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Britain's Got Talent Fans Believe They've Worked Out 'Fake' Stunt

Britain's Got Talent Fans Believe They've Worked Out 'Fake' Stunt

Britain's Got Talent fans reckon they've managed to crack the secret behind one act's death-defying stunt, claiming they noticed a 'trap door'.

Viewers watched on as James Stott showed judges his daredevil stunt during Saturday night's semi-final.

The performance involved the former marine-turned-magician speaking to the judges from inside one of five boxes placed on the stage, telling them they had to select a box at random from five envelopes.

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They then had to step forward to push a red button, which was attached to a detonator - in turn releasing a heavy weight.

Not knowing which box Stott was inside, David Walliams, Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and Ashley Banjo - standing in for Simon Cowell - took it in turns to press the button, with the magician's life in their hands.

Much to the relief of the judges and those watching at home, Stott managed to pull off the trick, and cut himself out of box four to show he was unscathed.

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However, some fans have been speculating about how he managed to make the stunt work, taking to Twitter to share their theories, which include the use of tap doors and multiple hidden cards for judges to choose from.

"See how the last table didn't break, that's cause there's trapped door [sic], such b*****ks," one said.

A second wrote: "Maybe that just happened because he's got s**t loads of envelopes in his hand."

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Others noticed that the table under the fourth box - the one Stott had been in - was also the only one that didn't break when the weight fell.

One Twitter user said: "Why was the box he was in the only one that didn't break the table! How fake haha."

Another added: "Why didn't the table 4 smash to pieces like the others did? The weight just landed on top of the table... Rigged!"

This comment came in from another viewer: "Interesting that the table that had the box on with the marine in didn't break but all the others did. Maybe because the weight above his box wasn't a ton so if it did fall it him in the box it wouldn't have hurt him?"

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However the trick worked (I'm still scratching my head, personally), the judges seemed to love Stott, with Walliams telling him afterwards: "It was great.

"Simon's not here but he likes to see people risking their life, really just to make him money.

"It was very, very impressive, I like the seriousness of you, there's no silly jokes, you're very original, very memorable."

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Banjo added: "There was a moment where I looked at Amanda and I realised 'Oh, I'm going to get the final choice and I was like give me a break it's my first night.'

"But I went up there and I had this weird urge to press the wrong buzzer but I didn't do it. It was presented really well and I was on the edge of my seat."

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Topics: Entertainment, TV and Film, Britain's Got Talent, UK Entertainment

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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]