NORTHAM stuntman and entertainer Merlin Cadogan is preparing to become a modern day King Canute in a daring deed to raise money for charity. Merlin, 35, who has hit the headlines by carrying North Devon hopes in the Britain s Got Talent television show, i

NORTHAM stuntman and entertainer Merlin Cadogan is preparing to become a modern day King Canute in a daring deed to raise money for charity.Merlin, 35, who has hit the headlines by carrying North Devon hopes in the Britain's Got Talent television show, is planning to spend three days chained to a throne on the beach at Clovelly - being covered by the tides twice a day!He hopes his unique feat will attract the crowds and gain valuable sponsorship for the Children's Hospice South West in Fremington.Merlin is preparing meticulously for his stunt, which is set to take place from 3pm on July 7 until 3pm on July 10.Tides have been chosen especially so that they are suitable for the stunt and he does not have to spend time under water at night, he told the Gazette.He will also be wearing a wetsuit and have scuba equipment so that he can breath while under water during the six periods of high tide, each expected to cover him for around two hours, if he last the full three days.A professional diver and local lifeguards will also be on hand to oversee safety.But the big problems are likely to be exhaustion, dehydration and sleep deprivation, Merlin said. Lack of sleep could make even the simplest tasks become complicated and difficult."I hope a lot of people will come and support me, cheer me on and help keep me going," said Merlin. "It will be a real ordeal and a test of my mental strength. But we are planning carefully, including carrying out a risk assessment and notifying coastguards. Any decision whether or not to carry on will not be in my hands, but in those of the professional diver and lifeguards."Ian Roome, community fund-raiser with the Children's Hospice, said: "We are really pleased that Merlin is doing this death defying stunt for us. We have certainly never had anything like this done for us before. "We urge anyone who supports the charity to go along and sponsor him. It is amazing what Merlin does because of his dedication and determination. We wish him all the best and hope that he goes on to win Britain's Got Talent."Merlin rose to fame when he appeared before Britain's Got Talent judges escaping from chains while juggling with fire and with his head in a water-filled driver's helmet.Closer to home, Merlin continues to appear live regularly at the Milky Way Adventure Park near Clovelly. A Just Giving page has been set up on the Internet so anyone can sponsor Merlin's forthcoming charity effort -justgiving.com/merlinsgottalent