Magician John Hoey 'tricked' his way to the top spot Thursday night during the first night of competition of the 4th Annual 'Hamilton Mall's Got Talent!'

The Catskills, New York native didn't come to the stage at Hamilton Mall alone. He was joined by his many assistants: 2 bunny rabbits, 5 baby chicks, and a SNAKE! His illusions wowed the judges and the crowd, easily earning him First Place and a spot in the 'Hamilton Mall's Got Talent!' on August 29th.

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John told SoJO 104.9 he started perfecting his magic in the late 1990's, with the goal of entertaining people. He sites Houdini as his greatest inspiration, and plans to incorporate more animals and new tricks when he competes in the finale.

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Also moving on to the finale are Kate Michel, who performed 'Since U Been Gone' by Kelly Clarkson, and Kayla Donaruma, who sang 'All By Myself'.

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