The following Today show entertainment video contains an interview with Kenichi Ebina. He is the Japanese dancer who just won the 8th season of America’s Got Talent. Kenichi took home one million dollars for the win. The results show was on Wednesday, September 18. 2013. This video interview is from the next day (September 19).
Kenichi is the first dancer to win AGT. But he won by creating a show, not just dancing. Kenichi added magic, mime, and interaction with characters on a TV screen. Dancing is just part of his act.
Kenichi thought he would finish in 3rd or 4th place. When he got in the top 2, he was like, “What am I going to do?”
He thought about the million dollars and his life changing before winning. But he tried not to.
Ebina said he has been really busy over the past two weeks because he was putting his routines together.
The following Today show video is about a new National Geographic TV show called “Brain Games.” It demonstrates things like optical illusions. In this preview of sorts, host Jason Silva and Apollo Robbins (the Gentleman Thief) trick Matt Lauer and Bryant Gumbel. This video aired on the April 15, 2013 episode of the Today show.
Jason Silva explains that the brain is complex but also has its limitations. For example, it can take 2D images and filter them to create 3D images. But if you understand how the brain works, you can trick it.
Here’s a riddle:
Mary’s mother had 4 daughters. April, May, June, and…. Bryant said July as the answer. That is wrong. The answer is Mary. It was Mary’s mother who had 4 daughters. So Mary has to be the 4th one.
Apollo Robbins then did the traditional shell game with a pea. He then did a Follow The Ace illusion. Bryant picked out a 4 from the deck. Apollo then made it disappear and reappear, stuck to his forehead.
The following video comes from the Ellen DeGeneres Show. It aired on the Friday, April 12, 2013 episode. This is a magic segment called “Drive-Thru Workers Lose Their Heads.”
Ellen frequently features a magician and prankster called Rahat, who has been successful lately at launching several viral videos of his magic tricks.
In this trick, Rahat created a headless costume. He then ordered food and went through some drive-thru windows to scare the workers. Kathy was the best. She got so scared that she screamed and closed the drive-thru window.
The following Today show magic video features Rahat the Magician Prankster. He recently had a viral video where he used a costume that looked like a car seat. Rahat then went through restaurant drive-thru windows to make it look like the car had no driver.
In this April 4, 2013 video, Rahat modifies his drive-thru prank to make it look like the car is being driven by a headless person. The costume hardly looks real, but the effect is still a nice prank that freaks out a lot of workers at a drive-thru window. One lady freaked out and got so scared that she closed the window and ran away.