BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT…
(How They Head Hunted Me for the 2017 Shows & Then Wasted My Time)
AFTER 62 DAYS (TWO MONTHS) OF WASTING MY TIME THEY DECIDED NOT TO GO AHEAD
To cut a long story short starting on the 25th November 2016, Britain’s Got Talent have for the past 62 days (Two Months) been wasting my time and
all in an effort no doubt to, as they have done to many in the past, edit things
to try and make me look like a complete idiot.
During the phone-calls I have received during this time I have always been
led to believe that the Producers were very excited about my act and me appearing on Britain’s Got Talent.
Along the way they kept during phonecalls asking me about my Psychic
Ability and trying to get me to say it was real, well as you can see from
the links I gave them in my questionnaire answers and from what it says
on my website which I know they looked at, I made it very clear at every
stage that it is COMICAL MAGICAL ENTERTAINMENT ONLY.
The fact that I refused to audition for the Judges and they still confirmed that
I was through to the next round and such based on videos they had seen of
my Belly Button Psychic Style Performances further led me to believe that
they most definitely wanted me on the show.
I personally figured this was because of how bizarre my act is and how they
could easily make me look like an oddball and get good media coverage to
help increase the viewer ratings for their show…
But let’s face it you can’t really look anything other than a bit of an oddball
when you are messing around with peoples Belly Buttons Like shown in the
following Two Videos which the Producers of BGT have watched:
And also here is me doing “Belly Button Mind Reading”
Well from day one of them contacting me (Once I knew it was them) I have
always made it very clear that I will NOT in any manner Audition in person
for the Producers (as they can watch videos on youtube and my websites) and that the only time I will perform any parts of my act is if I was to be Guaranteed to be put in front of the Celebrity Judges and filmed with a Guarantee of it being broadcast on Television in a manner whereby I would not be edited so everything was completely out of context.
It appeared that they were agreeing to all my demands, however over two
months since they head hunted and contacted me, it seems that the Producers
have changed their minds with just over two weeks until the Manchester
Filmed in front of the Celebrity Judges Auditions take place!
So what follows now is a chronology of how they have wasted my time and
messed me around for over two months….
For the record I know people they have messed around and ultimately then
screwed over far more than me, people who have ended up appearing on TV
but were edited into looking real idiots and tricked into doing things they did
not really want to do….
ANYHOW HERE IS THE TIMELINE OF HOW THEY WASTED MY TIME FOR THE PAST JUST OVER TWO MONTHS
On 25th November 2016, a Television Researcher who I later discovered was working for Britain’s Got Talent Named Tom Hutton, after friends requesting me on Facebook sent me an inbox message on facebook which read as follows:
I was hoping to get in contact with you about your Mentalism, I’m currently working for a TV production company called Thames TV and we are currently producing a prime time entertainment series for ITV, and I would love to speak to you regarding the series.
I was wondering if you might be interested ? Do you have a contact number you’d be happy for me to call you on to let you know more info and to discuss further ?
Hope to hear back soon, Kind regards Tom Hutton
I responded the same day 25th November 2016 with an email saying:
Yes my contact number is 07956-******.
My website is www.magicalguru.com
Reviews of my Mentalism Shows along with some video clips can be seen on:
Alex Smith aka Jonathan Royle
I did not get a reply until 2nd December 2016 when Tom replied to me on Facebook with this:
Really sorry for the terribly slow reply, its been busy here, Are you free to chat today ?
Hope to hear back soon,
Kind Regards Tom Hutton
Of course I replied to that on same day of 2nd December 2016 with:
You should be able to get me on the phone AFTER 4-30pm today.
To Which Tom Hutton Replied:
Amazing, Will give you a call around then,
My number might appear as “Unknown” but its only me.
I look forward to speaking with you,
Kind Regards Tom Hutton
Then indeed at around 4-30pm on 2nd December 2016 Tom Hutton called me…
He spoke with me for the best part of an hour explaining that he was working for Britain’s Got Talent, that they had seen videos of my Psychic Belly Button Reading Performances and that the Producers were very eager to have me audition for and take part in the show.
I explained that I would only be interested if I was 100% going directly to be in front of the Celebrity Judges, was guaranteed a performance time and was certain to be shown on TV and not edited in any manner to remove anything of importance.
A few days laters on 5th December 2016 I got this email from Tom at BGT:
was great to speak to you last week,
I have chatted to the producers of the show and
Id like to invite you to our Producers Audition in Manchester.
