A Filipino hand shadow artist advanced to the semi-finals of Asia’s Got Talent after his act received the Golden Buzzer.

Philip Galit, also known as Shadow Ace, wowed the audience and judges with a shadow play done solely with his hands. Galit said there were constant blackouts in his neighborhood during his childhood years, and so he would entertain himself with a candle, making shadows on the wall, ABS-CBN News reported.

Galit’s performance had the audience and judges laughing and impressed them with how he transformed his hands into shapes of people. The performance not only showcased Galit’s talent, but also his comedic timing.

Judge Anggun, an Indonesian singer, said she was glad Galit came to the show. Jay Park added that Galit’s performance was by far the best shadow act he had ever seen. Judge David Foster agreed, saying, “I tell you, I forgot that they were hands. They were people to me!”

As the judges were going to give their votes, the show’s hosts Alan Wong and Justin Bratton went to the judges’ table and pushed the Golden Buzzer, which automatically advanced Galit to the semi-finals of the competition.

Prior to joining Asia’s Got Talent, Galit was among the semi-finalists on the fifth season of Pilipinas Got Talent, the Philippines version of the famous talent show. Galit has a chance to win the third season of Asia’s Got Talent and a grand prize of US$100,000.