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Why ‘BGT’ Fans On Twitter Are Saying This Danger Act Was Rigged

Jill O'Rourke

Jill O'Rourke

Over the weekend, BGT contestant James Stott performed a nail-biting danger act during the semifinals. He seemingly put his life in the judges’ hands, and could have been crushed by a weight if they made the wrong decisions.


However, some fans on Twitter claim to have figured out how James pulled the trick off, and they say he wasn’t actually in as much danger as he wanted people to believe.

‘BGT’ Danger Act Puts Life In Judges’ Hands

Ex-marine James Stott started his act on a video screen, saying he was in one of five numbered boxes on the stage. Above each box was a one-ton weight. The judges were asked to choose a colored piece of paper associated with an unknown number.

Whatever number they received, the judge was tasked with pressing a button that would drop the weight onto the associated box. James said he would attempt to “subliminally” influence which number each judge chose so they wouldn’t crush him.


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“If this doesn’t work, I accept full responsibility for what’s about to happen,” he said. “You are all completely absolved of any blame.”

In the end, the judges crushed every box except the one James was hiding inside. He ended up cutting his way out and then dropped the weight onto the box to prove how much danger he was in.


https://twitter.com/shirl_mitch/status/1302337703376191493

Fans Say James Scott’s Danger Act Was Rigged

After James released the final weight onto the box he had been hiding in, fans on Twitter noticed something interesting. While the other four weights had crushed the tables the boxes were placed on, the final table remained standing. Another fan claimed that the table didn’t collapse because there was actually a trap door underneath it.

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https://twitter.com/TheNameIsCraig/status/1302337198960848898

This still leaves the question of how James made sure the judges would choose the right numbers. One fan suggested that the assistant holding the numbered papers used sleight of hand to control which numbers were chosen.

This would also explain how the judges chose numbers in the same order as the dog tags on stage, which James said represented his grandfather. That could be why the judges were asked to choose colors instead of numbers.

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About the Author

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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