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A FURIOUS Britain’s Got Talent contestant says he is calling in lawyers after claiming bosses gave away his trick to eight-year-old magician Issy Simpson.

Carl Leek, known as The Starman, says the SIMON COWELL T-shirt trick which left judges spellbound on Saturday’s show was one he had performed at an earlier audition.

The stunt saw little Issy get Simon to pick a card — then unzip her coat to reveal a T-shirt printed with the judge’s face and the four of diamonds he had chosen.

While there is no proof BGT did pinch his act for Issy, Carl said: “It’s ludicrous. The routine is literally a carbon copy.

“My act was built around the T-shirt and I have emails from the producers sending me images of Simon I could legally use as my first printed T-shirt was refused.

“It was like looking in the mirror. I felt sick.”

Carl said he was scouted by BGT last year after they were impressed by his YouTube videos.

He claims he was called before Simon, DAVID WALLIAMS, ALESHA DIXON and AMANDA HOLDEN to do his act BEFORE Issy’s audition, which was thought to be in February this year.

He said: “I worked with a producer on a daily basis up until the audition, basically forwarding routines and getting them approved as they didn’t want anything that had been done similar in past shows.

“My first proposal with a book was rejected as Richard Jones had done a similar trick on the show last year. During my audition, I received four yeses, got a standing ovation from the audience.”

“I just don’t understand how this has happened.”

“My audition was in Birmingham a week before the Manchester auditions, so how can the judges be surprised by this trick?“I assumed I would at least get shown on the pre-recordings as I got four yeses but when I asked if I was being shown again I received a blunt email saying no.

“The little girl will be innocent in all this — it is Simon and the show’s platform I am upset with and the constant ripping off of the nation and viewers.”

Last night a BGT spokeswoman said: “Issy Simpson came to Britain’s Got Talent with her own routine and magic performance prepared, which she then duly performed at her audition.

“Any suggestion otherwise would be completely false.”

Original article published at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tvandshowbiz/3422265/furious-britains-got-talent-contestant-calls-in-lawyers-after-claiming-bosses-gave-away-his-magic-act-to-eight-year-old-girl/

Gordon Drayson

Professional Magician, working in the South London area. Close up magic, double act cabaret as well as UK Childrens Entertainer of the Year 2016/2017. Founding member of Magic Daily.

Websites: www.PipKennedy.co.uk - www.disbelieving.com