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Criss Angel to perform death-defying straightjacket escape at Foxwoods Resort Casino

3 November 2014

MASHANTUCKET, Connecticut -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- Criss Angel will attempt one of the most astounding and dangerous escapes in history at Foxwoods Resort Casino on November 11, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Inspired by the legendary Harry Houdini, Angel will attempt the Houdini Death Escape, while suspended upside down in a regulation straight jacket and dangling from a 75-foot-high crane. Upping the ante, Angel will also have a 50 lb. weight hanging from one end of a rope with the other end around his neck in a noose.

For more than a decade, Angel has dominated the world of magic and stunned audiences worldwide with his life-threatening, jaw-dropping, and seemingly impossible magic, illusions and escapes. An avid admirer of Harry Houdini, Angel parallels the legendary magician’s grand demonstrations, such as this signature escape, and catapults them into the 21st century…to the extreme.

Angel is the first to attempt this escape with a 50 lb. weight hanging from a noose around his neck and must escape before he goes unconscious. He has been training with five time UFC champ and MMA Hall of Famer Randy Couture to prepare for this stunt and will be incorporating a new deadly MMA twist to Houdini's legendary escape.

Angel’s first attempt of this stunt was last year in Times Square NYC with over ten thousand spectators. Although he is the only person ever to be successful in the escape, he paid a huge price when he ripped his right bicep off the bone and tore his right shoulder in two places. Following seven screws and anchors and seven months of physical therapy, Criss is ready to attempt this stunt again.

“We are ecstatic that the biggest name in magic, Criss Angel, will attempt one of the most elaborate and mind-blowing stunts in history right here at Foxwoods,” said Felix Rappaport, Senior Vice President & COO of Foxwoods Resort Casino. “To coincide with Veteran’s Day, Criss has decided to dedicate this stunt to all veterans, past and present, and we are truly honored to take part in supporting our troops.”

As part of the performance, Angel has invited local veterans to help prepare for the stunt by helping him put on his straightjacket. Veterans will also be provided with complimentary tickets to his new production ‘MINDFREAK LIVE!’ taking place at Foxwoods for a special three-day series of shows from November 13 – November 15. Tickets are $65 - $125.

About Foxwoods Resort Casino
Foxwoods Resort Casino is one of the premier entertainment destinations in the Northeast. As the largest resort casino in North America, Foxwoods offers a vast array of gaming in six casinos; AAA Four-Diamond hotels, restaurants from gourmet to express, world-renowned spas, awarding-winning golf, state-of-the-art theaters, and exclusive retailers. Perfect for both recreation and business, Foxwoods provides modern and versatile convention and meeting space to infuse new life into any meeting or event. Foxwoods Resort Casino is owned and operated by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

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