WATCH: Darcy Oake’s incredible disappearing act that earned him a spot in the finals of Britain’s Got Talent
A polished, surprising illusion took Winnipeg magician Darcy Oake to the next stage in the Britain’s Got Talent competition on Monday night.
The 26-year-old Winnipegger, who made it to the show’s semi-finals by making doves appear, moved on by making himself disappear.
“That was intense,” Oake said to the hosts of the show, letting out a deep breath after the judges had their say about his talent – and made jokes about his good looks and sex appeal.
He tweeted a similar response to the evening:
He offered a more considered comment on Tuesday morning:
The Canadian magician and illusionist has said he has wanted to be a magician since his father, sportscaster Scott Oake, played a trick on him when he was a kid and he was consumed with figuring out how it was done.
In a short profile before his performance, he talked about his style – he performs without the razzle-dazzle that’s part of many magic acts, wearing black jeans and a T-shirt in his acts on the hit television show.
“To break away from the mould is important to me,” he said.
Britain’s Got Talent co-creator and judge Simon Cowell, noted for his blunt, critical responses to performances, indicated Oake’s approach is working.
“You’ve got your own kind of schtick. It’s different to what we’ve seen before. It’s not corny,” Cowell said after Oake’s performance. “You’ve got an incredible stage presence, and it’s believable, and I think again, you know, we have a real competition on our hands.”
Oake now moves on to the finals of the show.
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