Britain's Got Talent act The Brotherhood have revealed the death-defying act banned by TV bosses over health and safety fears.
The trio of masked magicians had been scheduled to perform on Friday night's semi-final, but ahead of the show announced they were 'truly gutted' to have to withdraw from the contest.
Part of the hair-raising routine they were hoping to perform has now been unveiled.
A three-part video series showcasing the stuntmen in rehearsals was posted to their Instagram page.
The first clip shows one of the illusionists locked inside a blazing cage.
While another sees an accomplice submerged in a tank of water while a third member is tied up in chains.
The rehearsal snapshots give a glimpse as to why the act may have been considered too risky for the live family show.
"Oh gosh, this is the stuff of nightmares for me," wrote one fan in the comments.
Following news of the Brotherhood's bomshell departure, an insider told the Mirror: "The health and safety of all the performers is a huge priority to the show and producers will only allow acts to take part who they are certain are adequately prepared."
The magicians had impressed the judges at their first audition where they performed a daring routine with samurai swords.
After calling on a nervous looking Declan Donnelly to take part in the stunt, the trio then left the judges and audience gasping by pretending to fall on upright knives hidden behind cardboard boxes.
The Brotherhood sailed through to the live shows but a day ahead of their scheduled performance it was announced they were to be replaced by Libby and Charlie.
Following the shock news the group spoke out on Instagram where they said they were 'truly gutted' but were striving to be 'humble in defeat.'
They said: "We’ve learned to stay humble in the good times and humble in defeat. We’ve worked for the last 4 months on an act so ambitious and out there that we’ve put our sanity, blood, sweat, fire and tears on the line.
"Through circumstance and bad luck out of our hands sadly we aren’t in a position where we can deliver what we set out to do. It kills me that we’ve failed and that we will no longer be in 2019’s @bgt competition.
We are truly gutted that we won’t get to be in the fight but we aimed for the stars and fell short.
"It’s been an absolutely incredible ride for BGT this year and I wish all the acts still In the competition the best of luck and success and that a magic act can bring home the crown again.
"If we’ve taken anything from this, it’s that collectively YOU can achieve great things, no matter what’s in front of you. No matter what is happening in the world, the power of friendship and dreaming big is a powerful thing.
"Thank you to each and every single person that messaged us (both the love and the hate)- you’ve made us smile and proud. 4 yes’s and 2.6 million views on YouTube makes this crazy ride worth it.
Big love. See you soon."
A spokesperson for BGT confirmed to the Mirror: "The Brotherhood have had to withdraw from the Britain's Got Talent Live Semi-Finals. Libby and Charlie will now be performing on Friday night's show. "
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