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Magician Harry Houdini was famous for his death-defying escapes, including a famous stunt in which he wriggled out of a straitjacket while dangling by his feet. Now, Criss attempts to replicate this feat—only he wants to beat Houdini's time of approximately five minutes! "A lot of what I do is completely real, and some of it's illusion," Criss says. "This is completely real."

Watch as Criss attempts to escape from a straitjacket.  Watch

After he is strapped into the straitjacket by two volunteers from the audience, Criss is hoisted high above the floor, where he dangles by his feet. As the clock ticks, he struggles to remove the confining jacket. By the time the clock strikes 2 minutes and 3 seconds, Criss is free!

"Wow," Oprah says. "That was good!"
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Published on January 01, 2006

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