Oz Pearlman performs for Spielberg, preps live magic show for NY crowd
Plus: Watch the famed mentalist debut two tricks on national TV.
Oz Pearlman needs more suits. The mentalist and magician has been performing at breakneck speed since landing a spot on the finale of "America's Got Talent." He's been on TV and performing at charity events. Just a few weeks ago, he performed at a private family party for Steven Spielberg.
"It was a bit surreal," Pearlman says of the encounter with the legendary filmmaker. "This guy is a genius and an icon. He's made the most important movies ever."
And this week, the Israeli-born Pearlman launches a live show in New York City so his fans – who are used to only seeing him on their TV screens – can finally see him perform in person. The show will take place at 54 Below, affectionally known as "Broadway's Supper Club." It'll be the first of many public shows the 33-year-old Pearlman is planning for this spring.
"I'm trying to pull out all the stops to make it an incredible show," he tells From The Grapevine. "Yet, I don't want to reinvent the wheel. If what you're doing is working, you don't want to completely throw out the playbook. You just want to spice it up a bit, and make it better than past shows."
Which brings us back to those suits – those slim-fitting "Mad Men"-era suits that have become Pearlman's signature style. Unlike other magicians who often perform in gaudy and bombastic outfits, Pearlman likes to keep it old school. When we reach him by phone on a recent February afternoon, he's at a Manhattan haberdashery picking up some new additions for his closet. "I'm always in a suit and tie. I always appeal to a sophisticated crowd. It's wholesome, it's respectable."
Pearlman donned one of those new suits last week when he appeared on "The Meredith Vieira Show" to perform two Valentine's Day-themed tricks, which you can watch below. In the first, he wows the host with a prediction of her celebrity crush and dream vacation to the Mediterranean. And in the next, he helps a man read his wife's mind in order to find the perfect Valentine's Day gift.
As he continues to make more television appearances and with the launch of the new live show in New York City, Pearlman's blend of mentalism and magic will be on display for more people to see. Which, he tells us, would just mean one thing. "I need to keep updating my wardrobe," he says with a laugh.
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