WATCH: Harrogate Advertiser magic trick

The versatility of the Harrogate Advertiser is shown by an amazing new video created by TV magician Jamie Allan who is performing at Harrogate Theatre next month.

The Houdini fan has performed an exclusive mind-bending illusion with the Harrogate Advertiser.

TV magician Jamie Allan performs a trick with the Harrogate Advertiser

TV magician Jamie Allan performs a trick with the Harrogate Advertiser

Shot with the help of Harrogate Theatre, the new video offers a sneak preview of what the Harrogate audience can expect to enjoy from this astonishing illusionist next Wednesday night.

A star of ITV’s hit TV show Get Your Act Together, Jamie’s latest video stunt is tame compared to the central feature of his tour - his death-defying version of Harry Houdini’s lethal but rarely seen water tank routine.

For the first time, an audience will see him shackled before being plunged into a glass water tank.

As the clock ticks, loudspeakers will amplify the sound of Jamie’s heart as he struggles to free himself before losing consciousness, adding one of many state-of-the art touches to Houdini’s masterpiece.

After some near misses in rehearsal, Jamie has now perfected the routine for the public.

Jamie, 37, who has a partner and baby son, said: “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.

“At first, my partner was very apprehensive but she has learned to trust me to get it right and I’m certain I’ve covered all the angles.

“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.”

Jamie Allan will perform his iMagician show on Wednesday February 11.

Tickets are available at www.harrogatetheatre.co.uk or through the Harrogate Box Office on 01423 502116.