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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 delivers a shock in a shipping store when packaged wine tips over and gets the bubble wrap tipsy; Michael dons the latest kernel fashions at a popcorn shop; Michael stuns his helper when a trick jumps off the screen at a theater.
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At auditions, Michael wows directors with costume changes but cracks when he sings; things get sticky when he demos flying post-its; Michael's co-worker's jaw drops when a shape-shifting tenant returns while they clean house.
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Michael works in a spice shop and gets the icy treatment with his take on chilly flakes; at a hotel, Michael cleans a spill with his phone; at an abandoned house, Michael amazes his assistant when he climbs through a wormhole.
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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 at a pool store, Michael flies on a kickboard and shows the culinary uses of a pool noodle; at a pet store, he breeds hamsters from pellets; Michael stuns his helper as moving day heats up with a fiery statue.
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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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Michael takes viewers behind the scenes and shows them never-before-seen tricks.
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Michael revisits some of the spookiest bits to reveal fresh frights with never-before-seen reactions to tricks, including the Alien Abduction, Musical Ghosts and Mad Science Experiments Gone Wrong.
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Michael bakes bread in a deli with power tools; Michael's outfit change doesn't suit a tux store customer; at the Chicago White Sox's stadium, Michael swings for the fences with a fiery trick that stuns his helper.
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At an appliance store, a man goes bananas over Michael's self-stocking fridge; Michael speeds up the life cycle of a frog in a science lab; Michael pulls the strings at an estate sale when a haunted doll toys with his assistant.
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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 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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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 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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Michael proves chipmunks are nature's accountants; Michael stuns a museum worker by bringing a fossilized creature to life.
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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 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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Michael shows a caterer the true power of dairy products, and an antique store customer is stunned when a species of termite chews through the scenery.
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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 shares brand-new takes on his favorite tricks with never-before-seen footage.

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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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