You’ll Never Guess What Canadian Illusionist Darcy Oake is Bringing to the AMERICA GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS Stage Tonight
— January 21, 2019
After finishing in fifth place on BRITAIN'S GOT TALENT in 2014, Winnipeg-born illusionist Darcy Oake took the world by storm with his jaw-dropping performances. Oake returns to the Got Talent stage tonight, Monday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV2 for AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS.
In advance of tonight’s episode, Darcy answered some of our questions about his appearance on the show, and his current gig on tour for The Illusionists.
Q: You mentioned in an interview that your father didn’t know any magic, but he showed you a small trick when you were young which sparked your interest. Was that really what drew you to explore magic and illusions?
“When I was about six years old, my Dad was playing with a deck of cards (knowing ZERO magic), and he asked me to pick a card and ended up finding it. I was immediately fooled and he would not tell me how he did it. I found out a month later that it was a total accident! A 1 in 52 chance that just happened to work out. That feeling of being fooled really resonated with me, and I had to learn how to give that feeling to other people.”
Q: You’ve appeared on both BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT and AMERICA’S GOT TALENT. How is AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS different? And what can viewers expect to see from you?
“AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS is literally the best acts from the entire Got Talent franchise. It was such an amazing feeling being asked to be one of 50 acts from around the world to appear on the show. It’s an honour to have been asked. I just might be including a few of the judges in my performance on the show.”
Q: Do you have any advice for young aspiring magicians and illusionists?
“Don’t worry about being bad! You have to be bad before you can be good. And any material in this art form requires time in front of an audience to really hone. A piece of material needs to be worked to death before it is really good and that requires taking a few bumps and bruises in the early days.”
Q: You are currently on tour with The Illusionists. What has been your most memorable moment so far? How is it different than performing on your own?
“Being on tour with The Illusionists has been amazing. We broke box office records on Broadway which was an incredible experience. Also bringing this show to Canada (my homeland) has been amazing. It’s really a great experience sharing the stage with other magicians. Normally I work solo so it’s nice to have a group of people together that I can bounce ideas off of and brainstorm new material.”
Q: You have an impressive amount of accomplishments already under your belt. What comes next for you, and what can your fans hope to see in the future?
“Bigger and better illusions! I’m constantly working on new material and trying to push the boundaries, and I have a few things in the works that I’m hoping will really push the art form forward.”
Now you see it, now you don’t – prepare to be awestruck once again by Darcy on AMERICA’S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS tonight (Jan. 21) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV2.