Kate Garraway branded a magician ‘incredible’ after he made the corner of the card she had requested disappear, before revealing it could be found enclosed in the pages of the book that had been in front of her the whole time.
Joel Mawhinney, 24, from Belfast, who has over 15.5 million TikTok followers and has received 1 billion views online, left presenters Kate and Ben Shephard gob smacked as he demonstrated one of his magic tricks on Good Morning Britain today.
‘We have a deck of cards,’ he explained. ‘They’re different and you’re going to pick one for me Kate. Since you’re so keen, I’ll let you pick two.’
After showing viewers that all of the cards were different, he then asked Kate to say stop wherever she liked as he shuffled the pack in front of her.
‘These two cards [5 of spades and a 2 of hearts] are going to be important in a second,’ he said, placing them front down on the table.
Turning his attention to Ben, he continued: ‘They’re going to tell me about the card you’re about to pick.’
Joel Mawhinney (pictured), from Belfast, 24, left presenters Kate Garraway and Ben Shephard gobsmacked as he demonstrated one of his magic tricks on Good Morning Britain today
Kate branded Joel ‘incredible’ after he made the corner of the card she had requested appear in the pages of a book in front of her
Following the trick, Kate held up the corner of the six of hearts and exclaimed: ‘Noooooo!’ Wooooah – that’s magic!’
After asking Ben to say ‘stop’ as he shuffled the pack, Joel explained: ‘We don’t know exactly what this is, but if we’ve done this right, these two cards should tell us what that card is [pointing to Kate’s card]. Maybe, I hope!’
Revealing the cards to be a heart and a five, he then pointed to Ben’s card and said: ‘So if that card was to be a five of hearts that’d be a weird coincidence. It should be the five of hearts – or close.’
Flipping the card over, he added: ‘We were close – six of hearts.’
But he wasn’t finished there. Taking the card, he then ripped the corner which had a heart on it and made it disappear from his hand, before telling Kate she could find it if she turned to page 52 of the book in front of her.
Kate showed that the ripped corner (pictured) perfectly matched up to the tear on the original card
Joel (pictured) has over 15.5 million TikTok followers and has received 1 billion views online
The magician (pictured) was seen ripping the corner of the card, before explaining it had gone missing
‘Noooooo!’ exclaimed Kate, holding up the corner of the six of hearts. ‘Wooooah – that’s magic!’
Making sure it matched up to the card he’d ripped, she added: ‘That literally matches the tears. That is incredible.’
During the segment of the show, Kate also asked: ‘We all know youngsters are very clever with social media and apps and do actual camera trickery, is that what you’re about?’
In response, Joel explained. ‘I got into slight of hand magic very young and so I just happened to end up doing it on camera.’
‘It’s something that’s difficult because you almost have to prove yourself and prove you’re not doing that, so it’s nice I can do things like this and show that it’s actually possible in person.’
Joel (pictured) explained that he was five when he first got into magic and said that social media has been a ‘blessing’ for him
He went on to say he was five when he first got into magic, adding that social media has been a ‘blessing’ for him.
‘I don’t really use it much but I do post on it,’ he explained. ‘I went viral by accident because it was just fun, I liked doing magic and making videos, so posted some stuff and people just so happened to like it which I’m really grateful for.’
Joel, who branded his younger brother Ethan his ‘Debbie McGee,’ added: ‘A lot of my friends and family now how the tricks work, but he’s just oblivious. So when I figured that out I realised it was the perfect opportunity.’
Kate then asked what it takes to be a good magician, to which Joel responded: ‘Anyone can do trick of hand but the trick is to perform it in a way that’s interesting and to be yourself.’