Review: Hoshi’s Lucky Star By Sudo

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Touching upon the notion of “wishing upon a star”, you ask your participant to think of any secret wish they might wish for if they were to do just that.

An origami lucky wishing star is introduced and you begin a beautiful and magical folktale which not only reveals how a young girl from Japan saved all the stars in the sky from vanishing forever, but also the origin of the paper stars and why they are said to bring good luck.

A fun and bewildering game which is tied to this story is then played with your participant where it is repeatedly shown that the lucky wishing star actually brings good fortune!

When finished, you ask the participant to hold the lucky wishing star in their hand and silently repeat their secret wish in their mind three times.You then hold the star on your open palm for a moment… and reveal their secret wish!

The star is gifted to the participant along with words on how to make their wish come true… but only if they truly believe.

This enchanting routine fuses mentalism with storytelling and focuses on providing a genuinely wondrous and transformative magical experience for your participant that they’ll likely remember forever. It’s suitable for an audience of any age, and doesn’t use a single move or sleight. In fact, the participant does nearly everything for you! If you can talk, you can perform this beautiful routine.

Originally distributed privately to only a small handful of people, Sudo has finally released this special piece to everyone. This is a beautifully designed and wonderfully illustrated 48 page manuscript which covers not only the effect itself, but also a discussion on storytelling and why it is of value to those in the mystery arts. The manuscript also contains new artwork and alternative options not present in the original given to those who received it from him privately. A bibliography of suggested reading material for those interested in pursuing storytelling further is also provided.

Hoshi’s Lucky Star is, quite simply, a truly unique and enchantingly beautiful piece of real magic!

REVIEW

Full disclosure: I’m a big lover of routines that inject true meaning into a simple effect that can have a transformative effect on our audiences. That is why I’m a huge fan of the late Brother Shadow, one of the most excellent mystery artists who was truly skilled in the art of storytelling magic. Having said that, Hoshi’s Lucky Star by the enigmatic mystery artist who goes by the pseudonym “Sudo Nihm”, has left me starstruck… both figuratively and literally. Read on to find out why this comes highly recommended at a full 10/10 🙂

You get a full colour 48 page PDF in this instant download, exclusively available only via Penguin Magic (see link below at the end of the review). As always, Sudo does a great job setting the stage before revealing the secrets and explaining all his clever, layered thought processes. Comprehension isn’t difficult as long as you follow along, and neither is sourcing the items needed for this clean routine. As you can see in the picture above, I quite easily procured a set of mini tarot cards (you really only need the three cards featured in the photo) and if you do not have the wallet he mentions (something common that most mentalists already use), Sudo covers an alternative method using an envelope.

While he is right that Hoshi’s Lucky Star is not for everyone, it is not inaccessible. Anyone can do it, as long as there is commitment in the storytelling process. You must believe, to breathe magic into this beautiful piece that is highly engaging. Clearly inspired by the talented dream weavers he credits like Neil Gaiman and Hayao Miyazaki, I love how this strongly memorable routine is structured and see no reason to add anything else to it, least it turns into something that would turn it into tacky magic. There is already a souvenir prop, in the folded lucky star… something that brings this old millennial (and those older than me) some very fond memories of our youth. Keep it simple. Less is more.

Depending on who I’m performing Hoshi’s Lucky Star for, I’d tweak the presentational patter accordingly; in Chinese communities, these paper stars became a huge thing after a romantic movie popularised it years ago. A boy once folded 999 stars and gifted it to me in a bottle as a gesture of affection. And though that happened a long time ago, it left a profound memory, just like Hoshi’s Lucky Star.

This is a magical piece of theatre that will play beautifully in the hands of the adept storytelling magician. Highly recommended if you are a lover of the mystery arts!

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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