Magician gives family-friendly 'tribute to Houdini'

DeKALB – Gunness World Champion escapologist Mario Manzini will perform a family-friendly magic show, "Tribute to Houdini," at 3 p.m. Sunday, 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 will also 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 has also performed at Caesar's casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. He has escaped from 26 locked prison and jail cells, after challenging prison officials to lock him in their strongest cells. He has also jumped off of bridges while handcuffed and escaped while underwater.

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.

Tickets go on sale Friday, April 5. Each premium seat ticket includes a free magic wand. Tickets can be purchased at, 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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