[In honor of Dean Gunnarson’s most ambitious escape yet, we thought we would re-publish his story from June 3, 2006.
He tells us what it is like to die during an escape].
Dean Gunnarson was kind enough to describe what it feels like to die in the course of an escape that went horribly wrong.
As loyal readers of Inside Magic know, we have a special fondness and respect for escape artists.
It could be because Houdini was an inspiration to all of us to study and perform magic.
Dean Gunnarson has long been a favorite practitioner of this ridiculously dangerous but exhilarating art.
The man is talented, able, charismatic and clinically insane. How dangerous are his escapes?
We was watching a video tape of his escape from a straight jacket while hanging by his toes over the top of Hoover Dam.
Now, we know that he survived the stunt. After all, he sent us the video tape.
But we were so nervous and tense that we actually turned it off half way through, took a break, and then we finished watching.
We don’t want to ruin the show for you but we can tell you that he successfully escaped and survived.
If you visit Mr. Gunnarson’s website, you will see that you can order a deck of bubblegum cards featuring his greatest escapes.