The Carbonaro Effect

The Carbonaro Effect

  • TV-14
  • 2014
  • 8 Seasons
  • 7.4  (2,135)

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.

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Seasons
Puppification
17. Puppification
January 3, 2020
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.
Vanishing Daycare
16. Vanishing Daycare
December 26, 2019
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.
Popcorn Pants
15. Popcorn Pants
December 19, 2019
At a theater, Michael stuns his assistant when a trick really jumps off the screen.
Chilly Flakes and Wormholes
14. Chilly Flakes and Wormholes
December 12, 2019
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.
Pink Slime
13. Pink Slime
December 5, 2019
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.
Lipstick and the Flying Nun
12. Lipstick and the Flying Nun
November 21, 2019
All New While working at an antique shop, Michael unpacks an item with a message from beyond and a problem-solving toy puzzles his co-worker. Plus, Michael works a fundraiser where a painting raises not just money but the body of a nun.
Moving Dragon
11. Moving Dragon
November 14, 2019
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.
Cat Lady
10. Cat Lady
November 7, 2019
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.
Double Takes: Back to the Locked Booth
9. Double Takes: Back to the Locked Booth
August 1, 2019
Michael rehashes a potato laser, re-designs an emergen-suit, takes another shot on the ice and more. All with new reactions!
Home Run Away
8. Home Run Away
February 7, 2019
At a deli, Michael breaks bread with power tools, and in a tux store, his outfit change doesn't suit his customer.
Dummy Talks
7. Dummy Talks
January 31, 2019
Carbonaro performs tricks on people in daily situations. Everyone is stunned and delighted.
Fright at the Museum
6. Fright at the Museum
January 24, 2019
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.
Fight or Flight
5. Fight or Flight
January 17, 2019
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.
Sorcery or Science
4. Sorcery or Science
January 10, 2019
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.
Vegan Plant
3. Vegan Plant
December 27, 2018
Michael feeds a cannibalistic plant at a garden center; at the tuxedo store, he sells a tie that literally suits itself.
Prehistoric Fossil Breeding
2. Prehistoric Fossil Breeding
December 20, 2018
Michael Carbonaro performs ingenious tricks on unsuspecting members of the public.
There's Life In Here
1. There's Life In Here
December 13, 2018
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.
Special
101. Special
June 6, 2019
Michael celebrates the 100th show with a special featuring a live studio audience, celebrity messages, and visits from past guests! Plus, to thank his fans, Michael tricks some of them into a surprise meeting they can't believe.
The Carbonaro Effect
The Carbonaro Effect

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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.The Carbonaro Effect is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (120 episodes). The series first aired on May 15, 2014.

The Carbonaro Effect is available for streaming on the truTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Carbonaro Effect on demand at HBO Max, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and truTV.

  • Premiere Date
    May 15, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (2,135)