Nationally touring comedian, magician and Baldwin borough resident Lee Terbosic
will perform an upside-down straitjacket escape for the people of Pittsburgh on Nov. 6.
"I haven't done any other crazy stunts like this personally. I mean I've jumped out of airplanes but magic-wise this is my real first big stunt," said Terbosic, a Pittsburgh native who was on America's Got Talent
last year, in a recent phone interview.
The Houdini 100
event is happening one century to the day after Harry Houdini performed the same suspended stunt, and moreover in the same location — the corner of Liberty Avenue and Wood, while dangling from a crane 60 to 70 feet in the air.
Terbosic was inspired to contact Mayor Bill Peduto and arrange the event after seeing an image in a book picturing Houdini performing in the air above crowds of people packing Downtown streets in 1916. Peduto later declared Nov. 6 "Lee Terbosic Day."
Though he's done the standard straitjacket escape thousands of times, Terbosic has been conditioning his body to be upside-down for long periods of time using an inversion table.
"I've been performing the straitjacket escape in my act for about 15 years, but always on two feet," Terbosic said. With practice he reduces any risk of blood rushing to his head and possible unconsciousness.
Terbosic isn't nervous thanks to his experience, conditioning and his faith in his safety crew from locally based Adrenalin Dreams
. "I'm confident, but of course I'm also a little cautious," Terbosic says.
Houdini 100 is a free event open to the public. The streets will close at 10:30 a.m. and a set by DJ Scottro will precede Terbosic's stunt at noon.
The night before, Nov. 5, there is a VIP pre-party at the Dave & Busters in Waterfront with guest DJ Bamboo at 8 p.m.
are also available for an after-party to watch the Steelers game with Terbosic at Ten Penny starting at 1 p.m. with guest DJ Petey C.