Terror gripped Britain’s Got Talent tonight as judges feared a knife act had gone horribly wrong.
Viewers watched aghast as strongman Mike Henderson, balancing precariously on two knives, with another lethal, upturned blade below him, appeared to lose concentration and slip when Piers pressed his buzzer.
Seeming to struggle for balance, Mike’s fall halted just an inch or two from the dangerous blade, which pointed straight at his throat.
The judges and audience were in uproar with Kelly watching though her fingers and Amanda jumping up, out of her seat, ready to rush off. She squealed, “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God…” throughout.
Tensions remained high for a few long seconds, before 62 year-old Mike righted himself - - and ended the act with his piece de resistance, grabbing the knife between his teeth.
Before Mr Henderson began his routine, he admitted on stage, “If the buzzer was to go while I am doing this trick I could hurt myself”.
And probably now wishing he hadn’t, a tongue-in-cheek Piers chimed, “Simon likes there to be a sense of danger”.
But it all got a bit too realistic and after the act ended, a shaky Amanda scolded: “You frightened the blinking knife out of me then! I thought when he (Piers) buzzed you’d stabbed yourself in the blinking head! Then I thought, 'I can’t bear to watch this…'”
And Simon, laughed nervously when he said: “Piers nearly killed you”. He then went on to say, “I felt incredibly uncomfortable. Your hands were shaking and your body was shaking. It is something you should have given up 20 years ago”.
“There is a chance you’re going to walk away with a knife falling out of your head - and I don’t want that responsibility, to be honest.”
However, back in the wings, Mike was unruffled. “I’ve been training for 20 years to do this act. The trick is to make it look harder than it actually is”.
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