Worldwide Escape Artist Relay
Dr. Wilson Joins Escape Artists Around the World!
On October 29, 2005, Dr. Wilson was part of the largest coordinated performance by escape artists in history! The Worldwide Escape Artist Relay circled the globe as escape artists around the world performed a variety of thrilling escapes. Each performer documented his or her performance as it took place. Over fifty escape artists from Australia to California agreed to participate. The participants in the Worldwide Escape Artist Relay, men and women, young and old, novices and seasoned pros emerging from retirement, united to restore the Art of Escape to its rightful place in the public imagination!
In his escape attempt for the Worldwide Escape Artist Relay, Dr. Wilson escaped from the dread Chrysalis, an escape long considered unlucky in the close-knit world of escape artists. In the Chrysalis escape, the escape artist is padlocked into an iron slave collar and manacles. Chains attached to the collar and manacles are wrapped around the escape artist's body in a configuration resembling the confinement of a strait jacket. The escape artist is then blindfolded, hooded, and covered in a cowl, which is then wrapped tightly in chains secured by padlocks.
The Chrysalis escape has been neglected by escape artists since the untimely death in 1967 of Australian escape artist Roger MacKenzie at the age of 37 while attempting the Chrysalis. The cause of death was heart failure, brought on by the heat, a grueling performing schedule, and the weight and extreme confinement of the Chrysalis rigging.
Dr. Wilson increased the challenge of the Chrysalis by subjecting himself to a full metal detector search prior to confinement. In addition, he used padlocks donated by the audience.
Dr. Wilson's attempt to escape the Chrysalis took place at the Town Hill VIS Hall (adjacent to the Town Hill Fire Station, across the road from the Town Hill Market on State Highway 102) at 5:00 pm on Saturday, October 29, as part of Wilson and Dark's Traveling Carnival and Theater of Marvels, a fundraising event to benefit the West Eden Village Improvement Society.
Read about Roslyn Walker, who also escaped from the Chrysalis on October 29.
Sarah Hinckley of the Mount Desert Islander interviewed Dr. Wilson at home in advance of Wilson & Dark's Traveling Carnival and Theater of Marvels. See her article and photos in the October 19 issue of the Mount Desert Islander.
Check for updates of authenticated escapes at the WEAR update page.
Don't miss the online video from Living Illusions featuring Kristen Johnson's amazing escape from the Water Torture Cell!
Worldwide Escape Artist Relay
|Mark & Sheila Cannon||Carnegie||Tony Chapparo||Cindini*|
|Pastor Clyde*||Weasel Dandaw*||Rob and Pat Evans*||Cliff Gerstman*|
|Dean Gunnarson||Helen Held||Kristen Johnson||Josh Knotts|
|Dayle Krall*||Margarette*||Matt the Knife||The Amazing Michael|
|Danielle Nelson||Tony Parisi*||Perry Reid*||Kevin Ridgeway|
|Richard Sherry*||Ed Underwood*||Roslyn Walker*||Dr. Wilson*|
|Thomas Blacke*||Stuart Burrell||Mike Clarke||Shawn Dion||Robin Fox|
|Mike Giusti||Keith Hanshaw*||Kondini*||Tony Laffan||Morgan|
|Tom Naran*||Michael Schroeder*||Bill Shirk||David Straitjacket||Professor Andy|
|J.A. Baro*||Kevin Beato||Bruce Bunnell||Cayce||Andy Doherty|
|Drake||Patrick Errin||Tom Frank||Allan Given||Joel Harris|
|Michael Lee||Erica Merril*||Shawn Ness||Neal "The Rat" Rainsford||Mike Sanford*|
|Daniel Santos||Richard Viano*||Stephen Weis*|
*Authenticated by witnesses. Updated from the
WEAR Update Page.
Worldwide Escape Artist Relay 2007
|On Saturday, October 27, 2007, escape artists around the world will participate in
Worldwide Escape Artist Relay 2007,
the largest coordinated performance by escape artists in history.
Worldwide Escape Artist Relay 2007 will circle the globe as
escape artists around the world perform a variety of thrilling escapes. Each performer will document his or her performance
as it takes place. The
Worldwide Escape Artist Relay 2007, men and women, young and old, novices and seasoned
pros emerging from retirement, will unite to restore the Art of Escape to its rightful place in the public imagination!
The registration page for Worldwide Escape Artist Relay 2007 is generously hosted by Ring 362 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.