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Magician show offers tribute to Houdini

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Gunness World Champion escapologist Mario Manzini will perform a family-friendly magic show, “Tribute to Houdini,” at 3 p.m. April 28, at the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St. in DeKalb.

In Manzini’s interactive show, he will invite audience members onstage to help with a number of escapes – strapping him into a straitjacket, tying him to a chair with 100 feet of rope, locking him into 15 or more pairs of police handcuffs and shackles, locking him in chains, locking him inside a mail bag and tying him in a sack. The show also will feature other magic tricks and illusions.

The featured act will be Houdini’s water-filled giant steel milk can escape. Manzini will be submerged inside the can, with the lid locked. He must escape within two minutes or risk drowning.

Manzini has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” and many major television shows and specials. He also has performed at Caesar’s casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He has escaped from 26 locked prison and jail cells.

Manzini’s wife, Victoria Roze, will open the show with a performance on her electric violin. She has been playing since age 9 and has performed at top theaters and venues around the country.

Premium tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for children and include a magic wand with each ticket. Regular reserved seating costs $15 for adults and $10 for children. Children younger than 3 are admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased at www.egyptiantheatre.org, by calling 815-758-1225 or at the theater box office from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays or 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays.

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