The Sacred Riana

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The Sacred Riana
Marie Antoinette Riana Graharani

(1992-07-13) July 13, 1992 (age 26)[1]
Other namesRiana Antoinette
Alma materSt. Ursula Catholic School[1]
University of Bunda Mulia[1]
Years active2012–present
Known for
Parent(s)Chrisiandy Yuniarto (father)[1]

Marie Antoinette Riana Graharani, commonly known as The Sacred Riana, is an Indonesian magician and illusionist. She is best known as a bizarre illusionist, who does occasionally break her creepy ghostlike character offstage, but normally does not.[2][3][4]

In 2017, Riana joined the second season of Asia's Got Talent where she was declared the winner after beating the Filipino hip-hop dance group DM-X Comvaleñoz based on the audience votes in the grand final.[5] There have been over 70 million views on Facebook and YouTube of her magic performances onstage.[6] In 2018, she appeared on season 13 of America's Got Talent where she was eliminated in the quarterfinals.


Riana’s gimmick is a reference to Sadako in the Japanese horror classic The Ring, with a similarity to her long hair falling in front of her face, while her doll calls to mind Annabelle from The Conjuring film.[7]

Riana and her manager chose "The Sacred" name because they think that doing magic is a sacred thing for some people.[8]

On 21 August 2018, during the America's Got Talent quarterfinals live show, Riana's act was abruptly cut to black and a commercial break before the end of her performance, which confused many viewers about what had just happened and quickly provoked a huge question on social media, but according to a set of production notes which have been posted on Twitter, the dramatic "cut-to-black" moment was actually part of the plan all along.[9]

Characteristics on stage[edit]

Riana has a distinctive appearance, characterized by head and hand twitching movement, always stands with one of her legs bent and a flat facial expression. Riana always appears with long and loose hair that covers most of her face.[10]

In each stage appearance, Riana wears a long-sleeved dress and white tights and also holds her doll, Riani, which wears the same style of clothing as the magician. When she speaks during performances, she does so in a quavering, unclear voice.[10]



Riana has appeared on several television shows or joined several talent search shows. She was the second winner of Asia's Got Talent and the second Indonesian to enter America's Got Talent live shows after Demian Aditya. She finished as a quarterfinalist (Top 36).[11]

Year(s) Network Show Role Note
2012 Indosiar Hizteria Guest / Performer
2013–14 Trans7 The Next Mentalist Contestant Runner-up, Season 1
2014 Trans7 Indonesia Lawak Klub Guest / Performer On 6 February 2014
Hitam Putih Guest On 10 February 2014
antv Campur-Campur Guest On 2 March 2014
Trans7 Opera Van Java Guest On 13 March 2014
2014–15 Trans TV The Magic Show Performer On 19 December 2014
On 25 January 2015
2015 MNCTV Kontes Final KDI Performer On 21 May 2015
2017 Rumah Mama Amy Guest / Performer On 11 November 2017
Trans7 Hitam Putih Guest / Performer On 24 November 2017
AXN Asia Asia's Got Talent Contestant Winner, Season 2[4]
antv Pesbukers Guest / Performer On 22 December 2017
NET. Tonight's Primetime Guest / Performer
2018 RCTI Dahsyatnya Awards 2018 Performer On 25 January 2018
NBC America's Got Talent Contestant Quarter-finalist, Season 13
NET. Ini Talkshow Guest / Performer On 10 September 2018


  1. ^ a b c d "Profil The Sacred Riana" (in Indonesian). Viva. Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Mengenal Kembali Sosok Riana, Peserta Asia's Got Talent" (in Indonesian). Tribun Jogja. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Indonesian illusionist edges out Filipino dance group to win AXN's 'Asia's Got Talent'". Interaksyon. 17 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Indonesian magician The Sacred Riana is crowned winner of Asia's Got Talent Season 2". Straits Time. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Indonesia's The Sacred Riana beats Filipino dance group DMX to Asia's Got Talent title". Yahoo Lifestyle. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Creepy Indonesian illusionist The Sacred Riana wins Asia's Got Talent 2". Asia One. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Illusionist "The Sacred Riana" The Winner Of Asia's Got Talent 2017, Creeps Out The Judges With Her Performance". PH Trending. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Arti di Balik Nama The Sacred Riana" (in Indonesian). Kompas. 19 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  9. ^ "America's Got Talent viewers left stumped after show cuts to advert break during act". Metro. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  10. ^ a b "7 Ciri Khas The Sacred Riana yang Bikin Takluk Para Juri" (in Indonesian). Tempo. 16 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  11. ^ "The Sacred Riana moves on to 'America's Got Talent' live quarterfinals". The Jakarta Post. 1 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.

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