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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 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 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 reels in customers with a new fishing tool and shows off a literally paper-thin camera; a day of mini golf turns explosive.
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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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Exploding fruit; levitation sparklers; a discovery in hemp technology; a time capsule blows a man's mind.
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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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Michael and his fellow employees debate the authenticity of a giant lizard and find a game with a very specific target audience.
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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 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 trains his coworkers how to hold a dog who can't hold it; manhole.
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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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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