Canadian Darcy Oake stunned the judges on Britain's Got Talent last week with his magic doves. But it's the reason he does what he does that is most inspiring.
The Winnipeg native's performance initially caused some controversy in the U.K. because he is both a foreigner and a professional entertainer. Some competitors and fans feel that only amateur citizens of the U.K should be given spots on the show.
That criticism seems to have been put to rest after Oake amazed the audience with his flawless slight of hand and broke their hearts with his story.
Oake, whose father is Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Oake, is performing in part to raise money in the name of his brother Bruce, who died of an overdose of painkillers. The magician told the Daily Star that his brother had both ADHD and Tourettes and became addicted to drugs such as heroin and crystal meth.
Oake raises money for a memorial fund he started in his brother's name aimed at helping those struggling with addiction.
Talk about a class act.