On Tuesday’s episode of “America’s Got Talent,” Tom London made magic out of math and won over the four judges as well as the audience. Waiting backstage, he readily revealed the secret to his success. He had become obsessed with magic as a little boy and then with computers as a young man. He combined these two loves to create something that, as he teased, “has never been seen in the world — I am going to do the impossible.”
And, indeed, he did. After asking the crowd to hold up their cell phones and making them blink either blue or red, he asked head judge Simon Cowell to pick out three people with red lights. London then asked them to join him on stage. He asked each in turn a question about one of the judges, which yielded a numerical answer.
For the first, it was how many chart-topping artists were signed to Cowell’s label SyCo; the second had to answer how many millions of albums had been sold by Mel B and the rest of the Spice Girls; and the third was to say what year Heidi Klum had begun to model.
“AGT” host Tyra Banks entered all of these digits into a calculator and announced the total. Then London revealed that he had predicted this number earlier in the evening. And he explained, these digits had another connection to the judging panel. Watch his performance above to find out what that was and why the judges gave him a standing ovation.
Mel B readily admitted, “I am so amazed; it was just mind-blowing.” Howie Mandel concurred, ““You’re amazing. I love seeing things I’ve never seen before.” Klum was equally effusive, “I really love what you just did.” And Cowell concluded, “You’ve taken something that’s perceived as old-fashion into something that’s really current and ahead of it’s time.”
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