“Stars of Magic” is a classic in the world of close-up sleight-of-hand magic.  Sure it’s old, but that doesn’t mean it’s behind the times. Ironically, in fact, this is the kind of book that should be read by more young magicians. Why?

Because in every forum I visit people are constantly asking the question, “Where can I find some magic that is impactful and yet doesn’t require gimmicks, gaffs and other related props and that can be done impromptu?” ANSWER: right here in the pages of “Stars of Magic.”

All of the stuff in this book is gimmick-free, high impact and uses everyday materials like cards, dice, cups, paper, borrowed rings, etc.

Yes it will take more work than the cool “EASY-TO-DO” miracle that is sitting in the bottom of your magic drawer right now. But once you learn this material you will be able to perform any time, any where, with whatever objects you can find at hand. And that is a great feeling.

The first video is a classic coins through table routine. No gimmicks, no gaffs. Nothing under the table except the chair and I. A truly beautiful and impromptu piece of magic. This is the first video I recorded and the sound is a bit muffled. You may need to turn your speakers up just a bit for this one. The rest of the videos should be fine.

This is one of the greatest tricks that you can do with 2 decks of cards. After repeatedly shuffling and exchanging cards, they are all found to match. No gimmicks, no gaffs. Just sleight of hand goodness. You will have to pardon the presentation here. We had been drinking a bit and were a bit buzzed. Though not an excuse, it does explain the lackluster presentation and the deadened reaction. Don’t let that put you off this effect. It is an absolute killer.

As a magician that doesn’t have a formal show, I will probably never buy a set of cups and balls. However, I really like the effect. Thanks to this book I now have an anytime, anywhere cups and balls routine that I can do when the situation presents itself. Oh, and I apologize for the slovenly appearance. I promise to dress up next time.

Ace assemblies are often considered “magic for magicians.” Instead of engaging in that whole pointless debate I’ll just offer you my take on the progressive ace assembly. This handling is my own (which has elements from a number of different routines) but is included here because the effect is the same. Aces travelling one at a time to join to the leader Ace in the center packet. The best part for me is that it is gaff-free. Just a deck of cards and you can do this one.

Finally is a classic that has been “improved” by so many. As you might have guessed, I still prefer the original handling over others that I’ve seen.


If you don’t have this book, don’t wait. Go to your favorite brick-and-mortar or online magic shop and order it. Alternatively, you can click the link below. No matter how you get the book, just get it.

Purchase Stars of Magic through H & R Magic Books.