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Tshepiso Makhele
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10 Feb 2018
8:00 am

Capetonians denied chance to see famous Houdini escape due to sensitivity about water

Tshepiso Makhele

The show runs until tomorrow at Broadway, GrandWest. Capetonians hoping to see the extraordinary act will have to resort to YouTube.

180131. Cape Town. An escavator is used to move the new desalination pump station into position at Strandfontein Pavillion. The site preparation for the Strandfontein desalination plant, one of the City of Cape Town’s seven desalination projects, is under way. These projects aim to make additional water available to supplement Cape Town’s existing water supply. The Monwabisi desalination plant is part of the City’s dedicated efforts to help see Cape Town through a drought and to avoid day zero. Seven projects have been earmarked as part of the first phase of the City’s Additional Water Supply Programme. These are the Monwabisi, Strandfontein, V&A Waterfront, and the Cape Town Harbour desalination plants; the Atlantis and Cape Flats Aquifer projects; and the Zandvliet water recycling project which will collectively produce an additional 196 million litres per day between February and July 2018. Picture Henk Kruger/ANA

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.

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