Spellbinding acrobatics from Britain’s Got Talent winners

Spelbound in action
Spelbound in action
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Gymnastic troupe Spelbound, whose acrobatics earned them TV’s Britain’s Got Talent crown in 2010, are heading for Portsmouth Guildhall on Good Friday.

They will be part of a family variety show also featuring compere/comedians Max and Ivan, Open Mic UK winner Hatty Keane and young song-and-dance performers from Portsmouth’s Dynamic Dance Company and from Stagecoach Havant.

This will be the first chance to see Spelbound in the UK since the public voted them the best hidden talent in the country last summer.

After their win they embarked on an intensive training programme and a long residency in Las Vegas, and at the end of last year they performed at the Royal Variety Show.

They entered the Guinness Book of Records after a Blue Peter stunt in which they achieved the highest human throw, Edward Upcott being lofted 12ft over a bar suspended in the TV studio.

In Britain’s Got Talent, they performed daring somersaults in mid-flight, one-handed handstands and four-man pyramids, and even threw one gymnast over the judges’ heads.

Every member holds or has held British national gymnastics medals, and some have also won European and world medals.

Friday’s show begins at 7pm. For tickets, call (023) 9282 4355 or visit portsmouthguildhall.co.uk.


We have two pairs of tickets to Spelbound’s Portsmouth Guildhall variety show to give away to two lucky readers.

Two runners-up will also receive a copy of the Spelbound DVD.

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A) 15 thousand

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