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Panic at Britain’s Got Talent audition as magician almost drowns live on stage

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 4 days ago Vickie Scullard & Jess Flaherty
Simon Cowell wearing a suit and tie © ITV

The latest round of Britain's Got Talent auditions are reported to have been suspended on Monday night when a magician's underwater trick 'went wrong'.

The audition, which took place in Manchester, was stopped when Simon Cowell became concerned that an escapologist performing an elaborate illusion was in danger.

The seasoned judge and record executive is reported to have called in a medic.

The trick saw all four judges of the long-running hit show, including Simon, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden, get involved in the act by taking charge of instruments and keys while the escapologist was submerged in water reports the Manchester Evening News.

Each key was eliminated one by one during the act, with one key releasing the magician from his chains.

But according to reports, David’s key - which was the one that would release the performer - was not taken up onto the stage, and instead it was left on the judges’ table, dangerously running up the clock on the act.

A source told the  Metro that Simon attempted to stop the act and called a medic in to make sure the performer was okay.

David Walliams et al. standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: The BGT stars on the red carpet. © Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images The BGT stars on the red carpet.

They said: “It was horrible. David looked absolutely mortified as Simon started trying to signal producers to stop production and a medic was called in.

"It looked like it was part of the act to begin with, but it soon dawned on everyone that it wasn’t. That this was a real problem that threatened their safety.

"Thankfully they were able to correct themselves but there was a real moment where we thought it could end in disaster and it was clear everyone was beginning to panic."

Britain’s Got Talent airs later this year on ITV.

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