‘BGT’ Trick Explained: HOW Did This Magician Impale Himself On A Sword?!

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

We’ve seen a lot of magic acts on BGT and AGT over the years, and some of them seem to defy logic. However, even the most mind-boggling acts and amazing illusions can be explained.

Take, for example, magician James More’s seemingly death-defying trick on Britain’s Got Talent in 2013. James balanced on the tip of a sword and then seemed to be impaled by it, only to walk away without a scratch. Read on to find out how it worked.

Magician James More auditions for “BGT.”

James More’s Dangerous Sword Act On ‘BGT’

James told the judges that he’s been performing magic since he was eight years old. The challenge seemed to be impressing Simon Cowell, who can be picky about magic acts. “I do like magic when it’s good,” he said.


James’ assistant brought out a sword, which he placed point-side-up on a disco ball base. With the help of two more assistants, he balanced on his back on the tip of the sword. The assistants even spun him around a few times.

James then seemed to fall onto the sword, with the tip appearing to come out of his stomach. The BGT audience screamed at the trick, and James hung there limply for a moment before his assistants pulled him off. He was alive and uninjured, and Simon was impressed.

How Did James More Pull Off This Magic Trick?

As the YouTube channel Brain Time explains in a video, James was not balancing on a real sword, and he did not get impaled by anything. So how did he do it? Well, it involves a few hidden contraptions and some seriously impressive balance.

When the assistants placed James on the sword, the tip folded down to create a flatter surface to balance on. There was also a pocket in the back of his shirt which attached to the sword. However, there’s nothing holding up his legs or his head, which shows just how physically fit James must be to stay in that position.


As for the moment the sword seems to go through him, Brain Time explains that the sword once again folds into itself, and James takes a fake sword tip out of a secret pocket at the same time he falls down. Once again, he had to balance by himself.

Obviously, don’t try to recreate this trick at home, even with fake swords. As for James More, he made it to the semifinals of BGT Season 7, and has performed on Broadway and the West End.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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