“I want to show America that even the smallest things contain the world of magic, because I really believe that there’s magic everywhere,” proclaimed Eric Chien just before his live appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” The American magician, born in Taiwan, asked judge Julianne Hough to help him out with his trick during Tuesday’s Quarterfinals 3 episode, in which he repeatedly transformed M&M’s into Rubik’s Cubes. Do you think Eric will advance to the Semifinals, or were you “bored” like Simon Cowell was? Watch the “AGT” performance video above, read the judges’ comments below and then make your predictions before Wednesday’s results show.
Howie Mandel: “That was crazy. And it’s amazing — your magic melts in your hands, not in your mouth. That was truly unique. You rose to the occasion. I think you even upped it from your last one. You know, Dom, the other magician, had a great, spectacular, big show. This was very small but close-up. You’re each in your own lane. I think there’s room for two of you. There’s only room for seven going on. America’s gotta vote. You deserve it, young man.”
Gabrielle Union: “I mean, from the words of your competition, you are literally one of the best magicians in the world and you did not disappoint, Eric Chien, on this stage. You raised the level of this entire competition and you put everybody on notice. Again.”
Simon Cowell: “Well, you know what? Going into tonight if I had to put my money on comparing magician to magician who was gonna be the best, Eric or Dom, I would have said Eric. But on the night, I think Dom actually was better than you were on the night, I generally do. Because this to me — I’m getting a little bit bored of the close-up magic. And as much as I think you have an amazing technical talent, that didn’t wow me I’m afraid, sorry.”
Julianne Hough: “Did I look bored? I was gasping because I was right there and it was — I mean, I was eating the chocolate. Like, there’s no way. I don’t know how you did that. That was unbelievable. You said to me right before you started, ‘I’m a little nervous.’ You have nothing to be nervous about.”
In his “AGT” live blog, our recapper John Benutty had this to say about the performance: “We jumped right in to Eric Chien‘s audition next, a close up magic show using Julianne as an on stage assistant. In tonight’s act he turns candy into Rubik’s Cubes and then quickly changed them from scrambled to solved with just a few shakes of a jar or his hand. There was a couple small flubs in his routine, but overall he managed to pull it together long enough to impress Howie, but Simon considered it a bit boring and certainly not as good as Dom’s earlier magic show.”
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