So, we were reading through the on-line version of The Poughkeepsie Journal and came across a great story about Derrin Berger, the man behind the wondrous magic performed some of the Carbonaro Effects.
In case you are not aware of the Carbonaro Effect, you need to get a television, stat. It is one of our favorite shows on cable television next to 90-Day Fiance but for different reasons. Although both deal with deception and trickery but we are rather sure that Mr. Berger does not create the effects for 90-Day Fiance unless he practices in that very niche area of our art entitled “Catfishing Magic.”
Back to our story, though.
Mr. Berger has been interested in magic since he was just six and shared his joy of the art with his dad. He performed for parties and attended a magic camp with his dad.
He decided as he grew in age to pursue magic full-time. His father was supportive but very father-like in his questioning of the move.
“I asked him, ‘Are you sure you know what you’re doing?'” Marc Berger said, noting his son has a master’s degree in engineering and computer science. “He told me, ‘I’ve been doing magic all my life.’”
He is 40-years-old now and has performed in some of the greatest venues for a magician including The Magic Castle here in Hollywood and the Chicago Magic Lounge, in Chicago, we believe.
As if that was not enough — and by our standards it would be — he has also become a contributor and part of the consulting team for truTv’s “The Carbonaro Effect.”
He’s been with the team for five years which coincides with the five years Mr. Carbonaro’s show has been on the air. He estimates he has created more than 700 effects.
“I tell people all the time, the 12-year-old me could not even comprehend doing what I’ve been doing,” Derrin Berger said. “When I was 12, TV magic was mostly David Copperfield, David Blaine and as a kid and teen, you think ‘I absolutely want to do that when I grow up.’ And, cut to 20 years later when I’m actually doing it, it’s pretty amazing.”
And his dad is a proud watcher of the show — he claim to have never missed a single episode.
“He knows so much magic and people will come to him to ask about tricks,” His father told the reporter. “He rattles the answers without thinking twice. He is more knowledgeable than I ever know.”
The #CarbonaroEffect begins its new season tomorrow (Thursday, November 7th) on truTV at 10 p.m.
Make sure you check out the full interview and article at The Poughkeepsie Journal here.
You can visit Mr. Berger’s website here.
Check out the Carbonaro Effect’s page here.