The Levitation Act



finalist spot (4) cruise ship
invite face (2) competition
royal headline Royal Family
trace tour (2) whirlwind
weight champion feeling (2)
decide perform win/won/won
bit (2) take on appreciate
exact thrilled backwards
seat board (2) on your way up
stage audience if you don’t mind
join pick (2) get through
cruise good luck lay/laid/laid
select excellent comfortable
grab shoulder stand/stood/stood
remain place (2) freeze/froze/frozen (2)
tight still (2) supposed to
slide title (2) here we go
drop right here incredible
lift (3) crazy (2) oh my gosh
wow applause give a round of applause
wait cool (2) take your seat






I’m Darcy Oakes. And I was a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2014. Before Britain’s Got Talent, I was doing spots in other people’s shows, doing cruise ships. I was doing everything I could do make a living.

And after Britain’s Got Talent, within a year, a year-and-a-half, I went from performing on the cruise ships to being invited to perform in Windsor Caste, for the entire Royal Family.

I was headlining my own show. We did a tour of the UK. We did a tour of Canada. It was like whirlwind. And I can one-hundred percent (100%) trace that back to being on Britain’s Got Talent.

I want that champion title.


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Simon: Hello Darcy.
Darcy: Hi. How are you?
Simon: I always had this feeling with Darcy, and again this is part of the reason why we decided to make this show “The Champions”. Because there were certain people along the years where I thought, “You know what? They should or could have won the competition,” hence the reason why you’re back.
Darcy: Thank you. I appreciate that. Thank you.

Simon: Just to make it a little bit harder for you, you are now taking on the best of the best.
Darcy: Exactly.
Simon: I’m thrilled to have you back. Good Luck.
Darcy: Thank you so much.


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Darcy: Howie. I’d like to give you the best seat in the house and welcome you to the stage. If you could, please join me. But on your way up, if you don’t mind, select anyone you want from the audience.

Pick anybody you want.
Gentlemen, join me on stage.

Howie: Hi. I’m Howie.
Doug: I’m Doug.
Howie: Hi Doug. How are you?
Doug: Good.

Darcy: Howie, stand to my right. And your name? Doug. Excellent. Come on back here. Have a seat. Have a seat.

How, if can face that way; Doug face that way, just like that. Yup exactly.

Now, Howie, if you don’t mind, just lay backwards and Doug lay back . . . comfortable? You’re okay?

Howie: I’m not comfortable, but I’m okay.

Darcy: We’ll get through it. We’ll get through it.

Gentlemen, above you is a board. Please reach up. Please grab the board, grab the board. A little bit this way. Perfect.

Heidi, will you join me on stage, please.
Heidi: Me?
Darcy: Yes, thank you.
Heidi: Oh my god. Thank you.

Darcy: Thank you so much for your help, Heidi. Stand right here.

Right now, what I would like to try to do with you is freeze a moment in time.
Heidi: Okay. And what am I supposed to do?
Darcy: All you have to do is remain perfectly still. And you’re gonna fall back into my arms.
Heidi: Okay.
Darcy: Sounds good?
Heidi: Sounds good.
Darcy: Here we go.
Heidi: Like that?
Darcy: Just like that. And we’re going to place you on to the board. Perfect. Hold on nice and tight. Take her weight. Take her weight. Thank you gentlemen.

Here we go.

Howie, I’m gonna slide the board out. Take her feet. Take her feet. Take her feet.
Doug. Take her shoulders. Take her shoulders.

Howie, drop your hand. This hand — drop it. Drop it. Wait. Perfect. Perfect.

Mel B: My god. Is that with one hand?

Oh my gosh.

Darcy: Drop your hand. Drop your hand.

Side Host: How is that happening?

Darcy: Howie, lift your hands back up. Grab her legs. Heidi, I’m going to lift you up.

Heidi: Okay.

Side Host: Oh, that’s crazy. There was nothing there.

Darcy: Give Heidi a round of applause. Howie thank you so much for your help. You can take your seat.

Howie: Wow.
Heidi: That was so cool.
Side Host: Incredible.

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1. Before Darcy performed on Britain’s Got Talent, he was poor (or struggling). True or false?

2. After his performance on Britain’s Got Talent, did he get many invitations and opportunities?

3. What does Darcy want?

4. Do Simon and the judges already know Darcy, or is this the first time they have met?

5. Darcy performed alone. Is this right or wrong?

6. Were Howie and Doug strong men? What happened?

7. The audience and judges loved Darcy’s act. Is this correct or incorrect?


A. Have you seen levitation performances before? What happened?

B. I wish I could levitate or float on air. Yes or no?

C. Do you wish you could do magic or had magical powers?

D. My friends want to go on Britain’s Got Talent or other talent shows.

E. What will happen to Darcy?

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