We are going to be at Manchester Central this coming Saturday and
Sunday the 10th & 11th. As I have spoken with yourself instead of
waiting around all day, I can get you a time slot for you to come in to speed the day up for yourself.
We are there from 10:00 until 5:00 let me know if that works for you and what time you would prefer ? Hope to hear back soon,
I responded the same day to that with:
At this stage I’ll say no, the reason being as I understand it (forgive me and correct me if I am wrong) but this weekend the Real Celebrity Judges will not be there…
The simple fact is without wishing to sound arrogant, I don’t audition for things simple as that, well not multiple times anyway PMSL
There is more than enough info on my Belly Buttons page at www.magicalguru.com for Producers to get an idea of what I do and understand that it could (and would) help them generate Quirky Media Articles and thus ultimately help ratings etc.
If the Producers want a Belly Button Reading Psychic who will make a nutter of themselves and Read Peoples Minds on Stage then they can have one, but I’ll need to know 100% up front in advance before turning up, that I am going Straight before the Celebrity Judges.
And with the greatest of respect before you tell me that does not happen, I personally know several people who have been on the show (Circus Style and Magic) where exactly that has happened.
The Ball is as they say in your court.
Was great to speak to you on Friday though.
Jonathan (Alex Smith) Royle
And I followed it up shortly afterwards the same day with:
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind meeting with Producers to discuss things like how to get publicity angles out of it for the show and talk them through what I’d do.. But I never perform (audition) my actual act, I’ve always just talked it through with Producers of TV Shows around the world and let them rely on my website info and videos combined with what info we discuss (like we did on Friday)… So I am available for a chat (if truly needed) but I won’t be performing anything, although would be happy to talk it through.
That same day 5th December 2016 Tom Replied with:
Thanks for the message back, All acts do need to be seen by the producers in person beforehand in some way as we cant just have people appearing in front of the judges for the first time, acts also need to discuss with them what sort of things they will be doing for the full time whilst on stage.
I think it would be great to have you on board, I can try and arrange for you to meet them and talk them through your act maybe whilst they are in Manchester if you would do that ?
Hope to hear back soon,
Kind Regards Tom Hutton
Again on 5th December 2016 I replied to Tom with
I’ll happily meet to discuss what I would do or could do and to give ideas etc on publicity angles by all means. However in terms of actual performing, that waits for in front of the celebrity judges in the context of this show…
Obviously were it something more studio based (not filmed as live) then I’d go through things with a floor manager as well. In which case yes, I could pop down this Saturday if you can schedule a pretty accurate time slot for meeting for me that would be appreciated.
Thanks again Jonathan/Alex
On the 6th December 2016 I sent another email to Tom saying:
Any News Tom ?
On 6th December 2016 Tom Replied with:
that’s completely fine, I will have a chat with the producers on Friday and discuss with them what we can do for you. I will let you know what happens,
I hope that is ok,
I responded again on 6th December with:
As long as you can let me know before 7pm Friday so I can juggle things if needed for The Saturday. .
Although currently I would be fine for a time slot between 12pm and 5pm..
I heard nothing and so on 9th December I sent email of:
please do let me know as soon as you can any news so I can plan my day tomorrow.
Later that day of 9th December Tom Hutton Replied with:
I just spoke with the producers and they really liked the act as anticipated,
No need to come to Manchester to talk with them as we would hate to waste your time,
I can chat with you now or on Monday to explain more..
but its all good news for you going forward.
On 9th December I replied with:
I am about now..
so is it a case of just coming and auditioning in front of judges in new year when the filming is done?
Obviously after having outlined what I intend to do and ensured everyone knows what’s going to occur in terms of making it easy to film And no doubt reading Ant, Dec’s and Stephen Mulherns Navels backstage and making predictions for them etc PMSL..
That day 9th December Tom Hutton Replied with:
It’s easier to explain over the phone,
but as I say its all good news.
I look forward to speaking to you more later.
9th December I replied with:
OK dokey call me on Monday Tom and gave a great weekend.
On 12th December at 2-23pm Tom Sends me this message:
are you free to chat now ?
I respond and basically say YES call me now and give him
all my contact details to which he responds:
Thanks Alex, I will update our document now so that we have that.
And then shortly later Tom Hutton calls me and tells me that I am through to the next round without any need to come and audition in front of the Producers as they have watched videos of my Belly Button Acts and really love them.
On 13th December Tom Hutton Sends me this message following our telephone call the previous day:
as mentioned yesterday, someone else from the team will be now contacting you, her name is Hannah and she will be just contacting you to find out some more info about what you will be wanting to do on stage,
It was lovely speaking to you,
I responded the same day to Tom with:
Thanks Tom, that’s much appreciated.
