Jim Karol grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania "James Jonathon Karol". Jim attended a local college there, then ended up working at the local steel mill like the Billy Joel song "Living Here in Allentown". It wasn't until the early 80's that Jim began his career in entertainment. He began as a magician, and word soon spread about this "madman of magic", and before he knew it Jim found himself on the front pages of newspapers across the country for correctly predicting the Pennsylvania Lottery. He was asked to appear on several television shows, and his popularity began to grow.
Jim quickly became a huge hit at colleges and universities throughout the Northeast and was even invited to perform at the White House. Jim was then asked to tour the country with Guinness to promote their Millennium Edition Guinness book which Jim is featured in. The United States Playing Card Company then began sponsoring Jim and together they developed a product called "Cool Card Tricks" which sold countless units throughout the world. Jim then released his own book called "50 Ways to Hustle Your Friends", more as a novelty for his fans.
It wasn't until a a few years ago that Jim began to dabble with memory techniques and other feats of the mind which then led Jim to realize that he had finally found his niche. With in just a few months he memorized 75,000 zip codes, every country and capital, the Scrabble dictionary, and thousands of sports facts. Jim actually became addicted to memorizing things. He's a real life combination of "Rocky Balboa" and "Rainman".
In the first hour, George caught up with entertainer and mentalist Jim Karol, who demonstrated his remarkable memory. Next, motivational expert David Ruben joined the program to talk about dreams and intuition. Open Lines followed. ... More »Host: George Noory
Appearing for the first two hours, entertainer and magician Jim Karol shared some of his feats of mind & memory. He has memorized over 10,000 names of people he's encountered through his performances, and associated their names with a country, celebrity, or a movie. He tells these people "if they ever see me at any time in my life, whether it's at their school, at a mall, at a show, if I don't know the celebrity, movie or country that I gave them, they get $100 right on the spot." The last half of the show featured Open Lines. ... More »Host: George Noory
A set of surprise guests joined us for one segment each in this special 4-hour program. In order of appearance: Dr. Betty Martini spoke about Hawaii's attempt to ban Aspartame. The sweetener is addictive, leaches serotonin from the brain, and is associated with mental illness such as bi-polar disorder, she reported. Investment advisorMish Shedlock warned of a full-blown recession and job layoffs. The real estate bottom won't hit till around 2012, he added. Investigative reporterLinda Moulton Howe reacted to a new report in which the US military is claiming that UFO sightings in Texas may have been due to a training mission of F-16s in the area. She noted that this is a typical pattern when the military wants to quash the idea that anything unusual has taken place. Scott Flansburg, 'The Human Calculator,' spoke about the power of numbers and the Mayan Calendar. Researcher David Seredareported that a NASA employee was leaking information suggesting t ... More »Host: George Noory
Joining George for a live in-studio appearance, during the middle two hours, were 'Psychic Madman' Jim Karol and fellow Phenomenon contestants Mike Super (the winner) and Angela Funovitz (runner-up). ... More »Host: George Noory
In a night of "Secret Door" guests, six people made surprise appearances on the show. ... More »Host: George Noory
Entertainer and magician Jim Karol discussed extraordinary feats of mind, magic, and memory. Using flash cards and memory tricks he has been able to memorize large amounts of information such as zip codes for thousands of cities. ... More »Host: George Noory