CLEARWATER — Las Vegas illusionist Criss Angel pulled off an elaborate escape from a beach hotel moments before its demolition Wednesday night, first scaring, and then pleasing, tens of thousands of fans on hand.
The stunt, televised live internationally, began with Angel shackled to the sixth floor balcony of the nine-story Spyglass Resort. It ended more than four minutes later with Angel emerging, looking dazed, from the rubble that had been the hotel.
Angel had been expected to escape via a ladder dangling from a helicopter that hovered over the hotel’s roof until 30 seconds before the demolition.
For roughly the first minute of his stunt, Angel was viewable to the crowd on the beach, which spread northeast and southeast from the hotel. He picked the Smith & Wesson handcuffs retired Clearwater police Lt. David Hardman had used to shackle him to the balcony railing.
He then attempted to pick the padlock on the balcony door, but when he failed, he kicked in a window and jumped into the hotel room.
Be sure to read the comments at the end of the article. The crowd would have been screaming for their money back if it hadn’t been free.
Found by MJ.