Tyce Nielsen and Mary Wolfe-Nielsen, an acrobatic married couple who make up Duo Transcend, performed a series of daring trapeze tricks involving fire and blindfolds on Tuesday’s edition of America’s Got Talent. But just as they were about to wrap things up, Wolfe-Nielsen slipped through Nielsen’s grip and landed with a thud on the stage.
Cut to the shocked and screaming judges and audience members. The couple’s 2-year-old son and his grandmother were watching, too.
Wolfe-Nielsen then got up from what looked like a thick mat, waved and smiled, indicating she was fine. Nielsen removed his blindfold and joined her on the stage for a kiss. “We would like to try the blindfold trick one more time,” Wolfe-Nielsen said.
“This isn’t ‘America’s Got Perfection,’ it’s called, America’s Got Talent,” said guest judge Ken Jeong. “It’s OK, it’s OK.”
“I don’t think there’s ever been a singer on any of our competitions who’s been note-perfect. It still doesn’t make them not amazing. It makes them human,” judge Simon Cowell added. “The consequences on this are slightly worse than slightly falling off key, where you nearly broke your neck.”