Phenomenon

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Phenomenon

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Ten magicians and mentalists compete for top honors for supernatural sensation judges Criss Angel and Uri Geller. Fans are challenged with figuring out how the contestants perform their tricks, and whether any are based on real psychic abilities. Users can participate through forums and interactive games.
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  • I like it.

    10
    To all who think Phenomenon was a waste of time: It was one of the greatest shows I ever watched. Yes, mentalism does get old if driven to the ground. However, the contestants did a great job in keeping the atmosphere fresh. There is only one trick in which I was able to know which jar was the one. That was the one when Eran Raven got his hand bitten... which he did to prove that he didn't know. I respect the risks these mentalists take in order to accomplish what they have set out to do. Also, when Jim Callahan got into a fight with Criss(Not Chris) Angel, it was all Callahan. All Angel was doing was giving an honest, respectful critique packaged with a challenge. He wasn't mocking Callahan in any way. Callahan just took it out of context. I do believe Callahan's act. Actually, I believe that it wasn't an act, but it was real. I also believe Guy's act when he stopped his heart, because the heart monitor used was not bugged. If it was, you would be able to tell just sitting on your couch in front of the TV. Another point: The celebrities on the show were not guest judges, but rather assistants in the acts. I know who most of them are and I am happy they had them there. The show was NOT a complete waste of time869. I would like it to come back on the air. Downgrading Phenomenon is exactly like downgrading American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. Many people do and yet they are still on the air. Why couldn't Phenomenon get a second season?moreless
  • Original idea, but boring and repeated.

    6.8
    I always wanted to see a reality show like this, because I believe that we all have magic inside us! However, this show proved me wrong! It gave me the feeling that everything was prearranged and I didn't like it at all. Especially the set up fight between Criss Angel and a contestant was so fake that it didn't convince anyone. Uri Geller and Criss Angel aren't very good in their part and their role is limited. Finally, none of the contestants make me believe that has a real psychic ability cause every trick they performed was easily perceptible.



    Α promising show that remained only in the promises! I liked the idea but that's all!moreless
  • Magic is the topic of this talent search, and magic is what it is lacking.

    5.0
    I know that in today's world, TV executives are going to take every popular TV show and beat it to death, trying to get a new angle on it. Phenomenom takes the Reality Competition to the magic level, having mentalists compete against each other for the grand prize. While it seems promising to beging with, the dullness of the show really hits home fast. Using supposed celebrities (Raven was the only person who I knew who she was), they try to dazzle us. While many of the acts are impressive, the time it takes to go through an episode is boring with all of the babble. I also have to admit that the biggest disappointment for me was Chris Angel. He came across as a self-righteous, arrogant jerk who was only there to stroke his enormous ego. Of course, this is a guy who claims to be the next Houdini, so I am not surprised. I especially hated the time when a man communicates with the dead to perform a trick. The other judge, Uri Geller, who seemingly did not believe that his trick was "real" still treated the contestant with respect and gave him a fair critique. Angel on the other hand, seemed to take delight in mocking the guy, and actually goaded him into a fist fight. Not the kind of TV that I think does this soceity proud. I lost alot of respect for Chris Angel. I won't want to waste my time or money on any of is performances. If he can't do his job and provide honest and fair critique, then he has no business being a judge on this show.moreless
  • Getting really old, really fast.

    5.0
    The show started off alright. You had some good acts in the first episode...and then it all started going downhill.



    Every act is just a variation of the previous one. Yes, we know that you can get the audience to "somehow" choose the number of your choice. Yes, we know that you can figure out which nailgun/pot/box/whatever is safe. And yes, we know you wouldn't be on the show if you couldn't somehow get a volunteer to write down exactly what you want them to.



    At the end of the day, any one of these performers may put on a great show on their own, but when you make them compete, they just run out of original acts.moreless
  • Great show

    4.2
    Great show, very nice. would recommend to anybody

    Great show, very nice. would recommend to anybody

    Great show, very nice. would recommend to anybody

    Great show, very nice. would recommend to anybody

    Great show, very nice. would recommend to anybody

    Great show, very nice. would recommend to anybody

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  • © 2007 NBC Universal, Inc.
  • © 2007 NBC Universal, Inc.
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  • Ouch!!!!
    In reference to the guy that got Snake-bitten. At first, I thought he was joking around, but it turned out the bite was genuine (a...
    11/16/07
    7
  • Do you believe in magic?
    So my vote is that I don't believe in magic and I never have but I was wanting to know what all of you thought about this show.
    11/15/07
    3
  • Boring! Cancel it NOW!
    It was extremely boring, just another typical lame excuse for a reality show. PLEASE CANCEL IT!
    11/14/07
    14
  • Final 3 predictions?
    I think Angela is going to be in the final 3, I don't think Eran or Mike will be around for the finale and the two I think joining...
    11/14/07
    2
  • Ignore That Wire Behind the Sunglasses
    In episode 2, when Eran Raven has Raven Simone and Shandy Finnesey help him raise the sunglasses, if you look closely you can tota...
    11/12/07
    8
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