Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini, a recent contestant on America’s Got Talent whose YouTube video went viral, is a close up magician working local bars and restaurants in Las Vegas, Nevada. Smoothini, is a local celebrity for tourists and locals alike.
This the second of a two-part article. The first part is available at: Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini | Dawn to Demo
Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini Goes Viral on America’s Got Talent
My old friend Tomas De LaCruz grew up in Washington Heights in New York. In those streets Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini was born. Tomas served the United States Marine Corps overseas, but Smoothini entertained them. He’s lived in New York, Japan, California, Maryland, and most recently Las Vegas, Nevada where he currently works full-time showing tourists and locals alike what real magic looks like up close.
Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini has travelled a fairly unpaved road with many pitfalls to arrive quite literally in the desert where entertainment is the lifeblood of the city. Surrounded by the toughest acts and stiffest competition in magic and live entertainment, my buddy Tomas has always performed his greatest trick. Survival.
Instead of giving up in the face of adversity like many performers before him, Smoothini pushes the limitations of his skill set (dare I say art), his personal relationships and his health with a singular goal in mind. Success. Beneath the surface of raunchy humor, self proclamations of ghetto chic, and his famous requests for Jedi Juice, lies an intelligent, driven, incredibly focused and viciously determined individual.
These qualities and more are what landed him an audition on Americas Got Talent. Fortunately, the immediate reaction to his years of fine tuning his unique craft paid off. If millions of views and overnight celebrity status don’t boost your ego, what possibly can?
You can follow Smoothini and the rest of the America’s Got Talent contestants on the NBC website at: America’s Got Talent
Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini Returns to America’s Got Talent
As a filmmaker myself for over ten years there is one lesson I learned from experience very quickly. In entertainment, nothing is certain. It’s said you’re only as good as your last work, and it’s absolutely true. If there’s anything I know about my friend Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini, and the years of getting to see him perform and practice out of the public eye, is that he’s got a lot more coming.
As an overnight viral sensation the world is talking. He’s been featured on the New York Post, the Huffington Post, LOL Snaps, and World Star Hip Hop to name just a few. Now, he needs to keep this momentum going.
As a friend, although life has taken us different paths, watching him come so far has been a true pleasure. When I haven’t been able to see him personally, he most certainly continues a personal online presence on places like YouTube and Facebook reminding the world he’s not leaving until he makes it.
For the kid I knew, now the man Tomas De LaCruz, it would mean the chance for stability for his new family. The chance to create a home and care for his loved ones emotionally and financially. It would be the chance to create the truest magic of all. As a father to his children, he’d become their hero.
As for the first round on America’s Got Talent, his performance on the show proved that his skills as a magician and unique personality makes Smoothini a worthy adversary for any of the other live acts. For Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini, continuing to advance on the show would be a tremendous boost in career opportunities and true growth as an entertainer.