Mario Manzini presents ‘Tribute to Houdini’ April 28 in DeKalb

Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre will present “Guinness World Champion Escapologist” Mario Manzini in a “Tribute to Houdini” family-friendly magic show at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 28.

As part of Manzini’s interactive show, he will invite audience members to join him on stage and help with a number of escape tricks, including strapping him into a strait jacket, tying him to a chair with 100 feet of rope, locking him into 15 or more pairs of assorted police hand and leg cuffs, locking him in chains, locking him inside a U.S. Postal Service mail bag and tying him inside a sack. Other magic tricks and illusions will also be part of the show.

The featured act will be Houdini’s water-filled giant steel milk can and escape attempt. Manzini will be submerged inside the milk can with the lid locked on. He must escape within 2 minutes, or he could drown inside the can.

Manzini has appeared on The David Letterman Show, The Tonight Show and many major TV shows and specials. He has also performed at Caesar’s Casino 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 maximum-security cells. In addition, he has jumped off bridges handcuffed and escaped while underwater.

Manzini’s wife ,Victoria Roze, will open the show, entertaining the audience by playing her electric violin. She’s been playing since the age of 9 and has performed at top theaters and varied venues around the country.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 3-12 for premium reserved seats. Each premium seat purchase includes a free magic wand. Regular reserved seats are $15 for adults and $10 for children; children younger than 3 are admitted free.

Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling (815) 758-1225 or by visiting the Egyptian Theatre box office Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. or Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Egyptian Theatre is at 135 N. Second St., DeKalb, Ill.

From the April 24-30, 2013, issue

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