On 13th December (later the same day) Hannah Warner from BGT emails me and phones me where we speak at length about what I am to do in February at The Manchester Filmed Auditions in front of the Celebrity Judges. This is the email she sent me:
So great to speak with you just then. As discussed my name is Hannah and I am your allocated Researcher. I will be here to assist you throughout the process and to answer any questions that you may have.
I am pleased to inform you that you have been shortlisted for the next stage of Britain’s Got Talent! The next stage is a filmed audition and will be in front of our celebrity judging panel and a live theatre audience.
Please note this is not a confirmed audition and we do reserve the right to withdraw an audition at any point of the audition process
The auditions dates are
Wed 18th Jan
London – The Palladium
Sat 28th Jan
Sun 29th Jan
Mon 30th Jan
Birmingham – The Hippodrome
Thurs 2nd Feb
Fri 3rd Feb
Sat 4th Feb
Manchester – The Lowry
Thurs 9th Feb
Sat 11th Feb
At this stage, please keep yourself available for the full period of time. You will be allocated an audition date and city – as soon as I have more information on specific dates I will share these with you.
If there are any dates that you are not available, please do let me know as soon as possible.
Please find attached a questionnaire for you to fill out and return to me when you can. Please can I ask for you to provide as much detail as possible about any music you are using and what technical/sound/staging requirements you may have.
On your audition day you may have a filmed interview. In order for our producers to conduct the best possible interviews, we try to find out as much about you before the day. The questionnaire includes questions about you and your life – please fill these out as much as possible. The more information we know about you the better!
Once I have received your questionnaire, I will give you a call to follow up and potentially ask a few more questions.
If you have any questions at all please feel free to get in touch via email or by phone (0207 *** ****).
I look forward to hearing back from you.
ON 14th December I complete the BGT Audition Process Questionnaire, turn my final response into a PDF so they cannot edit it and then return it to Hannah as requested. And also send follow up email.
My first email of the day with attachements was:
Following our telephone conversation yesterday
(13th December) please find attached in PDF form
the fully completed questionnaire.
in terms of Photographic ID please take a look at:
That can easily be checked as being me if needed.
I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.
Again it is obviously Manchester that is my nearest place to film and perform before the Judges.
And that was followed up with:
I forgot to mention in the attached PDF under the question
what is most interesting fact about you the following two
a) At age of Four I was mauled by a Puma whilst on the
Circus. I was just saved in the nick of time but my left ear
was ripped off and had to be reattached.
b) Again aged around 4 and a bit whilst performing with
the Circus at Newbrighton Theatre one of The PG Chimps (Tea
Advert Chimps) would hit me around the head every day as
we went on stage and they left the stage, always when my dad
was not looking and I’d always say “He’s just hit me again dad”
those are both 100% TRUE Stories and also ones I thought you
Attached is completed questionairre!
PS: Manchester is my preferred Filmed Audition Venue.
On 16th December, Hannah Warner phones from BGT and talks through all the answers I have given on the Questionnaire and asks me if I can film various things for her to show the Producers to which I make it clear that all they need is on my website, you-tube and in the answers I gave.
On 23rd December 2016, Hannah Warner from BGT calls again to say the Producers Love it & they will be in touch to finalize things after Christmas.
On 6th January Hannah Warner emails about props and stuff needed on stage etc.
I just wanted to check in with you with regards to what props etc you will need on the day.
Would you be bringing the pens and card for the audience members etc to write on?
Would you like these on a table on the stage or will you carry them on with you in your pocket etc?
Happy New Year and Hope all is well.
In regards to props I will bring Everything, I have the small clipboards, Pens and Cards for them to write on.
Also I have a Table which I can carry on with me OR BETTER STILL can be set for me on stage before I go onto the stage.
Any news yet on a Celebrity Judge Taking part?
And also what Date, Time and Location are we looking at?
I gather it will be The Lowry?
TO WHICH SHE REPLIES:
Hi Jonathan ,
That’s great thank you.
Sure – the table can be on stage before you go on to it.
I’m still waiting to hear about confirmed dates and venues etc.
If Manchester is your preferred city and I can certainly let the producers know this?
We are still waiting to hear about the celebrity judges taking part, as it can take a while to hear back. However, it may be that we aren’t able to and will use audience members. I hope this is okay?
