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Mike Super

Mike Super
Born October 19
Clairton, Pennsylvania, United States
Residence Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation Mentalist, Magician
Website
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Mike Super is an American Magician who was the winner of the NBC show, Phenomenon. He currently tours the US and Canada with his illusion show.

Biography

Mike Super is a National Touring Magician. He was brought into the national eye because he is the winner of the NBC 8 week TV special titled PHENOMENON. NBC searched the globe for the 10 best mentalists in the world, and then had them compete on live television. Mike Super was voted the winner by the American public, and won $250,000 along with the title of "The Phenomenon."[1] He has appeared on 3 TV specials in France, and also was chosen to make Ellen DeGeneres appear from nothing but shadows at the top of her talk show in Ellen's first ever "Magic Week."[2]

Mike was named Entertainer of the Year by Campus Activities Magazine, along with Best Male Entertainer, Best Performing Artist, and Best Novelty Entertainer of the year.[3] He has also received two Merlin awards from the International Society of Magicians, which is the equivalent to an Oscar.[4]

Mike started magic at the age of 6 on a trip to Walt Disney World which came full circle as he now currently appears periodically on Disney Cruise Lines in the Walt Disney Theater. Mike Super tours Performing Arts Centers around the United States and Canada.

Mike Super started doing magic at the age of six. He became interested in magic when he visited a magic shop in Walt Disney World. He saw an old man performing tricks and became fascinated. He idolizes Walt Disney, Harry Houdini, David Copperfield, and Doug Henning.[5][6] He has performed magic to put himself through the University of Pittsburgh, where he majored in Computer Science.[7]

He is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians. He is probably best known for his performances on NBC’s Phenomenon,in November 2007, on which he won $250,000. He has entertained millions of people during his career, including celebrities Criss Angel, Ellen DeGeneres, Kim Kardashian, Carmen Electra, Kenny Chesney, Uri Gellar, Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers, Paul Reiser, and Robin Leach.[8] He has won many awards for his talent. Mike was named 2011 Entertainer of the Year by the International Magicians Society. Campus Activities Magazine named him America's Best Entertainer of the Year. He has also won Novelty Entertainer of the Year.[9] Additional awards he has won are from the APCA (Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities) and NACA (National Association for Campus Activities): 2003 Best Performing Artist, 2003 Best Novelty Entertainer of the Year, 2003 Best Male Entertainer of the Year, 2002 Performing Arts Entertainer of the Year, and 2001 Novelty/Live Entertainer of the Year.[10]

Americas Got Talent television show

In 2014, Mike Super auditioned for Americas Got Talent Season 9. He reached the top 48, and was subsequently eliminated in the quarterfinals on August 13, 2014. But on August 21, 2014. Howie Mandel picked him as a wildcard to return and compete in the Semifinals, which aired on August 26th, 2014. Mike performed a routine in which he disappeared from a plexiglass chamber and revealed a symbol on his hands and the hands of several audience members that Howard Stern had randomly chosen out of 20 symbols before. America voted Mike through to the Top 12. He was eliminated from the finals on September 10th, and didn't make the top 6. Two of the magic tricks he performed on The Phenomenon show, were also performed on Americas Got Talent (The voodoo doll [11] and the dollar bill from a wind chamber [12]).

Phenomenon television show

In 2007, Mike took part in NBC's Phenomenon. He, along with 9 other contestants, competed over a series of 5 weeks on live network television, and he was unanimously voted by mentalist Uri Geller, illusionist Criss Angel, and the American public as the number 1 mystifier in the world.

In his first appearance (during the 2nd week of the show), Mike performed a Murder Mystery routine, where the time, place, and weapon used in the murder matched his prediction.

In the third week, he performed a demonstration using a voodoo doll. The celebrity guest felt everything that the doll felt; her hands became charred when he burned the doll's hands, and she yelped when he poked the doll.

In week 4, Mike performed an effect in which 7 numbers written down by audience members matched those of a license plate on a motorcycle, which he made appear according to the celebrity guests' specifications (color, skull on the seat).

In the final round of the competition (week 5), Mike allowed a celebrity guest to grab a dollar bill from a wind chamber, and the 8 numbers in the bill's serial number matched those of 8 playing cards previously drawn by Mike. At the end of the episode Mike was named the winner of $250,000 and the title of The Phenomenon.[13]

References

  1. ^ http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/mike-super-crowned-phenomenon-winner-claims-250000-prize-6164.php
  2. ^ http://themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=384944&forum=62
  3. ^ http://www.campusactivitiesmagazine.com/articles.php?articleID=20140416
  4. ^ http://overturecenter.com/production/mike-super-magic-illusion
  5. ^ "Magician Mike Super to appear at Community Arts Center". The Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  6. ^ Sciullo, Maria (2007-12-27). "Clairton native wins TV contest by being Super". Pittsburg Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  7. ^ "Illusionist accurately predicts headlines". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  8. ^ "Super Man Coming to YCP". York College of Pennsylvania Newsletter. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  9. ^ "Magician Mike Super to Perform Live at Roanoke College". Roanoke College Newsletter. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  10. ^ "Biography". Mike Super Official Website. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  11. ^ "Mike Super performs magic on Mel B". 
  12. ^ "Mike Super put Nick Cannon in money machine". 
  13. ^ "Mike Super crowned 'Phenomenon' winner, claims $250,000 prize". Reality TV World. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 

External links

  • Mike's Official Website
  • Mike Super's NBC Phenomenon Page
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