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Tell Us About Yourself(ie): Michael Carbonaro

The actor, magician, and host of The Carbonaro Effect takes our Q&A.

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What's the wallpaper on your phone and/or computer?

My black cat, Chance. What can I say? …I’m obsessed.

When you walk into a bar, what do you typically order?

San ellegrino over ice with lime.

What's the one word you are guilty of using too often?

I say ‘incantation’ a lot, when what I really mean ‘incarnation.’ It’s a programed mistake.

What is the last thing you searched for on Google?

Gene Wilder talking about Willy Wonka.

Who is the last person that called or texted you?

My magician buddy, Derek Hughes.

What was the last awkward situation you were in and how did you handle it?

I was making a bunch of phone calls in a row, and got lost in thought when the phone on the other end was ringing, and when they picked up… I didn’t recognize the voice, and had no idea who I was talking to… so I just said, “Hey it’s Carbo… and just chatted away until I figured it out by their responses.” I’d tell you who it was, but they might read this. (Ok fine it was my buddy Greg.) (Sorry Greg)

When is the last time you went to a theater?

2 nights ago I saw The Golden Girlz LIVE at The Cavern Club Theater and I laughed my pants off.

What TV show should everyone be watching?

I have heard I look like the guy from The Carbonaro Effect.

And what is your TV guilty pleasure?

Judge Judy.

What's the first CD you bought?

I think it may have been the Aliens movie soundtrack by James Horner

What is the one food you cannot resist?

I’ll order anything that has the word ‘fig’ or ‘crusted’ in the menu description.

What music are you currently listening to?

The Black Keys.

What movie makes you laugh the most?


What drives you absolutely crazy?

When people don’t use their turn signals.

What's your favorite day of the year?



What was your first online screen name?

I don't remember.

What's your favorite emoji?

The cat with the hearts for eyes — 😻 — man, I am an easy study, aren’t I?

Pick one: Kittens or puppies?

Kittens. All of them. All of the kittens.

New York or Los Angeles?

New York.

Comedy or drama?


Bacon or Nutella?


Coffee or tea?

Coffee. All of it. All of the coffee.

'80s or '90s?


Britney or Christina?



“It doesn’t matter ‘bout the car I drive, or the ice around my neck.”

Beyonce or Rihanna?


Hannah Montana or Lizzie McGuire?

Hannah Montana -she is the one who has the pet monkey and the backpack, right?

And finally: tell us a secret.

I am a hopeless mamma's boy.

The Carbonaro Effect airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on TruTV.