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John Sevier Austin was a singer from Season 15 of America's Got Talent.  He was likely eliminated before the Judge Cuts.


John Sevier Austin has the mind-bending ability to speak and sing backwards, stunning people with his amazing skill.

Born in Charlotte North Carolina, John took to the streets to show off his talent, recording himself saying a phrase backwards, then playing it in rewind to hear the words normally.

One passerby exclaimed: ‘How does your brain work?!’ after John performed his trick during the fascinating video.

John accidentally played a record backwards at the age of five and taught himself to sing Frank Sinatra’s ‘Strangers in the Night’ backwards in its entirety. Moving onto tackle difficult sayings and phrases such as ‘Antidisestablishmentarianism’, he showcased his incredible skill to the people of North Carolina, along with Right This Minute, Good Mythical Morning, Woody and Wilcox, John Boy and Billy, The Gong Show, and ‘The Wizard of Odd TV‘, leaving each and every one stunned.

Growing up, he always knew he was different and struggled to relate to those around him.

Crediting the source of his brilliance to Asperger’s syndrome – a form of autism – after only having been diagnosed with the condition a year ago, John has urged other people on the spectrum to celebrate their uniquely gifted minds.

John, a full-time video editor, who is completely fluent in the art of backwards talking, said: ‘People are amazed when I tell them I can talk backwards – then completely blown away when I do it. [1]


John Sevier Austin's audition in Episode 1507 consisted of singing "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" backwards. Heidi Klum was not present, but, although Simon Cowell voted no, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara voted yes, sending him to the next round.

Judge Cuts

John Sevier Austin did not appear in the Judge Cuts. Either he was eliminated prior to the start of the round, withdrew for personal reasons, or intended to perform only once for the judges.

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