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Starcle by Dan Harlan (Instant Download)

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"Yesterday I got married, and in the middle of my vows I performed your amazing effect… Starcle. My bride’s favorite symbol is the star and the circle has special meaning to me. I want to thank you for creating this effect and for making this special moment in my life even more powerful." -Max Kovins

"Starcle is Dan Harlan’s most baffling and beautiful gift to magicians and to magic." -Bill Abbott

"Pure simplicity, pure theatre, pure genius!" -Scott Alexander

"I have been doing this now for many years, it’s probably the strongest trick you can do with just a paper napkin! Impromptu magic doesn’t get any better than this!" -Gary Jones

"I learned Starcle at my very first magic convention. It’s still an amazing way to create magic at a moment’s notice!" -Marcus Eddie

"It’s my go-to impromptu restaurant/home comedy mindreading trick (especially for young kids). I’m still amazed every time I do it. Thanks, Dan." -Geoff Williams

"At a time when magicians are looking for the next do-it-all-for-you prop, Dan Harlan re-introduces Starcle, an incredible piece of impromptu magical theatre using nothing more than a humble paper napkin and basic skills." -Jon Allen

"Starcle is a pack-small, play anywhere masterpiece. I close my show with it." -Bill Cook

"Starcle... a fabulous and magical story-telling routine using just a paper napkin." -Arthur Stead

"Dan Harlan’s Starcle is a work of genius and a modern impromptu classic. It can be done up close and on stage and leaves the audience with a memory and a souvenir. The possible presentations are limited only by your imagination." -Richard Hatch

"Dan Harlan’s Starcle creates a sense of wonder, it is truly magical. Love it!" -TC Tahoe

"Starcle is baffling; Starcle is impromptu; Starcle can be performed anywhere; Starcle is a great giveaway; Starcle is theatre... but more than any of that, Starcle has HEART. If you want to make a connection with your audience, learn STARCLE!" -Tim Hannig

"I use it in the restaurants all the time. I can attest to its strength. 5 restaurants 5 nights a week. That’s a lot of stars being given out. Beautiful piece of astonishment that they get to keep." -Shaun Robison

"Starcle is a wonderful performance piece that creates a memorable moment and makes your audience feel special. I love it, I use it, I highly recommend it." -Patrick Redford

"Starcle was one of the first shape-shifting effects I ever learned! The clever thinking behind this visual piece of magic influenced my own creations as much as anything else out there!" -Jonathan Friedman

"I remember Dan presenting this to the group at the F.F.F.F. convention and I was immediately taken with the improvisational quality about it. I immediately went to work to create a memorable, meaningful presentation. I shared my presentation with Dan who published it in one of the last issues of the Minotaur and it made me proud. I still perform this impromptu miracle everywhere. It is the best close-up, non-card trick on the planet. Thank you, Dan for this miracle." -Scott Wells

"Starcle is the MOST practical, commercial, and adaptable piece of theater. It is a simple effect with an unbelievable ability to move audience’s emotions. That’s why I always pack some napkins in my case." -Christopher Berry

"Starcle is one of the best effects ever invented!" -John Tudor

"I use Starcle in every one of my shows. It works on the street, in the bar, on the stage or your living room. It easily adapts to your style and your setting. It is my go to trick when someone says ‘show me something.’" -Ryan Parsons

"With Starcle, you have on your hands an impromptu effect using just your imagination! Your public will love it!" -Pascal Marc

"It’s the nicest trick I have ever met. It built me up and then surprised me with an awesome finale." -Chastain Criswell

"Perfectly impromptu, spontaneous magic. It packs small (sometimes nothing to pack) and plays big. An effect that is magical in and of itself. You can perform it anytime, anywhere." -Jason Purdy

"A classic that has withstood the test of time from one of magic’s greatest minds. The part I love is they get to finish tearing the napkin and they hold onto the piece they removed. The magic truly happens in their hands! Great for impromptu magic and packs super small and can be done on the largest stage." -Michael Night

"Starcle is an amazing piece of impromptu magic. It’s memorable and timeless, just like the moon and the stars!" -Michael Kaminskas

"I remember when I first learned Starcle. It seemed too good to be true - completely impromptu, completely charming, and biodegradable to boot! I have used this super practical piece of entertainment for years, both close-up and even in stand-up settings. It’s great for a planned set, but it’s also great to have Starcle in reserve for emergencies in case props or luggage are lost." -Joe M. Turner

