Sunday, November 30, 2014

Extreme Escapes debuts on REELZ

A new series called Extreme Escapes is airing on REELZ. The series was originally to be called Sons of Houdini. Shame they changed the name. Here's a description;

Each one-hour episode of Extreme Escapes brings the shock, wonder and danger of escapology to television with astonishing performances by artists including America’s Got Talent contestant Spencer Horsman, Masters of Illusion LIVE! performer Farrell Dillon, Las Vegas Laugh Factory’s headlining comic magician Murray Sawchuck and his counterpart Jan Rouven and Hungarian escape artist David Merlini. In Extreme Escapes top escape masters challenge the laws of physics in unbelievable stunts performed all around the world including magician Brandy LaPlante attempting to be the first woman to complete the insane car drop escape before being crushed and magician Michael Turco’s attempt at a mobster-style challenge where he’s shackled, put in cement shoes and tossed to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Other daring stunts attempted include illusionist Jonathan Pendragon putting himself in the line of fire for a dangerous and often deadly feat—attempting to catch a speeding bullet. The series also features a precarious escape set in China where internationally acclaimed illusionist Franz Harary must break free from the chains binding him to railroad tracks in the face of a powerful locomotive.

You'll notice that that among the Extreme Escapes escape artists is David Merlini who was the technical advisor on HISTORY's Houdini miniseries. The show's technical advisor is Gay Blackstone.

Learn more about Extreme Escapes at the REELZ website.

1 comment:

  1. Saw the first episode and must say that I am blown away that this was ever put on the air. What an embarrassment. Great concept but horribly put together. I see some talented performers on the line up to be on the show, but like all associated tv magic related shows, this will be a horrible showcase and produced, directed, and edited by people that have no idea what they are doing. This should have never happened, what a waste.