America’s Got Talent: Korean Sand Magician Young Min Mesmerizes

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Pictured: Young-Min — (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC)

America’s Got Talent Auditions 5 Preview: Korean sand magician Young Min mesmerized the judges (except Simon!)

America’s Got Talent loves bringing in novel talent. And this season features Korean magician Young Min, who works with sand. In this preview from Auditions 5 (July 2), watch him display his unusual talents.

With sand spread all around him on the floor, the magician creates objects seemingly out of nothing and literally turns into sand again. He plucks sand out of the air which appears to fall into the ether. He creates a magical metal ring that spouts sand. It all ends with an ethereal sand storm.

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Sofia Vergara called the act “mesmerizing” as well as “different” and “very dramatic.” She added, “You have created something unique.”

“I loved it too,” said Heidi Klum. “It was just so calming and it was beautiful to watch.”

Simon Cowell, not as impressed as his fellow panelists.

Howie Mandel agreed, “I’ve never seen anything like this, and AGT and this stage is a great home to magic.” He added, “We’ve had many winners. And I feel that you’re in that same echelon.” Former magicians who have won AGT include Mat Franco, Shin Lim and Dustin Tavella. Mat and Shin headline successful shows in Las Vegas.

“From where I was sitting,” said Simon Cowell, “I wasn’t mesmerized.” The crowd boos. “I thought something huge was going to happen at the end,” he said. “However, I’m going to err on the side of positive. So I’m going to say yes. He joined the rest of the panel in giving Young Min 4 yeses.

Watch America’s Got Talent on July 2 to see the rest of the episode’s talent, including 8-year-old dancer, Boss Baby Brody. America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays on NBC at 8 pm ET/PT and streaming on Peacock the next day.

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