Review: Paul Harris Presents Starlight by Chris Perrotta

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: John Teo”][vc_column_text]What constitutes a brand new effect in magic?  Most of the new tricks are actually variations of existing effects.

If you hold a piece of playing card near to a light source, and a small beam of light shines through it, and then this light beam can mysteriously move and wriggle its way around the card and form letters or numbers that can reveal a particular unknown information, this will be a brand new effect in magic, because this type of effect has never been seen before in magic.

Chris Perrotta’s “Starlight” does exactly that!

In an actual performance, a card is selected by a spectator and known only to her.  A random card is taken out of the deck.  The spectator switches on the flashlight function in her mobile phone.  The random card is held with its back facing upwards over the flashlight.  A small beam of light is seen through the back of the card.  As the performer concentrates on the light beam, it magically moves and wriggles its way around the playing card.  At one point, it forms into the shape of the letter H to indicate that the chosen card is a heart.  As the spectator concentrates on the value of her card, the lighted H dissolves and the light beam travels to another location in the card where it forms the number 8.  The spectator confirms that her chosen card is indeed the 8 of hearts!  She is told to blow on the lighted 8.  The figure disintegrates and the light beam switches off.  This Starlight card, as well as the chosen card, or even the entire deck of cards can then be examined.

You receive the ingeniously constructed Starlight gimmicked card in red Bicycle back, 2 sheets of special decals which allow you to change the 2 lighted symbols to any 2 letters or numbers, a special red back Bicycle card to aid you in getting rid of the Starlight card, and a password to download a video instruction from Paul Harris Presents.  You have to supply your own deck of red Bicycle deck of cards, everything else is provided.

The gimmicked card is very well made and works very well, too.  It appears sturdy and should last for countless performances, if it is well taken care of and properly stored after each performance.

The video is well produced and features Brother Gilbert.  He performs Starlight In front of live audiences, and shows you various routines, including one in which the Starlight card reveals the initials of the spectator.  He also teaches you how to change the 2 reveals of the Starlight card using the provided decals, and how to maintain and store the card when not in use.

The animation of the light beam on the card must be seen to appreciate its impact on the spectators.  The fingers of your two hands merely hold on the opposite edges of the card, and the light beam moves mysteriously on its own.  The speed of its movement is also fully under your control.  

Operating the Starlight card is super easy.  Switching out this gimmicked card may take some doing.  Although you are supplied with a special card to aid you in doing this without resorting to the usual double-lift move, you still need to find the opportune time where the misdirection is provided by you turning over the spectator’s phone with the flashlight.  Properly executed, all the cards can be examined after the performance.  This special card also allows you to secretly load in the Starlight card before the actual performance, after the deck is being examined and shuffled.

Starlight is a beautiful and extra-ordinary piece of magic that will not fail to bring gasps from the spectators.

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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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