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This magician just won ‘America’s Got Talent’

Throughout his run on ‘AGT,’ the magician impressed fans as he intertwined heartwarming stories about his family with sleight of hand

Magician Dustin Tavella, right, involves “AGT” host Terry Crews in his routine for the “AGT” finale performance.
Magician Dustin Tavella, right, involves “AGT” host Terry Crews in his routine for the “AGT” finale performance. Tavella is the winner of “AGT” Season 16.
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On Wednesday night, “America’s Got Talent” crowned magician Dustin Tavella the Season 16 winner.

Throughout his run on “AGT,” the magician from Virginia Beach impressed fans and judges as he intertwined heartwarming stories about his family — everything from adopting his two children to his love for his wife — with sleight of hand and other magic tricks.

“You are an amazing storyteller,” Cowell told Tavella during the magician’s final performance Tuesday night, according to USA Today.

The last time a magician won “AGT” was in 2018, when magician Shin Lim was crowned the Season 13 champion.

As the “AGT” champion, Tavella wins $1 million and a headlining show in Las Vegas.

Watch all of his performances on “AGT” below:

The audition

The quarterfinals

The semifinals

The finale

Rounding out the top three this season was runner-up Aidan Bryant, a self-taught aerialist, and comedian Josh Blue.

Bryant, 16, got interested in the art form two years ago, when he saw a YouTube video of pop star Pink doing an aerial routine at a concert, according to The Progress-Index. From there, he was able to hone in on his skills during the COVID-19 shutdown, the Deseret News previously reported.

Blue, 42, has cerebral palsy and uses humor to address the many misconceptions people have about the condition.

Ahead of his finale performance Tuesday night, the comedian from Denver said he’s in a great deal of physical pain as his body “breaks down faster” than the average body, according to USA Today.

”All this pain has led to this moment,” he added.

During an early round in the competition, Cowell told Blue he believed the comedian had a “chance of winning this whole thing,” the Deseret News reported.