After impressing Asia with his act, Malaysian magician Andrew Lee is now casting his spell on British audiences.
Lee, a semi-finalist on season two of Asia’s Got Talent (AGT), managed to get through the audition round of Britain’s Got Talent. (The 12th season of the popular talent competition began airing in Britain from April 14.)
Asked why he was auditioning, Lee, 31, replied: “It’s always a dream to be on Britain’s Got Talent and it’s always my hope to perform for the royal family.”
His audition was judged by four renowned British personalities: reality show producer Simon Cowell, actress-singer Amanda Holden, singer-model Alesha Dixon and comedian David Walliams.
Lee got “Yes!” from all the judges, including the notoriously hard-to-please Cowell. “That was one of the most amazing things I’ve seen on this show: near death, magic … everything I love!” enthused Cowell.
For his act, Lee added a sense of danger to his card trick; he had performed a similar routine for his AGT audition. He enlisted the help of the show’s hosts Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, popularly known as Ant and Dec.
As the unwilling “victim”, Dec was asked by Lee to pick a card from a deck. Lee then tore a corner of the card to mark it before putting it back in the deck and asked Ant to shuffle it.
He made Dec wear a padded dartboard over his torso, and got ready a throwing knife, much to Dec's consternation.
For added tension, Lee placed an eyeshield over his face, and asked Ant to toss the deck in the air. Lee then expertly threw the knife at the dartboard, pinning the ripped card to it. (Thus far, the YouTube video has garnered over 28,000 views.)
Lee, who also calls himself a mentalist and illusionist, has performed all across Asia and countries such as India, Egypt, Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and Australia. He also performed in Genting Highlands as their in-house magician.
In previous media interviews, Lee said he picked up magic at the age of 16. It all began when he enrolled in a correspondence course from Australia.
“As I was home-schooled by my mother, picking up the skills via correspondence course felt just as natural,” said Lee, a trained nutritionist from the Global Institute for Alternative Medicine in California, the United States.
For Lee, his goal is “to entertain audiences not by merely showing tricks but wanting them to experience the wonderment of watching magic unfold before their very eyes!”
Here’s hoping that Lee goes far in Britain’s Got Talent!