Keiichi Iwasaki wowed judges with his illusions, including a moment where he brought Alesha Dixon on stage and appears to levitate a ring before it lands on her finger.
Alesha, Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams were entranced by the performance, however, it appears Keiichi is no stranger to the Got Talent stages, and has actually appeared on three other of the franchise’s shows around the world.
The magician received a standing ovation from all four judges, with Simon stating how much his son Eric would ‘love’ watching the act.
‘He is brilliant,’ Ant added, with Dec chiming in: ‘I loved it!’
‘You are funny, you’re quirky, you’re very, very charming and your magic was absolutely excellent. I mean, faultless,’ Amanda praised.
After Simon followed up with calling Keiichi ‘one of the best auditions so far,’ Ant and Dec ran to the judges’ panel to press their Golden Buzzer, pushing Keiichi straight through to the live semi-finals.
Ant and Dec boosted Keiichi to the live semi-final shows (Picture: Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock)
Alesha called the magician a ‘superstar’ (Picture: Thames/Syco/REX/Shutterstock)
But, it’s not his first time performing for live Got Talent shows.
Keiichi auditioned for Italy’s version in 2016, Spain’s in 2019 and Bulgaria’s last year, as well as auditioning last year for Germany’s Das Supertalent.
For Italia’s Got Talent, Keiichi actually made it to the semi finals, after auditioning with the same ring trick he performed in today’s show.
‘So a former Italy, Bulgaria, and Spain’s got talent act gets the golden buzzer then,’ one person wrote, adding he was ‘hardly an unknown.’
‘Oh look, another golden buzzer for yet another professional act the producers have paid to perform in the UK,’ another fumed.
They added: ‘Britain clearly doesn’t have any talent.’
Keiichi’s Golden Buzzer follows Amanda giving hers to The Greatest Showman singer Loren Allred, Simon giving his to comedian Axel Blake and David giving his to Born to Perform, with now only Alesha’s Golden Buzzer act remaining to be seen.
However, Loren and Axel as well as other auditionees have faced fixed claims since their performances aired, as fans have accused the show of highlighting professionals.
Loren, who previously competed on The Voice, recently spoke out stressing that while she has been in the music industry for several years, ‘people don’t know who I am’.
Some audience members were not impressed by a ‘professional singer’ taking part on the show (Pictures: ITV)
‘Over all these years I’ve been fighting for my chance to be known and to make it,’ she said.
The singer explained that while Never Enough ‘was a big success’ from The Great Showman, ‘people still think that the actress sang it’, after Rebecca Ferguson mimed the tune in the movie.
Some fans were convinced the audition for singer Nick Edwards also was a ‘fix’ after he delivered an impromptu performance despite already being mic’d up, although BGT has maintained that he was ‘totally unsuspecting’.
After viewers were left stunned over the discovery that Golden Buzzer comedian Axel already has a special on Amazon Prime Video, Simon has stated that ‘this year, there are less professional people’.
ITV has been contacted for comment.
Britain’s Got Talent continues next Saturday at 8pm on ITV and ITV Hub.