Over the past few months, Leon Etienne and Romy Low stunned America with the tricks they had up their sleeves on Season 8 of "America's Got Talent." As YNN's Cara Thomas reports, it was a dream come true for both of them.
UTICA, N.Y. -- Illusionists Leon Etienne and Romy Low have been perfecting their magic tricks for years, leaving audiences amazed after every performance.
Leon said, "To make people feel those moments of joy and wonder again, like when they were a kid, that's pretty awesome."
This summer, the duo had all of America asking that question when they were contestants on NBC's "America's Got Talent."
"I really don't know how it gets any better," exclaimed Leon.
The pair didn't get to this point by chance. It's something Leon has been working towards since he was 12.
"I was grounded by my mother, I was bored out of my mind and I started reading a magic book that my aunt or somebody had given me as a gift," says Leon. "I read a trick from it and I was hooked."
In 2005, he met his other half. Romy, the red-headed and spunky circus performer, brought Leon's illusions to a whole new level. They traveled across the country and made a living doing what they loved, but they were ready for something more.
Robert Channing, Leon's agent and friend said, "It's so surreal to see him on it. It went just like this fast. One day he says Robert I'm going to audition for "America's Got Talent," next thing you know he's on "America's Got Talent," it's like you get goose bumps it's so surreal."
Auditions took them from New York to Vegas and eventually to the Radio City Music Hall where Leon and Romy continued to wow the judges, except Howard Stern. And that week America eliminated the couple from the competition. But it wasn't long until they were given a second chance.
Howard Stern said, "I'm bringing back what I thought was our best magic act, Leon and Romy."
"This time, redemption is sweet because we went back for a second time at Radio City music hall, which is hasn't even sunk in to tell you the truth Cara, that all this has happened and we nailed it I mean we killed it," said Leon.
"Every round, our goal was just to make it to the next round. So the fact that we got to the semi-finals is so far beyond our original expectations that we're thrilled," says Romy.
While their wild card performance was the end of the road for these two illusionists on "America's Got Talent", in their career a new journey is just beginning. They say they have Central New York to thank.
Romy said, "Central New York was there the entire time. Texting us, emailing us, posting on our facebook page, tweeting us saying we're rooting for you, we can't wait to see it, we're voting for you just got out there and kill it."
"I think this is just a stepping stone for Leon and Romy. I think they'll go very very far. The next to Dave Copperfield, next to Harry Houdini," said Channing.
Leon and Romy have already begun receiving work offers worldwide. Their agent says they're working to get the pair a national tour as well as a television show and are looking for corporate sponsors.
The illusionists will be returning to Utica in October for a meet and greet, and will be performing in the Stanley Theatre for a welcome back performance in February.