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POP INTERVIEW: “The Tonight Show” Magician Michael Carbonaro

Actor/magician Michael Carbonaro may be most recognized for his Tonight Show appearances as “The Magic Clerk.” During each sketch, he plays magic pranks on unsuspecting convenience store customers. Carbonaro’s Easter prank generated over 1 million YouTube views in a few short days.

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Actor/magician Michael Carbonaro may be most recognized for his Tonight Show appearances as “The Magic Clerk.” During each sketch, he plays magic pranks on unsuspecting convenience store customers. Carbonaro’s Easter prank generated over 1 million YouTube views in a few short days.

Michael Carbonaro

Kids at my school watched these late night shows every night. Are major of your fans teens and preteens?
We get fans from across the board. I think there is really something in it for everyone. I have people who say their toddlers love some of the bits we do with live animals- and adults get into the more cerebral magic, like when a full sized wine bottle comes out of a flat envelope, or I convince them that their money is counterfeit -by ‘wiping’ the ink off of a bill they hand me, right in front of their eyes.

Why do you think some pranking “victims” don’t notice anything you’re doing? Like the obvious clothing change bit in one?
It’s amazing how we can be so involved in our own little worlds, that we don’t see things that happen right before our eyes. In one instance, I had someone so focused, by diverting their attention to what was on the table in front of them- that they didn’t notice that when I stood up from the table, that I wasn’t wearing any pants!

Have any people ever gotten scarily mad at you during a ‘Magic Clerk’ taping?
We’ve caused a lot of big screams and wild reactions, like when I made a Tarantula crawl out of a bag of chips someone was buying… but the whole idea is to have fun with people, we are never mean-spirited. Everyone always walks away with a good laugh.

Which of your tapings didn’t go as planned and came out better as a result?
One day, someone came into the store and bought chocolates that came in a flat rectangular box- and I didn’t plan to do it, but in seeing how perfect the size of the box was -right in the moment, I remembered a secret trick that my good friend and fellow magician, Helder Guimarães, had taught me. I told the customer that I had lost my iPhone, and asked if they could call it for me… Suddenly.. my phone was inside the box of chocolates that they were holding! It was one of those perfect magical moments that couldn’t have been planned any better!

Michael CarbonaroHow did you get involved with “The Tonight Show?”
I met with writer and director, Beth Einhorn of “The Tonight Show,” who wanted to do something with magic and hidden cameras in a convenience store. I came up with ideas that I could do posed as a store clerk, where the moments would be ‘magical, but somehow plausable’ -that is to say- I wanted people to react not like they had seen a ‘magic-trick’ but as if something really happened that was impossible. Beth and I hit it off extremely well. We both share the same vision of making things fun and playful, where everyone is amazed, and always has a good time.

We don’t see enough magic on TV anymore. If you could make it big in this time period, would you do an adult humor show or a family show? What would you do for sketches?
I’d like to continue doing both! Family-Friendly by day… and then a little darker by night!

How can kids practice magic at home?
I learned magic from reading lots of magic books, ‘Mark Wilson’s Complete Course in Magic’ was a good start. I would practice in my room in front of a mirror or show endless tricks at first to my cat, then to my Mom and then when I was confident with what I was doing -I started gathering audiences together at family parties. There are some cool outlets for kids too like ‘Tannens Magic Camp.’ A whole week long Summer Camp- all about magic! Careful though… it’s easy to get hooked!

Watch his Easter video everyone is talking about!

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Jason Momoa Was Hosed Down After A Dirty Dune Buggy Ride And The Photos Are As Hot As They Sound

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We couldn’t love him any Momore.

Social media is a bit of a double edged sword. Some days it feels like all there is to scroll through is overused quotes or endless tirades expressing personal opinions that no one cares about. But just when you think you might need to take a little social media sabbatical something like this happens.

