Magic acts on Britain’s Got Talent 2019 have been dropping hints about how they aim to win over viewers on the live shows.
While magic was once a bone of contention for the ITV talent contest, this year’s series has seen countless illusionists earn the judges’ approval.
But they now face an even bigger challenge – performing live to the nation on the semi-finals.
Next week, the public vote will decide who progresses to the grand final – and ultimately takes the £250,000 winner’s prize.
As they prepare to take to the stage, some of the rival magicians have teased what they’ll be doing to persuade fans to pick up their phones.
Yesterday’s last auditions episode saw 4MG – quickly dubbed the ‘One Direction of magic’ – stun the judges by somehow inserting a card into a sealed deck trapped in a glass bottle.
The quartet is now working on something more spectacular – and they have even bigger plans for the final.
“Our first act was all based around card magic, but our semi-final act will show a completely different side to us,” they pledged.
“If we get through to the final round we have got something even more amazing lined up.”
Ben Hart is taking the opposite approach – despite previously making a random audience member teleport between two cages.
Instead, he’s drawing inspiration from his puzzling feat of turning a piece of confetti in to an actual egg.
“Last time I was on the show I had a lot of big props,” he commented. “But what captured everyone’s imagination was a small little mystery – an egg.
“With that in mind, this time I will leave the big equipment at home and try to create a small intimate moment by performing some close-up magic – my favourite kind!”
The comedy magicians are also feeling the pressure to up the ante from their initial appearances.
John Archer is hoping that he won’t lose the laughter with a more impressive trick.
“I have decided to ‘up’ the difficulty of the magic for the semi-final,” he revealed.
“If that’s not difficult enough, I’ve got to try and stay funny while I do it.”
Graeme Mathews intends to get another glamorous assistant involved after he avoided dousing Amanda Holden in water.
“The judges should watch out, as I may need another victim… I mean volunteer,” he joked.
However, mysterious figures The Brotherhood, The Haunting and X aren’t giving anything away at the moment.
They all tease that viewers will have to tune in to find out what surprises they have in store.
The Haunting is on the bill for Monday’s show, alongside the likes of dance group KNE, and skaters Rollabatics.
Britain’s Got Talent’s semi-finals begin tomorrow at 7.30pm on ITV, and continue daily until Friday, with the finale next Sunday.
Spin-off Britain’s Got More Talent airs immediately after the main show every night on ITV2.