Tony and Jordan – Screen Trick Revealed
America's Got Talent
Tony and Jordan performed this amazing magic illusion on their audition for the TV show America's Got Talent. They amazed the audience and the judges with their unique digital magic, which combines magic and technology, producing a unique and entertaining performance.
Tony and Jordan proceed to interact with the screen. They draw a beautiful young lady on the screen, undress her, dress her again, change her weather, protect her from the rain, and all sorts of cool interactive stuff. At the end, they make her exit the screen and appear as a real, 3D person. And as if that wasn't enough, they then 'clone' the girl too!
Watch this amazing illusion, then read the explanation below to find out how it's done.
How did Tony and Jordan do this amazing trick?
A lot of stuff happens in a very short time, so we will try to just reveal the general principles, with special focus given only to a few key details.
Let's look at a few specific examples:
After the girl appears on the screen, Tony and Jordan shoot red ropes at her. The red ropes fly to the screen and become a red dress on the girl. How is this done?
Well, they don't really 'shoot' the ropes anywhere. The real ropes actually disappear into their sleeves as soon as they let go of them with one hand. The ropes are pulled into the sleeve by some mechanism inside the sleeve. At the exact same moment, two ropes appear on the screen, fly towards the girl and transform into a dress. Basically everything happens on the screen. All Tony and Jordan have to do is release the ropes at the correct moment to create the visual illusion that they are 'shooting' the ropes onto the screen.
At one point, Jordan takes a baloon, and hands it to the girl on the screen. What actually happens is that a baloon appears on the screen, and at the same moment Jordan pops the baloon in his hand, making it 'disappear'. If you look at the video closely, you can actually see the baloon in his hand exploding, and the pieces falling to the floor.
How do the girls appear on the stage?
The girls were hiding behind the small cupboard to the right of the screen. Note how Jordan conceals the view with the blanket, enabling the girls to crawl from the cupboard towards the middle of the stage: