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Monday, July 29, 2013
Escape artist plans life-threatening drop from aircraft
Anthony Martin, a nationally-recognized escape artist, has announced plans to
attempt an escape he survived 25 years ago but with additional life
threatening challenges. In
this new stunt, Martin will be handcuffed before donning a parachute
and locked in a freight box with a "keyless" lock.
Locksmiths will scramble the lock combination rendering it
nonfunctional. He will then be shoved out of the cargo bay of an
aircraft at a height ten times that of the Empire State Building in a
daring race with death. Martin,
47, will have to free himself from the plummeting missile as it
speeds to the earth at 200 feet per second. The escape artist has set
Aug. 6 at 3 p.m. EDT as the date and time of the perilous
accomplished the first time ever stunt when he was only 22 years of
age in 1988. Now with over 20 years of additional experience and a
litany of death defying feats to his credit he feels the time has
come to improve upon this - his signature escape. The escape artist
has been lowered under the ice in steel cages, buried alive in Las
Vegas and has jumped handcuffed above the Snake River Canyon in
Idaho. This will be the 25th
anniversary of the harrowing escape and will coincide with the
release of Martin's new book "Escape Or Die - An escape artist
unlocks the secret to cheating death."
escape is being made possible by the sponsorship of Skydive Chicago,
which will both prepare Martin and host the event at its skydiving
facility in Ottawa, Ill.