And I email her also on 6th Janaury with more info and ideas as per:
Yes Manchester would indeed be best by far and the best
date would be Thursday 9th or Friday 10th as ideally I need
to be somewhere else on Saturday 11th (but could cancel if
absolutely had to)
Indeed we can do the routine with 5 normal audience
members HOWEVER it would make far more visual imagery
for Media Promotion etc to have a shot of me with my finger
in a Celebrity Judges Navel.
Or at very least examining Ant and Decs at side of the stage
or Stephens for BGT More Talent.
Me with my finger in a Famous Persons Navel whilst examining
it with a Magnifying glass is just the kind of visual silly image
that the media would love and talk about, you may wish to
mention this to the producers.
On 11th January Hannah Warner calls me asking if I can go and do a filmed Live audition in front of the Celebrity Judges at The London Palladium on Monday 30th January I tell her no not unless they pay all my expenses.
Then later on 11th January I also send her this email:
Sent:11 January 2017 15:03
Subject:BGT – BELLY BUTTON READING PSYCHIC ENTERATINER UPDATE
Just wanted to send a quick email to say SORRY if I sounded a little snappy on the phone earlier, I had a late night and early morning so was not fully with it.
Anyhow in regards to me being able to do Monday 30th January in London, my comments are:
01) Coming to London Would require me to travel a lot further and ultimately even if I was able to book today a cheaper train ticket than leaving it last minute would cost me around £150+..
02) I’d only be able to get to London Palladium by about 12-30pm
and would have to 100% be GUARANTEED to be able to leave no
Later (and ideally BEFORE) 7pm at night in order to have any chance of getting a reasonably priced train ticket home..
03) MANCHESTER (The Lowry) really is so much easier for me to get to and will cost me no more than £20 ish to get there and back with travelling time being a fraction of getting to London.
04) Please remember It was Britains’ Got Talent that contacted and head hunted me, I did not apply to take part.
05) I’m happy to take part, but on a basis that does not cost me Lots of my Time and Money when there is quite clearly a much less expensive and more local option to me available.
06) If they truly want me in London, then it could be arranged BUT
and this is a massive BUT:
a) I’d require Expenses payment of £150 to cover all my trains,
b) I’d need the guarantee of being seen sometime between 12-30pm
and 7pm and indeed that all extra filming (BGT More Talent) etc is
completed before 7pm.
c) I’d need to know 100% for certain BEFORE midnight Friday 13th Jan as I’d have to book cheap train tickets before they are gone.
WHEREAS none of the above is relevant if I am seen at Lowry in Manchester as its closer, costs next to nothing to get too and would not have to rush away as rapidly.
So the sooner you can clarify where/when (if at all) they want me to perform the better please.
To which Hannah Replies on the 11th January with:
Thank you for your email – I completely understand.
I have spoken with the producers and let them know that your preferred dates are Manchester and they have taken this into consideration.
Unfortunately we are unable to confirm an audition at this point, however I hope to send over any information to you as soon as it’s possible.
On 12th January Hannah Sends email asking for copy of Passport & ID and info on next of Kin etc.
I just wanted to send over some details on things you’ll need if and when your audition is confirmed.
You will need to bring a copy of your passport.
Next of Kin
Please can I ask you to send over your next of kin – name relation and phone number would be great.
I responded with this email:
Why the need for a passport as ID lol, my photo is all
over my website at www.magicalguru.com ???
And please don’t say its for insurance as in my other
stage name of Alex-Leroy I have Ten Million Pounds
Public Liability Insurance as I am a Full Equity Member.
Equity Number = M00134479.
As for next of kin I’d put my wife down whose name
is Rachel Smith and her contact number is:
I really would appreciate some answers soon to:
a) I am coming to perform for the judges or not?
B) if so when and where?
REMEMBER PLEASE that BGT headhunted me and contacted me,
I did not on this occasion apply in any manner.
I can’t keep my diary free in February forever so IF they
want me then please do advise them it would be best for them to let me know 100% for sure as a matter of priority.
(And then shortly afterwards did send through copies of my Passport and other ID)
On 13th January Hannah Sends me this email:
Hi Jonathan ,
Thank you for sending this over.
I have sent over your questions of a confirmed audition/audition date etc to our producers and hope to get back to you as soon as I can.
Many thanks and have a great weekend
On 20th January Hannah Warner Sends me this email:
I hope you are well?
I just wanted to double check which date would be best for you out of our Manchester auditions out of the Thursday and Friday – as I know you said these were your preferred audition dates.
On 23rd January Hannah Warner leaves me a voicemail asking me to return her call, I that same day call back twice and also send her an email.
Sorry I missed your call this morning. I did call back at 10-53am and also again at 3-42pm and on both occasions left a message on your voicemail.
