Magician to perform death-defying illusion

JA iMagician ipad portraitOne of the most dangerous magical illusions ever seen on stage is to be performed live on stage by a star of the hit ITV show Get Your Act Together.

Jamie Allan will perform his death-defying version of Harry Houdini’s lethal but rarely seen water tank routine at Buxton’s Opera House on April 23.

Jamie has performed the show-stopping routine many times this year and each time brought the audience to its feet in an instant standing ovation.

The stunt has been performed by only a handful of top illusionists since it was invented by the legendary Houdini in 1911.

Jamie mesmerised millions in January by teaching comic Rufus Hound to saw a woman in half with an industrial laser beam.

But his water tank routine sees Jamie bring an even sharper edge of danger to his act – iMagician: The Evolution of Magic.

The audience will see him shackled before being plunged into a glass water tank.

As the clock ticks, loudspeakers will amplify the sound of Jamie’s heart as he struggles to free himself before losing consciousness, adding one of many state-of-the art touches to Houdini’s masterpiece.

After some near misses in rehearsal, Jamie has now perfected the routine for the public.

Jamie, 38, who has a partner and baby son, said: “For this particular illusion, it has to be dangerous for it to be exciting. That is what Houdini intended and we have to stick by his principles. So I’m afraid there’s no health and safety rules for me in this act.

“At first, my partner was very apprehensive but she has learned to trust me to get it right and I’m certain I’ve covered all the angles.

“But we can’t remove every element of danger completely which is why it’s such a great favourite with audiences. But it’s also why it’s rarely performed.”

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