Little Star (1 or 10) by Thomas Pohle
Here is another clever beauty from Germany's modern day micro-magic master craftsman: Thomas Pohle. The basic effect is one where a freely chosen star disappears from one tube only to appear printed on a previously shown blank plaque.
But Thomas has put in some features to throw off the scent for magicians. The vanish of the star is the cleverest part of this effect - if you watch the video after the star has vanished he then breaks open the tube and there is clearly nothing in there - no missing star. If you think about this it really defies explanation and it will fool magicians and lay people alike. Even the reappearance of the star on the blank tablet has a nice feature because not only can you show the tablet clearly blank on both sides it can be any one of the colors.
The two minor downsides with this effect are:
- Mechanically there is a lot going on and so much so that after making ten of these Thomas stopped production - the tolerances and effort were too much! If you have one that is not a downside of course :-)
- You have to spend some time practicing the disappearance and the appearance of the correct star. But read the instructions, particularly the extra ones that Joe Long added for Thomas, watch the explanation video from Thomas, and spend some time with the props in your hand to really understand what is going on. It reads more complex than it is and once you have played with it for a while you will be fine, but make sure to give it the time it deserves.
If you do, you'll have a fooler that looks amazing.
Effect: A black and gold plaque is cleanly shown with a simple geometric design on both sides. This plaque is slid into a small blue box and placed on the table in full view throughout the performance.
A small narrower green case is shown and it is tipped up and out slides a presentation plaque with three embedded "little stars": green, yellow, and red. You then ask the spectator to freely choose any one of the colors (there is no force and it can be different each time you perform it). Then the plaque is slid back inside the green case. The blue box with the plaque is now rested on top of case and a magical gesture is made ...
The presentation plaque is now slid out and one of the little stars is missing - just the impression of where the star was is left. The missing star is the color freely chosen by the spectator. The green case is also broken into halves to clearly show there are no signs of the missing star - it has just disappeared.
Next out of the blue box is tipped the previously shown black and gold plaque - this now has embedded inside it the color of star that just vanished. And the crowd goes wild :-)