Magician Sos Petrosyan had the “America’s Got Talent” judges adjusting their earpieces when he proclaimed that he does “kind of magic” during his Tuesday night audition. Simon Cowell grumbled in response, “It’s either magic or it’s not magic.” The 22-year-old then revealed that talent runs in the family as his parents, Sos and Victoria, previously auditioned for “AGT” during Season 11 with their quick-change act. Did Sos’s magic act live up to his parents’ success? Watch the “AGT” performance video above.
“For me, my idol has always been my parents,” Sos announced before he walked out onto the stage. “It’s time for me to step out of my parents’ shadow. I really hope to go even further than they did. I know that my whole life can depend on this moment and I really hope that I will make Mom and Dad proud.” As a refresher, Sos and Victoria ended up being eliminated in the live Quarterfinals back in 2016.
As Linkin Park‘s “Bleed It Out” played in the background, Sos repeatedly made white cards appear and disappear at will. He then made a deck of normal playing cards turn into “little baby” cards, as Julianne Hough called them, by squishing them between the palms of his hands. Sos’s magic was fast-paced and non-stop, with one trick after another after another.
All four judges — Howie Mandel, Gabrielle Union, Julianne and Simon — gave Sos a standing ovation. “It was like nothing we’ve seen yet this season,” declared Gabrielle. Howie said that Sos is the “unique” sort of act they’re looking for. Julianne referred to the card tricks as a “full-blown spectacle.” And Simon corrected Sos’s earlier statement about doing “kind of magic,” saying that he “is magic.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “Next up was Sos Petrosyan with what he called ‘kind of magic.’ As it turns out, he is the son of season 11 alums Sos and Victoria, quick change artists. For his performance used a blank deck of cards, a normal deck, a mini deck, a red deck and a large deck interchangeably using illusion work to make the cards change, disappear and reappear from his hands. The judges found his audition to be a ‘full-blown spectacle,’ impressed by his overall presentation. They each gave him a YES and so he’s on his way to repeating the success of his parents who made it all the way to the live shows.”