Underground escapologist plans to dangle over River Calder in front of the Hepworth Wakefield on Harry Houdini anniversary

Antony Britton suspended over River Cadler
Antony Britton suspended over River Cadler

AN escapologist is planning a daredevil charity fundraising event on the anniversary of the Great Houdini’s death.

Antony Britton is to be hoisted 50ft over the River Calder by a crane, wearing a straitjacket while attached to a burning rope.

The stunt on October 31, which will raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, coincides with the death of the great escape artist Harry Houdini.

Mr Britton has teamed up with Wakefield Wharf Co to carry out “Escape for Life”, which he says is not your typical charity fundraiser.

It will also see him break out from the “underground escapology scene” and perform in public in the shadow of The Hepworth, 

He said: “With a bit of luck I will escaping as quickly as possible. But I’ve got approximately a four-minute window before the rope burns out.”

Mr Britton was inspired to raise money after the plight of good friends who had been touched by cancer.

He added: “I know a lot of people, close friends, who have had cancer.

“A lot of people are touched by it every day.

“Some have survived cancer but some good friends of mine, their son lost his life to it at such a young age, which has prompted me to come out from the underground escapologist scene, which I’ve been in for the last 15 to 20 years.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor Mr Britton should visit justgiving.com/escapeforlife or call 0754 5283967.

He is also on the lookout for corporate sponsors.

He wished to thank Wakefield Wharf Co for helping him stage the escape and magician Martin Hunt whom he has team up with to bring the daredevil scheme to fruition.