Jon Dorenbos, a long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, completely stunned the judges with his quick and slick magic routine during an episode of America’s Got Talent Tuesday night.
When the pro-football player walked onstage, Howie Mandel – being the sports fan that he is – recognized his name right away.
“As much as we can achieve, there’s always new beginnings, and there’s always new things to do,” Dorenbos said. “So in the off-season, I tour around and do magic and comedy.”
After Simon Cowell asked the magician if he would quit his career after 14 years to pursue magic, Dorenbos responded in the best way.
“Well, let’s be honest,” he said. ” The NFL stands for ‘not for long,’ so I’ve been lucky here. You’ve always got to have a back-up plan, and this is a pretty good one.”
Then, Dorenbos proceeded with his routine, leaving all four judges, the audience, and viewers at home completely stunned.
“I don’t know how the hell you did that because I could see [the card] never moved,” Cowell said. “For someone who doesn’t do this professionally, it was so slick, so fast. Your dialogue is great. It’s not a trick, it’s magic. It was amazing.”
Not only did Dorenbos get voted through by all four judges, he received an overwhelming amount of support from the Philadelphia Eagles franchise on social media.
“@JonDorenbos has done some magic tricks in the locker room as well that left me speechless. You’re truly talented and crushed it,” teammate Brandon Brooks wrote on Twitter.
America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on NBC.