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Reality Check: 'Mystifier' from Peters stages amazing tricks to stay alive

August 30, 2014

By Maria Sciullo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



Aug. 30--Mike Super pulled off something really amazing when he went from eliminated contestant to finalist on "America's Got Talent."

The "mystifier" from Peters left the NBC talent show on Aug. 20 but was saved by judge Howie Mandel's wildcard pick.

"I was destroyed inside, [but] I'm like a cat that is living on its ninth life," said Mr. Super shortly before his live performance Tuesday.

Unlike his previous appearances, which were limited to a small space on the Radio City Music Hall stage, Mr. Super went big. First he escaped from a Plexiglass box suspended from above. Seconds later, he asked judge Howard Stern to pick a card, any card, each bearing geometric shapes.

Black lights came on in the massive hall, where not only he, but also the judges and audience members turned out to have Mr. Stern's triangle symbol outlined on the palms of their hands.

"I'm glad you came back," said judge Mel B. "Absolutely dazzling."

Mr. Mandel was clearly pleased with himself: "First of all, I have to say that America knows what they're doing, You, sir, are an amazing talent.

"And this goes to show ... I am an amazing judge."

Another round of semifinals will be held next week, with the final tentatively scheduled for Sept. 9-10.

Elsewhere on reality TV ...

--Syfy's "Face Off" has a first: Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page will be competing against each other for charity on Tuesday's episode. Each has a pair of former "Face Off" designers to help create a dark and light version of chess pieces.

--"Twinnies!" The often-bickering Anderson sisters of "The Amazing Race" fame are part of season 29 on CBS's "Survivor." Nadiya and Natalie, 28, will have their loyalties tested as teams of two compete with and against each other for a $1 million prize. Also among the 18 castaways in San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua, is former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker.

"Survivor" opens with a 90-minute premiere Sept. 24.

--In the wake of aggravated rape charges against its star, Discovery cancelled "Sons of Guns" earlier this week. Will Hayden, founder and owner of Red Jacket Firearms in Baton Rouge, La., was arrested and charged Tuesday with crimes against a 12-year-old girl.

Discovery announced the show's cancellation a day later -- it had finished its fifth season in May -- and an announcement on the Red Jacket Firearms website announced the company "has initiated and received full legal separation as an entity from William M. Hayden."

--Want to be a "The Price Is Right" male model? Then come on down!

The venerable CBS game show will accept online submission videos beginning Saturday at www.priceisright.com. In addition, open casting calls will be in Boston that day, plus Dallas (Sept. 7), Philadelphia (Sept. 8) and Los Angeles (Sept. 30).

The auditions -- and viewer voting -- will be turned into a six-part Web series to pick one talented male model to help host Drew Carey during a week of shows in December.

Maria Sciullo: msciullo@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.

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