Merlin's great escape captivates GMTV audiences

NORTH Devon s own stuntman and entertainer Merlin has been up to his tricks again before a nationwide audience. Merlin Cadogan of Northam, who first hit the headlines in the Britain s Got Talent television show, unveiled his latest stunt live last week in

NORTH Devon's own stuntman and entertainer Merlin has been up to his tricks again before a nationwide audience.

Merlin Cadogan of Northam, who first hit the headlines in the Britain's Got Talent television show, unveiled his latest stunt live last week in front of GMTV cameras.

He is bidding to out-Houdini Houdini, with his latest, lung-bursting, underwater escape.

With the cameras rolling, a handcuffed Merlin was lowered in chains and secured to the bottom of a water filled tank at The Milky Way visitor attraction in Clovelly.


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Show presenter Richard Arnold then threw a hairgrip into the tank and Merlin was left to find it and pick the lock of the handcuffs under water to release himself.

"It was difficult as I was doing it for the first time in front of so many people and the cameras," said Merlin.

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"When we had practised locking the handcuffs earlier, the key had broken off. I was concerned whether the lock might be damaged. But all went well."

Merlin practised breath-holding techniques for his new trick by freediving in the famous Blue Hole off Egypt with world freedive champion Sara Campbell.

The great Houdini had performed a similar stunt, but had covered the tank while he escaped, said Merlin. But he was performing his in full view, so his audience could see exactly what was happening.

"Now I am hoping to break Houdini's record for the most number of water escapes, which I believe stands at between 250 and 300," he said.

"I will be performing this in my show at The Milky Way six days a week and I also have my previous performances of being locked inside a water filled diving helmet."

The GMTV cameras visited The Milky Way last week as the programme presented interviews with some of last year's Britain's Got Talent top performers to find out what they have been up to all year and what they are doing now.

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