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Michael Turco ’05

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Michael Turco ’05 has been dazzling sold-out audiences with his spectacular illusions, audience participation, and trademark storytelling since he graduated with a degree in communication in 2005. And, in 2011, he was a contestant on NBC’s popular reality television show, America’s Got Talent, where he made it to the second round in Las Vegas before being eliminated.

His list of credits is long. For three years, he frequently headlined the show “Wonder” in Atlantic City, getting rave reviews for his high-energy magic and illusion act. He also co-produced “Boardwalk Follies,” featuring music, dance, aerial stunts, and magic four nights a week at the Atlantic City Hilton. His big break came in 2008, when he had the opportunity to headline in his own show at Bally’s Casino and Resort in Atlantic City.

Turco customizes his shows to his audience, and is always trying new things, like innovative lighting. He uses several illusions that are the basics of magic, like levitation, and puts his own twist on it. In some of his acts, for example, he will levitate a woman and have her spin like a dancer on top of a music box. In addition to his performances, Turco is working on a behind-the-scenes television production featuring the cast and crew of his show.

“My dream and my goal is to just keep performing, like I’m doing now, and traveling to see more of the world and the country and for people to see my magic as well,” he says.