It also made me realize how far and fast this has gone. My first public performance was just 3 years earlier. Now that may sound like a long time but in magic that is a nano second.
|The Worldwide Escape Artist Relay 2009 My first UW Leap|
After that I did a show in Orlando and got a chance to do an escape on TV at Ripley's Believe It or Not Orlando. It was great fun and finding out I was going to be in next years Ripley's book another magical honor.
Just like Houdini who almost lost it all as his King of Cards act was failing, he had to reinvent himself. So many of us in the struggling economy have had to do just that. Leave what we did and what we though we where good at because of job loss and do something else to survive. This country has had to learn to adapt to rapid change. Adapting is always tough because it is uncomfortable. What I have learned more than anything else is that in escapes and in life, getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is essential to survival.
Kirk Krack , Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, of Performance Free Diving
They trained David Blaine for his Drowned Alive stunt on ABC in New York City in the water Globe. This picture is of both Mandy-Rae who jumped in to save David and Kirk Krack who is talking with David after the attempt.
Ashley Chapman a world record holder and Team USA co captain who works with Performance Free Diving and now Evolve Free Diving and Erin Magee who is a US National record holder, is also on Team USA, works for both Performance Free Diving and now her own Pacific Coast Free Diving. In fact, is was Erin's course that I did in October where I broke the 4 minute mark in a static breath hold. See me here break the 4 minute barrier in a static breath hold with Erin and Nick Fazer of East Coat Divers.
She got me a full minute more in her course.
In doing the 4:20 breath hold I actually was kind of mad at myself as I had my first contraction at the 3:00 mark and only did 8 contractions. I have done as many as 51 contractions on a breath holds so I know I left a whole lot on the table. The reason I came up and this will sound so dumb, was I got too excited when I heard 4:00 minutes. I was shocked as it felt so easy. I should have been more focused on getting as much as I could but I was so shocked and happy I got to 4 minutes that I got too happy and lost it. I am now wondering what I could really do if I only trained for statics but that is for another time.
Of course I also had to do the dive in October in New England where water temps can be somewhere in the mid 40's. As you can tell by Nick, Erin and my clothing, the weather was really pretty cold.