Nearly a century ago, 50ft above Downtown Pittsburgh, a man dangled by his ankles, a crowd of 20,000 people gathering in the streets beneath him. Bound in a straitjacket, he writhed and twisted like a fish without air to free himself from his confines, fastened by Mayview Hospital attendants before he was hoisted into the middle of Wood St to perform his stunt. In a matter of minutes, Harry Houdini, the "Handcuff King," as he was referred in the Pittsburgh Sun in 1916, opened his arms wide in triumphant escape.
At 12pm on November 6th, Lee Terbosic, a magician born and raised in Pittsburgh, will attempt the same suspended straitjacket escape in the same spot where Houdini performed 100 years ago to the day. Terbosic has 15 years of practice under his belt, having incorporated the stunt into his own show, Bamboozled. But this time, as he suspends himself over the heart of Pittsburgh, is different than any of the others.