Posts Tagged ‘stunts’

Ross to attempt ‘suicide’ body suspension

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Here’s a late entry for last week’s stunt week. Sorry about the delay; I blame excessive geeking out over talking to Larry Wilmore.

Eric Ross, creator of Election and Infinity Bend, will attempt to set a world record for hanging in a piercing suspension. Sometime next July, he’ll set up shop in Rosa Park Circle, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and attempt to hang about five to 10 stories high for 24 hours in a “suicide” body suspension. That means four hooks through his back that are attached to a single rope.

Ouch.

“It’s something I witnessed live a few years back, at my local tat shop,” Ross told us via e-mail. “It was such a beautiful piece of art, the image has stuck with me since. Only I wanted to take it to the next level.”

Ross has begun training for all the pains and strains he will endure, physical and mental. He is also in communications with Guinness World Records to see if there’s a record to be set or broken.

Magician tackles life without sight

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Let’s call this “Stunt Week” on the Ellusionist blog. I have news about a few magicians who, instead of performing magic tricks, are preparing for some significant stunts. We’ll start out with a Long Island magician who has decided to go without sight for a week in order to experience blindness.

Corey Martin donned on Friday a pair of blacked-out goggles and is midway through the weeklong experiment. Getting the idea from a sensory and perception psychology class, he decided to try to lead his normal life, only without his vision. His girlfriend, Elizabeth Ayres, is helping him out by guiding him and taking dictation for a blog that Martin is keeping.

Do us a favor: Because Corey can’t read right now, can someone tell him that we said good luck, and that he’s almost done, so keep pushing?

Warner postpones sleep-deprivation stunt because researchers back out

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Justin Miller and B. Smith, the guys behind WTF No Limits, have footage of Andrew Warner’s sleep deprivation stunt! They captured this video a couple of weeks ago!

OK, SERIOUSLY… (did B. Smith really say “galliant?” Is that even a word?) The stunt hasn’t begun yet.

For months, the Columbus, Ohio magician has planned, trained and prepared for a sleep-deprivation stunt where he would remain awake for more than 12 days and break the world record held by Briton Tony Wright. Originally planned for Sept. 22, Warner postponed the stunt because a research team from Ohio State University backed out at the last minute, he said — allegedly because of ethical concerns over following a world-record attempt.

“A lot of doctors and researchers don’t want to touch an event like this, so I’m in the process of trying to find one that does,” Warner told us via e-mail.

Warner adopted a regimen of heavy exercise and a vegan diet in preparation for the stunt. The stunt got covered in The Other Paper, and he had a poster designed for it. The footage will be used for an upcoming TV special, along with performances of some magic tricks. But another reason for the stunt was in the name of science, he said.

“It’s important to me, especially when risking brain and permanent complications, that the experience be well documented by science,” Warner said. “Magicians have long used their feats and skills for the greater good (i.e. Houdini helping our soldiers learn how to escape handcuffs, etc.) and it’s important to me to continue that tradition.”

Warner unveils poster for record attempt

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

The date for Andrew Warner’s attempt to break the world record for sleep deprivation nears. To commemorate the event, he released a pretty slick-looking poster.

Designed by his friend Ben Cheney, the poster is available for pre-order on Warner’s Web site. Warner says good night to sweet dreams on Sept. 22, after which he hopes to stay awake for more than 266 hours. The stunt will be recorded for an upcoming TV special that also includes some of his street magic performances.

Magician sets record for extinguishing 200 cigarettes in his mouth

Monday, August 31st, 2009
Photo courtesy New York Daily News

Photo courtesy New York Daily News

In a tribute to our grandfather’s punishment, a magician has started to kick a smoking habit by breaking a world record.

New York magician Richie Magic is now the world record-holder for “extinguishing, chewing and expelling” 200 cigarettes in his mouth. Using five lit cigs at a time, he put them out IN HIS MOUTH last Saturday. This was his way of kicking a 40-year habit.

Magic said he did the stunt to make a point: When you smoke, your mouth feels, tastes and smells like an ashtray. The stunt caused quite a few blisters in his mouth, he said:

“I’m having a problem speaking to you right now,” Magic said. “I have blisters inside my mouth. My tongue has got a few burn marks.”