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BC man defies death in front of Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent (VIDEO)

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Laurenne Karmel Aug 15, 2018 5:08 pm 709

Matt Johnson might not be a household name yet, but once you see his daring escapes you likely won’t be able to get him out of your head.

This British ex-pat, now living in BC’s Fraser Valley, is an escapologist and illusionist, specializing in mindblowing card tricks, mentalism, levitation, and of course, daring death-defying escapes.

“I kinda dabble in all art forms,” says Johnson. “I’m not like a David Blaine or a Criss Angel, I’m more like a David Copperfield.”

Matt Johnson on 'Britain's Got Talent'

(Britain’s Got Talent / YouTube)

This brave, bearded gentleman appeared on the latest season of Britain’s Got Talent where he escaped from two different water tanks before ultimately being eliminated in the semi-finals. His daring stunts have garnered nearly 30 million views on YouTube.

“There are a lot of times where I think ‘Oh sh*t, I could die’. And in the escapes on Britain’s Got Talent, I was pretty gosh darn close.”

Matt Johnson - BGT Semi-Finals

(Britain’s Got Talent / YouTube)

In addition to being featured on Britain’s Got Talent, Johnson has his own YouTube channel, where he posts tutorials for aspiring magicians (including card tricks, and how to drink from an unopened bottle), regular vlogs, and amazing illusions.

We invited Johnson to our studio to show us some tricks, and talk about his experience on the show.

Find out which escapologist inspires him most, along with why his performance on Britain’s Got Talent caused a national uproar.

Matt Johnson performing a live levitation

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Follow Matt Johnson: YouTube / Instagram / Twitter
Visit his website to have him perform at your next event

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Laurenne Karmel
Laurenne is the Video Content Coordinator for Daily Hive Video. She is a graduate of UBC's English department and BCIT's Television and Video Production program. She loves Thai food, thrift shopping, Harry Potter, and the Oxford comma.
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