Oz Pearlman stuns reporter by guessing iPhone contact from a list of thousands – twice!
Mentalist appears on web video and has people scratching their heads.
Oz Pearlman is the globe-trotting mentalist. The Israel-born 33-year-old flew in from Boston Thursday morning and dashed into the Manhattan studios of the Wall Street Journal's "Lunch Break" show with mere seconds before he was to tape his segment.
For that show, the "America's Got Talent" finalist bantered with host Tanya Rivero and asked her to choose a name from the thousands of contacts on her iPhone. "When we were shooting it, I told her to pick one, and she was searching forever," Pearlman told From The Grapevine this morning when we caught up with him – on the tarmac at LaGuardia Airport on his way to Miami for another gig.
Watch what happened when the TV news anchor finally landed on a name:
When the host asked Pearlman how he comes up with his tricks, he responded that: "I reverse engineer it. What would be incredible? And that I try to figure out a way to do it, and how to fool you with it."
And does he share his secrets with anyone? He said he and his wife Elisa share a "magic prenup" where she knows how he does some of his tricks, but not all of them. "I take joy in her not knowing," he said.
Back on the plane, Pearlman tells us that after Miami, he's headed to Las Vegas, Arizona and Cancun. "From this moment on, I think Sunday and Monday are probably the only two days I'm not flying for the next weeks."
And on May 1, he'll be running in the Long Island Marathon. When he crossed the finish line at last year's race, he made a deck of cards appear out of nowhere. That wasn't the only feat he accomplished that day – he finished the race in first place, more than 20 minutes ahead of the next person. This year, he'll be performing magic at a fundraiser at a senior center after the race. And, with any luck, he hopes to bring another trophy with him.
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