5 amazing card tricks from 'America's Got Talent' magicians
From Oz Pearlman to Matt Franco, watch a handful of videos that will leave you having to pick your jaw up off the floor.
More than 70 million people have tuned in to watch this season of "America's Got Talent," the popular summer talent show on NBC. There are dancers, comedians, singers and more. But, for many viewers, it's the magicians who have them talking at the water cooler the next day. Their mind-bending tricks – often simple card tricks instead of big Vegas-style extravaganzas – have people wondering: Just how did they do that?
Season 10 runner-up Oz Pearlman is one of those magicians who specializes in the art of the intimate trick. He's currently been performing all around the country, offering advice to this year's contestants and preparing for marathons (he's running one in San Francisco this Sunday.)
He's also a regular on "The Today Show." Just the other day, he performed an amazing trick for hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager.
"Hoda and Jenna were definitely skeptics going into it and kept me on my toes big time – and not just because I'm short," Pearlman told From The Grapevine afterwards. "Hopefully, I made them into believers."
The 34-year-old Israeli-born Pearlman isn't the only one from "America's Got Talent" who's mastered magic with simply a deck. Below, we round up four more of our favorites from the show.
Perhaps nobody has shocked us more this season than Jon Dorenbos. A professional NFL player for the Philadelphia Eagles, he's shown he's got mad skills off the football field as well. During his first audition, which you can watch in the clip above, the 36-year-old Texas native stuns the judges with a card trick so comprehensive that it includes Dorenbos guessing just about every card in the deck.
Hailing from Austria, Thommy Ten and Amélie van Tass call themselves "The Clairvoyants" and are world champion professional mentalists. Also competing on the current season of "America's Got Talent" with Dorenbos, their tricks veer more to the spooky side. The couple uses telepathy to bring card tricks to an entirely new level, as you can see in the above clip where they freak out guest judge Louis Tomlinson from British boy band One Direction.
The Wyoming-based Sinclair was once a con man and spent many years in federal prison. It was there, while looking for something to keep himself busy, he picked up a deck of cards and started learning magic. When he got out of the penitentiary, he tried out for the 10th season of the talent show. His audition, an amazing card trick which somehow includes Howard Stern's mother, is nothing short of "criminal."
In 2014, the Rhode Island native became the first and (so far) only magician to win "America's Got Talent." After winning the show, he went on a tour showing off some of his tricks on different TV shows. In the video above, he wows host Meredith Vieira with a personalized card trick that stops her in her tracks. Franco now headlines his own show in Las Vegas where tourists can see him perform regularly at The Linq Hotel and Casino.
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