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Our Welsh neighbor does not wake until noon and when he does, he hardly seems interested in the goings-on of his native land.
That is why we are so familiar with the writing in Evening Post newspaper. He gets it delivered each morning at 5:30. We are able to read it with leisure, enjoy our morning Diet Coke (without lime, thank you) and low fat generic pastry strudel fresh from the toaster oven. We re-assemble it and place it back in front of his apartment door and no one is the wiser.
Usually, the paper has little or no magic news. But today there was a big write-up about magician Jamie Allan and his perilous escape attempt. We were hooked and were almost caught when our neighbor woke early – likely because his probation officer was doing an announced visit or one of the many cats he has adopted got into a louder than normal hairball expulsion – and opened the door just as we were dropping the paper. He looked at us with bleary eyes, seemed relieved that we were not who he feared, took the paper and stepped quickly back into his cat harem of mess and disquiet.
Mr. Allan recently appeared on the UK’s television show “Get Your Act Together” and as a treat for the Evening Post‘s readers, agreed to perform a special escape just for them. The paper described the stunt as a “death-defying version of Harry Houdini’s lethal but rarely seen water tank routine.” It is to be performed at the beautiful Gwyn Hall in Neath.
We need to check with John Cox on the history of the escape but the paper claims it has been performed by only a handful of top illusionists since it was invented by the legendary Houdini in 1911. It is now part of Mr. Allan’s new show, iMagician: The Evolution of Magic.
Mr. Allan told the Evening Post that he had a couple of near-misses during rehearsals but is certain that he is ready to perform it live. “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.”
His partner is not excited about him performing the effect and worries for his safety.
“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.”
Assuming he survives the escape, it is a great start to his new UK tour in Yorkshire.
His show includes magic and escapes. He proudly touts his Virtual Assistant routine wherein a woman “passes in and out of a digital world.”
We hope he and his assistant remain safe within this world and wish him the best of luck on the new tour.
For those of you who do not receive the Evening Post in paper form, you can read more about Mr. Allan at their website here.
Be sure to check out Mr. Allan’s very cool website here: http://www.magicjamie.com.
We have imbedded the YouTube video of his escape below: