America's Got Talent 2015 S10E19 Live Shows – Oz Pearlman Mentalist Magician



Former Wall Street guru-turned-mentalist Oz Pearlman brings his mind games to the AGT stage.

I’m not exactly sure how he did his past two tricks but It was pretty easy to see how he did it this time. Instead of picking a plant from the audience he used Nick Cannon. He was definitely in on it.

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  1. lol when nick was trying to peel off the sticker you can oz writing something as his hand is moving…As for the instagram trick…He alrdy chose mel b and said she will be off by two gumballs…Thats why he wrote the 327 gumballs when nick was peeling the sticker off

  2. nobody noticed about the stand below the candy glass bottle..which is broader at the bottom and which may hold a printing machine with wifi access to print the bill with numbers and he does it with the help of one of his assistance back stage to send command over wifi to print after seeing the judges shown their numbers and move the bill paper through the table trunk to reach the bottle inside from the bottom of the candy glass bottle. I think thats how its done

  3. Common that is an easy trick.
    OK they really write down random numbers less than a 1000. And they showed him their numbers.
    4:45 He writes a number that is N-2 or N+2, on the back of the envelope, where N is a judge number. You can see his eyes, he writes. Look at the text it is not ink or a marker.
    6:17 A fake receipt, that just has the all information was given like 3 minutes ago. There are 2 ways, a mini wireless printer inside of the jar, or mini printer in his pocket.

  4. So hold on a second I know for a fact that there is real magic and fake magic! This one may be staged! But even if it is you're trying to tell me that the judges had to go along with it! And act like their the judges! Or are you trying to tell me that they didn't know but the magician was given axcess to the table they were at to know their numbers! So even then why are they even judging him! Anyways! That still deosn't explain some of the other acts!

  5. Ugh. Mentalism. I get it… it's more impactful on the audience if the performer claims to have psychic powers, but it just feels so gross. The "I have intuition I can't explain…", the "my twin that died at birth gives me special powers" it's just all a little sickening. It's no more real magic than pulling a coin out of someone's ear. It uses very practical, not-magical methods to achieve an illusion. I get it, it's supposed to be entertainment, but it really crosses an ethical line for me. It's a deeper kind of lie. And in a way, it encourages magical thinking. Is it any wonder that we can't stop climate change? More people believe in astrology than in the findings of climate scientists. sigh Rant over.

  6. Ugh. Mentalism. I get it… it's more impactful on the audience if the performer claims to have psychic powers, but it just feels so gross. The "I have intuition I can't explain…", the "my twin that died at birth gives me special powers" it's just all a little sickening. It's no more real magic than pulling a coin out of someone's ear. It uses very practical, not-magical methods to achieve an illusion. I get it, it's supposed to be entertainment, but it really crosses an ethical line for me. It's a deeper kind of lie. And in a way, it encourages magical thinking. Is it any wonder that we can't stop climate change? More people believe in astrology than in the findings of climate scientists. sigh Rant over.

  7. Great performer, unfortunately he's not a mind reader and Nick and the judges were very likely in on it this time (not saying it happens every time though).

    Short Explanation: There's a FATAL and pretty noticeable mistake between 04:45 and 04:47 (especially if you set the speed to 0.5). Right after Oz asks Nick to peel off the sticker, you can clearly see Oz write down the number 327 with his right arm while Nick stands in front of him to try and block the view.

    In-depth Explanation:

    At 04:45 you will see Oz look down at the board and marker he's about to use.

    At 04:46 you can clearly see him writing on it with his right arm. What he wrote was the number 327 so that it would match what he "predicted" on his video (Mel B getting it wrong by 2 gumballs). The numbers written down by the other judges never mattered for this section. He only had to memorize Mel B's number plus/minus 2 and write it on the board while Nick stood in front of him to "peel off the sticker". As for writing through the paper and directly on the board, he probably used a special kind of marker and/or envelope and/or board.

    I'm a little disappointed that he's not a real mind reader (got my hopes up for a moment there), and very disappointed that Nick and the judges were in on it. Based on this, it became clear that the judges knew what to write for the receipt trick that followed and possibly every other trick.

    Now, some people will point out that there was no need for Oz to write down the number 327 at the last second if he already knew what the judges (especially Mel B) were going to write. I disagree, it makes total sense that he did this. I believe he took this risk based on the possibility of Mel B making a mistake and writing down the wrong number (which would completely and instantly annihilate his ENTIRE act, and maybe even his career, had the number 327 already been written there beforehand and had Mel B made a mistake). On the other hand, by leaving it empty, even if she ended up making some kind of mistake, he would be able to adjust his prediction accordingly and simply not do the receipt trick that came next without compromising his entire act or "prediction", which relied solely on getting 'Mel B's +/- 2' number correctly. Since they were in fact able to do the receipt trick afterwards, that means Mel B (or any other judge) didn't make a mistake writing down their numbers. Still, Oz had to write the number 327 on the board anyway as we can clearly see him doing. It was the right choice. I'd have done the same thing and left the space for the number empty as well because the chance he took by doing this was far less dangerous than relying on Mel B to remember/read and write a precise 3 digit number that could easily go wrong and end his act and career instantly (after all, she is human).

    Yes, that would destroy his image because he would have to apologise world-wide and cook up some lame excuse for having failed right then and there. Even if he thought it was unlikely that Mel B would make a mistake, he could never be 100% sure about it. What would you have done?

    What is actually pretty funny is that right after the camera accidentally catches a glimpse of Oz writing the number, it jumps to the judges and you can see Howard, Heidi and Mel B immediately turning their heads in perfect sync and despair to look at the big screen and see if the cameras got that, because it must've been pretty hard to miss live.

    Lastly, the whole deal with Howard and Mel B writing the same number at first and Howard deciding to change his was either a legitimate mistake committed by Howard or orchestrated to add a touch of realism, as he was indeed supposed to write '375' while Mel B '325'. I think Howard actually made a mistake and wrote her number instead of his (they must have tons of things to memorize), then realised what he had done and corrected it after Oz pointed it out (very solid acting on both ends though). With tons of stuff to memorize or having to read them sneakingly (whichever the case), I'm pretty sure mistakes are made and Oz knew that.

    Still, Overall I enjoyed it a lot. Pretty smooth and an excellent performer!

    EDIT: I'm sorry if I broke the spell to some of you, but as other people have mentioned what really matters is the spectacle and performance. I'd rather watch an entertaining and skilled professional hired by AGT with every single cast member in on the act than having to sit through some lame/repetitive not-so-talented real contestants.

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