He might be rushing to make a flight, but Michael Carbonaro talks with a charm that makes you think you have all the time in the world. The magician and prankster of tru TV’s The Carbonaro Effecthas quite a following for his elaborate illusions hoodwinking an unsuspecting public—often ridiculous products or inventions that make jaws drop. We caught up with the openly gay, Long Island-born trickster about coming up with stunts, a new wig collection, and if magic ever helped him get a hot date. Read more..
Michael Carbonaro is quickly becoming one of the hottest magicians in the world as the star of the popular Tru-TV series, “The Carbonaro Effect.” It’s a hidden camera show where Michael pranks unsuspecting people and features some incredible new magic tricks. He joins TODAY to talk about the show and try out some of his mind-blowing tricks. Readmore and watch the video at:
(Season 2 of the Carbonaro Effect starts tonight.. 7/29) Illusionist Michael Carbonaro doesn’t have much use for show-off magicians. To him, their acts are more about the magician and less about the magic.
Which is why, he says, he focuses the attention on the prank and not on himself on his truTV hidden-camera series “The Carbonaro Effect.”
“It’s very exciting to take magic into a new direction,” the 33-year-old native of Long Island, N.Y., said, “whereas a lot of times magic comes from a place of sort of ego, like, ‘Look what I can do that you can’t do.’ It kind of comes across that way a lot and you’re always trying to challenge the magician, you’re always trying to figure out how the magician is doing it.
“So the whole conceit to take the magician out of the equation and don’t even take responsibility for (the prank) and just sort of ride the moment with a real, unsuspecting public person who just witnessed something magical happen, it’s an awesome ride and we learn so much,” he continued. “You know, people are really willing to believe in impossible things, which is really beautiful.”