Could it be magic for James and 4MG on Sunday?
A Thetford magician and his three friends are hoping to have one more dazzling trick up their sleeves as they try to win Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) on Sunday.
James Samuel, 19, with Harry Nardi, 18, Theo Mallalieu, 17, and Josh Horus, 17, who make up the act 4MG, won their live semi final show on Tuesday night by performed a series of tricks, which involved all of the show’s judges, and culminated in the BGT return on stage of 2009 show favourites and finalists, Stavros Flatley.
When asked about the win on ITV’s Lorraine Show with Carol Vorderman on Wednesday morning, James said: “We keep thinking we are going to wake up from this dream any minute, we keep playing, what’s that song? Is this real life or is this just a fantasy.”
4MG, who met through Harry’s Father’s magic shop, Alakazam, in Ashford, Kent, have been called the ‘Boyband of Magic’ and ‘The One Direction of Magic’ by the press.
James said it was amazing to have their name in the same sentence as those global superstars.
He said: “We think we could be the first magic act to kind of break that barrier and connect with a wider audience than any other magician has done before, which is just so exciting for us.”
When the result of the public vote on the live show was announced by presenters, Ant and Dec, and 4MG found out they had made it to Sunday’s final, they were in disbelief, with James, believed to be the youngest ever member of the Ipswich Magic Society, falling to the floor in shock.
His mum, Jacqueline, said: “I am very proud of James and all the boys of 4MG. I have been overwhelmed by the support and kind messages from the people of Thetford, it’s been fantastic.”
The winning act of Sunday’s final will be given a coveted slot to perform at the Royal Variety Performance, at the London Palladium, on November 17, as well as taking home £250,000.
The Royal Variety Performance, started in 1912 and is now watched by more than 152 million TV viewers worldwide.
4MG will be on the Britain’s Got Talent final, on Sunday, which starts at 7.30pm.