MYRTLE BEACH — If ghosts and goblins aren’t your thrill on Halloween night, perhaps watching a Myrtle Beach man suspended upside down several feet off the ground, with no protection underneath him, is more your type of terror.
That’s just what local magician Carl Michael plans to do at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He’ll be dangling by his legs from a crane, anywhere from 50 to 120 feet in the air, while secured inside of a straight jacket.
Without the assistance of a safety net or harness, he then plans to free himself from said jacket in under four minutes.
Then, using whatever other spell he can conjure, he’ll arrive gently on the ground.
Michael’s daring feat of magical wonderment, or, depending on who you ask, momentary bout of insanity, will occur 86 years to the day since the passing of that master of illusion, Harry Houdini.
“Even Houdini used a safety cord,” Michael said.
The event is being sponsored by the Halloween attraction Planet of Terror, which is located in the old X Gym location off George Bishop Parkway in the Myrtle Beach area.
Planet owner Rick Pollard said Michael’s trick is being performed in his attraction’s parking lot, which is private property.
Pollard could very well be out there with the rest of the attendees bighting his nails nervously as Michael attempts his trick.
“Human error, anything could happen,” Pollard said. “Honestly, it scares me to death that he’s doing this stunt the way he’s doing it.”
Paramedics will be on hand in case there are any problems, Pollard added.
One problem could be Mother Nature. Michael said they’re keeping an eye on the potential impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Grand Strand.
While the hurricane isn’t expected to directly impact the Grand Strand, winds and rain are still a possibility.
“If it’s windy, I’m not going above 60 or 70 feet. No way,” Michael said.
Contact reporter BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301.