Well....Summer's half over and I hadn't worked on many things this season, so I decided to put together a stunt that would really challenge me. I had it in mind to do a straitjacket escape, but I've done them from buildings, I've done them hanging from cranes, and in crates, and every other way you could possibly think of...then I came up with a great one. I decided I would put myself to the test and do a straitjacket escape underwater! Talk about a challenge! As if the jacket isn't confining enough....try getting it wet! Ever swim with a shirt on? Know how the shirt sticks to your body like an extra layer of skin? Yeah...well...a canvas straitjacket does it, too....It makes it even more confining! Not to mention that I have to hold my breath while trying to escape...so exhaling to reduce the size of the chest is pretty much out of the question. Next challenge is vision...Vision is greatly impaired under water...virtually impossible to see what I'm doing...I have to go on feeling my way out.
After all that...I decided I still wanted to do it! My team and I set it up with the city's community pool, sent out press releases to all the newspapers and television stations. I performed this about 4 hours ago. I have a research team working on the task of finding out if there's currently a record for this stunt....My research team never did find any information that said this feat had been successfully performed in the United States.
Unfortunately, I had to attempt it twice. I was performing this in a diving pool, 10 feet deep with a diving board. I stood on the edge of the diving board, with over 250 people looking on, not to mention reporters, and news crews. I stepped off the diving board, and when I hit the water, an airpocket got in the jacket and I couldn't get more than 18 inches below the surface. Talk about ticked off!
I surface....work my way out of the jacket, swim to the edge of the pool, and announce I'm going to do it again. One of the news crew asks me, "You don't consider that a success?" I looked at him and said, "He** no!" I had my crew put the jacket back on me. The jacket is now soaked and weighs about an extra 5 to 7 pounds. I get back on the diving board, take some deep breaths and step off again. This time I successfully escape the jacket under 7 feet of water. AND......I did it in 29.1 seconds!!
Got it all on video, too. Plus, I'm getting a copy of the news footage from the TV stations. I'll put together the video and post it soon.
Just thought I'd share about my day.
Last edited by MichalAngelo on Sun Aug 06, 2006 2:59 pm, edited 3 times in total.