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.
Anchor Natalie Morales says she thinks the arm is fake, and that there is some kind of harness involved. Yeah, the arm is probably not a real arm. But how is the magician held in place. That assumes this is not a camera trick. But the video shows people on the street appearing to watch in amazement as the magician goes by.
In the article lined to above, the Daily Mail shows how this trick might have been done. It uses metal supports in the fake arm and around the body of the magician to hold him in place.
The following comedy video comes from the Ellen DeGeneres Show. It aired on the Thursday, May 30, 2013 episode. This skit is called “Smoking Hot Magic.” It features one of Ellen’s favorite magicians, Justin Flom.
Justin does a card trick where he has Ellen pick a card from the deck. It is the 6 of Diamonds. She puts in back in the deck. And at least it doesn’t look like he had the chance to see it. Now, he takes Ellen’s book from the side of his chair. There is a card sticking out. He pulls it up and it is is the 4 of Diamonds. She says that’s not it. Flom says he can fix it. He then starts to rub on and shake it back and forth. It transforms into the 6 of Diamonds.
Justin Flom then has a receipt for Ellen’s book, a lighter, and some change. He places then down and picks up the book. Justin tells Ellen to tell him to stop when she wants as he is flipping through her book.
Flom stops when Ellen says, and it is Page 140 and 141. He has her sign Page 140. Justin then puts a coin inside the book receipt, lays it on the book, and sets it on fire. Suddenly, it looked like the coin burned itself through the book. When he opened it, the coin was lying on Page 140.
The following comedy video comes from the Ellen DeGeneres Show. It aired on the Tuesday, April 30, 2013 episode.
This skit is actually a magic segment with Eric Dittelman. He is a mentalist/mind reader, which really just means he uses tricks to make it look like he is reading someone’s mind. Dittelman became semi famous as a contestant on America’s Got Talent. He did not win but made it pretty far in 2012.
This trick consists of Ellen, Tony, and Kevin drawing pictures, while Eric is blindfolded. Eric also uses some half dollars and tape to cover his eyes in addition to the blindfold. Finally, he uses duct tape to blind himself even more.
So after they draw the pictures, Eric guesses what the pictures are while still blindfolded.
A lot of people online say this trick can be done because there is a small slit – an opening – just below Eric’s eyes. The half dollars can actually help to create this slit. However, I am not 100 percent sure that is how Eric does the trick. It is also at least possible that he has an earpiece and someone in the audience telling him what is on the drawings. But the former is the more likely scenario for how Eric does this mind-reading trick.
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 video shows more of magician and prankster Rich Ferguson’s “Human Chair” prank. He basically puts cushions on himself to allow him to hide in a chair. People think they are just sitting in a chair because Rich, who is sitting down, is effectively hidden under the cushions.
Rich pulled this trick on Natalie Morales and other Today show staffers as an April Fool’s joke. You can see that video here.
In this video viral video, Ferguson pulls his “Human Chair” stunt no some coffee-shop customers.
One of these days, this guy just might get beaten down or, worse yet, stabbed or shot by somebody. This video aired on the April 9, 2013 episode of the Today show.
The following ABC News video is about one of Rahat’s magic tricks. This magician is getting lots of attention through viral marketing these days. This ABC video aired on Good Morning America. It was added to the ABC website on March 27, 2013.
This trick is actually quite simple. Rahat takes a picture of himself and a friend on Hollywood Boulevard and saves that in his picture app on his cell phone. He then asks a random passerby to take a picture of himself and an imaginary friend. When the person gives his camera back to him, he quickly presses a couple of buttons and pulls up the photo that was made in advance. It looks like the imaginary friend now physically appears in the picture with him.
At best, this magic trick gets a B in my book. I knew immediately how he did it. But it gets points for being a newer trick. I imagine somebody somewhere has thought of it. But it’s the first time I have this trick put into real-life action.
Now, if he could do it on somebody else’s phone who just walked up. That would be a seriously good magic trick.
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.
The following Today show video is about an April Fool’s prank pulled on Natalie Morales and some other Today staff members. Fittingly, this video is from the April 1, 2013 episode. Rich Ferguson is a magician who set up the prank.
Ferguson is also interviewed in this segment. He explains there is a fine line when it comes to pulling pranks. You want it to be fun. But you don’t want to get sued, either.
The way the prank works is that Rich dressed himself in some special clothing that has a seat cushion and other chair-like objects attached. Then, when someone sits down, he moves to scare the victim of the prank.
Another prank is to take a fake tarantula and attach it behind a roll of toilet paper. When the person goes to pull on the roll, it looks like the spider is crawling across the toilet paper.
Another trick is to take a straw and put a knot in it. When your friend isn’t looking, switch out his straw with the one that has your knot. He’ll try to suck and suck throgh the straw. But it won’t do anything.
Rich Ferguson also showed a prank with a paper clip at the copy machine. It was confusing to me. So watch the video if you want to see how that one works.