Paul Daniels's nephew upset after his audition was axed from Britain's Got Talent 2016

Show apparently cut James Phelan because there was 'too many magicians'

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The nephew of the late Paul Daniels has told of his disappointment after Britain's Got Talent 2016 bosses chose to cut him from the show.

James Phelan followed in the footsteps of his uncle by performing his own magic act for Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams - even persuading Amanda to join him on stage as his assistant.

His audition is understood to have received four yesses from the judges, meaning he was among the 200 acts that were shortlisted for the live shows.

However, according to The Sun, BGT producers chose not to air the footage in any of the seven auditions episodes because there are 'too many magicians' on the bill.

The rejection proved especially painful for James, as his involvement in the ITV talent contest was the subject of his last conversation with Paul before the much-loved TV icon passed away from an incurable brain tumour in March.

"It was when he was in hospital and it was just me, him and my Auntie sitting round the bed," the 23-year-old explained. "My Auntie was telling him ‘James is doing really well with his magic’.

"We knew how poorly he was, but my Auntie told him: ‘When it’s on TV we’re all going to have to watch it’.

"It’s painful that it’s not going to air and I’m not going to have a physical record of that."

Responding to James's comments, a Britain's Got Talent spokesperson said: "Given the large number of acts who audition for the judges, unfortunately we aren’t able to show all auditions due to time restrictions."

Last night's episode saw the judges whittle down the scores of successful auditionees to the line-up of 40 acts that will appear in this week's live semi-finals.

Among the magicians who have made it are Richard Jones, who turned a can of fizzy juice in to piping hot tea, and Christian Lee, who made the audience chuckle with a comedy card trick.

The first Britain's Got Talent 2016 live show airs tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.

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