Last night’s America’s Got Talent featured magic from Dana Daniels and mentalism from Oz Pearlman but only Oz will be moving on to the live shows at Radio City Music Hall. He joins Piff the Magic Dragon in representing magic in the live portion of the show. Guest host Marlon Wayons used his golden buzzer privilege to advance ventriloquist Paul Zerdin. Next week brings the final round of the judges’ cuts and Piers Morgan (no friend of magic, we seem to recall) will return as a guest judge.
America’s Got Talent aired the second round of judges’ cuts last night with guest judge Michael Bublé. Magicians Wes Barker, whose auction was not aired, and Aiden Sinclair (above) were featured. Unfortunately, despite both acts being well received neither made it through to the next round.
Piff the Magic Dragon survived the America’s Got Talent judges’ cuts and rocketed ahead thanks to a golden buzzer from guest judge (and something of a magic expert) Neil Patrick Harris. Of course, Piff pulled out his furry secret weapon Mr. Piffles. WHO CAN RESIST MR. PIFFLES? Not me and not NPH.
Xavier Mortimer was featured on the season premiere of Fool Us on The CW Monday night. Tuesday, the silent movie inspired magical clown appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent where he garnered enough “yes” votes to pass on to the next round. See more of Xavier over on his website; or just wait around… We have a feeling you will be seeing more of him on television soon.
Although not seen in this video, Aiden Sinclair said during an America’s Got Talent magic montage that “it is not about fooling somebody it is about taking someone out of their reality and bringing them into yours.” He then went on to have this rather low key audition and gather four “Yes” votes on his way to the next round.
By the way, there were a couple familiar faces in that montage…
Last night’s sole magic entry on America’s Got Talent was Michael John. He wowed the judges with a card trick, got four “Yes” votes and went on to the next round. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t Collins Key do a very similar effect incorporating both Heidi and Mel B. a couple of years back? Not to take anything away from Michael; he did a great job and earned his place in the competition. I poked around Skynet a bit but could not even find a website for Michael. If anyone knows of one, please let me know!
We will wind up today with Derek Hughes’ AGT performance. He helped keep magic classy, as well as four for four so far this season of America’s Got Talent. I will personally admit that I thought this season may be magic light after Mat Franco’s big win last year but boy have I been wrong!
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