I will now be tied up most of today so best to email me with any questions you have so I can respond tonight.
Or call me tomorrow please AFTER 11am.
On 24th January having heard nothing I call and leave another voicemail for Hannah.
On 25th January again having heard nothing I leave a voicemail and then also send a message to Tom Hutton on Facebook saying:
Hope your well and that you had a great Xmas.
Hannah Called me on Monday and left me a Voicemail to ring her back (which I have done) but got nothing back.
Below is a copy of the email I just sent her as I figured perhaps something as happened to her email.
Following your phonecall on Monday 23rd, I that day rang you twice and left voicemail messages and also sent you an email. Yesterday (Tuesday 24th) I left another voicemail message and indeed today (Wed 25th) have just done the same and am now sending this email in a final attempt to get contact.
If you are unable to reach me on the phone, then Please do email back and let me know the current status on things.
Many thanks in advance
As I say it occured to me her email may not be working correctly and that perhaps you may have another way of getting this message to her. if not no worries, just figured it was worth a try! Many thanks Jonathan/Alex
To which Tom Hutton Promptly replied:
Hi Alex, I will pass this message over to her. I know she’s in and out of the office due to auditions so she will get back to you as soon as possible, kind regards Tom Hutton.
AND THEN VERY SHORTLY LATER I GOT THIS EMAIL FROM HANNAH WARNER:
Thanks for your email.
Apologies for the delay in contacting you.
The producers have reviewed the acts currently shortlisted and unfortunately you won’t be auditioning in front of the judges this year.
We thank you for taking the time to work with us this year.
I wish you the best of luck with your future engagements.
Thank you again
SO AFTER 62 DAYS (TWO MONTHS) OF WASTING MY TIME THEY DECIDED NOT TO GO AHEAD..
FOR REFERENCE HERE IS THE QUESTIONNAIRE THEY SENT ME AND ANSWERS I GAVE BACK ON 14th DECEMBER 2016:
QUESTIONNAIRE FOR SHORTLISTED ACTS YOU MUST COMPLETE AND EMAIL THIS QUESTIONNAIRE BACK TO YOUR RESEARCHER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
FAILURE TO DO SO MAY JEOPARDISE YOUR PLACE IN THE COMPETITION.
Please note that receiving this questionnaire does not mean you are guaranteed an audition in front of our judges.
You have been shortlisted and our team will be in touch to let you know if you have been successful to the next stage.
The information you provide about yourself will be used by FremantleMedia Limited and Simco Limited as part of your application/audition process for “Britain’s Got Talent” If you are successful, this information may be used in connection with the production and promotion of the programme.
We may share your information with the broadcaster as part of the audition/selection process and in connection with the production and promotion of the programme.
Your information will otherwise be kept confidential.
If you have any questions regarding our use of your personal information or if you would like to update your information because your details have changed, please contact the data protection officer, FremantleMedia Limited, 1 Stephen Street London W1T 1AL, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please fill out the questionnaire legibly, using dark-coloured ink, or a clear black font typeface if sending in electronically. You must fill out the entire questionnaire.
Do not leave any question unanswered. If any question is not applicable to you, write N/A in the space provided.
Full name (not stage name)
Alex William Smith
Name as you would like it to appear on screen
Age & Date of Birth
41 – 13th August 1975
Hypnotic Consultant & Psychic Entertainer
Are you party to a management agreement or arrangement or talent agency agreement?
If so please state the name of your manager / management company/ agent.
Are you under any contractual obligations to any other person or company that may hinder your involvement in Britain’s Got Talent, for example, recording contracts, publishing contracts, agreements to appear on/ other TV shows, endorsements deals etc. If so, please give full details.
Have you auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent or X Factor in the past? Please state year/ series and if you were televised.
Who would you ideally be bringing with you to the audition? Please list names, ages & relation to yourself. Please also note that although they will be allowed in the holding room with you this does not automatically mean that they will be able to watch from the side of stage. Your friends and family may only be able to sit in the audience for your own audition, and not the whole audition session.
I would not bring anybody, I am more than happy to come along alone!
Do you have the right to work in the UK? Please list any restrictions on your right to work.
Yes I am a British Citizen.
Do you or any members of the group have any medical conditions or health issues (whether physical or mental) which may impact on your ability to participate in the show? If so, do you have any special requirements or adjustments if required to attend an audition or take part in the show This information will be kept confidential. Please chat to your Researcher if you have any concerns.
Do you or any members of the group have a criminal record (excluding spent convictions) or are awaiting a court hearing in relation to a criminal matter? This information will be kept confidential. Please chat to your Researcher if you have any concerns.
