Franco's grandmother sparks his magic
Eleanor Campellone on Wednesday still couldn't grasp that she was at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
"It's unbelievable and I knew he was going to end up somewhere. I didn't know it was this but I knew he was going to end up somewhere. He was that good when he was young," she said.
Her grandson and Johnston native Mat Franco could win $1 million and headline a Las Vegas act if he wins the NBC show "America's Got Talent."
The winner is up to viewers, who voted online. Voting closed at noon Wednesday.
Franco is the only magician among the six finalists. The season finale airs at 8 p.m. on NBC 10.
Campellone said she would spend hours watching her then 4-year-old grandson's magic.
"His mother was always working and he couldn't show her everything -- look mom, look mom. So the grandma was there and I had all the time in the world. I'd spend hours watching his tricks," she said.
While other kids were playing baseball, Franco was making magic inside.
"When he was 13 before high school and college he would say, 'Grandma, I wish I was in New York right now.' But he went to high school and college. He did everything right," Campellone said.