Simply the Best
Criss, who performed his first card trick at age 7, says he is happy that people have such a positive response to his work. "A lot of people don't live life to its fullest, and what I try to do is show when the mind, body and spirit work together, anything is possible when you have passion and belief in yourself," he says.
Now Criss is going to work his magic on Oprah! For his first trick, Criss asks Oprah to choose a number between 1 and 100. "I'm a student of humanity, of behavior, and I'm going to show you how I use psychology and your mannerisms to get inside your head, Oprah, and tell you what you're thinking," he says.
As Criss closes his eyes, Oprah writes her number on a piece of paper and shows it to the audience. Once she hides her choice from his sight, Chris studies Oprah closely, while talking through several numbers. Then he announces his pick. "It has to be eleven." And, he's right!
While Yvette watches Criss to make sure he doesn't peek, Amy's job is to put a very sharp stand-up sushi knife underneath a foam cup. She then turns three other cups upside down and lines them up in a row. Criss's task is to determine which cup the knife is hidden under. But, to make things interesting, he is going to crush what he thinks are the empty cups with the palm of his hand. "This has severe consequences if I'm not correct," Criss says.
As Criss concentrates on the task, he asks Amy to put her right hand on his shoulder. "I'm going to try to utilize her and how she reacts to me to determine where the knife is," he says. Criss says he is using the lost art of Hellstromism, or muscle reading, to perform this trick.
One by one, Criss slams his hand down on two foam cups and doesn't find the knife. Finally, Criss smashes a third cup—and it's empty!
Watch as Criss attempts to escape from a straitjacket.
After he is strapped into the straitjacket by two volunteers from the audience, Criss is hoisted high above the floor, where he dangles by his feet. As the clock ticks, he struggles to remove the confining jacket. By the time the clock strikes 2 minutes and 3 seconds, Criss is free!
"Wow," Oprah says. "That was good!"
For 10 years, Eric has been visiting Yuca's to chow down on their delicious dishes. And, now that he is a regular on the hit ABC show, Yuca's owners, Dora and her mother, Mama Yuca, get to see their best customer all the time—the restaurant is only a few blocks from the Grey's set! "What I love about Mama Yuca is she is a hug first, order second kind of gal," Eric says.
Though Dora admits she has known Eric for years, she never knew him as "Dr. McSteamy"…instead she knew him as "Mr. Carne Asada"—his favorite dish! And Mama Yuca calls him "Guapo," Spanish for "handsome."
"'Guapo carne asada'—that's a handsome steak," Eric jokes.
Eric says his wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart, is getting in on the fun, too. "She gets a kick out of it. I actually make her call me McSteamy a few times a week," he jokes.
In Zach's triumphant moment, golfing great Phil Mickelson put the green jacket of the Masters Tournament champion on his shoulders. "Having Phil Mickelson put it on me was great. I mean, that was just another dream come true," he says. "And also just the symbol that it represents as an Augusta National green jacket at the Masters Tournament, the history and the tradition behind it. I feel very, very honored and very, very privileged."
Several weeks after his victory, Zach says he's still trying to take it all in. "[It is] very surreal still, looking back. I've seen the footage every now and then," he says. "And I'm still pinching myself as a result."
Kurt tells Zach how proud he is of his achievement. "I've realized that there's so many people out there that struggle on a daily basis, that are trying to fulfill their dream, and they come to the point of discouragement where they're ready to give up," Kurt says. "But you inspired so many people, and I think that's what's so cool about your story."