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12 April 2013

Man knocks himself out on America's Got Talent

The Judges - Peirs Morgan, Sharon Osbourne and David Hassellhoff
Did the guy in this clip actually knock him self out, or was it faked? His name is Bboy Ivan and he was appearing on America's Got Talent, and was attempting to jump over a stack of folding chairs. As he hits the trampoline the front chair of the stack pops up, Ivan hits it and it appears that he is sent crashing head first to the floor and is knocked unconscious. But, if you take a closer look at the footage Iavn appears to land on his hands, goes into roll and then kicks upwards to gain momentum, ending perpendicularly on his head, a position identical to a move known as the "Pencil Freeze", before finally landing flat out and still.

My Question is: Surely, when you're knocked out your body goes limp, gravity pulls you down and not as this guy did, springing upward and going as stiff as a... well, pencil. Or am I wrong? And, remember, this guy is a professional acrobat - Ivan the Urban Action Figure - who knows how to land safely... it all looks a bit fishy to me.

So was this whole stunt a set up? And if so, why?

Well, America's Got Talent is a reality show, and reality shows always need a bit of controversy and drama, and at first sight this certainly looked dramatic. But why did it take so long for anyone to get over to the apparently unconscious man? Jerry Springer is heard to say: "We thought it was part of the act, but it wasn't". It's pretty clear to everyone in the audience that something's gone wrong. Once Ivan hits the floor, he remains motionless, but it still took an age for anyone to reach the unconscious (?) figure. Also note that after rushing (?) across and checking Ivan over the order is given to call the paramedics... and guess what the phone call can be clearly heard, the production team actually managed to route the phone call through the mixing desk to make sure it was all recorded - now that's what I call quick thinking.

Well, I could, of course, be wrong - It may well have been a nasty accident, but either way I can tell you that Ivan regained consciousness after a few minutes and was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.

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