Michael Carbonaro is a magician by trade, but a prankster by heart. In truTV’s comedic series, The Carbonaro Effect, Michael performs baffling tricks on unsuspecting people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Posing as an ordinary bartender or a seemingly unremarkable salesman, Michael astonishes ‘marks’ by turning a tuft of hair into a puppy or pouring 12 pints of beer from an ordinary bottle. Whether the marks are alone or with their friends, everyone is left stunned and delight
Posing as a cashier, Michael makes a shopper’s face appear on a milk carton and tries to convince her that she really is a missing person.
Posing as a Pet Store employee, Michael sells customers on the novelty of pets that can hatch out of balloons, and convinces a hotel valet that he can park a car without even sitting in the driver’s seat.