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MASTER MAGICIAN SURVIVES DEATH DEFYING STUNT
Alex Ramon escaped being handcuffed and locked inside a tank of water!
This July 4th, just before thousands watched fireworks on the shores of Lake Tahoe, they were watching fireworks of a different kind.
Magician Alex Ramon attempted a white-knuckle escape. Handcuffed inside of a transparent tank of water and forced to hold his breath, he maneuvered his hands with meticulous precision, to carefully pick the locks so that he could free himself. The stunt, he claimed, is something that Houdini never attempted, a death defying challenge that he’s called, “Submerged.”
After almost two minutes submerged beneath the water, carefully managing his breath, with the crowd of thousands watching his every move and holding their breaths along with him, the locks were pushed aside with a clatter of steel, the lid shot up, and Ramon sprung to his feet, gasping for air. The audience instantly burst into cheers, and the host of the event, Dreu Murin, rushed to the tank to congratulated him.
According to Ramon, his “Submerged” escape called for a special set of skills.
“I’ve been training for the past four months to insure that I am physically and, more importantly, mentally prepared,” he said after the escape. “That’s really part of it. You have to picture every movement in your head, see it first. Then your hands can do it.”
A major challenge was adjusting to the altitude in Lake Tahoe. The magician explained, “Where I have been training, in Los Angeles and San Francisco, I am only about 62 ft above sea level. Lake Tahoe is over 6,200 ft above sea level. Getting a deep breath is so much more difficult, and the entire escape depends upon that.
His escape demonstration used a special plastic tank, so that everyone could watch his twists and turns inside. His hands were locked outside the top of the tank. Once his head was pushed under water and the lid was locked in place, it was impossible to get a breath of air until the locks were opened.
The audience was unaware of the safety precautions. Just offstage, a paramedic was prepared and assistants were ready to smash the hardware on the tank, and pull Ramon out if his procedure failed, and he was in trouble. “We’re always ready,” he explained. “They would demolish the tank and get me out, if I blacked out. We have to plan for it, but we don’t want to think about it.”
On July 4, the escape was watched by the audience as part of the Lake Tahoe Red White and Blue event. It was also broadcast live on KAME MY21 FOX Reno.
Ramon explained, “I really did put my life on the line. It’s the first time I’ve ever attempted a challenge like this. It’s not just a performance. It’s really a physical test, a number of careful steps, so that I escape alive. The secrets for this escape, the techniques, are completely different from the secrets I use in magic.”
November 24, 2014
TAYLOR SWIFT DOES MAGIC ON THE AMAs
Master Magician Alex Ramon created her flaming rose and hand!
No Doubt we have all been inundated with news about the AMAs last night. Stars and celebrities were only surrounded by, other stars and celebrities. Pop stars performed one after the other to a screaming crowd, but one stood out from the rest yet again. Taylor Swift’s world premiere performance of her #1 Blank Space stole the show!
During her groundbreaking performance she performed some magic with the help of master magician Alex Ramon.
E! Online writes “The blond beauty grabbed a red rose that was on fire and plucked off one flaming petal. She watched the flame burn in her hand for several seconds before putting out the fire with a closed fist.”
Time.com headline in bold was “She lights a rose on fire!”
HollywoodReporter.com headline with a photo says “That time Taylor’s possibly a witch?”
Ramon was touring his illusion show #NewMagic in Los Angeles, and received a phone call asking for his help creating magic for a high profile artist and event.
“I couldn’t say who the artist was or what it was for. I had to be very secretive with my plans. But, I know how to keep a secret, I’m a magician.”
Ramon spent a total of 6 days with Swift rehearsing, coaching, and perfecting the “Flaming Rose and Hand” that she was to perform.
“I had to make sure safety was our top priority. Taylor was fearless! She was holding fire like it was nothing. Amazing!”
July 9, 2014
MAGICIAN RECEIVES HISTORIC HONOR
Alex Ramon has been recognized for his achievements in the world of magic
This July 4th weekend, Richmond, California resident Alex Ramon received a historic award, recognizing his achievements as an outstanding “illusionist.” While others were watching fireworks in celebration of the 4th, over 1500 magicians met in St. Louis, Missouri and made their own fireworks in a special ceremony. It was the largest American convention of its kind, a combined effort of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
The Milbourne Christopher Award, dedicated to the memory of the American magician and author, recognizes “notable contributions to the art of magic,” and “excellence in the magical arts.” Previous winners of the Milbourne Christopher Award include Siegfried and Roy, David Copperfield, Harry Blackstone, Jr., and Lance Burton.
At age 29, Ramon is the youngest magician recognized for this honor.
“Only 20 magicians in history have ever received this award,” Ramon said. “I was just humbled and speechless to join a group of magicians I admire and respect. It’s just unbelievable.”
The Milbourne Christopher Foundation was established to keep magic on a level with other popular entertainments, like dance, drama, and music, and to encourage excellence. A board of experts in the field of magic decides on the award winners.
This is not the first time that this young magician has made history. During the award ceremony Ramon was cited for his groundbreaking work onstage, first, at age 21 with a touring Disney show, then at 23, for two seasons as the second-youngest ringmaster (and the first magician ringmaster) in the history of Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Most recently, Ramon’s show quickly became the leading attraction in Lake Tahoe, California.
This summer, he begins a West Coast tour with his new show, “#NewMagic.”
“There’s nothing more exciting than touring. I’m going to be performing in the Bay Area, this summer, and then in Southern California later this year.” The Christopher Foundation recognized Ramon’s many innovations in magic, and “#NewMagic” includes new surprises. “I’ve included brand new illusions and costumes,” Ramon says. One feat, called The Acoustic Levitation, was a special challenge. “We worked on it for two years before we perfected it. I actually levitate someone on top of a sound wave. When it was finally finished, I actually amazed myself!”
“#NewMagic” is Alex Ramon’s modern, fast-paced effort to modernize this ancient art form. “It really is a family friendly show, and after years of experience, I can promise that it has something for everyone.” Magic might be famous for its old-fashioned traditions, the capes and the top hats, but Ramon is determined to change all of that. “#NewMagic is not like anything you’ve ever seen before. I love performing the show, because I get to see the surprise on everyone’s faces. That’s a show in itself.”