NO NOTHING RELEVANT.
MUSIC / TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS SINGERS You must obtain your backing track from one of the below sources, or if you are already working with a track from elsewhere please let us know immediately where you accessed it from. 1. Get.coveredrecords.com Please visit the get.coveredrecords.com website. Upon the website loading or after searching for a track you will be prompted to sign in or enter a promo code. You can request a promo code from your researcher who will email this across to you. This will allow you to download up to 20 tracks free of charge. Search for the artist or track you require in the search tab. You can move the cursor to the Instrumental only box. In general, most “instrumental only” tracks will be marked as such, but in some cases “performance tracks” may not include backing vocals; please review the various versions to find the best one for your audition. 2. http://www.karaoke-version.co.uk DANCERS If you are a dance/variety act your music must be legally purchased from iTunes, cd or other music suppliers. Can you please send a copy of your music to your researcher, listing all the tracks and where they have been purchased from. Please list your 5 music choices. Please include the artist and where you obtained the backing track from.
Please list every single instrument or prop that you will be using in your act.
Please explain in detail exactly how your act runs from start to finish.
In a Nutshell I come onto the stage then 5 people who have previously written the same Proverb onto a Blank Card are invited upon the stage.
The Cards are mixed and there is no way I can know which card belongs to whom.
I then look at each persons Belly Button with a Magnifying Glass and also place my finger into their “Navel” to feel their “Base Chakra Energy” I look at the cards and get “Energy” from the handwriting styles and hopefully am able to match this “Energy” up to the peoples Belly Buttons and thus give each person the correct Card back which they wrote.
As I return cards I also give bits of information about the persons Personality and future predictions etc based on what their Belly Button tells me.
This video shows me doing Live Belly Button Readings – https://youtu.be/OHt3JEI-4uU
And here is me Using the energy of peoples belly buttons to help me give them back personal objects that they had put into bags when I was not looking – https://youtu.be/OJR5mUEhhJw
Imagine that BUT MUCH QUICKER whereby people have already (all 5 of them) written a Proverb such as “Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining” onto a blank card before I come on stage.
That way I can come on, breifly explain Belly Button Reading and then invite the volunteers up and get to the point of prodding their Navels and giving the cards to the people whose Navels I believe they match up to whilst revealing stuff about them as I go along.
Visually if these could be Four Normal Audience members and ONE FEMALE Celebrity Judge who help me on stage that would give you the chance for example to get a visual image of me knealt on the stage Examining with a Magnifying Glass, whilst my finger is stuck into her Navel, the Belly Button of for example Amanda Holden.
I can predict that a Photographic Image like that with the Heading “What The Heck is Going on Here” or similar would get picked up by the print media and create much interest for the show.
I know that Belly Button Reading and Navel Gazing Trended on Twitter when I was on “This Morning” back in 2013 as per this video – https://youtu.be/AMPmcdEP5_g
YOUR ACT How would you describe your act?
Please see answer to above question.
Worlds Most Unique Psychic Entertainer, namely Belly Button Reading & Navel Gazing Mind Reader.
How long have you been doing your act for?
Specifically Belly Button Reading and Navel Gazing Mind Reading since around 1995, but first documented during 1996 in a Sunday People Newspaper article in one of my previous stage names of either Alex
Alexander or David Williams.
However I was born into a Showbiz Family, made my Stage Debut aged 3 as Flap The Clown on Gandeys Circus and have performed ever since in most areas of Magic, Mentalism, Mind Reading, Hypnosis and Psychic Entertainment as explained in my Resume on this page: http://www.magicalguru.com/resume/
Why did you decide to get involved in this type of performance?
I had read a book on The Native American Indians Spiritual Belief System of Shamanism and within this were mentioned the seven main energy points in the body called Chakras.
I realised that the “Base Chakra” energy point is roughly in line with the Human Navel and then like a lightbulb being switched on it coccured to me that you could place your finger into someones Belly Button and thus get your finger closer to their Base Chakra Energy Centre.
Effectively meaning that it could be like putting a plug into a socket and tapping directly into their “Energy” I tried this out and amazingly it seemed to enable me to “read” peoples minds, and also get a “Sense” or “intuition” about what had happened in their past or was about to happen in their futures!
Along the way I discovered that The Navel has Physical Traits which kind of like lines and marks on someones hand as used in Palmistry, Can be observed and understood to help give often uncannily accurate information about the persons true inner personality and feelings etc.
