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This article was published 25/9/2012 (1536 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Legendary Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson preparing to tempt death again, this time in China with an attempt to escape from one of the fastest roller-coasters in Asia.
On Wednesday Gunnarson will be handcuffed, chained, and padlocked around his arms and neck, and then chained to the tracks of a bullet coaster as it reaches a top speed of 135 km/h. Gunnarson must escape in 58 seconds or less and then make a daring leap 10 meters to safety before the coaster runs him down.
The last time he tried a similar escape Gunnarson was hurt when -- although he managed to escape from handcuffs and chains in time -- the speeding roller coaster clipped his right foot in mid-air as it sped past. Gunnarson was immediately taken to the hospital and diagnosed with a broken bone in his foot and internal bleeding.
Although he is still in pain from the last incident, Gunnarson says he feels very positive about this attempt.
"If I told you I wasn’t nervous while being chained down to those roller-coaster tracks I would be lying," he said in a press release. "It is absolutely terrifying how fast this coaster launches off. It is like a fighter jet taking off from an aircraft carrier and I am in its path!"
"I have always said I don’t do card tricks or pull bunny’s out of a hat. I push the envelope in an extreme way that tries to do the impossible with every great escape I have ever attempted. This one will be no exception!"
Provided Gunnarson survives the stunt, the International Magicians Society will present him with a Merlin Award for "World’s Best Escape Artist 2012".
This will mark the first time since the IMS started in 1968 that they have ever given a Merlin Award to an escape artist. Past recipients include David Copperfield, Doug Henning, Siegfried & Roy, Penn & Teller, and Criss Angel. The award will be presented to Gunnarson in China.