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Neil Patrick Harris Reveals a Magic Trick Gone Wrong We Never Saw (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 19th 2011 5:34AM
Neil Patrick Harris, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'The last thing a magician ever wants is for a trick to go wrong. It immediately damages their credibility, and in a worst-case scenario, can reveal how the trick is done, destroying the illusion of "magic." Neil Patrick Harris didn't have to worry about the latter, but he revealed a well-kept incident when things didn't go well on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC).

In this case, it was more of a mechanical failure, but Jay Leno and 'The Tonight Show' staff had cleverly edited out the entire segment, possibly because it was the staff that had pressured Harris into doing it when he started worrying something might go wrong.

"It was a prediction trick where I got you to predict the time," Harris said to Leno. "then you reach out and pull out a box and inside the box is a clock and the clock was going to exactly match the time to the minute." That was the plan.

So after an elaborate magician-like set-up to build to the moment of the reveal, the box was opened, the clock was lifted out. But rather than matching the time Leno guessed, the clock simply said 12:00.

Harris was certain Leno was going to exploit the humor of the moment and put it on the air, which he certainly could have, but Leno brushed his desk clean and continued the interview.

"You guys edited out that chunk and when you watched it then you would never know that it happened and I still look like a good magician," Harris said. "So thank you for that."

Except that you just revealed it to the whole world yourself, Neil! At least Leno didn't really play the footage, as he teased he would.

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