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Michael Carbonaro is a multifaceted entertainer. He's an actor who has had recurring roles in various TV series, and he has also performed in his own comedy and magic show at clubs in New York and Los Angeles. He puts all of those talents to use -- and throws in a unique improvisation skill -- in "The Carbonaro Effect," an unscripted series in which he deceives, amazes and amuses an unsuspecting public. In each half-hour episode, Carbonaro performs baffling tricks on people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Whether the marks are alone or with friends, everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what they just experienced.

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Michael unpacks an item at an antique shop with a message from beyond; Michael works a fundraiser where a painting raises not just money but the body of a nun.
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At a campsite, Michael turns rain into wine and has an app that gives new meaning to the call of nature; Michael gets thorny at a plant shop; while in a museum, Michael drums up ancient history that grasps for the present.
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Michael shows off a seashell from the seashore that still has the seashore in it, and reveals desserts that break the mold; while on a farm, Michael startles his assistant with an out-of-this-world trick.
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Michael demonstrates the latest in winter gear: a hat that also makes hot cocoa; Michael's co-worker at an abandoned garage is stunned when a ghostly violin strikes a chord all by itself.
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Michael shocks a receptionist with a medical procedure and later reveals a regenerating piece of gum; an electrifying trick rewrites history.
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While working at a book store, Michael feeds some bookworms; Michael serves food and gives new meaning to the term "grass-fed beef"; at a food testing center, Michael spooks his assistant when an experiment takes a new shape.
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While working in a cheese store, Michael milks the reaction of a woman stunned by breeding brie; Michael nails down the perfect app in a salon and unpacks a trick in an airport that ruffles his assistant's feathers.
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Michael feeds a cannibalistic plant at a garden center; he sells a necktie that literally suits itself; at a hockey rink, Michael's assistant is speechless with a trick so electric it melts the ice.
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Michael gives a confused woman the license to speed at the Department of Motor Vehicles; he unclogs a toaster at the return counter; he blows the mind of a beach attendant with a scaly encounter from under the sea.
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Michael turns iced tea into a tea candle and later, at a pet store, he reveals that caterpillars have wicks; Michael stumps a warehouse assistant when he proves that big tricks come in shrink-wrapped packages.
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Michael tries new foods; heads to a vinyl shop for a record-breaking illusion; he also attempts to convince his co-worker to explore a new plant.
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Exploding fruit; levitation sparklers; a discovery in hemp technology; a time capsule blows a man's mind.
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A magician/prankster performs baffling tricks on unsuspecting people in everyday situations.
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A magician/prankster performs baffling tricks on unsuspecting people in everyday situations.
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Reanimating a chameleon fish; rebooting lengthy corks; remaking the airport bird man; more with all-new reactions.
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Michael reboots a living skeleton, an instant pet trap, a flipping mermaid, and more.
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Michael sweetens a woman's day, causing a chocolate bunny to eat her ring; he inflates pretzels at a baseball stadium snack stand; one of Michael's tricks gets flushed down the tubes.
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Michael schools a man on fish fossil breeding at a rock store; he colors with his tongue at a paint store; on a construction site, Michael and his helper dig up a skeleton that still has some life in it.
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Michael explores the true depth of a deep-dish pizza; he plays doctor to a patient who questions his vision and sanity; as a locksmith, Michael stuns his assistant with a surprise on the other side of the door.
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During a cooking class, Michael gets crabby when chopping salad and cooks a meatball with his breath; Michael chills his assistant to her bones when a cryotherapy experiment freezes.
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Michael reveals an exciting new way to fix a tablet, makes an impossible-to-swallow drink and turns a dog into the world's smartest animal.

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Michael Carbonaro is a multifaceted entertainer. He's an actor who has had recurring roles in various TV series, and he has also performed in his own comedy and magic show at clubs in New York and Los Angeles. He puts all of those talents to use -- and throws in a unique improvisation skill -- in "The Carbonaro Effect," an unscripted series in which he deceives, amazes and amuses an unsuspecting public. "Inside Carbonaro" offers classic episodes of the series, on which Michael performs baffling tricks on people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. He also gives viewers exclusive insight into his best tricks and mind-blowing moments. Whether the marks are alone or with friends, everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what they just experienced.
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