ONE of the most dangerous magical illusions ever seen on stage is to be performed live in Peterborough’ later this month.
Jamie Allan will perform his death-defying version of Harry Houdini’s lethal but rarely seen water tank routine at The Cresset on Sunday, March 22.
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.
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.”
Truly great magicians come along only once in a generation and Jamie has been hailed as the Harry Houdini of the 21st Century.
After mesmerising American audiences for 12 years with his fusion of magic and technology, Jamie is now touring the UK.
His world class sleight of hand and breathtaking feats of trickery and illusion are combined with state of the art technology.
Jamie’s shining talent has been recognised by the cream of the entertainment and corporate world, where he has performed some of the most awe inspiring illusions in the history of magic.
His iMagician show explores the work of the legendary Harry Houdini. Then uses modern technology to make them even more mind blowing.
New to his show is the mind blowing ‘Virtual Assistant’, a routine which involves her passing in and out of a digital world. An assistant in a see through glass box is also sawn in half with a laser beam.
His ultra-modern delivery brings magic up-close and personal for today’s demanding audiences. Although Jamie’s performance is state of the art, behind his cutting edge act lies a seasoned, tried and tested professional.
To book tickets, go to www.magicjamie.com/page13/index.html or call the Cresset box office on 01733 265705