Please note that Alton Towers Almanac is no longer maintained or updated, and almost all information will be out of date.

For the latest information, please visit Alton Towers’ official website.

ATANeed2KnowNews Archive › News

Houdini escape re-created on Rita

In the News
Friday, 25th March 2011 By Chris Bennett

Yesterday, on what would have been Harry Houdini's 137th birthday, a daredevil dangled by his ankles from Rita to repeat one of his most popular stunts.

Rob Roy Collins, 33, was suspended 60ft in the air, hanging upside down from the Rita rollercoaster track as media and onlookers watched from below.

He successfully escaped from the straitjacket he was wearing in a time of one minute and 53 seconds, beating Houdini's own record!

The straitjacket escape was one of Harry Houdini's famous stunts and he would often perform it above a crowd whilst handing upside down from a crane or building. In New York City he escaped in a time of two minutes and 37 seconds, suspended over the New York Subway from a crane being used to construct it.

With the theme park re-opening on Saturday for the 2011 season, it's clear the marketing machine is in full swing. We look forward to seeing what other ideas they come up with throughout the season to catch the eye of the media!

Source: Daily Mail / SWNS


 » RSS Feed

 » Featured
 » Trip Tip
Condom machines are available in Towers Street, Katanga Canyon, Forbidden Valley and Ug Land.