OTTAWA, Ill. — Imagine the terror of being handcuffed, chained and locked inside a wooden casket that is subsequently dragged out of an airplane at 14,500 feet.
That’s the scenario Anthony Martin faces later Tuesday when he takes to the sky over Serena in northern Illinois.
“How many of us have never been in a situation that we wished we could get out of?” the 47-year-old escape artist asked recently with a sly grin.
And he’s quick to insist, he’s no fake.
Martin said his father shattered his early fascination with magic when he explained the trickery behind a floating pen illusion. So at age 6, he resolved to find a more respectable means of impressing an audience and began studying the art of escape.
“I thought that skill and knowledge could surpass trickery and magic,” he said.