One of this year’s most unforgettable Britain’s Got Talent auditions came from sword swallower Alex Magala, who shocked audiences both at home and in the theatre with his dare-devil act.
However, whilst he escaped without injury after shooting down a pole head-first with a sword down his throat, bosses have decided that it’s just too risky to let him perform his next stunt live during Monday’s semi-final (May 23).
Instead, he must pre-record his performance, just in case it doesn’t go quite to plan.
Revealing the change, Alex told The Sun: “They (the bosses) have a point, so I couldn’t really refuse.
“The whole act is so dangerous, there is no safety button on it. And, although I reassured them that I would be in control all the time, I have never done this stunt before.
“It could be a revolution in the world of sword-swallowing. But if even the slightest little thing — a wrong angle, a glitch in the music — goes wrong, it will break my concentration and it could be a massive disaster.”
The former Russia’s Got Talent winner added that he has cut his oesophagus in the past, explaining: “But with this one there are no minor injuries. It either goes right or it goes very, very badly wrong.”
Britain’s Got Talent airs tonight on ITV at 7.30pm