Ultimately it proved highly entertaining when I added this to my Live Mind Reading and Mind Magician Shows and I discovered that it divided public opinion with many thinking me a complete nutter finding the whole thing comical and hilarious, whilst others found it fascinating and credible…
I allow people to decide for themselves. This recording of a Radio Interview I did shows how accurate I can often be: https://youtu.be/YAnocFkJQw8
Where do you perform? E.g. Pubs, holiday camps, backing vocals, talent competitions etc.
Anywhere that can afford me and is a venue that I fancy working at, but these days mostly Private Functions and Corporate Events. As per info at – http://www.magicalguru.com/psychic-shows/
Have you had any professional training?
I went to the Nursery of Nightmares, School of Hard Knocks, College of Calamities and the University of Life…
I developed Belly Button Reading and Navel Gazing Mind Reading so it was created and developed by trial and error in the real world.
Have you appeared on TV before? Please list all television shows (including contest, game or reality shows) in which you have appeared.
Most recent Belly Button Appearance was “This Morning” as per – https://youtu.be/AMPmcdEP5_g
In the period of 1996 to around 2000 I was on tons of TV Shows from The Big Breakfast, Funky Bunker and many others in England to appearances on German RTL and other overseas Stations with my Belly Button Reading and Navel Gazing Mind Reading Talents.
I also appeared on tons of TV Shows in the 90’s as a Comedy Stage Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist in my former Stage name of Alex-Leroy..
Have you created or participated in any recorded material that has been uploaded to YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, or other content sharing sites? If so, please provide full details.
I have many videos of my talents on my main you-tube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/celebrityhypnotist
Have you created, participated in or posted material on any websites? If so, please provide full details.
I have books, training courses, self-help products and other stuff galore on sale on websites all over the world.
My own main pages being.. www.sellfy.com/JonathanRoyle/ and also www.magicalguru.com
Who/what are your main artistic influences?
Uri Geller is an inspiration to me as indeed was Paul Daniels when he was alive (and still is).
Who would you compare yourself/selves to?
I am Unique!
Why did you decide to enter Britain’s Got Talent?
You guys actually approached me, Your Researcher Tom Hudson had seen one of my Belly Button Reading and Navel Gazing Mind Reading Pages at either: http://www.magicalguru.com/belly-button-reading/ Or it could have been the page at:
Have any of your family members had success/work in the industry of your chosen act?
Not Relevant given that I invented Belly Button Reading and Navel Gazing Mind Reading.
What are you hoping to achieve from being on Britain’s Got Talent?
To Entertain People with the fun of Belly Button Reading and Amaze them with the “magical” and “msyterious” nature of Navel Gazing Mind Reading Feats.
What is your lifetime ambition?
I’d Love to Have my Own Television Show exploring “Bizarre Paranormal” Talents and Psychic Entertainment Feats where I could also combine my Hypnotherapy Skills to help people change their lifes for the better.
Where do you live?
Rochdale, Greater Manchester, England.
Who do you live with? (If you are under 16 please include the names/ages/jobs of your parents/legal guardian)
My Wife and 7 year Old Daughter
How long have you lived in the area/home?
Lived in the general area for best part of 34 years.
What do you do for a living? If you are retired/unemployed, what did you do before? Please include all previous jobs. (groups please list all jobs)
I am a Professional Hypnotic Consultant, Magical Psychic Entertainer & Mystery Arts Exponent. I have been in Show-business my entire life.
How long have you been doing your current job? Do you enjoy your work?
In some form my entire life as explained at http://www.magicalguru.com/resume/ And Yes I love it as helping people to escape the stresses and worries of everyday life by
either entertaining them and making them laugh or using Psychological Techniques such as Hypnosis and NLP is very rewarding indeed.
Are you studying? If so, what, and when do you finish the course?
N/A although I am a constant Student of Life and the Universe.
Do you have any qualifications? (group general overview of qualifications)
Qualified Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner and Practitioner of Complete Mind Therapy (CMT) and Mind Emotion Liberation Techniques (MELT)
Have you got any children? If so, what are they called and how old are they? How do they feel about BGT?
7 Year Old Daughter named Ashleigh Alexandra Louise Smith. They enjoy watching BGT.
Are you in a relationship at the moment?
I am Married.
Do you have a good relationship with your family/ families?
Tell us about your upbringing. Where were you born?
I was born at Cosford RAF Base whilst my parents were travelling on Gandeys Circus and this led to me making my stage debut aged 3 as Flap The Clown on Gandeys Circus.
Who are your main personal influences?
