If he says that there are no camera tricks then I guess I have to believe him. But I think there has to be at least a little element of stooginess to some of these.
There’s one bit where he’s carrying a backpack and people ask him to pull random things out of it, essentially. These are items that look like they wouldn’t fit in the backpack at all, such as a full blender. Now pulling a full blender out of a too small backpack is an impressive enough trick as it is. But it would be flat-out impossible, I think, if the person asking could name any object at all. I think they have to be in on it, right?
And once you cross that line, it’s hard to tell how much to invest in the idea that these are really unsuspecting helpers. The bit where he pulls conspiracy theorists into his flower delivery van and extracts a chip from their arm, for example. It seems to me like you’d have to test a huge number of random strangers before you find even a couple willing to sit through that kind of procedure, if they weren’t clued in on it to start. But maybe I’m misjudging human nature.
I like the guy’s patter and I find some of the tricks really astounding, but I’m finding it hard to invest in watching the show without a firmer sense of where the ‘rules’ really are.