If you’ve seen the viral YouTube video of a man (split in half!) Wearing his lower body and naturally eliciting sharp reactions from viewers, then you’ve probably seen Andy Gross perform his “Divided Man” trick. “.
Gross’s “split man” trick, born several years ago with the idea of ”jumping from behind trees and just scaring people in the park like I’m cut in half”, has turned into one. viral video with over a million views the morning after Gross uploaded it. It now has nearly 8 million views. It completely changed his life, he said.
“I remember CNN calling and they said – at 4 am it was – ‘Is this man divided? and I say, ‘Who?’ I felt like Tony Stark from Iron Man. They wanted to play it on CNN, it was just surreal, ”he said.
If you’re hoping to see the “split man” thing in person when Los Angeles-based Gross comes to Seattle on August 7 for a show at the Funhouse, well, “we’ll just have to see when we get there,” said Gross. His show will be have comedy, crazy magic tricks, audience participation and ventriloquism, he added.
Gross’s “split man” trick launched his career as a magician and actor overnight. He knew he had done something special because “I was getting calls from – and what’s good about the Internet – different countries!” Soon allowing him to have the opportunity to travel to Barcelona, Paris and London to perform, all because of the viral YouTube video, he said.
But Gross was not always a world-traveling comedian, magician, and “skilled ventriloquist.”
Gross’s passion for magic began at the age of 9 with the movie “Magic”, about a ventriloquist dummy who comes to life and murders people, which Gross had in mind at the time (on ventriloquism, c ‘ie): “” Wow, that might come in handy later in life, so I should learn that. “
Gross became so good at casting his voice that “I could actually pull myself out of the classroom.”
After learning the ropes, Gross grew up playing professional racquetball in St. Louis, “the racquetball mecca … and that’s what seemed like what I was going to do all my life.” I played racquetball, racquetball, racquetball, I was on the pro tour, I toured to make a lot of money, and I thought it was going to go on forever.
After the sport “just died completely,” Gross found himself in Los Angeles in search of a new career. With his passion for magic in the back of his mind, he decided to do a few open mics at local comedy stores, “then they asked me to come back and open the show for them, then in the middle of the show, and before long I never looked back, ”he said.
“Now I’m happy to say I’ve never had a real job. It’s pretty much a natural progression, we go from racquetball to ventriloquism, isn’t everyone doing that? said Gros.