THIS magician has not let Simon Cowell’s acid tongue stop him from pursuing his dream of an audience with the Queen.
Nicky Flash became a laughing stock and was heckled off stage when his escapologist act spectacularly backfired the last time the Britain’s Got Talent judges came to Blackpool.
The hit show is back on television screens tonight, and Nicky says he was delighted to come face to face with Cowell, alongside new judges David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, again at the Opera House.
Last time around in 2008, the magician became trapped in a duvet cover on the Winter Gardens stage and had to be rescued by medical staff.
But far from letting that put him off, 40-year-old Nicky, from Francis Street, North Shore, said he auditioned for a second time in front of the panel, and was labelled the “worst magician in Britain” by the acerbic music mogul.
His act this time involved a faulty guillotine bought for £50 in a car boot sale, which he admits fell apart once his assistant, Martin Wager, 28, became trapped.
Mr Flash, who is currently performing to audiences at Newton Hall Holiday Camp, said: “I felt more confident this time.
“I did some fire breathing which was good, and thought I did well considering we put it together on the day.
“Simon kept me on for three-and-a-half minutes, but Alesha Dixon said I should spend more money on props, and David Walliams didn’t get it at all.”
Mr Wager added: “It was the biggest laugh ever and the crowd couldn’t get enough of Nicky.”
The magician says he is confident of performing in front of the Queen one day.
He added: “Simon didn’t recognise me at first, but when he did he said I hadn’t got much better.
“My act is cheap and cheerful, and it shows anyone can do a magic act for £50.”