How Did ‘AGT’ Star Mat Franco Pull Off This Amazing Snowman Trick?

We’ve seen a lot of magic tricks on AGT and BGT over the years, and many of them have us scratching our heads. But there’s an explanation for everything, and sometimes it’s a lot simpler than you might expect.

Take, for example, magician Mat Franco. He won America’s Got Talent in Season 9, and returned for the show’s holiday special in 2016. The judges helped him create a snowman, with a magical twist.

Mat Franco Builds A Snowman On ‘AGT’

Mat presented the judges with a notebook containing various drawings of snowmen, cut into three sections. He had each judge choose a section of the snowman, which would seemingly create a brand new snowman that no one could have guessed.

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However, Mat shocked the audience when he revealed that he had already built a three-dimensional snowman that looked exactly like the picture the judges had chosen. The audience also had their own copies of the snowman drawing in Christmas cards under their seats.

“I knew long in advance that this is the snowman that you would build,” Mat told the judges. And once you see the explanation for the trick, you’ll know that he wasn’t lying.

How Did Mat Franco Pull Off This Trick?

As the YouTube channel Brain Time explains in the above video, Mat was able to predict which snowman the judges would create because he made sure they chose that specific drawing.

It all comes down to the notebook he was using, which likely had both long and short pages. As Mat flipped through the notebook, Mat held down the longer pages, so the judges could only choose the shorter ones.

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What makes the trick work is that all of the short pages depict the same snowman drawing, so no matter which one they choose, it will turn out the same. Another AGT contestant, teen magician Henry Richardson, may have used the same trick in 2017.

The trick seems pretty simple once we know the explanation, doesn’t it? Still, Mat’s stage presence and personality make it seem a lot more magical than it really was. That’s why he was the first magician to ever win AGT.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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