The BEST Episodes of The Carbonaro Effect

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 7, 2020

Network: truTV

Michael Carbonaro is a magician by trade, but a prankster by heart. In THE CARBONARO EFFECT, Michael performs baffling tricks on unsuspecting people in everyday situations, all caught on hidden camera. Everyone is left stunned and delighted, even though they have no idea what just hit them.

Simon Soft

#1 - Simon Soft

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 14, 2018

Michael turns iced tea into a tea candle and later, at a pet store, he reveals that caterpillars have wicks. Plus, at a warehouse, Michael stumps his assistant when he proves that big tricks come in shrink-wrapped packages.

star 8.40
42 votes
Moving Dragon

#2 - Moving Dragon

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 14, 2019

While working at a pool store, Michael flies on a kickboard and shows the culinary pros of a pool noodle. Plus at a pet store, he breeds hamsters from pellets. Then, Michael stuns his helper when moving day heats up with a fiery statue.

star 8.39
18 votes
Vanishing Daycare

#3 - Vanishing Daycare

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 26, 2019

At a thrift store, Michael transforms a t-shirt that's suitable for all four seasons and at a daycare, his aid thinks she loses more than her mind. Plus, in a museum, Michael's helper runs scared when a sculpture starts to slither away.

star 8.38
8 votes
Cat Lady

#4 - Cat Lady

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 7, 2019

In the premiere episode, Michael wows directors with costume changes but cracks when he sings. Plus, things get sticky when he demos flying post-its. Then, Michael’s co-worker’s jaw drops when a shapeshifting tenant returns while they clean house.

star 8.23
22 votes
Take the Mirror

#5 - Take the Mirror

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 16, 2015

Michael's candy shop customers witness a live scorpion get freed from a lollipop and later Michael's cocktail invention has one man drunk with envy! In the big finish, a cursed mirror turns simple reflections into reality.

star 8.19
104 votes
The Albino Corn Snake Viper Patrol

#6 - The Albino Corn Snake Viper Patrol

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 19, 2015

Working at a tattoo parlor, Michael gets some killer ink in a flash. Then it's SNAKES ON A SEDAN when a serpent ambushes a routine car checkup. Down on the docks, one unlucky guy learns a lesson in shrinkage.

star 8.18
121 votes
Just a Milker

#7 - Just a Milker

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Dec 4, 2014

Michael fishes for trouble in a toy store with pop-up books that contain live animals and, at a health food store, he makes a woman's day by showing her how to milk almonds. Later, a mummy causes an employee to question ancient curses.

star 8.18
57 votes

#8 - Fishguise

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 28, 2015

At a local copy shop, Michael introduces a print by hand technique and at a bait and tackle shop, he unveils the latest fish fashion trends. At an office, Michael pulls a switcheroo and the new temp has no idea who's the boss.

star 8.16
74 votes
Fight or Flight

#9 - Fight or Flight

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 17, 2019

While working at a cheese store, Michael milks the reaction of a woman stunned by breeding brie. Then Michael nails down the perfect app in a salon and unpacks a trick in an airport that ruffles his assistant's feathers.

star 8.14
14 votes
You've Been Marked

#10 - You've Been Marked

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 7, 2018

Michael shows off a seashell from the seashore, that still has the seashore in it, and reveals desserts that break the mold. Plus, at a farm, Michael startles his assistant with a trick that's "out-of-this-world."

star 8.14
44 votes
Sorcery or Science

#11 - Sorcery or Science

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 10, 2019

Michael sweetens a woman's day at a candy store when a chocolate bunny eats here ring. Then, at the Chicago White Sox stadium, he inflates pretzels at a snack stand. Plus, one of Michael's tricks gets flushed down the tubes.

star 8.10
29 votes
Top Priority of NASA

#12 - Top Priority of NASA

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 18, 2016

Michael's tricks include a soup fit for space, odd ear wax removal and a mystic massage. Later, a mover travels through time.

