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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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In a local Chicago diner, Michael brings new meaning to the term "hold the pickles"; discovering an aggressive new breed of fungus at Humboldt Park.
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Michael proves one is what one drinks; derailing a commuter's sense of reality.
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Michael silences a traveling squeak while remodeling a home; a hospital becomes the scene of a mind-bending game of cops and robbers.
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Michael proves chipmunks are nature's accountants; Michael stuns a museum worker by bringing a fossilized creature to life.
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Michael serves up a drink that can eat away anything; Michael astounds a customer with a new sneaker lacing technology.
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While working at a frame store, Michael becomes a piece of art; a woman goes haywire when Michael literally loses his head.
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While working as a florist, Michael nukes petal popping flowers, sheds light on frog mutation, and turns an ant farm into a work of art.
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Losing a credit card in a series of absorbing containers; sloppy handwriting reveals calligraphy; catering assistant gets spooked when chinaware sets itself.
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While posing as a security guard, Michael turns a metal detector into a microwave; a mover is dumbfounded when a woman rises from the ashes.
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Michael unveils the mystery behind bowling balls, and does the world's longest spit take; Shaquille O'Neal helps with a plan to blow one super-fan's mind.
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Michael visits a library and shocks people with every trick in the book, including a voice-controlled page turner and outfit changes that almost get him recognized; Michael amazes a trainee with a weightless mattress.
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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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Michael turns leftovers into beauty products at a soap shop; a hip-hop fan at a record store learns how to jump around; Michael's coworker at a children's store learns about the dangers of babysitting.
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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 shows some unsuspecting shoppers how to manipulate solid objects, and he reveals the truth about automatic vacuums; one employee's shift at a camping store becomes very colorful and confusing.
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Michael hashes out new ideas at a hemp store, inspects spooky churches and teams up with actor Jack Black.
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In this special crossover event, the Impractical Jokers help Michael stun coffee bar customers - but soon discover the joke is on them; Michael's woodland creatures display fantastic hidden abilities.
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Michael serenades a clam while posing as a cook; a spirited trick leaves one man questioning the afterlife.
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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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In an ice cream shop, Michael whips up a mind-boggling app; at a party store, he spills the tea on a self-brewing decoration; at a farm, Michael's helper looks like he saw a ghost after a run-in with a spirited scarecrow.
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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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