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Paramedics Rush On Stage To Attend To 'Britain's Got Talent' Escapologist

Paramedics Rush On Stage To Attend To 'Britain's Got Talent' Escapologist

We sometimes see a few hairy moments on Britain's Got Talent, but few have made our palms as sweaty (knees weak, arms heavy, etc) than this stunt, which saw paramedics rushing on stage to attend to a death-defying escapologist:

Escapologist Matt Johnson returned for another daredevil performance on the show after getting through his audition, admitting that the scenario he was putting himself in this time would be 'hell on earth'. He also added that there was a 'good chance' he could die, which is not nerve-wracking to hear at all.

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Johnson had been bolted into a metal straight jacket, while his head was locked inside a clear box secured with a bunch of padlocks. That in itself sounds pretty full on, but then the box was filled up with water. NO THANKS.

He had explained that if the timer reached one minute and 45 seconds, he could be in trouble.

We all know where the story goes from here, don't we? When has locking your head in a box full of water while being padlocked into a steel straight jacket ever been a pre-cursor to a particularly happy ending?

Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV
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Needless to say, the timer reached the danger zone and then continued, with Johnson seemingly gesturing to paramedics off stage to come over and intervene.

Eventually, though, he managed to break free at 2.21 - gasping for air as the water rushed out from the box.

A shocked Amanda Holden said: "Oh my God I really hate it, i hold my breath with you for the hole thing. I basically nearly passed out myself.

"It's exciting to watch - you're very brave and I'm glad you're still alive."

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Simon also referred to Johnson as a 'lunatic', adding: "If the public put you through they're sort of voting you through in the hope you die."

Viewers were also horrified at what happened.

"Matt Johnson makes my anxiety levels and blood pressure hit the roof, I can't cope," one viewer wrote on Twitter.

"That Matt Johnson guy was scary. Thought he was going to die," another said, adding 'at least it was memorable'.

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Credit: ITV
Credit: ITV

But as well as being in awe, fans were also left fuming after Matt failed to win himself a spot in the final - despite the fact he'd put his life in danger for the show.

One person said: "How did Matt Johnson not get through? He actually brought excitement and danger to this pathetic show for once, but the sad British public ruins it."

Another added: "I'm sorry but Matt Johnson absolutely smashed it, was one of my faves from the beginning and should defo have been in the final."

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Someone else said: "How the hell did those boring D-Day Darlings get more votes than Matt Johnson last night? What a joke."

Mind you, I'm not sure I can go through watching something like that again, so maybe it's for the best that he didn't go through...

Featured Image Credit: ITV

Topics: Britain's Got Talent, Scary, stunt, UK

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]