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R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo has seen a lot over the course of his career, but as a guest judge on America’s Got Talent he was left completely befuddled by a card trick performed by Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos.

Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos stars as The Eagle Talon on 'Americas' Got Talent'

After having Ne-Yo select an oversized playing card at random, Dorenbos appeared to pull the same card from a hand-drawn deck on a pad of paper.

Had to keep some for the memory #agt #nbcagt @nbcagt

A photo posted by Jon Dorenbos (@jondorenbos) on

Ne-Yo’s amazement prompted him to press the golden buzzer which sent Dorenbos through to the live rounds of the talent competition.


Dorenbos’ original audition on AGT was equally mind blowing. Using each of the judges as foils, he produced in order all the diamond-suited cards from a seemingly scrambled deck.

Thank you @nbcagt I'll take 4 yesses. That was a good time! #magic #cardguy #eagles #philly

A photo posted by Jon Dorenbos (@jondorenbos) on

Judge Simon Cowell, in particular, is convinced — or so he claims — that Dorenbos is an actual wizard with magical powers and not just an illusionist.


When Dorenbos was 12-years-old his father was imprisoned for killing his mother. Raised by his maternal aunt, he found distraction and comfort in practicing card tricks.

Dorenbos continued to perform magic routines even as he excelled on the gridiron. Since being drafted out of Texas El-Paso, he’s played for the Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia over his fourteen-year career. Five years ago, he wowed former Eagles teammate Ernie Sims with his deft sleight of hand.