Michael Carbonaro realized his passion for entertaining while starting out as a special effects makeup artist. When he would go out to the special effects stores, he became curious about the magic tricks there, and soon realized magic and special effects are very similar. 

“I found that magic was a really fun way to perform special effects live,” Carbonaro said.

Carbonaro will be performing his show "Carbonaro Live!" at Ball State on Sept. 16 in John R. Emens Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

What: "Carbonaro Live!"

When: Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Emens Auditorium 

Ticket information: 

General ticket price: $34

VIP tickets: $125

Tickets can be bought through the Emens box office or on Ticketmaster.

Every live show is different for Carbonaro. His funniest memory from a show was when he asked for audience participation.

“One time at a show, I asked somebody if I could borrow a one hundred dollar bill,” Carbonaro said. “Somebody in the balcony threw his or her wallet. They just threw it and money fluttered all over the place. Everybody thought it was part of the show. And it wasn’t.”

The magician now stars in TruTV's "The Carbonaro Effect," where he showcases his talent on television. 

Sophomore telecommunications major Zach Pierce is a fan of Carbonaro and has enjoyed watching his show.

“It is interesting to watch how people react to the magic done in front of them,” Pierce said. “The show also makes people really question and ponder on how he performs these tricks.”

On the television show, Carbonaro performs tricks on unsuspecting people. The show catches the scene on hidden cameras. There have been some funny moments for Carbonaro on the show. 

One time, Carbonaro and a customer noticed an avocado moving by itself in a bowl. He cut it open and there was a baby snake inside the avocado pit. The customer freaked out.

“[The customer] jumped up from the table so fast, ran and hid,” Carbonaro said. “We have our cameras hiding behind screens. She found the cameraman, dug through a hole in the wall and was holding on to the cameraman for dear life. That one didn’t work out, but it was so funny.”

Carbonaro enjoys how families can come and laugh together while watching the show. Fans tell him all the time how they enjoy seeing him live after watching his television show.

As a magician, Carbonaro enjoys the reaction he receives when he finishes a trick. 

Sophomore computer science major Clayton Faar has been learning magic card tricks and performs them in front of other students.

Faar enjoys observing and learning from other magicians to be able to improve his own magic tricks.

“I enjoy watching other magicians perform, because it gives me a chance to learn new techniques by observing,” Faar said. “It gives me enjoyment and a challenge to figure out how their tricks work.”

At the show on Sept. 16, audiences can expect to be amazed and surprised by all the tricks Carbonaro has up his sleeve.

“One of my most favorite things to do is the final act,” Carbonaro said. “It’s not even a magic trick. It’s this bizarre transformative piece where I actually turn into different creatures and monsters right before the audience’s eyes.”