Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Winning Fans of Wonder Peters Magician Enthralls Nationwide Audience

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Winning Fans of Wonder Peters Magician Enthralls Nationwide Audience

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Donning a black Dracula cape from a Halloween costume, Clairton native Mike Super was 6 years old when he first began putting on magic shows in his back yard, charging a nickel per person.

The idea that his show would one day be on television seemed illusionary at the time, but it was no trick when he auditioned at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., for the ninth season of the hit NBC show "America's Got Talent." He appeared in the fifth episode of the season, which aired June 22.

This is his second time on an NBC reality show. He won "Phenomenon" in 2007.

Mr. Super, 33, wowed judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B. and Howie Mandel with his act, earning the chance to go on to the next round and compete for the $1 million grand prize.

The experience was amazing, he said, despite the pressure to impress the judges and connect with viewers during his 90-second performance.

Mr. Super, who lives in Peters with his wife, Brooke, and daughters Farrah, 4, and Fiona, 1, has since heard from fans from all over, including England and Australia.

During his act, he performed what he called "every guy's magic trick," which was to call Ms. Klum on stage to assist him. He said she was surprisingly cautious and appeared to be scared before she even knew what they were going to do.

"That's what I love about magic," he said. "No matter who you are, everybody comes back to that core human childlike wonder, which I just love."

Ms. Klum held a glass pitcher enclosed in a transparent, three- dimensional rectangle, which exploded shortly after Mr. Super summoned his invisible assistant, Desmond, to assist him with the trick.

He's been asked whether Desmond is an angel or demon, but Mr. Super, who said he is a Christian and spiritual by nature, described him as a spirit energy that has never caused any harm.

"I quit very early trying to tell anybody what to believe," he said. "I let everybody make their mind up on their own."

Desmond made his debut when Mr. Super was a child and the words "I am Desmond" appeared on a chalkboard. …

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