Escapologist Paul Krendl has cut his water tank torture cell act out of Cape Town performances of the international show The Illusionists Direct From Broadway out of respect for the Western Cape water crisis.
The show runs until tomorrow at Broadway, GrandWest. Capetonians hoping to see the extraordinary act will have to resort to YouTube.
In a press release, the producers and performers expressed their sensitivity to the water crisis facing Cape Town and assured those who bought tickets that the show would still run for the same length of time, affording audiences a magical experience.
Krendl recreated a trick regarded as the most sensational performed by legendary escapologist Harry Houdini in the early 20th century.
Krendl is handcuffed and shackled before being suspended upside down in a locked tank of water.
Speaking to a local newspaper in the US‚ Krendl said he started using the tank because he needed a “show-stopper” trick for his act.
The Cape Town show is nonetheless packed with electrifying illusions of extraordinary proportions, featuring eight of the world’s finest illusionists and magicians.
After the GrandWest shows, Krendl will return to the line-up at Montecasino’s Teatro from February 14 to March 11.