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Dustin Tavella
Information
Age (at audition) 35
Sex Male
Act Magician
Seasons 16
Position Reached Winner

Dustin Tavella was a magician act from Season 16 of America's Got Talent. He was the winner of the competition, claiming the $1,000,000 prize, a new car, and the headlining of a show in Las Vegas.

Background

Dustin Tavella is a magician who aims to inspire audiences by using magic to connect with people from all different walks of life. Tavella resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with his wife, Kari, and their adopted son, Xander.

Audition

Dustin Tavella's audition in Episode 1601 consisted of performing a magic routine. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell all voted "Yes", sending Dustin to the next round.

Deliberations

Dustin Tavella was chosen to advance to the Top 36.

Quarterfinals

Dustin Tavella's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1609 consisted of performing a card trick with the assistance of Howie and an accompanying storybook. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations. Dustin received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1610 instead of Matt Johnson.

Semifinals

Dustin Tavella's Semifinals performance in Episode 1615 consisted of performing an interactive mentalist act with the judges using people that have impacted their lives. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations. Dustin received enough votes to advance to the Finals in Episode 1616 instead of Peter Rosalita.

Finals

Dustin Tavella's Finals performance in Episode 1619 consisted of performing a magic routine incorporating the audience, Terry and the judges incorporating storytelling. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Simon Cowell all gave him standing ovations.

Finale

For the finale in Episode 1620, Dustin Tavella performed a magic act with Mat Franco and Rico Rodriguez. He received enough votes to enter the Top 5 instead of Northwell Health Nurse Choir. Dustin was announced as the winner of Season 16 ahead of Aidan Bryant, Josh Blue, Brooke Simpson and Léa Kyle, winning $1,000,000, a new car and the headlining of the AGT Live show in Las Vegas.

Trivia

  • Dustin is the third magician to win AGT, proceeding Mat Franco in Season 9 and Shin Lim in Season 13.
  • Dustin is the second non-Golden Buzzer act to claim the title after the Golden Buzzer's upgraded format in Season 10. The first was Shin Lim from Season 13, who didn't receive the coveted buzzer in his audition nor his Judge Cuts performance.

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