Last weekend was the final of the 2019 Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) and it was lovely to see magic so well represented, but before I talk about that, a quick mention of a couple of great acts that didn’t make it al the way through..
Jimmy is one of the best ventriloquists in the UK and also one of the nicest chaps you could wish to meet. I have worked with Jimmy on many cruise ships and corporate events and he always goes down a storm. Unfortunately, he was hampered in his selection of material by the wishes of the producers which ultimately ended up with Simon Cowell storming offstage, leaving a slightly bemused Jimmy and David Williams to finish off the routine. I felt so sorry for Jimmy, because I feel that had he been allowed to choose his own material and use some of his brilliant puppets (Les the boxer is hilarious) I am sure he would have done better. You can check out his website here
Also failing at the semi-final stage, John is one of the funniest guys on the circuit and a brilliant magician as well – he also plays a mean ukulele! Both of John’s routines in the heats and the semi finals were great, but unfortunately he was competing with Colin Thackery (the eventual winner) and comedian Kojo. On any other night he probably would have gone through. Find out more about John here
Of the 10 acts in the finals, four were magicians – a huge change around from the situation a few years ago when magic was classed as a bit of a joke.
The “Boy Band of Magic” – these four lads have a charming way about them, each time performing a number of routines on each of the panel members. Considering their age and their lack of experience, they should be very proud of themselves and I think we will be seeing a lot more of them in the future.
Jonathan is a well established magician and escapologist – he is starring in the stage show The Illusionists this Summer in the West End. Doing very scary feats of escapology which kept us on the edge of our seats, Jonathan is thrilling to watch and a consummate professional. More about Jonathan here.
Whilst not magic, Siobhan is a great performer and also a good friend. Again, someone that I got to know on the cruise ships. Performing humorous songs in a Victoria Wood style she is charming and very funny. Probably what is not so obvious, due to the style of the songs, is that she has a brilliant voice, almost in the style of Cher. Siobhan would be great on the panel of Loose Women and I was so pleased that she made it through to the final.
Elegant, sophisticated with superb sleight of hand, Ben is a true master of his art and a joy to watch. He is also a lovely guy and very modest and unassuming. Ben also consults for theatres when they need to put a magical element into a play or show. Some of his work can be seen in the touring production of the Exorcist. Look out for him on tour later this year. Here is his website
Well, what can I say about this? Marc Spelmann is one of my best friends in magic so I was thrilled when it was revealed that he was the person behind the mask. The magic was brilliantly done, the reveal was amazing and I am sure that Marc will go on to even greater heights. Check out Marc’s website here
What of BGT 2020? Will we see magic continue to feature heavily? I hope so, as it is clear that there is a great demand from the public to see this sort of entertainment. There are more and more live magic shows around the UK, so there are plenty of chances to see it “in the flesh”. In a couple of weeks time I am going to see David Blaine (as far as I know, the first time he has performed live in the UK). I’ll let you know what I think..
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