‘America’s Got Talent’: Backstage Interview with Jon Dorenbos (WATCH)

NFL star hopes to motivate viewers with his magic, story

Jon Dorenbos hopes to “give motivation to people” by sharing his magic and incredible story on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT.

Dorenbos, 36, overcame the murder of his mother (at the hands of his father) to eventually become a long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles.

He now has his sights set on winning the $1 million prize on AGT.

“The NFL gave me a platform a long time ago to share my story in a very unique way and what I learned is that a lot of people go through what I went through,” he told TheTVPage.com in an exclusive backstage interview last night.

“Sharing my story, if it can give motivation to people, if it can show them that the way you view yourself is going to be the way you view the world.  If we can all do that then there are ways to take obstacles and look at them as opportunities and try an help one another.”

On Tuesday’s (July 26) live performance show, the football star performed his best up-close illusion yet, prompting Howie Mandel to declare:  ““I am mesmerized.  I predict we will see you for another round!”

We’ll find out if Jon is one of the seven acts to advance to the next round when the results of America’s vote are revealed tonight.

In the meantime, check out our complete interview with Jon above.

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT are Tuesdays and Wednesdays on NBC.

Jon Dorenbos performs on 'America's Got Talent'

Sean Daly

Sean Daly

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Sean Daly is a veteran entertainment journalist.His work has appeared in People, Us Weekly, The Toronto Star and other top publications. He was the west coast TV reporter for The New York Post from 2008 - 2013. Sean is the author of Inside AGT: The Untold Stories of America's Got Talent and Teen Mom Confidential: Secrets and Scandals From MTV's Most Controversial Shows.
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