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Dean Gunnarson’s Escape from River Trail Hell Airing on OLN

Dean Gunnarson’s Escape from River Trail Hell Airing on OLN

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Dean Gunnarson attempts to escape from restraints on the Red River in Winnipeg. (HANDOUT)

A daring escape filmed on the icy Red River this winter will air on OLN tonight.

Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson risked everything when he was chained to two massive ice resurfacer machines in February. He had 60 seconds to escape the restraints before being pulled apart into pieces in front of a live audience.

In the “Escape Or Die!” episode, Gunnarson prepares for the stunt by climbing the ice tower in St. Boniface and visiting the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Theatrics expert Cary Tardi also takes a run at the ice tower in a web episode that can be found online once the show airs tonight.

The episode airs at 8 p.m. CT.

— Staff

Gunnarson’s ‘Escape or Die’ Premiering on OLN

Gunnarson’s ‘Escape or Die’ Premiering on OLN

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Dean Gunnarson (HANDOUT)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba-born escape artist Dean Gunnarson will cheat death once again in a new reality series premiering tonight on OLN.

“Escape or Die” is a thrilling half-hour series featuring 12 episodes with real nail-biting stunts.

In the first episode, Gunnarson attempts to escape from a speeding rollercoaster with his ankles locked to the track in Shanghai, China.

In another episode, Gunnarson takes one of his stunts to The Forks in Winnipeg, attempting to escape before being torn apart by two Zambonis.

Each episode begins in Dean’s Onanole, Manitoba workshop known as “The Morgue,” where his team create daring escapes that are seen around the world.

Gunnarson, 51, has been at his craft for more than 30 years and the new series gives viewers a look inside his head as to what drives him to continue pushing the envelope.

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Escape Artist Dean Gunnarson to Be Dropped in Shark-Infested Waters

Escape Artist Dean Gunnarson to Be Dropped in Shark-Infested Waters

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Dean Gunnarson

Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson will attempt to break free while locked inside a metal coffin today.

Gunnarson will be dropped into the ocean somewhere in the Bahamas, plunging into shark-infested waters to make his daring escape.

It’s a stunt he’s reattempting after he failed to pull it off in 1983. In front of 10,000 people in Winnipeg, Gunnarson was unable to escape from a wooden coffin in the icy Red River and needed to be rescued.

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Dean Gunnarson Breaks Free in China

Dean Gunnarson Breaks Free in China

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Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson hangs upside down 250 feet in the air from a burning rope during a recent escape. Gunnarson is in Fuzhou, China on a three-month tour and was able to break free from chains, locks, and straight jacket during the stunt. (DEAN GUNNARSON / HANDOUT)
Winnipeg Escape Artist in China for Risky Stunt

Winnipeg Escape Artist in China for Risky Stunt

Escape artist Dean Gunnarson emerges after being buried alive in Winnipeg on October 31, 2010. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson is tempting fate yet again by re-attempting to escape from a speeding bullet coaster train.

Gunnarson is currently in China, where on Wednesday he’ll try to leap out of the way of the 135 km/h-train as it approaches him on the tracks. Gunnarson will be handcuffed, chained, and padlocked around his arms and neck, and then chained to the tracks.

The last time he tried this very stunt, Gunnarson was badly injured after breaking his foot and receiving internal bleeding.

“If I told I wasn’t nervous while being chained down to those roller coaster tracks I would be lying,” Gunnarson said in an e-mail. “It is absolutely terrifying how fast this coaster launches off. It is like a fighter jet taking off from an aircraft carrier and I am in its path!”

If Gunnarson is successful, he will receive the award of “Best Escape Artist 2012” from the International Magicians Society.

Escape Artist Gunnarson in China for Icy Stunt

Escape Artist Gunnarson in China for Icy Stunt

Escape artist Dean Gunnarson emerges from a grave Sunday, October 31, 2010 after being buried alive on Wilkes Avenue. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson is at it again — defying death by performing a risky stunt in China.

Gunnarson will attempt to escape from a tomb of ice on a frozen lake high in the mountains this week, before a bus loaded with explosives drops on top of him. Gunnarson will be locked and chained inside the tomb, with the bus dangling above him from a crane. He will only have 100 seconds to perform the escape before he is crushed.

“I have been here for a few days training for this escape but the air being so thin has caused me to get altitude sickness,” Gunnarson said in a release Wednesday. “The lack of air and trying to do even small things just leaves me grasping for breath. This is like nothing I have ever encountered before.”

