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No magical ending for Thetford's James and 4MG

A Thetford magician and his three friends missed out on winning the Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) final tonight.

James Samuel, 19, with Harry Nardi, 18, Theo Mallalieu, 17, and Josh Horus, 17, who make up 4MG, had wowed audiences with their magic throughout their time on the show, even winning their semi final with a trick that included 2009 show favourites and finalists, Stavros Flatley.

The eventual winner of the 2019 show, taking home £250,000 and earning a spot on the Royal Variety Performance was singing Chelsea Pensioner, Colin Thackery, from Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich.

4MG, who met through Harry’s Father’s magic shop, Alakazam, in Ashford, Kent, were also branded as the ‘Boyband of Magic’ and ‘The One Direction of Magic’ by the press.

In the final, the magicians appeared on stage in front of a giant illuminated alphabet board and said they would take a different angle of magic this time, from their card tricks in their audition and mind tricks in their semi-final, by using the connection of the judges to the act.

David Walliams was asked to write down the name of someone he has a connection with and Alesha Dixon had to envisage an invisible connection to a key, which she then turned by rotating a finger that never touched it.

4MG- Harry Nardi, Theo Mallalieu, Josh Horus and Thetfordian James SamuelPicture by Syco/Thames/ ITV Picture Desk
4MG- Harry Nardi, Theo Mallalieu, Josh Horus and Thetfordian James SamuelPicture by Syco/Thames/ ITV Picture Desk

Amanda Holden was then asked to lift and form a fist with her left hand, Josh then drew and x on his hand and passed it into the centre of the judge's clenched palm, finally James asked Simon Cowell to put all his focus on a glass he held until in smashed in the hand of the young magician.

To finish, David was asked to close his eyes and focus on each letter of the name he had written out and the illuminated board spelt out Simon, which was the name he had.

Simon said of 4MG's last performance: "This is one of your best performances, I think though what you are lacking is years on the road and your presentation needs working on, but it is a big deal that you got here, I think you have a great career ahead of you."

David loved the key trick and could not figure out how they did it, he said: "I think you are fresh and exciting and that is in your favour."

Alesha said she loved the group and said this and the other performances they have done on the popular show had been amazing.

Amanda agreed with all the comments from her fellow judges and felt this performance was more relaxed, and their growing confidence would help the act progress in the future.

After the comments, Harry said though it had only been their third time on stage as the quartet they hoped their journey through the TV competition would inspire other people to focus on what they want to do and go for it.

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