A recently successful competitor on America's Got Talent expressed that he intends to use the stage to celebrate God's role in his life.
Dustin Tavella is a magician, who earlier this month, made a splash when he performed a card trick that incorporated his adopted sons on stage alongside his wife. Tavella's performances have often mixed comedy and mysticism with an inspiring performance.
Now he has advanced to the AGT semifinals, which air on August 31.
Tavella has been vocal about his faith online and off. However, he has not received a chance to go into detail until recently. In an interview with Youtube personality Ruslan, Tavella noted how his faith had affected his action on stage.
"When I get to celebrate the principles of God, when I get to celebrate the things that God's done in our lives, … that, to me, is the main thing that we want to do," Tavella told Ruslan. "[It is to] continue to be intentional with every story we get to tell and every bit of airtime."
Tavella also noted that he has a long history with ADHD and that magic was a key to helping him cope in school.
In the interview, Tavella discussed how he was raised in a dysfunctional home and how a local Christian couple invested in him and helped his family recover. Since then, Tavella and his wife have invested in their local homeless ministries.
Tavella described his goal as being a bridge between believers and non-believers. "We just want to help empower people, and we want to be a bridge between the church and the not-church – to get the people not in church into the church, and to get the people in the church, outside of the walls,"
When asked about Christians who were cynical of his use of magic, Tavella dismissed the worry, stating that "I don't have powers. This is just me trying to have fun and kind of create wonder for people."
Dustin has performed music and magic for several years, organizing a show titled "Here Comes Trouble." The show intends to "inspire audiences to become childlike again." He also has several albums and songs available online.