The escape will take place about 100 kilometers west of the provincial capital of Xining at 3,205 metres (10,515 feet) above sea level in a depression of the Tibetan Plateau. Chinese TV will air the escape during a one-hour TV special on Saturday.

Gunnarson Crawls from the Grave in Halloween Stunt

By Sarah Klein

Everything went as planned Sunday, as Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson emerged from his early grave.

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Gunnarson came back up shortly after 1:30 p.m. after being buried alive Friday night six feet underground in a steel coffin.

About 200 people showed up to the Golf Dome to watch his escape, which was planned to coincide with the same date and time of Harry Houdini’s death in 1926.

The daredevil said he was caught off guard by the trains going by next to his grave, which shook the ground and rattled his coffin whenever they went by.

Gunnarson said it was very cold, dark and damp underground, and thanked fans for their support.

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Gunnarson Spending Two Days Buried Underground

Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson is attempting to cheat death this weekend, by being buried alive six feet underground at the Golf Dome.

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Gunnarson was lowered into his grave after being placed in a steel coffin Friday evening in front of fans and family.

The daredevil has no food or water for two days and nights, and will begin his escape at 1:26 p.m. on Sunday, October 31 — the same time and day Harry Houdini died in 1926. But don’t worry too much … fresh air is being pumped into the coffin.

During an interview Friday with ChrisD.ca, Gunnarson said he hadn’t eaten anything for the last three days and would be looking forward to a juicy meal when he emerges on Sunday.

Spectators can monitor his progress inside the coffin on large screens set up outside the Golf Dome on Wilkes Avenue all weekend. There will also be Halloween activities for the kids to coincide with the stunt.

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Escape Artist Gunnarson to Be Buried Alive on Friday

Escape Artist Gunnarson to Be Buried Alive on Friday

Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson will attempt to cheat death once again during a daring stunt on Friday in the spirit of Halloween.

Gunnarson will be locked inside a steel coffin and buried six feet underground for two days. The lid to the coffin will be locked and wrapped in chains. Over three tonnes of dirt will be dumped on top to ensure he doesn’t escape.

The stunt will take place outside of the Golf Dome, 1205 Wilkes Avenue, on October 29 at 7 p.m.

Gunnarson must stay underground with no food or water for an entire two days before attempting to break out. On Sunday, October 31 at 1:26 p.m., he will begin to make his escape. The time of 1:26 p.m. is when Harry Houdini died in 1926 on the same day.

“I know that from a physical and mental stand point this will be my most challenging escape ever,” Gunnarson said in a release. “The last time I was locked in a coffin I died. I never wanted to be in another one and I never have. I will have to conquer all my personnel fears and demons to make this escape on Halloween.”

In 1983, Gunnarson was underwater for nearly four minutes when the coffin he was in was raised back out and rescuers found his blue lifeless body. He was revived at the Health Sciences Centre, which has made Gunnarson even more determined to do what others have said is impossible.

Gunnarson recently returned from China, where he had a close call while being chained down to a track.

Cameras will be mounted inside the coffin so spectators can monitor the stunt during the two days on giant screens outside the Golf Dome. Saturday will be family day at the Dome, with a petting zoo, paint ball, archery, pizza, face painting, and more. Saturday night will be a special Halloween party with free admission when you make a donation to the Christmas Cheer Board. More information is available at CanadianEventsCalendar.com.

Winnipeg Escape Artist Has Close Call in China

Winnipeg Escape Artist Has Close Call in China

By David Klassen

Winnipeg escape artist Dean Gunnarson has been in China the last few months, where he has been performing risky stunts to the amazement of thousands of people everyday.

Earlier this week, a stunt almost went horribly wrong in Beijing when Gunnarson was attempting to escape from being chained down to a track. A speeding roller coaster was quickly approaching at nearly 100 km/h and clipped Gunnarson in the foot as he broke free from his handcuffs. He made it out just in time, but was sent to hospital with a broken bone in his foot and internal bleeding, which is creating a great deal of pain and making it difficult for him to walk.

Gunnarson is now out of the hospital and hopes to be cleared by doctors to return to Canada later today.

This Halloween, Gunnarson plans on being locked inside a steel coffin and buried six feet underground for two days. After two days of being buried alive he will attempt to escape on October 31, the anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death in 1926.

Gunnarson was recently married to his longtime partner and mother of his two children on July 10.