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Old 08-22-19, 05:37 AM
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

Penn and Teller did a bit on mentalism about a month back on Fool Us. Penn despises it with a white hot passion so they decided to reveal how two team acts do it. Essentially it's nothing more than the front man giving a tell to the mentalist.

So if they tell Howie to choose a color marble out of a box, and Simon to write down of a number between 1 and 10. So when the "mentalism" begins front man starts tossing key words into his dialog to tell the mentalist what they chose. It's nothing more than a key that has been memorized.

Something like:
Wonderful = red
Delightful = blue
funny man = green
bald one = orange

amazing = 1
talented = 2
America's host = 3

and so on. So the front man goes to Howie and tells the mentalist "the wonderful Howie was thinking of a color" can you tell us what it was?" Then over to Simon, "the amazing Simon was thinking of a number, what was it?"

So red, 1.

Penn & Teller did it with playing cards, but that's the general idea. There are some things they pull off that I haven't figured out, but it was pretty interesting watch these acts work after watching that.
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Old 08-22-19, 05:46 AM
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

I'm finally up the Greg Morton episode. We watched about half that episode. I loved his Pac-Man suit but yeah, that was just bad. It's even worse that the judges are fawning all over his mediocre, at best, "talent." I can do an average Kermit and Donald Duck similar to Morton. It's limited to one line much like Morton. Speaking a line or two "in character" isn't a skill. It's good to get a smile out of a small child. What he needs to do is to create an act around it. Have Darth Vader discussing ruling the galaxy with Miss Piggy who'd rather rule it more. Then have Keanu Reeves come in to break up the party. Just anything other than simply reciting a line that panders to our memory and love of classic movies.

Also, after watching half this episode, I wouldn't put any of these acts through in any other season. The show is reveling in mediocrity this year.
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Old 08-22-19, 06:22 AM
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

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I'm finally up the Greg Morton episode. We watched about half that episode. I loved his Pac-Man suit but yeah, that was just bad. It's even worse that the judges are fawning all over his mediocre, at best, "talent." I can do an average Kermit and Donald Duck similar to Morton. It's limited to one line much like Morton. Speaking a line or two "in character" isn't a skill. It's good to get a smile out of a small child. What he needs to do is to create an act around it. Have Darth Vader discussing ruling the galaxy with Miss Piggy who'd rather rule it more. Then have Keanu Reeves come in to break up the party. Just anything other than simply reciting a line that panders to our memory and love of classic movies.
I agree with you, but, obviously, it works for more than just small children as it's gotten him this far on the show. Of course, he's only gotten this far in his career as an act, -and there's a reason. A better constructed act would be great, but it would also expose his weaknesses. We've both said it, -his act is more about evoking nostalgia (for lack of a better word), than appreciating his "skill".

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Old 08-22-19, 08:52 PM
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

I guess the man mentalist was giving the wrong code word to his patner ofr the bubble gum flavor.
Each candy must have had someting written on the wrapper to inform him what the flavor was.
He grabbed the paper quickly for each one.

Not sure what was going on with Hough's candy.
I guess the woman wasnt understanding his code word.
That shouldnt take more then a minute to make a guess.

Maybe iif the knife throwers did their act as a comedy bit it would have worked, it was pretty funny as they performed.

The little girl singing the Bond song was brutal and Simon called that one correctly.
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

Until this week’s episode, I had no idea that Benicio Bryant was a boy. I thought that was a girl this whole time.
The name should obviously give it away, but I guess I never caught or paid attention to his actual name before.
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

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Until this week’s episode, I had no idea that Benicio Bryant was a boy. I thought that was a girl this whole time.
The name should obviously give it away, but I guess I never caught or paid attention to his actual name before.
Thank you. I've been wanting to post the very same thing, but I was afraid maybe it was "just me".
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

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Until this week’s episode, I had no idea that Benicio Bryant was a boy. I thought that was a girl this whole time.
The name should obviously give it away, but I guess I never caught or paid attention to his actual name before.
Thank you. My daughter was ripping to me to shreds when i didn't know he was a boy either until this past episode.
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I don't know if I mis-read the situation, but it seems like the director screwed the magician's illusion by focusing on his hand at the end and then panning down for the reveal, -we didn't see it suddenly appear on camera, they just tilted down and it was there. Or perhaps that was as it was intended, but it seemed kind of an anti-climax. Maybe it's just me...
I realize the kid violinist is very talented but I really found the production on his number grating; I couldn't wait for it to end.

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Not sure why I keep watching (well, I do know why, bonding time with my daughter who will soon be off to college), but there's no way that Kodi doesn't win this thing. I thought after last week he might be vulnerable, but he crushed it last night. Maybe i'm extremely biased because i have a son with autism (not nearly as bad as Kodi), but I don't know how can not vote for him. Amazing talent.
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Did Disney actually sign off on those Lightwave(?) kids using Marvel characters?

Does Howie actually want them to get a long running Vegas show? Because the actual winning prize is only a 4-day show in Vegas.
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

I didn’t know he was a boy either

i just watched the voice guy and I don’t think he’s good at all.
Just a joke to be this far on this show really.
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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

Yeah that magic trick was confusing as heck.
They never showed the trick.

One thing that you can see clearly is when he pulls the Liberty card off the table he thumbs the toy off the end of the table and holds it to the back of the card until he flips it over.

the other stuff was terrible camera work.

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Re: America's Got Talent (NBC) -- Season 14 Thread -- premieres 5/28/19

Yeah, the camera work definitely botched the big reveal. Don't they rehearse this stuff ahead of time?

I suspect that trick was dependent on not being able to watch the table close-up while he's distracting us with the card and mini statue of liberty.
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