"One of the best effects that can be done with a napkin, full of story & emotion, bar none!" -Roger Rogue Quan

"Starcle is among the most amazing pieces of magic you will ever perform, and all it requires is a napkin. It has a way to create an emotional connection with your audiences." -Bobby Warren

"Starcle has been in my working repertoire for the last two decades, and it is not going anywhere. It is a reliable and work tested piece that ALWAYS elicits a powerful reaction. You cannot go wrong with this effect." -Donavon Powell

"Dai Vernon said ‘You must have an emotional hook.’ Starcle gives you one. It’s a heartwarming little trick, and performed with a single napkin. What more could you ask for? Brilliant Dan!" -Jason McCully

"I have been performing Starcle since Dan taught it to me in Jeff McBride’s living room around 2000.. Awesome effect that can be performed most anywhere. No angle issues. The story, and the telling of the story really is the key to making this effect something more than just a trick. I have used it everywhere from hospital shows to the Magic Castle. It’s a must for any performing magician’s repertoire. The fact that you can leave a piece of magic with the observer is just a bonus." -Timothy Shegitz

"Magic is all about marking the moment and connecting different thoughts at the same time and that’s what Starcle is all about." -Manuelito Pio Roda - Raven of Paradigm Deceivers

"After thousands of performances I can say Dan Harlan invented the perfect magic trick." -Matt Roberts

"I have used Starcle to close my stage show for over 25 years. It is a beautiful piece of magic that uses an everyday object. It has a comedy aspect with a dramatic finish. I’ve had audience volunteers that have kept the STAR for years because of the impact that moment on stage had on them. Thank you Dan for creating this." -Dal Sanders

"I love Starcle. It’s one of those effect that catches you off guard and delivers on all fronts. I still use it to this day after years of performing it. It never gets old." -Steve Knight

"Starcle is one of my favorite effects. Can be done impromptu. Starts and ends clean. Gets a great audience response. I do this a lot." -Paul Case

"This has been my emotional closer for more than a decade. I have performed it close up and on stage, all around the world. Magicians talk about creating wonder. This is the routine that does it." -Cory Haines

"If you’re looking for an effect that is deeply magical, requires next to nothing and can play for an audience of one or a thousand, then Starcle will be love at first sight." -Jacob Smith

"I used your Starcle routine for my restaurant table-hopping for years and always got a great reaction. Thanks Dan." -John Ward

"Starcle is one of those anytime, anyplace effect that is pure magical entertainment." -Gavin DeMersseman

"Always use Starcle in my show, great effect, always get great reaction." -Tommy Ng

"A great impromptu wonder or a humble illusion? Starcle is both! It’s an honest and innocent miracle to an audience when presented the right way using nothing more than a paper napkin." -Jonas Karlsson

"Starcle is an impromptu miracle that hits hard with everyone I have shown it to. Everyone loves seeing it and I love performing it." -Ronald Hoole

"One of my favorite effects of all time. It makes me smile even just to think about it." -Eric Benton

"The appearance of a star in your spectator’s hand is always magical! Starcle never fails to amaze and delight!" -Debbie Carroll

"I don’t want to say anything nice. But just because I want it for myself. I learned it years ago and it’s too good… like, too good. One of the most beautiful pieces of magic." -Luiz Castro

"I've done this in bars and restaurants. I can't recommend it highly enough for those venues (or just about any other, too!)." -Peter Marucci

"Starcle has become one of the cornerstones of my act. I have been able to craft a story that allows me to share a little about myself with my audience and present the star as a gift to one participant. It has become an incredibly powerful and important piece of who I am and what I do. I wanted to reach out to Dan and say thank you for releasing Starcle, thank you for this piece of real magic." -Chris Zaccara

"It’s my go to effect whenever somebody wants proof I’m a magician." -Nathan Ernest

"Dreamed of, and then designed by, a worker who understands how the impossible can work." -Robert Lavers

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Gone through tons of paper towel this morning working on Starcle by Dan Harlan and Penguin Magic. Works beautifully with paper towel with a square and if you use the ones with the half tear line down the middle you have a perfect mid line.

Also gives you an easy point of reference for the folds with the quilting design on the towel and rips easily but is also strong with a little more weight which makes the folding much easier and the paper holds the creases better.

Obviously better to do this with a borrowed napkin for impromptu work but for stage work these squares are easy to set up each time, the perfect size and readily available.

Another little thought I came up with. Try doing this with a large square of flash paper. Fits the story beautifully and oh so pretty when you vanish the moon ;)

I'm getting zero for this. I bought it, I love it and just wanted to share my ideas.


