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The Carbonaro Effect is an American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series. The show debuted on April 1, 2014, and is currently airing on truTV. The show is hosted by magician and prankster Michael Carbonaro. He performs tricks on people caught on hidden camera[citation needed]. At the end of each trick or practical joke, he refers to the fictional "Carbonaro Effect." To promote the second half of the first season, TBS aired a two-hour marathon on October 30, 2014.[1] The second season premiered on April 1, 2015. The third season premiered on February 1, 2017. The fourth season premiered on May 17, 2018, along with a new insider series titled The Carbonaro Effect: Inside Carbonaro. On May 9, 2019, it was announced that the fifth season will premiere in 2019.[2]

The Carbonaro Effect
GenreHidden camera

Magic Tricks

Practical Jokes
Created byMichael Carbonaro
Directed byPhil Britton
Leo Scherman
StarringMichael Carbonaro
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes73
Camera setupHidden camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Fields Entertainment
11 Productions
Original networkTruTV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 1, 2014 –
Related showsCandid Camera Impractical Jokers



Main Article: List of The Carbonaro Effect Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126April 1, 2014 (2014-04-01)January 22, 2015 (2015-01-22)
228April 1, 2015 (2015-04-01)June 22, 2016 (2016-06-22)
317February 1, 2017 (2017-02-01)January 11, 2018 (2018-01-11)
419May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17)February 14, 2019 (2019-02-14)

The Carbonaro Effect: Inside CarbonaroEdit

The Carbonaro Effect: Inside Carbonaro is a show where previously aired episodes are shown again with new facts and bonus scenes, presented by Carbonaro himself. The first episode aired on May 17, 2018, after the Season 4 premiere.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "TBS HD (Pacific) TV Schedule - LocateTV". Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ "truTV Unveils New & Returning Series in 2019-20 Programming Slate". The Futon Critic. May 9, 2019.

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