THE BIG FINISH
Canada's own Darcy Oake wowed the crowd and the judges, but he didn't take home the top prize on Britain's Got Talent.
For his final trick before the BGT judges and millions of British viewers, Oake was strapped into a straitjacket and suspended upside down by a burning rope six metres above the stage in an open bear trap.
Oake was allowed only 53 seconds to escape and narrowly missed the teeth of the trap as he wriggled out of the jacket and dropped to the stage with seconds to spare.
For his efforts, Oake, the son of veteran CBC sportscaster Scott Oake, pulled in 8.5 per cent of the viewer votes, which put him in fifth place overall.
The cleancut musical-theatre boy band Collabro were the winners of the competition with 26.5 per cent of the viewer vote.
Regardless, the BGT judges were suitably impressed by the young magician's sendoff appearance on the series.
Oake's final performance prompted BGT judge Simon Cowell to remark, "We are witnessing the birth of a star."
And to his credit, Oake remained true to his politely Canadian roots even after he lost the competition.
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Source: New York Daily News