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Max Major
Information
Age (at audition) TBA
Sex Male
Act Magician
Seasons 15
Position Reached Semifinalist

Max Major was a magician act from Season 15 of America's Got Talent.  He was eliminated in the Semifinals in the Judges' Choice.

Background

Max Major is a world-renowned mentalist living in Las Vegas. His performances, which combine magic, mentalism and hypnosis, are featured at corporate events across the country. In addition to his studies as a magician, Major relies heavily on his skills at reading body language, which he has honed over the course of 2,000 live shows. His clients include Facebook, Microsoft, Deloitte, CSX, Costco, Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen and a command performance at the residence of Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

In the last five years, he has been called before two Department of Defense agencies to demonstrate his innovative techniques in hypnosis, body language and influence.

In 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, he was named D.C.'s Best Performance Arist by the Washington City Paper. In 2015, he bowed out of the race to give someone else a chance and focus on the category that really matters: Best Girls Night Out.

Audition

Max Major's audition in Episode 1507 was a online audition it consisted of performing magic. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, and Simon Cowell all voted "Yes", sending him to the next round.

Judge Cuts

Max Major's Judge Cuts performance in Episode 1508 consisted of performing a mentalist trick with the judges of correctly predicting each judge's response to his questions along with matching the placements of cards with pictures of the judges and Terry Crews.  His performance was strong enough to advance to the Quarterfinals along with Nolan Neal.

Quarterfinals

Max Major's Quarterfinals performance in Episode 1513 consisted of performing a mentalist routine involving the virtual audience and connecting with Howie, having planted subliminal images in his opening video package. Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara all gave him standing ovations.  Max received enough votes to advance to the Semifinals in Episode 1514 instead of Bonebreakers and Usama Siddiquee.

Semifinals

Max Major's Semifinals performance in Episode 1519 consisted of performing a mentalist routine assisted by Heidi and involving poker chips and a roulette wheel.  Max finished in 4th, 5th or 6th place in America's Vote.  In the Dunkin' Save, he received fewer online votes than Kenadi Dodds.  In the Judges' Choice, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel unanimously did not vote for him, eliminating him from the competition in Episode 1520 instead of BAD Salsa.

Trivia

  • Max is the only magician who successfully auditioned for Season 15 to advance to the live shows.
  • Max, Jonathan Goodwin, and Dance Town Family (via Wild Card) are the only three acts from the Season 15 online auditions to advance to the semifinals.
  • Many people on social media accused him of cheating in his Quarterfinals performance, where during intermissions, the audience was asked to draw a sun. Similarly, in his Semifinals performance, the girl from the audience can be heard saying the number 13 but Max passes it off as 14 to avoid ruining his act.

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