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Bello Nock was a daredevil from Season 12 of America's Got Talent. He was eliminated in the Judge Cuts, but he returned as a Wild Card in the Quarterfinals, where he was eliminated again.


Bello Nock is a clown from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Traveling Circus and performs 500 shows in 11 months, while carefully maintaining an eight inch spiked strawberry-blond do which is part of his trademark. Declared "America's Best Clown" by Time Magazine and "greatest athlete to perform in Madison Square Garden" by the New York Times.

Bello the clown is a seventh generation circus performer. He is a natural-born American of Swiss and Italian ancestry. A descendant of the family that founded Switzerland's Circus Nock in the 18th century, Nock began performing at age 3, playing the baby on the burning house in a "Dumbo" clown routine. At 6, Nock played Michael Darling in the touring version of "Peter Pan" with Cathy Rigby; he also performed at the age of 15 when he began performing in the Nock family's sway poles act. He later performed with his father and three brothers around the United States in an acrobatic troupe known as the Nerveless Nocks; he was a featured clown in Mexico's Circo Atayde before joining New York's Big Apple Circus, where he became the star attraction in 2000. Nock joined Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 2001 as the star clown. The Sarasota native slowly progressed from clown to daredevil, learning all he could along the way. His dad Eugene, invented the act Bello now does -- the sway pole. This contraption goes up to 90 feet and is flexible, adding more suspense as Bello climbs to the top and does his routine.

His father came to America from Switzerland in 1954 to work for Ringling Bros., and his mother, Aurelia, was hired that same year. The two were married in 1955 and headlined the three-ring circus. [1]


Bello Nock's audition in Episode 1204 consisted of scrambling up a tall 2-inch diameter, 37-feet high sway pole with his bare hands. Once he was at the top of the pole, he perched on top, swung the pole, performed a handstand, and finally, slid down the pole face-down. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell (after some hesitation) all voted "Yes", sending Bello to the Judge Cuts.

Judge Cuts[]

Bello Nock's Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1209 consisted of being shot out of a cannon over a helicopter onto a bullseye. Bello's performance was not strong enough for the judges to send him to the Quarterfinals, eliminating him from the competition along with Jonathan Rinny, instead of Billy & Emily England. He was later brought back for the Quarterfinals.


Bello Nock returned to the Quarterfinals as a Wild Card. His Week 1 Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1211 consisted of performing the "Wheel of Death", an act where he ran both inside and outside a hoop in the apparatus, all to Lindsey Stirling's "Roundtable Rival" and a rock version of Edvard Grieg's "In the Hall of the Mountain King" from the play Peer Gynt. Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations. Bello did not receive enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1212, eliminating him from the competition instead of Billy & Emily England.

After the Show[]

Bello's daughter Annaliese competed in Season 13. She made it past the auditions, but withdrew from the competition before Judge Cuts.

In 2019, Bello competed on the World's Got Talent special held in China, performing his "Wheel of Death" act. He was eliminated in the Preliminaries after being knocked out by Asia's Got Talent winners El Gamma Penumbra.

In the same year, Bello, along with his daughter Annaliese, competed on Britain's Got Talent: The Champions. They won the fan vote on their Preliminary (beating out acts such as The Sacred Riana, Ashleigh & Sully, and Paul Potts), and finished in the Top 10.

Bello returned to America's Got Talent in Season 15, this time auditioning with his daughter, and was eliminated in the Quarterfinals.

Bello performed with his daughter in the semifinal round of the second season of the TBS competition series Go Big Show in 2022.

His brother Michelangelo and niece Angelina participated in AGT: Extreme and Season 17 as The Nerveless Nocks.


  • Both times Bello was eliminated from the competition in Season 12, he was eliminated over Billy & Emily England (Judges Cuts and Quarterfinals)
    • Additionally both times Bello made the live shows in Seasons 12 and 15, he appeared and was eliminated in the first Quarterfinal performance show. Coincidentally, both Quarterfinals performances involved the Wheel of Death.
  • Bello Nock's brother, John, was part of Season 8 act AeroSphere Aerial Balloon Show.
  • Bello Nock and Howie Mandel had previously met before AGT, when Howie hosted the Impractical Jokers Live Punishment Show. Bello was the danger manager who assisted the Jokers.
  • Bello is the fourth act in the history of America's Got Talent to make the live shows twice and the first act not from Season 1. He would be followed by Beyond Belief Dance Company.

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