Our Friend Charles Almost Died
The aforementioned Charles Bach is the magician on the ship. He has a lot to live for. He is getting married on 7/7/07 to a lovely lawyer named Magdalena. He is kind, genuine, and very, very talented. He also has a fantastic career, with best-selling magic DVDs and books, and sold out shows at Caesar’s Palace.
So why does he want to throw it all away by binding himself in feet of 75lbs chains and shackles, jumping into the pool (which is salt water by the way – ouchie on the eyes), and submerging himself for almost 3 minutes as he tries to escape?
Because he is a crazy, wonderful magician.
His record of holding his breath under water is 3 minutes, 30 seconds. He also wears all black, including black, Levi jeans. Now that is magic in itself – wearing sopping wet black jeans. Ew. You can see him in the right-hand corner, the Crazy Man in Black, with chains all around his arms, neck and legs, and his feet bound together.
Charles was filming some of his underwater escape a couple days ago and I was "lucky" enough to help him with it. I had to help tie up the guy, and, albeit I have the arms of a small boy who hasn't eaten in a week, those chains are dang, dang heavy. And they are tight around his neck. It is sort of the physical manifestation of anxiety - bound and drowning. I didn't think about it too much.
Well, Charles lived this time. Here he is basking in the love of the poolside crowd. This time he escaped just over 2 minutes, 40 seconds. So he is still part of Boat Family. At least until next Friday when he does it all over again.