Hamster Wheel, a group of three guys from Minnesota, spent a whopping 300 hours creating a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their “America’s Got Talent” audition. During the Tuesday, July 10 episode of “AGT” they told judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel that anything and everything could go wrong with their contraption. “We were worried about the breeze walking in here,” they said before starting it up by having Simon call host Tyra Banks‘ cell phone. Did Hamster Wheel’s machine go off without a hitch? Watch the “Americas Got Talent” audition above and read the judges’ comments below.
Simon: “You did it! Well done. You know what? I was really on the edge of my seat thinking, ‘I really hope this works.’ I like things like this. And I like your friendship as well. So I’m gonna kick this off with a yes.”
Howie: “I loved that you gave yourself the Golden Buzzer. You don’t need us. You could have stayed home and done this all by yourself. I love these Rube Goldberg devices. I feel like I’m at some sort of science convention and you guys are winning. I give you a yes, I liked it.”
Heidi: “I found it very boring. For me it’s a no. I’m sorry, guys.”
Mel: “I have to respect the amount of hours you put into making this work. I have to respect that. So that’s where I’m kind of on the fence. [Audience cheers her on.] Okay, okay, okay. Yes, yes, yes!”
In his “AGT” recap, our live-blogger John Benutty wrote, “For tonight’s first act of the final night of auditions, the three guys of Hamster Wheel not only implemented, but actually built a chain reaction machine, much like the board game Mouse Trap. The machine which they said took 300 hours to build was triggered by Simon calling Tyra’s phone, already placed on the machine, which vibrated and fell into a bag that set loose golf balls that from there triggered pool balls, a swinging microphone, a tipping wine glass, rising balloons and rolling blocks. By the end, the machine hit all of its points and impressed all of the judges except Heidi who called it ‘very boring.’ At first Mel was on the fence, but with some encouragement from the audience she was triggered to join Simon and Howie to give them their third YES.”