By Tom Interval
Ever wonder what happened to the Water Torture Cell in the 2007 feature film Death Defying Acts? Well, wonder no more, Houdini fans. According to an article in the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press, Davenport’s Magic Kingdom—an exciting new magic museum to open in Norfolk, England, on May 25—will exhibit the Torture Cell built just for the film starring Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The museum, which, according to its owners, will house the largest collection of magic and allied arts memorabilia in Europe, will be run by the Davenport family, proprietors of Davenports Magic, opened in 1898 in the East End of London as L. Davenport & Co.
In addition to the Water Torture Cell repro, Davenport’s will apparently feature other information about Houdini. The web page describing the museum’s Timeline Exhibition invites visitors to “Discover the stories of some of the world’s most famous magicians, including the Maskelyne family, David Devant, Robert Harbin, Harry Houdini and Chung Ling Soo.” I sent an email to the museum for more information. I’ll update this blog after they respond.
In the mean time, you can see the Torture Cell in action in the movie trailer embedded below (YouTube link: http://youtu.be/7uBZmziFSIU).