Before ‘America’s Got Talent,’ Here’s Where You Might Have Seen the Bonebreakers

The Bonebreakers contortionist crew amazed the America’s Got Talent judges and audience with their audition. But before they hit the AGT stage, the squad had already landed gigs performing for other large crowds.

The Bonebreakers on 'America's Got Talent'
The Bonebreakers on ‘America’s Got Talent’ | Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The Bonebreakers honed their skills as performers before ‘America’s Got Talent’

If the Bonebreakers look familiar, you may remember them from your local circus. Long before America’s Got Talent, the troop of ultra-bendy crowd-pleasers wowed spectators around the world at circuses, such as the UniverSoul Circus.

About performing in the UniverSoul Circus, one member of the group said, “Coming out and hearing all these people screaming for you is mind-blowing.” The Bonebreakers garnered shrieks of astonishment once again on America’s Got Talent.

The Bonebreakers watched ‘America’s Got Talent’ in Africa

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Today, the Bonebreakers call Atlanta, Georgia home, but the foursome is originally from Conakry, Guinea, in West Africa. When speaking about what inspired them to audition for America’s Got Talent, the speaker for the crew said this:

“It’s like a dream come true. In our country, we always watch this. Especially him (points to partner). He’s always on YouTube watching America’s Got Talent. So, coming here right now, it means a lot because we want to inspire the youth. We want to share our experience to the whole world. That’s why we are here.”

When asked about their experience as immigrants in the United States, the group expressed gratitude, saying, “Where we came from is a lot different from here. Life is hard. Financially it’s not good. We don’t have support or anything. Moving out here in America, especially seeing ourselves on this stage right now, means a lot.”

The Bonebreakers won hearts and votes

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After their brief chat with the America’s Got Talent judges, the Bonebreakers launched into an unbelievable routine, bending, stretching, and contorting their bodies into incredible positions. The entertainers showcased both individual skills as well as group stunts, all while grooving to an upbeat song and beaming with infectious smiles.

In the spine-tingling finale of the act, one Bonebreaker twisted his teammate’s head around to face backward, solidifying their squad as contenders for the grand prize. The judges offered a standing ovation before launching into high praise.

“There is an intensity and a passion before you even move,” said Howie Mandel. “We know that something great is about to happen. We’re so thrilled you’re here.”

Guest judge Eric Stonestreet followed up, saying, “My jaw was on this table. I was rooting for you guys from the beginning, and you delivered in a huge way. I’m so happy that I got to witness that. So, thank you for that gift.”

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“I thought it was super entertaining,” gushed Sofía Vergara. She continued, confessing, “I was nervous at the same time when these body things were happening in front of me. But I wanted to keep looking at you because you guys were so happy, so energetic. And I am so happy that, like me, you made it into this country.”

Simon Cowell delivered the final critique, remarking, “What I loved was, it looked so painful and the more painful it looked, the happier you were getting. I mean, I’ve seen this kind of act with one person, but never a group. And, I think apart from the talent, your likability factor is a 10.”

Unsurprisingly, the Bonebreakers earned four enthusiastic “yes” votes from the judges. The team will return for the next round of America’s Got Talent with hopes of going all the way to the finals and winning the million-dollar prize.

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