The audience gasped in shock as young Edward Pinder’s second knife bounced back from the wooden board, narrowly missing Simon Cowell.
But the four Britain’s Got Talent judges still saw enough in the Bisbrooke 11-year-old to give him four ‘yeses’ and put him through to the next round.
Edward, who has grown up performing with his family in Pinder’s Circus, has quickly become a star after appearing on the ITV1 show on Saturday.
Entertainment mogul Simon Cowell was so impressed by Edward’s abilities that he got up on stage to take part in an act for the first time in the show’s history.
Edward wasn’t phased by the unexpected target. Speaking this week, he said: “I was quite confident because I do the act every day with my mum. Throwing knives at someone that’s really famous made me a bit nervous but I knew I could do it.”
Simon’s fellow judges David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon watched the performance nervously. And even though Edward’s second knife didn’t quite stick, all four - including Simon himself - said ‘yes’ to put Edward through.
Simon later told the youngster and his mum that “I kind of felt my life going before me then” and fellow judge Amanda Holden said: “You nearly killed Simon Cowell!”
The judges will now decide which acts from the audition stage go on to the live semi-final. Edward said: “I was quite shocked that I got four ‘yeses’ because Simon is quite hard to impress, so I was actually quite happy.”
Edward’s father Eddy, who was watching from the wings, was a little less relaxed. He said: “I was thinking: ‘just don’t hit him!’
“Everyone was shocked to see Simon get on stage, even the producers.”
Edward, mum Erika and dad Eddy have been busy performing in their circus this week. And audiences are already queuing up to see the 11-year-old who threw knives at Simon Cowell.