Reach for the Stars
This video is so old I still have hair.  Some hair.  This is a retired effect of mine but can easily be made by you.  Some simple props.  The foam stars I used for this were ones I made, however, the stars we sell should work fine if you wish to make the effect.

These are the original directions.

Reach for the Stars
If there’s nothing new under the sun then maybe we should reach for the stars. A red cloth is shown along with a small black can. The performer begins to reach for the stars. One by one a number of 3 inch yellow stars appear from beneath the cloth and are placed in the can. Stars appear while the performer recites a rhyme about wishes and reaching for the stars through our goals. But wait, all those wishes (3” stars) have magically changed into one large goal (7” star). Goals are more powerful than wishes and more likely to come true. The magic begins when we try. Wishing on a star in the sky

will not work unless I try. But if you try I’ll promise you this, life is a rainbow you don’t want to miss. The can is turned upside down and a 4 inch rainbow streamer rolls out provoking an Ah from your audience. Reach for the Stars is imaginative, inspiring, and adaptable for a variety of performance needs. Comes with pop up black can, rainbow streamer, red cloth, stars, CD of performance music, and optional message ideas for libraries, schools, and churches, plus demo DVD.

Preset
Attach silk streamer to bottom of black can with velcro. Roll streamer on a smooth pencil and place in bottom of bin. Place large foam star on top of streamer so the bin may be held upside down and silk will not roll out. On top of this place the red cloth. The two yellow stars are near the can so they may be palmed before the routine begins.

Script
(Music starts)
I have stars in my eyes. Not because I’m looking at you guys but because I want to reach for the stars.

Star light star bright, the first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

That’s a Mother Goose rhyme about wishing on a star? (Reach for can and palm a star in each hand. Pick up can and pour out red cloth. Pick up cloth and prepare to produce stars.) But instead of wishing on a star I think we should work to reach for the stars.

(Recite poem and produce stars one at a time. Pretend to place the stars inside the can as they are produced. Each star is actually palmed to be produced again and again. Instructions for production of stars is on the demo DVD.)

If I look I just might,

see a star in the sky tonight.

Could that star light my way,

give me hope for a better day?

If I caught a star like this,

would it grant my every wish?

Can a star direct my plans?

Or is the future in God’s hands

If I reach toward the sky

it’s because I choose to try.

It’s the reaching for that star

that drives my dreams to go so far.

I can reach for my dream,

do it alone or join a team.

You see wishes are made on stardust

but dreams come true because I trust.

Trust in my ability to try.

I’ll let others trust in the sky.

(Produce last star and hold in hand. Place silk and other palmed star aside out of view as you continue talking.)
Wow, I reached for several stars. I believe in the history of the world there’s probably been as many wishes made as there are stars in the sky. All those wishes have one thing in common. When we make a wish we are saying I hope something good happens. And if our wish doesn’t come true we say, “Well, it was just a wish,” and there’s nothing really there. (Turn can over to show empty.)

But when we set a goal we are saying I’m going to do everything I can to help that goal come true. That’s why a goal (Produce large star from can) is much more powerful than a wish and much more likely to come true.

In real life our wishes don’t come true because they were made on a star. But, our goals come true because of what we do and who we are.

Work and time are the only way

To give us the ability to say

Wishing on a star in the sky

Will not work unless I try

But if you try I’ll promise you this

Life is a rainbow you don’t want to miss.

(Turn can upside down for rainbow streamer to roll out. This usually provokes an ah or applause response from the audience. After the response follow-up with the final lines.)

Boys and girls always remember. Even if you shoot for the moon and miss, reaching for the stars is still worth the risk.

Finish with message if desired

Library or School Reading Message
Here’s a great way to reach for the stars this year at your library. You can set a goal to read a certain number of books. Of course wishing you’ll read more books this summer won’t get it done. But if you have a reading goal you’ll do what is needed to reach for the stars. So I have a question for you. Do we have some star reachers here today? If you don’t have a reading goal are you going to make one? Excellent, let’s Read and Reach for the stars.

