Illusionist Honors His Late Brother Through Magic on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’
Illusionist Darcy Oake made it to the final of Britain’s Got Talent in Season 8. During his set, he spoke about the death of his older brother Bruce and paid tribute to him during The Champions act.
Darcy Oake’s Performance in the Finals
On the season finale of Britain’s Got Talent, finalist Darcy Oake had viewers in tears. Oake spoke of how his older brother Bruce inspired him and that even to this day he wants to be like him.
“I grew up with an older brother until I was 23 years old,” he said. “He was my hero, charming, charismatic, the life of a party. He’s everything I wanted to be like, everything I still want to be like – everything an older brother should be.”
He revealed a story of how they would walk around together holding hands, showing an image of them both doing exactly that before Bruce’s death, a moment he would relive forever.
“On March 28, 2011 at 7am I got a phone call from my mum, and it’s one that replays in my head daily,” Oake said. “She didn’t have to say a word, I picked up the phone and I already knew that Bruce was gone.”
During his audition, Oake stood and pulled a sheet over himself, he suddenly disappeared and was instead replaced by a young boy.
Oake admitted he wanted to use the platform “to say something meaningful” and keep Bruce’s name alive. He received a standing ovation. The judges were deeply moved by this emotional act and was seen in tears. Simon Cowell called him “a great guy.”
Oake previously performed for the royal family at Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday celebrations, which he said was “one of the most surreal moments of my life.”
He began touring the United Kingdom with his shows, but was forced to reschedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.