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Michael Baker
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The actual performance time may only be 90 seconds, but some of the contestants get a lot more than that once you add up the lead-in interviews, judges' commentary, and off-stage afterglow. This spotlighting seems to either be for the sob story du jour/hidden talent, or the sensational loser that doesn't go away quietly.

Although I really like to watch the talent, I hate what this show stands for. I see it as a casino for careers, where the game is Russian Roulette. Some people enjoy modest gain, some hit an occassional jackpot, and some draw that fatal chamber. But at the end of the day, the only consistent winner is the house. Even the most talented people on the show are still pawns being thrown mere bones compared to what the producers gain.
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Rich B.
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Here is a bit more info for you.
I saw Jason Andrews compete at the MAES convention a few years ago with his "classic" magic act. He won first place in stage magic and the guy looks great on stage, is very polished and has mad skills.

We all saw the America's Got talent piece and most likely agree that it wasn't very good. I think Jason would tell you that himself.

Jason had a promo video up on Youtube with the 70s (disco magician)act a few days ago (I don't see it now). I thought it was pretty entertaining and funny. It was quite different than his classic act (obviously), as he used magic apparatus as opposed to manipulation to fit the character. The video is no longer on Youtube, but the point is this, Jason had already developed this act to offer something a bit different. It was not created for America's Got Talent. In the short spot on AGT, it would be difficult to establish a character with out coming off like a goofball "wanna be" magician, which is probably exactly what AGT wanted. I'm sure they didn't want his classic act because he would have looked great.

Jason seemed to remove his old promo stuff on Youtube and edit one of existing promos to include the AGT appearance, showing him in a "better light". Here it is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXkrUKAKYFA

This is not to criticize Jason, as I would have done the same thing. Kevin James did talk about how AGT demands what you are to perform and edits the footage to show your act however they see fit (good or bad). But Kevin also said that his appearance on AGT enabled him to put a "0" at the end of his fees.

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I recently worked with a magician who had passed through several preliminary levels of AGT - it's unknown at this time whether his performance(s) will be aired - but he told me something very interesting about the AGT contract he was required to sign.

According to this contestant, the "winner" of AGT's top $1 million prize is contractually obligated to pay the AGT producers a commission of 50%(!) of his professional earnings for the next TEN YEARS! I can't imagine wanting to "win" under those conditions...

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I have seen the contract and that is not part of it. That was also not the case with terry fator.
Thomas Wayne
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Just telling you what I was told by one of the participants. It might be noted that new, modified contracts may accompany each subsequent level of involvement in such a "contest".

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MOST magicians: "Here's a quarter, it's gone, you're an idiot, it's back, you're a jerk, show's over." Jerry Seinfeld
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Having been part of the show. The most paid comission is 20% to 19 entertainment.
Terry Owens
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Amazing what edits will do....
squando
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I heard that Rocco got booted off the show PRIOR to his performance.
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I talked to some of the guys who auditioned in new york and they said the judges didn't even let him perform.
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For what reason?
It's all in the reflexes.
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Now this is second hand information, but I was told that they didn't like his look. They said the judges X'd him as soon as he walked out. It was B.S.
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Oh well...AGT loss! I would have liked to have seen what Rocco would have done on the show...

What a shame...

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