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Magician/illusionist Darcy Oake is a big hit.

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WINNIPEG illusionist Darcy Oake has advanced to the finals of Britain's Got Talent after a live "teleporting" performance Monday night on the show in London.

Oake began the brief illusion by being placed under a white sheet while sitting on a chair on a podium on the stage. When the sheet was removed some 30 seconds later, Oake had vanished, only to reappear seconds later as the cameraman apparently shooting the scene.

"You are incredible," celebrity judge Amanda Holden said of Oake. "You're such a pro. You did that like you had your own show already. Please, God, hope you're in the final."

Added judge Simon Cowell: "You've got an incredible stage presence and it's unbelievable."

Oake, 26, was one of just two semifinalists who performed on Monday night's show to advance to the finals out of eight acts. There were a total of 45 acts in the semifinals, which will continue this week on the mega-popular ITV show. Oake's next appearance will be next Saturday, according to the BGT website.

Oake's first performance on the show included the appearance of several doves out of mid-air -- and later a female assistant from a box on stage. At the outset of Monday's act, Oake came onstage and announced to the audience: "That's what got me here. But tonight, I want to try something different. No fancy costumes. No dancing girls. No big boxes. Just pure illusion."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 27, 2014 B2

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