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Jon Dorenbos Returns for ‘America’s Got Talent: The Champions’ After Near-Death Experience in New Sneak-Peek

Julia Delbel

Julia Delbel

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Jon Dorenbos is coming back to our TV screens for America’s Got Talent: The Champions, but you can watch a sneak peek of his act right now!


A lot has changed for Jon since his time on AGT Season 11. After placing third in the competition (during which he received the Golden Buzzer from guest judge Ne-Yo) he returned for another season of football with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was traded the following season, but then got some life-threatening news that changed the course of his career forever, which he describes in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brfCtXwzX7g

Jon has showcased a lot of card magic in his past appearances on AGT, so it’s nice to see him switch things up a bit for Champions. While the trick is similar to ones we’ve seen from other magicians in the past, Jon’s charisma and personality are very different from any other Got Talent magician, and that, above all else, what has always made him stand out as a contestant. Of course, it also leads to lots of fun banter between he and the judges.


Jon is certainly not the traditional “showman”. He usually dresses casually for his performances, and acts more like a motivational speaker than a magician. It’s quite fitting, though, because he sometimes likes to incorporate messages into his routines, like the one he did back in the Season 11 finals which consisted of card magic choreographed to a poignant speech he delivered while performing.

While he didn’t include anything like that here on Champions, the message of living your life to the fullest is present now more than ever after his near-death experience. On America’s Got Talent Season 11, Jon was a football player taking up magic on the side. Now over two years later on Champions, magic has

You can catch Jon and the other nine acts vying for a spot in the finals when America’s Got Talent: The Champions returns for its third episode tomorrow night at 8/7 c on NBC.


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Julia Delbel
Julia is a writer at Talent Recap and hails from the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies. When not sharing her latest reality TV hot takes she's likely enjoying a game night with friends, collecting enamel pins, or spending time with her cat, Zoey.

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