Fil-Am Anna DeGuzman weaves her magic to reach ‘America’s Got Talent’ finale
Normally, a deck of cards can earn you some money, but for Filipino-American Anna DeGuzman, we’re talking about a whopping $1 million grand prize as she sets her eyes on winning America’s Got Talent (AGT).
Armed with magic tricks up her sleeve, the 24-year-old cardist from the Philippines and now based in New Jersey has charmed millions of hearts to become one of the Top 11 finalists.
Her AGT performances have left judges and viewers in awe, which boosted her chance of winning the cash prize and performing in Las Vegas’ Luxor Hotel as part of their AGT show.
In her recent semifinal act for Season 18, she did something unimaginable—conjuring a seven of spades out of cake and making the queen of hearts come out of her mouth.
But with millions watching, it’s normal that nerves sometimes overcome us. In her AGT audition though, DeGuzman was able to turn those butterflies in her stomach into fuel instead, even with trembling hands.
“The audience wouldn’t have noticed, but because (the judges) were literally a foot away from me, they could see my hands trembling, “ Anna confessed in an interview.
As captivating as her card magic is, DeGuzman’s journey to stardom is as interesting. Growing up as an only child with her Filipina single mom, she overcame her shyness and eased her way into pursuing her passion.
“My friends thought it was so cool,” she said. “I used to be kind of shy, and then I realized that it was all in my head, that no one had ever made fun of me or anything like that. I started performing for my friends, for fun, but I didn’t really expect anything out of it.”
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If you’re itching to know when to tune in, AGT will air its two-hour finale tonight, Tuesday, at 8 p.m. on NBC. After the performances, you’ll have to wait a whole day to know the winner, as the results will come out Wednesday at 8 p.m. on the same network.
If you can’t catch it on TV, the episodes will be available on JustWatch.com, Peacock, FuboTV, USA TV Network, and Spectrum TV.
While there’s little chance that DeGuzman will take home the grand prize, considering she has the longest odds at +3000 (30/1), she has amassed more than 865,000 across all her social media platforms, making her a winner in many people’s eyes.
So, even if the cards and the odds are against her, your votes could go a long way for this talented magician.