SPOKANE, Wash. -- Harry Houdini died 87 years ago, but still holds the world record for the fastest escape from a straight jacket while hanging upside down - but perhaps, only until Saturday.
At River Park Square, in downtown Spokane, this weekend, illusionist Jay Owenhouse will attempt to break the legendary Houdini’s record of 90 seconds, with a twist. The suspended Owenhouse will hang in his straight jacket between a set of sharp steel teeth, dubbed “The Jaws of Death.” The teeth will be held open only by a rope. When Owenhouse begins his escape attempt 16 feet off the ground, the rope will be lit on fire, limiting the amount of time the illusionist has to escape to around two minutes before the jaws snap shut.
“Even though I have mastered most of Houdini’s escapes, the Jaws of Death scare me,” said Owenhouse.
The attempt at Houdini’s record was scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at River Park Square mall. Check out the KREM 2 News Facebook page starting on Saturday for a chance to win free tickets.
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