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West York artist and designer filming reality show, "RockStarr Designer"

June 16, 2014

By Gordon Rago, York Daily Record, Pa.

June 16--After years of providing mainstream musicians and comedians backdrops while they tour the country, David Starr, a West York resident, has a chance to shine in some of his own spotlight.

Starr, a York artist who for years has designed magical effects, set designs and stage backdrops for touring entertainers like 50 Cent and Kevin Hart, is in the final stages of filming for a pilot of a reality show, "RockStarr Designer." The show is based on his work and life.

"It wasn't my ultimate goal," Starr said this week after filming interviews for the pilot at his West York home with director Dennis Ward of CMG Digital Studios. "People tell me I have the coolest job in the world."

Starr went on to say that while pitching an idea of another show to the CEO of a production company, he talked about his own work and idea to film his own reality show.

The CEO loved the idea, Starr said.

Born outside Chicago, Starr said he moved to Houston as a child. He then spent his middle and high school years in York County. He graduated from Dallastown and went on to study commercial art and graphic design at Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography in York, now the The Art Institute of York.

"I was then a performing magician, so I had a working knowledge of how illusions worked," he said. "So I started designing for magicians."

That business evolved, and he was soon designing a set for Donna Summer, who wanted to magically appear from a piano during a concert, Starr said.

And now today, Starr is finishing up several months of filming his reality show. The pilot is expected to be done by July, he said.

The show will follow Starr to Las Vegas where, along with York, his company, Concert Illusions, is based.

Starr said the company, founded in 2004, was setup to market major artists.

One example, which the reality show pilot filmed, is the popular band Night Ranger. Starr worked with the band in the last few weeks to create a backdrop.

"Every band should have a backdrop," he said. "But not every band needs an illusion."

His company has printed backdrops as large as 35 feet by 75 feet, he said.

As for any hints to the upcoming show?

"We just got the theme song," he said, adding it was originally written by a well-known Russian musician friend of his.


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