Magician Richard Jones may have easily gotten through to the Britain’s Got Talent final, but did he cheat to get there?
The 25-year-old wowed the judges and viewers with a trick ‘never seen before’ when he ripped a page from Amanda Holden’s autobiography by magic and placed in it a glass bottle. He then asked judge Alesha Dixon to pick a random page and read the first word.
The trick HAS been seen before. In America. Watch the following video from America’s Got Talent 2013, where magician Collins Key originally performed the trick.
Now compare it to Jones’ trick from Tuesday’s show.
Simon Cowell is the creator of both the British and American version of the show. He was not a judge when Collins first did the trick back in 2013, but will be on the upcoming season of the show.
“Simon Cowell was not a judge on AGT when the trick was originally performed,” a spokesperson for Britain’s Got Talent said. “The first time he has ever seen it was this week.”
The difference between the two tricks were minor: Richard used a bottle and Collins used a envelope.
Tell us what you think? Did Richard steal the trick?
Britain’s Got Talent returns to ITV tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the final semi-final of the series.