Criss Angel to attempt death-defying disappearing act at Conn. casino

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MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) — A magician inspired by escape artist Harry Houdini says he’ll try to escape a straitjacket while hanging upside down and dangling from a 75-foot high crane.

Criss Angel is scheduled to perform the stunt at Foxwoods Resort Casino in southeastern Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon.

He’ll also have a 50-pound weight hanging from one end of a rope with the other end around his neck in a noose. He must escape before losing consciousness.

Angel tried the stunt last year in Times Square in New York City before more than 10,000 spectators.

He made the escape, but tore his right bicep off the bone and his right shoulder in two places. Following seven screws and anchors and seven months of physical therapy, Angel says he’s ready to try again.

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