Girl's Magic Act Brings Judges and Crowd to Their Feet
Joshua Patton 1/30/2019
Adults are usually the one amazing children with magic and card tricks, but one of the America's Got Talent champions is just a kid herself.
In 2017, Issy Simpson appeared on the British version of the show, where she almost took home the big prize. While any eight-year-old would be happy with second place on a national talent show, Issy had other plans. She traveled to America to appear on Ellen Degeneres's talk show. Then when AGT decided to bring back a bunch of finalists for a second shot, Issy was eager to go.
When Issy, now ten years old, took the stage this time, she appeared in a "moving photograph" on a giant newspaper set, like something out of the Harry Potter movies. Then an elaborate library set seemingly appeared out of nowhere.
Issy, a natural, stood on the stage drinking in the applause from the crowd and bantering with the crowd. Then, she got down to business.
First, she walked to the judges table, standing on a box so she could be face-to-face with Howie Mandel. Then she took three books out of a cardboard box she carried with her, giving on to each judge. After she teased Simon Cowell again for his choice of book, she asked Howie to move the cardboard box onto the floor.
Not only could he not get it to budge, when his colleague Mel B. walked over to help, neither could move it an inch!
She then shouted "Stop!" and raised her hand like a police officer directing traffic. (It's a bit of stylish flair she returns to again and again.) She then strides over to the box, dramatically removes a single deck of cards and holds them over her head.
Then, with a quick motion she sets the down and moves the box easily. The crowd and judges laugh, with Mel B. playfully calling her a "show off."
But's she a show-woman, because she gets right back into her trick. She asks Howie to pick a card, any card, from her deck.
First she shows off the cards, so that everyone knows it's a real deck. Then she asks Howie to pick a card from the back of the deck. He takes it and looks at it, without revealing it to the audience.
Then, she asks Howie to choose one of the three books she handed out to the judges. Since Simon's was about how to make a million dollars, Howie chose that one. Issy then asks Howie to choose a number between one and 674, or the number of pages in that book.
Howie selects page 126, and Issy asks Simon to choose a word from the page at random. He chooses the word "Excellent." Then, Issy took the stage and brought everyone to their feet with applause, not once but twice.
We won't spoil the trick, but it suffices to say that Issy reveals both the word and Howie's cards in amazing ways. Not only do you not know how she pulled it off (unless you are a magician yourself), but many people won't even see the reveals coming!
Whether she wins this round or ends up going home again, there is no question that this young magician has a long and amazing career ahead of her.
What an amazing trick and such a poised performance from such a young girl: