The Carbonaro Effect

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  • TV-14
  • 2014
  • 8 Seasons
  • 7.5  (2,463)

The Carbonaro Effect is an American hidden camera television series that premiered on truTV on April 1, 2014. The show is hosted by Michael Carbonaro, a magician and actor who performs pranks on unsuspecting people in everyday situations. Carbonaro's tricks are meant to be entertaining and often leave people baffled as they try to figure out how he managed to pull off such an incredible feat.

The show's format is simple. Carbonaro uses hidden cameras to capture people's reactions as he performs a series of magic tricks in public places. The tricks vary in complexity and range from simple sleight of hand tricks to elaborate illusions involving animals, high-tech equipment, and multiple assistants.

One of the key features of The Carbonaro Effect is that each episode is structured around a central theme. For example, some episodes focus on food and beverage, while others explore science and technology. Carbonaro tailors each episode's pranks to fit the theme, which helps to keep the show fresh and interesting for viewers.

Another feature of the show is the use of comedy. Carbonaro often incorporates humor into his pranks, which helps to lighten the mood and create a fun atmosphere. He also frequently interacts with the people he's pranking, striking up conversations and making witty remarks that keep them engaged.

Carbonaro is joined on the show by several other cast members, including Keith Ham and William Tokarsky. Ham serves as Carbonaro's assistant and appears in many of the show's pranks. Tokarsky is a recurring guest who plays various characters and helps to create comedic moments on the show.

One of the reasons why The Carbonaro Effect has been so successful is due to Carbonaro's skill as a magician. He is able to perform tricks that seem impossible, even to those who are familiar with the art of magic. This sense of amazement and wonder is a key element of the show, and it has helped to make Carbonaro a popular figure in the world of entertainment.

Another factor that has contributed to the show's success is its accessibility. The Carbonaro Effect is a show that can be enjoyed by viewers of all ages and backgrounds. The pranks are mostly family-friendly, and Carbonaro's likable personality makes him an appealing figure for audiences of all ages.

Overall, The Carbonaro Effect is a fun and entertaining show that combines magic, comedy, and hidden camera pranks. Its clever format and skilled host have helped to make it one of the most popular shows on truTV. If you're looking for a show that will make you laugh and leave you scratching your head in amazement, then The Carbonaro Effect is definitely worth checking out.

The Carbonaro Effect is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (125 episodes). The series first aired on May 15, 2014.

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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.
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.
Where to Watch The Carbonaro Effect
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 Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and truTV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 15, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (2,463)