Church Message
A wish helps us to hope but a goal inspires us to act. Wishes and goals are similar to beliefs and faith. When I believe in someone I’m willing to stand behind them and give them support in what they do. But when I have faith in someone I’m willing to hold their hand and do what they do. Belief means that I’m hoping the best for you and wishing you well. Faith means that your goals are my goals and I’m ready to do whatever you need. My question is in whom do you believe and in whom do you put your faith?

Reach for the Stars Script Extras
The process of getting the script correct required many rewrites and help from trusted friends. Below is all the poetry written for this effect that in some way didn’t make the cut. However, you’re welcome to use any of it if it fits your style better.

SPECIAL THANKS to all our editors and advisors, Tim Sonefelt, Michael Telekesey, Del Wilson, Mark Daniel, Bruce Bray, David Kaye, Duane Laflin, and Terry Evanswood.

The First Poem written
If I wish I just might,

see a star in the sky tonight.

Would that star light my way?

Give me hope for a brighter day?

Could there be magic in a star?

Or will my wishes not go far?

I don’t know how stars can be,

anything more than light for me.

If I wish upon a light

will my future soon be bright?

Stars don’t change my future plans.

Dreams come true by my own hands.

Work and time are the only way.

To give you the right to say;

Wishing on a star in the sky

will not work unless I try.

But you can wish if you must.

If a star is what you trust.

But if a star is what you trust.

Your hopes just might turn to dust.

Gospel Version poem
If I wish I just might

See a star in the sky tonight

Would that star light my way

Give me hope for a brighter day

Could there be magic in a star

Or will my wishes not go far

I don’t know how stars can be

Anything more than light for me

I’ll put my faith in only one star

Which led wise men from a far

If God holds planets in His hands

Then He can guide my little plans

As I look to the stars above

I know God made them with love

Trust the God who made the stars

Because He loves you where you are

But you can wish if you must

If a star is what you trust

But if a star is what you trust

Your hopes just might turn to dust

Additional line suggested by Michael Telekesy
Go ahead and raise the bar
No one is as bright as you are

REACH FOR THE STARS CHRISTMAS PATTER
By Mark Winter, Ft. Worth, TX (with a tip of the Santa Claus hat to Barry Mitchell)

(Pre-load expandable can with big star and a giant Jesus silk. Begin with two palmed sponge stars in each hand and a silk)

I have stars in my eyes. Not because I’m looking at you guys, though each and every one of you is a star. No, it’s because I’ve been thinking a lot about stars lately.

Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight.

I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

That’s a Mother Goose rhyme about wishing upon a star. Of course, it’s only a superstition. But I know one true story about a star that did make a wish come true.

This story begins with a star in the sky

That wise men in the east did spy. (Produce first star)

Of course, there are billions of stars shining bright,

But this one was shining brighter in the night. (Produce second star)

The magi had been looking for a sign

That would lead them to a child divine! (Produce third star)

So they followed that star across the sand

And they finally made it to the land

Where the Baby Jesus lay in a manger

A Baby who would grow to save us from danger…

The danger of being from God so far.

And to think it all began with a star! ((Produce fourth star and dump it with palmed star and red silk)

Wow, I reached for several stars. I believe in the history of the world there’s probably been as many wishes made as there are stars in the sky. All those wishes have one thing in common. When we make a wish we are saying, ‘I hope something good happens. And if our wish doesn’t come true then we say, ‘It was just a wish, after all. There was nothing really there.’ (Tip can over and show empty)

But the wise men weren’t wishing upon a star…though the Christmas star was very, very special. No, the wise men were hoping that God would show them the way to His Son, and God responded by giving them a star that led them to the baby Jesus. (Produce big star from can)

So, boys and girls, remember this:

Though there are many stars up above

And celebrity stars on earth we all love

There’s only ONE star who can save us from sin….

That’s Jesus Christ—let’s hear it for HIM!

(Pull out giant Jesus silk with a flourish).

 

 

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