Did magician send himself to Vegas via UPS?

March 9th, 2009 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under General
Photo courtesy Syracuse Post-Standard

Photo courtesy Syracuse Post-Standard

A Syracuse magician said he mailed himself to Las Vegas as part of a promotional stunt. But top among the skeptics is the service the magician claimed to use: UPS.

Wade Whitcomb, who performs under the name Wade Live, told the (Syracuse) Post-Standard that he was helping a friend perform a publicity stunt to launch a new Web business. The group filmed portions of the mailing and posted a video on YouTube (shown below).

Whitcomb’s roomy box was stocked with a change of clothes, water, a box of Cheez-Its, potato chips and chocolate. He sat on a bench equipped with hand rails, so he could stay secure when the box was being moved. The trip took 25 hours, he said.

But UPS said the chances of such a journey are nil. The box would have been subjected to unspecified security measures, and the trip would have been very cold, said spokesperson Dan McMackin. However, if Whitcomb actually made the trip, he’s facing some hot water:

“If we find out he somehow did this, we’ll prosecute to the full extent of the law,” he said. “We’ll alert the authorities and we’ll prosecute to the fullest.”

Whitcomb is hoping to cash in on the resulting PR, with some talk show appearances or a TV commercial.

“There’s two things. One, UPS is going to be probably mad that I did this. Or it kind of proves how good they are. I mean, I didn’t get hurt. I got to my destination,” Whitcomb said.

The crux: The tracking number. UPS can’t verify the delivery was made without it; Whitcomb and crew are withholding it so that no one gets in trouble.


  1. Ellusionist on:

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  2. Harold Goldner on:

    Did magician *really* send himself cross-country via UPS as PR stunt? http://is.gd/mKWn

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  4. Totally impossible at 35 to 41,000 feet in an aircraft cargo compartment he would suffocate from low oxygen and freeze from extended low temperatures. UPS cargo transportation is not like transporting ones pet via commercial airlines.

  5. Joe Hadsall on:

    One of the likely many reasons that UPS was very skeptical that it happened, and that Whitcomb eventually admitted it was a hoax after the FBI did some investigating.

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