Born Tomas B. De la Cruz, Jr., and better known as Smoothini or sometimes "Smoothini the Ghetto Houdini," this magician rose to fame as a finalist on the ninth season of America's Got Talent and also established a significant internet presence, reaching 65,000 YouTube subscribers in 2015. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he served in the United States Marine Corps. Fluent in several languages, he is known for performing magic shows in Japanese and Spanish, as well as in English. Born in Hispanola, The Dominican Republic, and raised in New York City's Washington Heights neighborhood, he later worked in Las Vegas, Nevada, winning numerous consecutive "Best Bar Magician" titles. In the semifinals of America's Got Talent, Smoothini performed a magic trick involving host Nick Cannon's shoelaces. [+]