Earlier today, Jason Momoa took to Instagram to share photos of himself being hosed off after a particularly messy round of dune bugging riding. And when I say hosed off I mean…shirtless…with a hose. Of the ride the Aquaman star wrote “like a pig in shit. 🤣🤣🤣hard to explain this one. but i had an amazing day. now i need a dune buggy. dune coming soon aloha j. @schaeffersgarmenthotel dirty pink 😭🤣😂” I fully support the idea of Momoa purchasing a dune buggy if it means he will share more content like this.

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Of course fans went wild for the sizzling pics. One Instagrammer asked “Where do I apply for the hose guy’s job?” Another pointed out the obvious by saying “good god that is a man right there.” And finally one brought offered this very sage advice and said “wash your hands like you’re washing Jason Momoa.” Definitely wouldn’t mind washing for the full recommended 20 seconds am I right?

To see more of the stars sizzling snaps click here!

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Disney+ Series ‘Muppets Now’ Reveals Shocking Detail About The Swedish Chef

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Bork, Bork, Bork?!

If you haven’t taken the time to check out the new Disney+ series Muppets Now, stop reading and start streaming! The improv sitcom is an unscripted, segmented series in which our favorite fur-covered friends put together a digital show. Think The Muppet Show meets millennials. I watched the first episode, which became available for streaming as of July 31st, and I smiled through the entire thirty minutes. It’s cute and campy and reminds us all why we love The Muppets so much. I was enjoying the childhood nostalgia of seeing Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang when suddenly our favorite gibberish-spewing chef came on the screen to partake in a cooking challenge. Of course I was prepared to giggle at the Swedish Chef’s horrendous attempt at cooking but I was immediately distracted and could only focus on one shocking detail!

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Did you see it? Can you see what I was distracted by?! The stached Swede is wearing a wedding ring on his left hand! The Swedish Chef is married?!?!

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I mean, sure, it’s not surprising with the sexy foreign accent and killer eyebrows but still, I would have never guessed the chef had someone waiting at home for him! Since the chef is one of the few Muppets to actually feature human hands, I first thought the ring might have belonged to a neglectful puppeteer who forgot to take off their ring. But I did a quick Wikipedia search and apparently the Swedish Chef has been donning the gold ring since 2010 and is known to be married!

I guess there truly is a lid for every pot.

Muppets Now is now available for streaming on Disney+.

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Martha Stewart Responded To Chelsea Handler Recreating Her Sultry Pool Selfie With Some Shade, Compliments And An F-Bomb!

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We are all Martha-Stewart-Livinggggg for this.

Domestic goddess Martha Stewart has turned into a spicy septuagenarian and it has only made her fans love her more. She is besties with Snoop Dogg, she has no trouble roasting celebs and most recently, she posted a selfie that left the internet buzzing. At 78, Stewart posted this stunner to Instagram earlier this week:

Peep that pout! It’s safe to say that any of us would kill to look this good when we reach our seventies. Hell I’d give my left foot to look this good now. It came as no shock that the selfie went viral, so viral in fact, comedian Chelsea Handler took the time to recreate the selfie. With a caption that read “I’m here to take @marthastewart48’s swimming lesson. If I look this good at 78 I better still have a pool to show myself off in” the 45-year old shared this to Instagram:

Along with tips for party throwing and scenic tablescapes, Stewart is also known to have quite the funny bone and can give a backhanded compliment better than most. In a response to Handler’s recreation Stewart wrote “Dear Chelsea, I’m so happy that you like my post well enough to emulate it. I do think my pool is a little bit prettier than yours and that my facial expression is a little bit more relaxed.” THE SHADE! “Nevertheless you are a beautiful girl and F–KING too young to be emulating me,” Stewart continued dropping a wholehearted F-Bomb, “Continue with your comedy, your humor, and your amazing ability to gather around you political liberals. We need it!” And because she is the queen of good manners, Stewart finished the comment with “Love Martha.”

All of this is just goals.

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