PRLog - May 2, 2009 - LOS ANGELES -- International escape artist Curtis Lovell II invites you to witness him strapped into a straitjacket and lifted 170 feet into the air -- as the rope is set on fire. When Lovell
Curtis Lovell -Escape artist
Through wind, fire and water in his performance of "Hang-Man," Lovell must face his fear of heights and his fear of drowning. Neither Lovell nor any other escape artist -- including the great Houdini -- has ever combined these elements for a stunt of this magnitude.
The City of Grand Terrace, California, will host Lovell's death-defying stunt as part of its Halloween Haunt in Pico Park, slated for 8 p.m. on Oct. 30, 09. Last year's theme element was Earth, during which Lovell faced the universal fear of being buried alive. The stunt attracted more than 1,500 visitors and national media.
"It was spine-tingling last year with Lovell being buried alive," said Steve Berry, Acting Manager of Grand Terrace, "We are looking forward to Hang-Man, his next death-defying feat."
Lovell conceived the idea of Hang-Man as he studied the works of his childhood hero Harry Houdini.
“I always wanted to perform an aerial, upside-down straitjacket escape, but I wanted a twist," Lovell said. In addition to the danger of this stunt, Lovell
Prior to Hang-Man, on June 13, 2009, at the Million Dollar Theater in downtown Los Angeles, California, Lovell will perform an escape with 1950’s movie actor Tony Curtis. The stunt and a screening of the classic movie Houdini, are part of "Magic of Tony Curtis," an event sponsored by the The Jules Verne Festival and the L.A. Historic Theatre Foundation.
Lovell, praised in the media as the “Modern-Day Houdini,” has been a lifelong fan of Tony Curtis and the movie Houdini.
“This project is close to my heart,” Lovell stated, explaining that he grew up watching Tony Curtis portraying Houdini. “As a child watching the movie Houdini, I wanted to be Houdini. I wanted to be Tony Curtis. I wanted to grow up to be a world-renowned escape artist.”
Lovell continues work on another "crazy" project for 2009.
“When I attempt Houdini-style stunts, I am always asked, 'Are you crazy?' so I think it's time for me to be placed in a straitjacket,"
More about Lovell:
Lovell cut Paris Hilton in half on the television show The Simple Life and demonstrated how to escape from handcuffs on Spike TV’s Manswers. He has publicly challenged noted psychic John Edward to a magic duel. Lovell also appeared on the USA network Road Characters, on which he presented his Cube of Death. In 2008 in the city of Grand Terrace, he was buried alive on Halloween and escaped in 16 minutes. Lovell starred in the instructional DVD, POOF! You're a magician ~Learn magic with everyday objects, which can be found at major online retailers including Barnes&Noble.com
Lovell was raised in Columbus, Ohio, where he attended Columbus Public Schools and Columbus State Community College. He now resides in Los Angeles, California, living his childhood dream as an escape artist.
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Event info for Hang-Man contact:
City of Grand Terrace
Event info for The Magic of Tony Curtis event:
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