Any true 90s girl has wondered at least once in their life why it’s *NSYNC and not just NYSNC. While we all thought it was kinda cool to use an asterisk rather than an apostrophe, which I guess can seem kind of boring, we still never knew why they did it. After all this time, Joey Fatone revealed to Huffington Post the reason behind it.
So, why did they use an asterisk?
It’s all because of Israeli illusionist and world renowned spoon-bender (yes, that is apparently a thing) Uri Geller. During the early days of *NSYNC, the group had an encounter with Geller in the UK who told them to add the asterisk. Fatone explained that Geller said, “I see something. It has to do with suns or stars or something with astronomy in your career.”
Geller also spoke with Huffington Post and explained it was due to him drawing a star on a napkin while in a cafe with the group.
Of course I bent spoons for them and they were very impressed. We sat down and I wrote, on a napkin, NSYNC, and I drew a star in the cafe [in Covent Garden]. And I told them, if they place that star on their first CD, they’re going to shoot up to [number one].
If they added the star, then they would have “synchronicities of the universe of success.” See what he did there? Thanks to Geller, the star was added to their name and the rest is history.