For the past 13 years, Britain’s Got Talent has introduced audiences around the globe to some of the most skilled and gifted people in the world. While the talents of the performers always take center stage, the stories behind these gifted individuals are thrilling in their own right as well. In an emotionally stirring performance, one contestant and her dog wowed those in attendance with a clever magic trick while also tugging on our heartstrings by how they first met.
Scottish contestant Amanda Leask has made dog rescue a central part of her life. The 49-year-old canine enthusiast is the proud mom of over 40 dogs, 19 of whom are rescues. Of her 40 dogs, the 7-year-old Miracle holds a special place in Amanda’s heart. Amanda rescued Miracle from the dog meat trade in Thailand. In a horrifying scene, rescuers found the one-year-old Miracle crammed in a cage with over 1,000 other dogs. Miracle’s would-be saviors initially thought the poor creature was dead as they photographed him hanging from the cage. The flash from the camera they used to photograph the poor animals caused the puppy Miracle to blink one of his eyes, alerting the animal rescue workers that he was indeed still in the land of the living.
The rescuers knew that they had to do what they could to save the young animal. Together with Amanda, they slowly nurtured the dog back to health. When it came time to give the pooch a name, Amanda knew that Miracle would be the only sufficient moniker, as it was an act of God that the little dog had survived his harrowing ordeal.
With Amanda’s help, Miracle became a strong, healthy, and confident dog. Running around Amanda’s property with his four-legged brothers and sisters, one would never know that Miracle had faced such an abominable trial at the dawn of his life.
In the leadup to their magic trick, Amanda told the audience and judges of Britain’s Got Talent Miracle’s story through a short video. Set to a soulful rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors,” there was not a dry eye in the house as Amanda told Miracle’s tale. Although the story of Miracle’s early life brought everyone to tears, it was Amanda’s declaration that while she might have saved Miracle, it was her family who now needed him that brought cheers and applause from the audience. Even the tough as nails judge Simon Cowell was visibly shaken by Miracle’s story. Cowell, who is a well-known dog lover himself, has been vocal over the past few years in his efforts at stopping the dog meat trade in Asia.
While Miracle’s story might have already won over the judges and audiences, Amanda and Miracle still had a magic trick to perform. To that end, Amanda gave Simon photographs of her 40 dogs, asking that he divide the photos into four equal stacks. Once he had accomplished this, Amanda asked Simon to divide the photos once again, this time taking the top photo from each stack and giving one to each of the four judges. With the stage set, Amanda and Miracle began their magic trick.
Amanda began the routine by noting that while she loves each and every one of her dogs, she could only take four of them on her trip to Britain’s Got Talent. In a second video, Amanda showed how she let Miracle decide which of his brothers and sisters would accompany them to the show, the sweet pooch whispering in her ear which of his friends would be their best companions.
After revealing this tidbit of information, Amanda asked the judges to show the photos of the dogs that Simon had pulled from the four stacks. As the judges revealed their names, each of the dogs frolicked out of a nearby stage door. The happy canines, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, and Braveheart, were met with applause from the crowd as they wondered how Amanda had performed such a cute trick. Amanda says that she herself does not know how Simon had successfully pulled the photos of each of the dogs that she brought to the show. Rather, it was Miracle who had staged such an elaborate performance.
When the trick was over and the curtain came down, all those who saw Amanda and Miracle’s performance were left with the happiness of knowing that there are people who are willing to fight for good in the world.