July 04, 2011

Navajo illusionist to challenge Houdini

Illusionist wants to beat Houdini record

By Shondiin SilversmithWant a night full of danger but to see it safely from the audience?

Here's your chance: On July 8, Navajo illusionist Myg Blade, 24, will attempt his most dangerous escape yet during a live show at Festival Park in Winslow, Ariz.

Blade, a Winslow resident, adds a new dimension to the local entertainment scene, which offers many musical acts and a growing cohort of comedians, but few if any practitioners of the magical arts.
And:Another highlight of the upcoming performance will be the recreation of a famous Houdini trick, escaping from a straightjacket while suspended by his ankles from a crane. Blade plans to dedicate the show to Houdini, not only out of respect, but also because he hopes to best Houdini's escape time of two minutes and 36 seconds.

"This is going to be the most dangerous and exciting escape," he said, adding that he will be the first Native illusionist to attempt this escape.
Comment:  For more on the subject, see Cherokee Father and Son Magicians.

Below:  "As part of an intermission trick during his performance at Rough Rock Community School in 2010, Myg Blade levitates a glass of water while pouring from a can."

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