Canada’s got talent finalist wows the judges at the fake-off semi-finals
By: ChloéBellande – mtltimes.ca
photos are a courtesy of VOCAB Communications
It all started with a YouTube videoin which “Spidey”, a Montreal born mentalist and hypnotist, confronts a police officer who pulled him over for speeding and running a stop sign. Not only he got away with it using his mentalist superpowers to “erase his infraction” from the cop’s memory, but his video immediately went viral with 1.65 million hits, with fans from 210 countries!
“There are countless psychological studies that conclusively prove that memory and behaviour are very easy to manipulate given certain criteria. (seeMilgram, Solomon Asch, Memory implantation etc. ) Absolutely none of what I do has to do with a “gift.” Whether it is Hypnosis, magic, mentalism or Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP), all these skills can be learned and performed by absolutely anyone”, shared Spidey.
Well Spidey…we might actually “try this at home”!
In case you’re wondering where he got his nickname from, as a teen, he worked at a day camp councillor in Town of Mount-Royal, and Spidey was his camp name…it just stuck.
Today, not only he’s a Canada’s Got Talent Finalist, but he’s also the star of Guzzo Magic Series, primarily broadcasted through cinemas in Montreal and Quebec and surrounding areas, with over six million views per year.He was also a top act at the largest comedy festival in the world with 1.5 million votes cast – Just For Laughs!
Spidey, and his team The Surrealists, wowed the judges in the semi-finals of Season 2 of Fake Off, with an electricity-themed performance. Team members Joel Meyers (St. Louis), Joseph Reohm (Los Angeles), and Spidey (Montreal), left Judge Casper Smart in shock with their unexpected magic trick and earned them the only perfect score of the season.
“That was the biggest fake off we’ll maybe ever see in the entire show!” says judge Casper Smart.
The semi-finals aired on Action Network in Canada on July 15th, 2015, and the season finale was on July 22nd, 2015. While the judges were enchanted by The Surrealists’ spellbinding wizard movie fake, the Season 2 grand prize went to Academy of Villains, with their “Scary Movie Makeover” dance illusionist number. Jaw-dropping…if you ask me!
And what about Spidey?
“The semi finals of Fake Off changed my life. In 10 years of performance I have never seen an audience react to anything that way. They don’t show it on television but it took 20 minutes to get the audience to calm down and the judges were too shocked to speak for a while. We used psychological misdirection to deeply fool every person in that room and it got to them on an emotional level. I broke down on stage (as they so clearly showed on the show) because that was the epitome of what I have been trying to accomplish since the day I picked up a deck of cards. I look at magic differently, I want that reaction again… a lot!”
Spideycontinuously entertains across Canada and the United States to destinations like New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. He has also wowed audiences internationally from all over the Caribbean to Europe. But when it comes to his “home sweet home”, there is only one city to which he gives that title.
“Montreal is my home, with travel being as easy as it is today I don’t see why I would change that, I am a proud Canadian and I don’t see any reason to change that”, shared Spidey, in his parting thoughts.
You can follow him on the web and social medias and catch a glimpse of his magic and mesmerizing numbers here: