Originally conceived of more than thirty-five years ago, these dimunitive creatures have become stars in their own right. With uncanny grace and ease they have won hearts and upstaged stars. They are tribbles. When the writers of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine were looking for the perfect episode ith which their characters could pay homage and interact with the crew from the original Star Trek, ""The Trouble with Tribbles"" instantly came to mind. Here is the story of how the wizards of Star Trek were able to create the magic that enabled -- with nothing more than countless hours of work -- ordinary actors to time-travel. This is the story behind the creation of the episode ""Trials and Tribble-ations."" This is The Magic of Tribbles.