Will a magician ever win on America’s Got Talent? Probably not. The truth is that magicians are judged on an entirely different level.
When a magician performs on this “reality” show, their performance is critically based on other factors besides talent. Things like:
Have I seen this trick before?
Can I figure out how the magician did it?
Does the magician look like he performs at kid’s parties?
To these judges, FOOLING ME = TALENT
Magicians are not alone by their mis-judging. Dancers and acrobats are more judged on if they survived and didn’t injure themselves. Performing “the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done” is not talent, it’s stupidity.
A true test of judging magicians would be watching their technical skill, their likeability on stage, their presentation, and their presence to name a few things. In truth, that is how all the acts should be judged.
While we are on the subject of magicians on AGT, I have to give kudos to the NY Bartender and Marine, Smoothini – The Ghetto Houdini. He essentially took a $5 magic set available at Toys R Us and absolutely wowed the judges. Watch him HERE. If we tried to do those tricks at a kids birthday party, you’d hear screams of ” I know that trick” or “I have that magic set!” Why was he such a sensation? He presented them as if they were the greatest magic illusions in the world. For 90 seconds, he pretended to be David Copperfield. It worked and made him a You Tube sensation with close to a half million views.
Why did the judges go crazy for him? His likeability on stage, his presentation, his smooth technical skill. …and they were fooled.
Gee…maybe there is hope.