Uri Geller, Paul Daniels, Derren Brown, and many of the great Magicians, Hypnotists and Stage Illusionists of the past.
What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you/ group?
My daughter being born was the most Magical Day of my life. In terms of “Belly Button Reading” it was probably the fact that a January 1997 Feature Article in “The Daily Star” in my former Stage name of David Williams or it may have been Alex Alexander…
Anyway in this article I read the Navels of the then only just becoming known “Spice Girls” I predicted that Geri Halliwell would be the first to leave the group to pursue a solo career and that said solo career would not be successful until she became briefly Britain’s answer to Maddona, and sure enough she did leave first and her first hit only occurred when she stripped to almost nothing for the video of Mi Chico Latino.
I predicted that Posh Spice would become involved with a Sports Person and she has of course married David Beckham.
I predicted that Scary Spice would become involved with a Very famous Comedian and indeed she did have a relationship with Eddie Murphy.
So many things I predicted for this published article in January 1997 in The Daily Star newspaper have come true!
What is the toughest thing you/the group have had to face in your life?
Growing up in a World where sadly as a child I was first bullied by the teachers at one of my Schools (Ainsworth C of E) and later then when we moved so I could go to a different school I ended up with excellent teachers but got bullied regularly by many of the kids for being “The Odd One Out” and being the Son of a Circus Clown, whilst also (as was known) performing myself as a Clown and/or Magician and Illusionist on a regular basis.
What are your hobbies outside of performing?
Magic, Mentalism and Hypnosis are a way of life for me.
Have you ever won anything?
Yes indeed this year 2016 I won The Cabaret Magic Trophy from the 3rd Oldest Magic Club in England, The Order of the Magi in Manchester as per:
And more info on that Award at:
I also this year 2016 was inducted into “The Hypnosis Hall of Fame” as per:
And more detailed info on that award can be seen at this link:
What’s the most interesting thing about you/ the group?
Ironically the fact that I invented Belly Button Reading and Navel Gazing Mind Reading is possibly one of the most interesting, certainly the most bizarre thing!
Do you have any other special talents/skills?
I am a highly skilled Magician and Illusionist, Comedy Stage Hypnotist and Hypnotherapist. I can also Juggle, Fire Eat and various other Circus Skills.
What is your ultimate dream?
I’d Love to Have my Own Television Show exploring “Bizarre Paranormal” Talents and Psychic Entertainment Feats where I could also combine my Hypnotherapy Skills to help people change their lifes for the better.
Have you ever had any celebrity encounters? Who with / when / what happened?
I have read the Belly Buttons of many people including “The Spice Girls”, Lilly Savage, Zig & Zag, Zoe Ball, Rory Bremner, Frank Bruno and tons of other Celebrities over the years.
What is your claim to fame?
That Magic Tricks, Mind Reading Style Tricks and Stage Hypnosis Techniques that I devised and/or improved upon have been used by Famous Performers around the world, including in various Television Shows by Magicians and Household name Psychic Style Entertainers.
And of course that I have read the Belly Buttons of many people including “The Spice Girls”, Lilly Savage, Zig & Zag, Zoe Ball, Rory Bremner, Frank Bruno and tons of other Celebrities over the years.
What is your proudest moment?
Every time I see my Daughter Dancing, Acting or Performing in any Manner.
Finally is there anything else you feel we would be interested to know about you/ the group?
That if I were to get through to the live shows I could do some really EXCITING Belly Button Mind Reading Routine, Possibly perhaps even one with LOTS OF DANGER where there would be apparent chance of injury to myself.
But I am only prepared to so something along these lines (see video link) https://youtu.be/DmevVbsFAJo (but a much speeded up and also made relevant to and with the use of reading someone/s Belly Button) type routine if I was to make the live shows stage.
Ultimately I have much experience of both LIVE and Pre-Recorded Television Shows and a great understanding of how the media works.
I can Predict that the visual image of me for example knealing on the floor with a magnifying glass in one hand and the forefinger of my other hand inserted into the Navel of for example Amanda Holden whilst she makes an odd facial expression WOULD WITHOUT DOUBT be mega visual and attention grabbing and thus make a great visual image for media publicity for the BGT show.
I can also sense that if I were not to get to the live shows, or I did but was then voted off, that it could then make Very Entertaining Television on “Britains Got More Talent” for you to have a resident Belly Button Reader.
I could then Read The Navels of those voted off (or those who get through) and predict what their futures may have in store for them now….
THANK YOU! We will be in touch very soon to let you know if you are through to the next stage of the competition. If there is anything you are unsure of in this questionnaire, please speak to your researcher.
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