While the shows do seem slanted towards singers - in an interview with Kevin James, who competed in the American version, he said that it was - I maintain that there hasn't yet been a magician with the right mix of routines.
In "Americaís Got Talent," James' early routines initially impressed the judges and carried him through the first few shows, but his "Reanimator" routine fell flat. I think that James' strong repertoire was restricted because some of his signature pieces, such as snowstorm, were performed by Nathan Burton on the show the year before (Burton was a strong choice as well). David & Dania, who made it through several rounds, seemingly couldn't top their fantastic quick-change act.
One can say that a magic act isn't right for the television competition. But who would have thought that a ventriloquist, Terry Fator, could win it all in 2007?
To adequately compete on the show, we need a magician/entertainer with a wide range of talents: illusion, stand-up, comedy and storytelling, who can impress the judges and meet the strict performance requirements of the show. A magician can take routines from his or her show and compete with them, but more important, each has to be made into pieces that stand on their own, and their sequence has to be carefully planned from the very beginning.
Time for some magic pros to team together and hone and present a magic talent? I hope so. A few pros come to my mind: Kalin and Jinger, Jeff McBride, Jeff Hobson, Fielding West, Ed Alonzo and Brian Brushwood. (My apologies to those in the U.K. I'm not familiar enough with the talent there to name some magicians.)
Do you have any candidates who you think can make it to the top in these shows?