Mentalist/magician Oz Pearlman has been wowing the judges on America’s Got Talent this season with his “mind reading” tricks. He says his act “isn’t dangerous, but there’s an inherent risk of it not working.” So how does he stay so calm on stage? Pearlman says running helps.
The 33-year-old ran cross country in high school for one season but as he says, “I was pretty much the worst person on the team. Not only was I terrible, but I think I brought down morale for the team.” In college he started running just for fun. That’s when he started running marathons. Pearlman has since won the New Jersey Marathon four times and the Hamptons Marathon three times. According to Runners World, he set his current PR of 2:23:52 at the Philadelphia Marathon last fall. America’s Got Talent airs Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8pm on NBC.