Rick Maisel knows something about making a big splash ― especially getting out of a washing machine while it’s operating.
Maisel is an escape artist known for such death-defying stunts as being suspended from beneath a hot air balloon and escaping from a straitjacket.
But his most famous ― and dangerous ― stunt involves getting out of a washing machine while handcuffed and shackled.
Maisel recently demonstrated how he does it for The Wizard Of Odd, a YouTube channel featuring humans doing extraordinarily weird things.
“I can escape from any washing machine, any brand in the world, as long as it has at least a 14-inch door and a 27-inch drum,” Maisel says in the video before folding himself into the front-loading washer. “I have successfully escaped from 40 brands of washing machines in 42 countries.”
For most people, just being able to fit into a washing machine would be a feat unto itself. Then there’s the spinning, the soap and all that water.
Maisel makes things even harder by wearing five pairs of handcuffs and two pairs of leg irons.
“Not only can I drown because there’s so much soap and water in there, but I can also get knocked out by the 20 pounds of handcuffs and and leg irons that are also spinning around in the washing machine with me,” he said.
Needless to say, don’t try this at home ― or anywhere else!