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This effect will be in my heart forever! Report this review
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I performed Starcle at my dad's funeral and everybody cried (including me) because it was so beautiful and because of the special patter I wrote for the occasion. This routine is very close to my heart because of that occasion and I thank Dan for that! Every chance I get, I always perform Starcle, and you will too!!!
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Pkg of 200 single ply Bounty Napkins: $2.99
Starcle by Dan Harlan: $9.95
The amazed and heartfelt looks on peoples faces: Priceless

Thank you, Mr. Harlan. You have made this 64-year-old hobbyist magician very happy.
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I learned this from Dan several decades ago when we were both younger. The trick is perfect when you're at a bar or anyplace that has cocktail napkins handy. There's no preparation, and you're clean at the end as well. Between this and a paper rose you can enthrall without appearing to be doing cheesy tricks.
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Though the concept and story is intriguing, the folding is a little tricky. I haven't had sufficient time to practice it yet, but the first time I tried it, the circle came out right, but the star was inverted!
I will keep trying.
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This is a beautiful effect, I love Dan's story line. This effect plays big for both kids and adults of all all ages. This is something, like Dan said, I will be using for the rest of my life. Any freaking time, any where, where that are napkins, you can perform a miracle, you can perform starcle. ;)
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The effect and patter elevate our art beyond jokers and bar bets. However is it the explanation where Dan really shines. He's had decades to shape his words to teach this. Who else would explain the three types of napkins one might encounter, how to handle each, while demonstrating the trick with each? He does the effect perhaps ten times, sometimes in full, sometimes deconstructed. Highly recommended whether discounted or not.
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If you want to understand why this truly is the greatest trick ever created, you must first realize that it isn't just a magic trick, it’s a miracle.

There is so much to learn from this one routine it’s almost comical. Looking beyond the effect—beyond the presentation even—what really impresses me is the psychology behind this routine. Don’t just take the trick at face value, think deeply about the journey you’re taking the audience on. My goal is to illuminate some of what I took away from watching this video.

Years ago I had the great fortune of living near a magic shop that Dan worked at in Santa Monica. Needles to say, I spent a great deal of time there. I mention this because I gained an incredible amount of knowledge about the art of magic from Dan, and I think this routine epitomizes everything I learned from him.

The truly incredible routines have a way of appearing deceptively simple. What could be simpler? You pick up a napkin and begin telling a story. As curiosity grows, you start to reveal your intention—you’re going to use this little napkin to make a picture of the night sky. Oh yeah, and you’re going to do it with one tear. I think the incredible thing is, you do precisely that. It’s very rare to find an effect that boasts such an impossible claim and actually delivers.

When you see the methodology Dan employed in creating this effect, it’s almost more mind-blowing than the routine itself. You won’t just learn how to perform this trick for people, you’re going to be taught the closest thing to real magic there is.

The routine is also easy enough for any magician to perform. There are no complicated maneuvers or expert skills required, but like everything else, it will take a good deal of practice to perfect. Take the time to learn the story (or invent your own!) and notice how much the routine relies on the proper balance of weaving a tale and executing the mirroring actions.

In conclusion, this is a genius routine that incorporates every fundamental principle of magic there is. Give this trick the respect it deserves and it will do for you what no other routine has. Practically anywhere you go, under any circumstance, you’ll be able to perform a miracle with the most everyday of everyday objects. You couldn’t ask for more, and that’s exactly what you get.
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So, I downloaded this yesterday and thought it would be a while before I left a review, although it was obviously really amazing!
I went out and got the napkins recommended to practice with. I watched the video and found I was able to do it right on the first try. I tried it about 10 more times, then showed my 9 year old son. He is my 1st guinea pig for everything, so sometimes he is simply not in the mood to watch something new, especially when Sponge Bob is on, like now. so, I quickly showed him the effect, without the patter. I haven't seen a trick make his face lighten up that bright in a LONG time, and that was just when I showed the circle! When I took the piece back from him and opened the star, he freaked out! This will work for family shows and adult shows, I'm sure. I can't wait to put this in the act. I pretty much only do "packs small plays big magic" anymore and this is A PERFECT example! Thanks, Dan!
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Simple, easy to perform, no prep work and a great little story to use, but you can easily adapt it to your own. Mr. Harlan has come up with a beautifully simplistic and artfully done masterpiece that can instantly be adopted to just about any act. I'll be using this for years to come!
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