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Michael Carbonaro talks New York magic shows, technology and fans (Includes interview)

Carbonaro is known for his hit television series The Carbonaro Effect, which is an original hidden camera magic series, on truTV. He has also appeared on such television shows as Happily Divorced, 30 Rock, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI Miami.

On February 14, he will be performing at the Town Hall in the heart of New York. “I am thrilled because I’ve never gotten to play New York City before,” he said. “I hope it’s wild and crazy. I have a really family-friendly show, and I draw people of all age groups. It is an intense show. Since it falls on Valentine’s Day, there will be a lot of love out there.”

On March 6, Carbonaro will be bringing his live tour to The Paramount in Huntington. “This will be the second time that I will be performing in my hometown. There will be a lot of audience participation. It is really interactive and totally off-the-wall. I have some new cool pieces in the show,” he said.

Each day, Carbonaro is motivated by his ability “to ignite joy” for people. “The world is tough. It’s tough on me too and a lot of people. I get a lot of comments from fans that tell me that my show is a real sense of joy for them and their families. That makes me feel really good and it motivates me to continue,” he explained.

Regarding his New Year’s resolutions, the award-winning magician revealed, “To push the envelope and to try new things. Also, to get rid of the idea that things need to be perfect in my work, my play and in my body.”

For young people to wish to go into magic, Carbonaro recommended they take “theater training.” “Don’t get too locked up in all the tricks and how magic works. Really get out there and do something non-magic related and really develop your personality between yourself and the audience,” he said.

Reflecting on the last five years, in a rearview mirror, he acknowledged that he sees a lot of “blood, sweat, and tears.” “Also, looking back and feeling really satisfied with the work that my team and I have been doing, and what it has brought to the world,” he said.

One of this journalist’s favorite Carbonaro tricks from The Carbonaro Effect is the “press-activated condiments.” “The idea for the press-activated condiments came from my mom from sweet Long Island, who inspired me to become a magician. She told me to hire myself out for birthday parties. She gave me the idea about a little mustard packet and whatever you press comes out. I thought it was a good idea and we put it on the show,” he said.

Regarding his views on technology, Carbonaro said, “I like to use technology as an excuse sometimes about how the tricks are done, even if it’s as crazy as a puppy being delivered inside a flat envelope. I try and say that there’s a new technology that allows that to happen. I don’t think technology has hindered magic at all. People are glued to seeing things on the screen, and just getting out there and seeing things happen live is a craved experience. I am performing in some theaters around the country when I am the first live theatrical experience for some families. It is so important, and I hope that I am igniting that spark in a lot of the kids out there.”

Carbonaro would give the following advice to his 18-year-old self: “Stick to your gut. Don’t listen to anybody else.”

In 2014, he was named “Magician of the Year” by the Academy of Magical Arts. “That was super cool. That was a dream come true,” he said.

In 2016, Carbonaro was the first recipient of the Copperfield Prize, which honors an individual for elevating the art of magic. “I was the inaugural recipient of the Copperfield Prize,” he admitted. “David Copperfield was my absolute hero in magic. He used to play Long Island all the time, and I would be at every single show at the Tilles Center. David has been so supportive of my show and my work. That was another dream come true.”

He defined the word success as “feeling happy and content in your own skin.”

For his fans, he said, “You guys are more important than you ever believe you are. I see all of the wonderful things that you write me and they keep me going.”

To learn more about magician Michael Carbonaro and his upcoming shows, check out his official website and his Facebook page.

For tickets to Carbonaro’s February 14th show at the Town Hall in New York, click here.

For tickets to his March 6th show at The Paramount in Huntington, click here.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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