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The Carbonaro Effect is an unusual entertainment show that combines magic, humor, and disbelief all into one program. In this reality television show, the host, Michael Carbonaro, works his magic on unsuspecting bystanders in a series of practical jokes and amazing magic tricks. Michael Carbonaro may fancy himself an illusionist, but his routine is much more than meets the eye.

Sometimes with the help of a public store or local business, Carbonaro astonishes people in the most unusual ways, such as by making a bowling bowl or a live puppy appear to come out of a flat mailing envelope. All the time the victims are trying to figure out what just happened, the cool Carbonaro simply acts as if everything were quite normal.

On other occasions he makes an image or personal data such as name or date of birth appear on an inanimate product such as a milk carton or wine bottle. As the unsuspecting customer is checking out in the store, they see their personal image or data and ask where it came from. Once again they are shocked and captivated by the overly cool Carbonaro, who does not seem at all surprised. This is what they call the Carbonaro Effect.

Thursday 10:00 PM et/pt on truTV
8 Seasons, 106 Episodes
May 15, 2014
7.4/10
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  • The Carbonaro Effect features Michael Carbonaro, magician by trade and prankster at heart. In each episode, Michael performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting members of the public, all caught on hidden camera. Whether posing as a barista, museum curator or seemingly unremarkable store clerk, Michael Carbonaro's Effect on people will have you laughing out loud.

  • Michael transforms a t-shirt at a thrift store, and his aid at a daycare thinks she loses more than her mind. Plus, Michael's helper at a museum runs scared when a sculpture slithers away.

  • Michael works in a spice shop and gets an icy treatment with his take on 'chilly flakes'. Plus, he cleans a spill at a hotel with his phone. Afterwards, at an abandoned house, he amazes his assistant by climbing through a wormhole.

  • While working at a book store, Michael feeds some book worms. Plus, Michael serves food and gives new meaning to the term "grass fed beef." Then, at a food testing center, Michael spooks his assistant when an experiment takes a new shape.

  • While working at a pool store, Michael flies on a kickboard. Then, at a pet store, he breeds hamsters from pellets. He also stuns his helper on moving day with a fiery statue.

  • Michael wows directors with costume changes but cracks when he sings. Plus, things get sticky when he demos flying post-its. Then, Michael's co-worker's jaw drops when a shapeshifting tenant returns while they clean house.

  • At a deli, Michael breaks bread with power tools, and in a tux store, his outfit change doesn't suit his customer.

  • Carbonaro performs tricks on people in daily situations. Everyone is stunned and delighted.

  • At a campsite, Michael turns rain into wine and has an app that gives new meaning to the "call of nature." Later, Michael gets thorny at a plant shop, and in a museum, he drums up ancient history that grasps for the present.

  • While working in a cheese store, Michael milks the reaction of a woman stunned by breeding brie. Later, Michael nails down the perfect app in a salon and unpacks a trick in an airport that ruffles his assistant's feathers.

  • Michael sweetens a woman's day at a candy store when a chocolate bunny eats her ring, and at the stadium for the Chicago White Sox, he inflates pretzels at a snack stand.

  • Michael feeds a cannibalistic plant at a garden center; at the tuxedo store, he sells a tie that literally suits itself.

  • Michael Carbonaro performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting members of the public.

  • Michael gives a confused woman the license to speed at the DMV; unclogs a "crumby" toaster at a return counter, and blows the mind of a beach attendant.

  • In this special, Michael revisits some of the spookiest bits of Carbonaro past to reveal fresh frights with never-before-seen reactions tricks, including the Alien Abduction, Musical Ghosts, and Mad Science Experiments gone wrong.

  • Michael explores the true depth of a deep-dish pizza and, later, plays doctor to a patient questioning his own vision and sanity. Also: as a locksmith, Michael stuns his assistant with a surprise on the other side of the door.

  • Michael chops salad at a cooking class and brings the heat to instantly cook a meatball with his breath. Later, Michael chills his assistant to her bones when a cryotherapy experiment freezes.

  • In an ice cream shop, Michael whips up a mind-boggling app; at a party store, he spills the tea on a self-brewing decoration; and at a farm, Michael's helper looks like he saw a ghost after a run-in with a spirited scarecrow.

  • In this special, a trip down memory lane turns trippy when Michael revisits classic bits - including the hallucinogenic frog and the glue-sniffing mishap to unlock never-before-seen reactions to your favorite jaw-dropping tricks.

  • Michael turns iced tea into a tea candle and later, at a pet store, he reveals that caterpillars have wicks. Also: Michael stumps his assistant at a warehouse when he proves that big tricks come in shrink-wrapped packages.

  • Michael shows off a seashell from the seashore that still has the seashore in it; and reveals desserts that break the mold. Also: At a farm, Michael startles his assistant with a trick that's "out-of-this-world."

  • Michael visits a ski shop to demonstrate the latest in winter gear

  • Michael shocks people with every trick in the book at a library, including a voice-controlled page turner and outfit changes that almost get him recognized. Later, Michael amazes a trainee with a weightless mattress.

  • Michael shocks a receptionist with a medical procedure that leaves both their jaws on the floor, and then at a party store, Michael reveals a regenerating piece of gum. Plus, an electrifying trick rewrites history.

The Carbonaro Effect Video Clips & Extras

The After Effect: Episode 508 (Web Chat) | truTV Clip (03:25) No-Slip Tray Defies Gravity (Extended Reveal) | truTV Clip (03:34) Dishwasher in a Pill (Extended Reveal) | truTV Clip (03:54) Select-a-Season Shirt | truTV Clip (03:50) Safe-T-Bands | truTV Clip (01:49) The After Effect: Episode 505 (Web Chat) | truTV Clip (04:05) Icy Spicy | truTV Clip (03:46) The After Effect: Episode 504 (Web Chat) | truTV Clip (03:31)

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