star 8.10
81 votes

#13 - Whippit

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 28, 2018

In an ice cream shop, Michael whips up a mind-boggling app; at a party store, he spills the tea on a self-brewing decoration; and at a farm, Michael's helper looks like he saw a ghost after a run-in with a spirited scarecrow.

star 8.10
31 votes
Total Face Rejuvenation

#14 - Total Face Rejuvenation

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired May 17, 2018

Michael shocks a receptionist with a medical procedure that leaves both their jaws on the floor, and then at a party store, Michael reveals a regenerating piece of gum. Plus, an electrifying trick rewrites history.

star 8.09
53 votes
A Faux Pas to Wear

#15 - A Faux Pas to Wear

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Nov 27, 2014

Michael stuns shoppers at a thrift mart with a remarkably advanced antique that self-tailors clothes and a chalkboard that solves mathematical equations. And at a hardware store, a DIYer is left questioning the intelligence of beetles that follow blueprints and unscrew nuts and bolts. Plus, one woman is shocked and bewildered when Michael disappears and reappears before her very eyes.

star 8.09
65 votes
This is Not an Orange

#16 - This is Not an Orange

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 6, 2014

Surprising shoppers with items featuring hidden compartments; a raft in a pill; a new way to levitate.

star 8.09
82 votes
In Case What?!

#17 - In Case What?!

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Nov 20, 2014

Michael stumps a delivery man by pulling live crabs out of a Chinese food order and leaves a mother and daughter in disbelief by using a spinning bowl to extract peanuts from candy. Plus, he puts one man in a serious ethical dilemma.

star 8.08
71 votes
The Snowball

#18 - The Snowball

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired May 31, 2018

Michael demonstrates the latest in winter gear: a hat that also makes hot cocoa; Michael's co-worker at an abandoned garage is stunned when a ghostly violin strikes a chord all by itself.

star 8.08
48 votes
Just During the Previews

#19 - Just During the Previews

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Nov 13, 2014

Michael tests gravity when he floats the idea of astronaut snacks; his darkness-triggering popcorn is too newfangled for one movie goer; and he astonishes an antique store employee with glass figurines that feel emotion and repair themselves!

star 8.08
64 votes
Relax the Back

#20 - Relax the Back

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired May 24, 2018

At a library, Michael shocks people with every trick in the book, including a voice controlled page turner and outfit changes that almost get him recognized! And later, Michael amazes a trainee with a weightless mattress!

star 8.08
53 votes
Drone Care

#21 - Drone Care

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 25, 2016

While working as a florist, Michael nukes petal popping flowers, sheds light on frog mutation, and turns an ant farm into a work of art.

star 8.07
72 votes
Lipstick and the Flying Nun

#22 - Lipstick and the Flying Nun

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 21, 2019

While working at an antique shop, Michael unpacks an item with a message from beyond and a problem-solving toy puzzles his co-worker. Plus, Michael works a fundraiser where a painting raises not just money but the body of a nun.

star 8.07
15 votes
Amvox 73

#23 - Amvox 73

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 26, 2015

Michael unearths a mutant turtle from a mystical Peruvian clay. A woman is blown away when 2 adorable bunnies become 8 and to top it off, a hapless carpenter becomes an accidental time traveler when a potent new glue has him coming undone.

star 8.06
100 votes
Maybe it's the Echinacea?

#24 - Maybe it's the Echinacea?

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 10, 2014

Michael sells customers on the novelty of pets that can hatch out of balloons, and convinces a hotel valet that he can park a car without even sitting in the driver's seat.

star 8.06
123 votes
Serious Déjà Vu

#25 - Serious Déjà Vu

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 17, 2014

Posing as a bartender, Michael refutes distillation while turning water into liquor. Then, Michael blows the minds of customers in a coffee shop, and gives a man déjà vu.

star 8.05
110 votes