His Britain’s Got Talent journey may be over, but Edward Pinder will forever be known as the boy who threw knives at Simon Cowell.
The 11-year-old from Bisbrooke amazed the studio audience in April when he took his knife-throwing act to the Britain’s Got Talent stage.
And television viewers across the country were shocked to see music mogul Simon Cowell offer himself as a target.
Sadly for Edward and his family, who run Pinder’s Circus, Simon and fellow judges David Walliams, Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon decided not to put the young knife thrower through to this week’s semi finals.
But Edward was pleased to get as far as he did. He said: “I really enjoyed going on a TV show and showing what I have got to the people.”
Edward, who is a pupil at Leighfield Primary School in Uppingham, is now back touring with his family’s circus. He said: “I will keep going in the circus and will upgrade the act. I might change the knives to axes and start throwing them blindfolded.
Dad Eddie was disappointed his son’s full act was not featured in the television edit. He said: “They didn’t actually show what he could do.
“He did a full Western act with rope spinning and whip cracking. The rope spinning is his speciality. It’s a lot harder than knife throwing.
“But that was all cut out. It was made to look like he was just brought on stage to throw knives at Simon.”
Despite the selective editing, Eddie was still proud to see his son on national television.
He said: “It was a fantastic opportunity and Simon did get up and let Edward throw the knives at him. For Edward it was a great achievement.”
And young Edward will always be able to say he threw knives at Simon Cowell.
For dates and booking, visit www.pinderscircus.co.uk
The final of Britain’s Got Talent takes place on Saturday. Two acts from each of this week’s five semi-finals plus a wildcard chosen by the judges will compete for the public vote.
Among those already through to the final are magician Darcy Oake, opera group Collabro, teenage singer James Smith and dance troupe Addict Initiative.