Winnipeg magician wows Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent

Darcy Oake.

Darcy Oake.

Kristin Annable, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

The world is watching Winnipeg magician Darcy Oake after his audition for Britain's Got Talent has gone viral.

The four-minute YouTube clip, featuring a sleight-of-hand illusion involving multiple doves, has received more than 1.6 million views since being posted on April 19.

"My social media is just going bananas," Oake said from his home in Winnipeg. "This is the first time there has ever been an eruption of followers and people messaging me. It is all kind of new to me."

Oake, son of CBC sportscaster Scott Oake, is briefly visiting Winnipeg after a whirlwind year full of gigs around the world, but none as huge as his audition for the famous talent show.

A fellow magician, Russ Stevens, previously auditioned for the show and put Oake in contact with the producers to line up an audition.

The trick is one he has practised over and over again, starting with one dove when he was 10 years old. It has evolved to multiple doves, some eggs, with one big surprise at the end.

Now, it's a trick the 26-year-old can say earned him praise from one of television's toughest critics: Simon Cowell.

The judge was floored by Oake's audition, calling him, "The best magician we have ever had on this show."

For a show in its eighth season that has had multiple magicians audition, it was a glowing review.

"It's just so crazy, he is the kind of guy who has been everywhere and done everything, 'Don't waste my time,' type thing ... When he said that, that's just ridiculous," Oake said.

It was his father who introduced him to magic at the age of 10, with a simple card trick.

After his father refused to tell him the secret behind the trick for weeks, his obsession with the unknown of magic began.

"I was flabbergasted and he would not tell me how he did it," he said. "I just fell in love with it."

The dove act is his usual opener, but he said he has plenty more tricks up his sleeve if he makes it further in the competition.

For now, he has a studio in town where he plans to practise his tricks and perfect them.

The wait begins to see if the judges pick Oake to head to the live rounds, with a few weeks of auditions left to air before the decision is made public.


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