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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 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 shows off an impossible way to organize your clothes; there are some surprises lurking in our favorite foods at the super market; Michael pushes his skills by tricking two people at the same time.
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Discovering a ferocious new breed of animal at a park; invading a local tea shop; Michael transforms himself at an abandoned art studio.
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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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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 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 reveals a coffee-making app, gets textually active with the world's thinnest disposable phone, and debuts a new beauty invention that turns ugly.
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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 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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Michael pushes a single-serve soup machine fit for space travel and amazes patrons with an ear wax removal kit that takes DIY candles to a shocking level; Michael stuns a massage therapist when a healing stone gets stuck in a client.
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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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Michael refreshes stale nachos, finds the truth behind a counterfeit bill and unveils cellular soda machine technology.
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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 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 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 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 trains his coworkers how to hold a dog who can't hold it; manhole.

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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.
This hidden-camera series follows four lifelong friends -- Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano -- who take dares to an outrageous level. Since they were young, the quartet have challenged one another to do ridiculous dares in public. On the show, to find out who is best under pressure, the guys compete in awkward and outrageous hidden-camera hijinks. At the end of each episode, the loser must perform what is deemed to be the most-mortifying challenge yet.
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"truTV Top Funniest" is a countdown show of outrageous videos filmed in the U.S. Viral clips, home movies, pranks, surveillance videos, event footage and news bloopers are all part of the side-splitting action. Each episode features a different theme, like "Funny Fails" and "Ridiculous Moments."
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Illusionists Penn & Teller sit in the audience and watch as aspiring magicians try to impress them with a trick that the famous illusionists are unable to duplicate. If a magician successfully hoodwinks the legendary duo with a trick, be it a sleight-of-hand routine or a grand illusion, that person wins a trip to Las Vegas to perform as an opening act in Penn & Teller's show at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer"; "How I Met Your Mother") hosts the series.
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