|Alexanderia the Great aka escape artist Donna Purnell|
|Morgan the Escapist & Alexanderia the Great|
|Charlotte Pendragon on NBC Houdini Secrets Special 1995|
Seeing Charlotte Pendragon of the Pendragons perform an escape in 1995 on an NBC Houdini special, really opened my eyes to what women could do. I have spoken with Charlotte via Facebook and it was great to speak to someone who really influenced me. She showed me that women can take center stage in escapes.
|Dorothy Dietrich & Alexanderia the Great|
|Alexanderia the Great & the |
Underwater Leap of Faith
A little secret about my past. I wanted to be a lifeguard like all high school kids. It looked like a great job that allowed you to go to work at the beach in a swimsuit and get a tan. Now that is a great summer job. I had one small problem. Though I loved the water and was a strong swimmer, I could not hold my breath. I was horrible at it. When it came time to take the test, I could do all the moves except one. Diving to the bottom of the pool and picking up the instructor was a problem. Because of my limited ability in holding my breath, I could not manage to get him from the pool bottom. Though I told him and everyone else that it was the case of bronchitis that stopped me from passing, it was really a fear of holding my breath and diving.
So how is it that I am now able to be shackled, chained, padlocked and weighed down with more restraints than even Houdini did in his underwater escapes? How can I now jump willingly into 12.5 foot deep pools having to hold my breath long enough to escape all of these restraints? It requires me to train in a different way. In my next blog, I will explain some of my different methods for going beyond what has been done before.
|Alexanderia the Great A Modern Day Houdini lifting weights underwater|
as part of her extreme training for her death defying escapes