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'American Idol' Reject

Panhandling on the Highway --

Got Any Spare Change?

2/9/2012 3:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Who says "American Idol" rejects are a bunch of hopeless losers -- we found one who actually managed to turn his flash of fame into a lucrative profession ... begging for money on the side of the road.

His name's Magic Cyclops -- and you may remember him as the air guitar-playing bandana-wearing weirdo who fired confetti out of his pants during his audition in Aspen last month.



The judges unanimously rejected him -- no surprise -- but now he's found success outside the music biz, panhandlng on the side of a freeway in Fort Collins, CO.

Magic tells us, since his massively public "Idol" rejection, no one has wanted to hire his one-man band -- because "now people know I don’t have the talent I thought I had.”

But after reading an article about homeless people making up to $30k a year just from begging, Magic was inspired -- and decided to hit the road with a cardboard sign ... earning an impressive $0.35 his first day.

For the record, Magic isn’t actually homeless -- he lives at home with his parents, owns a car, cellphone and a computer. But he is kind of a dumbass. 

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Fat Mike    

Headline should have read "What is Wrong With America!"

802 days ago
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kerrybabyxx    

The guy is trying to be loony,all an act for attention.Randy has no sense of humour.

802 days ago
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buzz kill    

Maybe he should have tried singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

802 days ago
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buzz kill    

I am sure you could put an X-Box 360... on that list of assets. What a turd, has to sponge of his parents. I hope they at least keep him in the basement. They must be proud of their genetic experiment.

802 days ago
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Ozzie X    

I remember seeing this guy open for Denver bands years ago. He was more of a novelty comic performer. I had no idea he was young enough to audition for American Idol

802 days ago
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Brenda    

Does he OWN the car, cellphone and computer or did his parents get it for him? You guys really shouldn't make fun of people like this.

802 days ago
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kim    

HE was FUNNY... RANDY NEEDS TO REMOVE the STICK that IS wedged UP HIS ASS... BUT HE WOULD HAVE HAD BETTER LUCK WITH A COMEDY SHOW THIS SHOW ISN'T CALLED MAKE ME LAUGH... ALTHOUGH HE WOULD HAVE TO BE FUNNIER TO SURVIVE THE COMEDY CLUBS CAUSE HE IS UP FOR A RUDE AWAKENING IF HE THOUGHT THIS WAS A TOUGH CROWD... LOL...

802 days ago
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bunny    

With that sign of course he won't make panhandlers money.

802 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

Isn't this how TMZ selects their staff? Panhandling in Hollywood??

802 days ago
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AyeJay    

So he's basically just lazy to get a real job. I remember when I was in Seattle, there was this panhandler that my brother gave a dollar to, we go to the Olive Garden across the street and then see him get into his Hummer. We haven't given money out since.

802 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

The stupid idiot does NOT need to panhandle. He sings well enough that he went to try out for AI. All of a sudden there are no singing jobs available for him? HA. Acting like a baby is no way to get to your dream.

802 days ago
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Josh T.    

Probably not going to get a lot of action panhandling with a $5 venti coffee at your side. Dummy.

802 days ago
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Phenom    

For the record, it's Ft. Collins not Collins CO.

802 days ago
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sbuckingham    

Next time maybe he should not have a Starbucks next to him while begging for money.

802 days ago
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YOB    

Is that a Starbucks cup by his feet? If so, panhandling is good business for him.

802 days ago
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