Rollover Aces :-) Stars is very easy to do -- just one counting sequence that (technically speaking) is a sleight, but is not hard to do at all. And advanced cardworkers will have fun working out more complex handlings.
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