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Alexanderia the Great to Perform Underwater Escape Act at Girls Inc

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

 

Alexanderia the Great will perform her Underwater Leap of Faith-- which she did most recently on America's Got Talent---at Girls Incorporated of Worcester on Wednesday, April 9th.

As a mentor to the “Dear World: Voices of Worcester Girls” anti-bullying expressive arts program, Alexanderia the Great will finish a series of workshops with middle-school girls pertaining to the theme of “Breaking the Bonds of Unhealthy Relationships”.

Her final performance will be an underwater escape that dramatically demonstrates her culminating lesson that even with the challenges of everyday life that may “tie you up” or “put you in a box”, there are ways to escape or find healthier options using your head and your heart.

What is the Underwater Leap of Faith?

The Underwater Leap of Faith takes Harry Houdini's bridge jumps to a whole new level of danger. Known as the "Housewife Houdini", a "Modern Day Houdini" and the "Queen of Extreme", Alexanderia the Great who has been featured on NBC's Today Show, the CBS Evening News and FOX News Channel will attempt to accomplish one of magic's most death-defying escapes, in a way no other artist has ever attempted.

Standing at the edge of a deep pool, she will be restrained in handcuffs, leg cuffs, a heavy lead weight belt, 30 feet of chains and secured by seven padlocks. Clad in more weight of restraints than any female escape artist ever and more than even the Great Houdini did in his underwater escapes, Alexanderia the Great will go one step further by doing the escape in a new controversial method.

In free diving there is a term Functional Residual Capacity (FRC) or simply put an exhale dive. Prior to jumping to the bottom of the pool to try and escape her many restraints, Alexanderia will not breathe in but will blow out her air and attempt to do the escape on what is called her functional residual capacity (FRC).

After blowing her air out, the escape artist will be forced to try and escape all those restraints underwater with little to no air in her lungs. Without full lungs which every escape artist before has done, she will be left with just the remaining air in her lungs and blood stream.

Little room for error

Houdini would say of his underwater escapes, "Failure means a drowning death". For Alex the margin of error has never been so slim. There is a real chance for blackout using this method as she tries to get her body to be more efficient with so little air by kicking in what is called the divers reflex. She must get her body to slow her consumption of O2 and her heart rate so that she may have enough time to escape.

 

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