Creating Carbonaro Effects: How Michael Carbonaro and His Writers Room Make Magic Happen Every Week

It’s been three years since I first talked with truTV’s Michael Carbonaro, who stars in a big truTV series that involves pranking. No, he’s not the fifth Impractical Joker, he’s the star of The Carbonaro Effect which has a huge following all its own. In each episode, Michael performs brilliant magic tricks on members of the public who have no idea that he’s performing tricks. It’s all caught on hidden camera, as Carbonaro tries to convince people (usually successfully) that the impossible things they are witnessing are really happening.
 Last time we spoke, Michael told me that they never use trick camerawork to pull off his illusions. In the three years since I last wrote about my conversation with Carbonaro, we’ve received countless messages from people who just couldn’t believe that was possible. So when I got the chance to speak with him again, I asked him about that, as well as what we can expect in the upcoming Season Four, which kicks off this Thursday on truTV. He told me fans can expect Michael and his team to up their game once again, with Spielbergian levels of practical effects, illusions and magic, hauntings, aliens, and even turning a ghost into a scarecrow, and he shared how he and his team come up with their ideas, where they find their “marks” and… Read More…