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    Social Connections

    The Big Move to SRQ

    Goodbye Minnesota, Hello Sarasota.

    After decades of being based in

    MN, I am now located in

    sunny Florida!  I will continue

    to travel nationally for shows but stay

    tuned here or at

    for postings on public performances in

    the Sunshine State!


    Las Vegas and Magic

    Corporate Entertainer Star Newman traveled to Las Vegas to learn secrets from the best of the best.  Like script writing from the Daily Shows Emmy Award winning Larry Wilmore. While there she was honored to rub shoulders with Penn and Teller, David Blaine and Cyril Takayama

    Twin Cities Polo Classic

    Magician Star Newan entertained corporate sponsors and very chic attendees at the 2012 Twin Cities Polo Classic supporting the University of Minnesota Equine Center. 

    Minnesota Habitat for Humanity 4- 27-2012

    Held a fundraiser that brought in Minneapolis magician Star Newman.  A silent auction and blue grass band rounded out the affair.

    The IMAGE Project 12-15-2011

    Star performed Strolling Magic gratis at the silent auction benefiting The IMAGE Project, who's mission is to empower Maasai girls and women in Tanzania through education and economic opportunities.  For more information or to donate please visit


    Let's Bring Back...

    I have been recently inspired by a great book called Let's Bring Back by Lesley M.M Blume

    This delightful book spoke to me as I am currently trying to revive the time when magic was a sophisticated affair performed in posh parlors and penthouses (as opposed to it's current form in grungy street magic and  cheesy  illusion shows.) As the world races to new new new, some amazing traditions are left behind. Yes, I'm socially connected  via Pinterest, Twitter, LinkedIn etc (and please by the way do follow me if you would be so kind.) but goodness doesnt getting all gussied up and meeting new people over martinis and champers  sound much more appealing than joining a new circle on Google+ ?

    Next time you are planning on hopping on twitter to "engage" with your customers why not combine new technology with old school charm and host a cocktail party tweet-up for them.  If you want inspiration for it Ms Blume has just released a follow up book called "Let's Bring Back - Cocktail Edition, which contains the recipes for some truly remarkable drinks.  Also I would be remiss if I didn't mention adding a magician to such an event can be a fantastic ice breaker and touch of elegance....



    Guides for a polished life

    Just like almost everything by Kate Spade these books are fantastic. You can pick them up at many cute little stationary stores, on Amazon or at your library. I think that they make charming house warming or hostess gifts, just don't give them away if you got them from the library...


    Pearls and Playing Cards

    I am happy to announce the addition of a YouTube page!  The above is my first video. In keeping with my current love affair with France it's a magical tribute to Coco Chanel.  Please take a look and if you like it say so or scubscribe.  Merci!



    Four to Adore - France

    I admit it, I am an ironic Francophile.  I've not yet had the pleasure of traveling to this wonderful country; fortunately, I can still enjoy some of the best they have to offer.  These are four of my favorite imports

    1. Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain-  a beautiful film.  It's one reason I'm learning French; that is, so I can watch it paying attention to the mise-en-scene and not to the subtitles.

    2. L'Occitane Creme Mains- As a professional magician I must keep my hands in good condition, not only does this fantastic lotion do just that, it smells divine.  Watch this cute video on how to pronounce the company's name.

    3. Perrier- This miracle drink has helped me cut my Coke Zero consumption from 6 cans a day to maybe 1.  You can also mix it with fruit juice for a lower calorie, more chic drink.

    4. Macarons- I believe they are poised to become the next go-to confectionary treat (thus ending the reign of the designer cupcake)  and thank goodness.  Light, airy these little pieces of Heaven come in a rainbow of pastel hues and in even more flavors such as lavander and blood orange.  They also are (sadly) in my list of "too difficult to make; worth it to buy" foods.  The link is to the recipe I tried.  Below are my less than pleasing results...

    At least the Nutella was good... 

    Do you have any French products you can't live without?   Is there a country that gives you great pleasures?  What are they?

    Au revoir!




    You are what you read

    Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself. 

    - Marcel Proust

    Flat surfaces in my home inevitably become cluttered with three things, decks of cards, coffee cups and books.  I always have multiple books started, today I gathered some to share, some I'm reading for the first time, some I reread every year, some are consistently checked and referenced.  I love this Proust quote because it reminds me that I'm not a blank slate waiting to be filled I'm a person with interests and tastes just waiting to be woken up. 

    What are some books that you have read that had a dramatic influence on your life?  Do you think that they shaped you or or held up a mirror to show you your shape?  Influential books of mine not pictured here include

    "Eat, Pray Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert

    "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron

    "What the Dog Saw" by Malcom Gladwell

    and "The Giving Tree" by Shel Silverstein

    Books in the photo

    "Parisian Chic: A Style Guide" by Ines de la Fressange  

    “What Would Audrey Do?” Pamela Keogh

    “The Fabulous Girls Guide to Decorum”  by Kim Izzo & Ceri Marsh

    Fifth Avenue, 5 a.m.”  by Sam Wasson

    “The Official CIA Manual of Trickery and Deception” by H. Keith Melton & Robert Wallace

    “Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire” by Mireille Guiliano

    “Women in Comedy” by Martin and Segrave

    “A Celebration of All Things Lucy”  by Edwards

    “The little Book of Etiquette” by Dorothea  Johnson