It has been hard to keep up with all of the magic on TV lately. Mr. Piffles and his buddy Piff the Magic Dragon made this appearance on NBC’s weekend version of The Today Show last Sunday. They took a few minutes to recap his career, talk about rescuing Mr. Piffles and reveal that he is basically naked.
Tuesday night brought the second half of the America’s Got Talent semi-final round. Piff the Magic Dragon was the sole magic competitor and hopes to join Oz Pearlman and Derek Hughes in the next phase of the show. In related arts, ventriloquist Paul Zerdin, regurgitator Stevie Starr and circus stuntman Uzeyer Novruzov, who had a rough night, also performed. Voting is open until 7:00 AM Eastern time at NBC.com and you can vote up to ten times for your favorite acts. Those advancing to the next round will be revealed tonight. Will the magic world be able to boast of having three acts in the finals?
Fresh off his premiere at The Linq, Mat Franco will be unveiling his new NBC special in just a couple of weeks. Mat Franco’s Got Magic will feature many celebrity guests including Penn and Teller, Heidi Klum, Neil Patrick Harris and Nicole Scherzinger (as seen above).
Mat Franco’s Got Magic will air at 9:00 Eastern, 8:00 Central on Thursday, September 17.
Not much in the way of suspense last night on America’s Got Talent for magic fans as the first two contestants sent to the finals were Derek Hughes and Oz Pearlman. What the show lacked in suspense it made up for in magic, though, with The Illusionists kicking off the show (with the above piece) and appearing throughout the broadcast. Jonathan Goodwin even attempted to teach Howie Mandell how to perform escapes.
Next week, Piff the Magic Dragon will make his bid to continue in the competition.
Oz Pearlman blew away the judges last night on America’s Got Talent with his ability to know what Howard Stern was drinking while wearing a Heidi Klum blindfold, leading Howard to proclaim this “the year of the magician” on AGT. We are posting Oz’s performance so early in the morning because voting for the AGT semi-finals ends at 7:00 AM Eastern! You can vote for Oz and Derek* (you are given ten votes to distribute among the acts) at NBC.com. Representing the “allied arts,” puppet act Ira also appeared on last night’s show.
*We brought you Derek earlier simply because his performance on the show was first.
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