media advisory I CHALLENGE DEATH escape attempt at bottom of Erie Canal

Media Advisory:                                                                               FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEmichael griffin americas escape artist is houducki at canal days akron ohio




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America’s Escape Artist Michael Griffin to defy death heavily shackled, weighted down and thrown to the bottom of the Ohio-Erie canal during the Canal Days Arts Festival and Rubber Duck Derby on Sat., June 30 rain or shine.  Will the great HOUDUCKI avoid “fowl play”


Akron, OH., June 26, 2012—Michael Griffin, America’s Escape Artist ( will be bound, weighted down and thrown to the bottom of the historic Ohio-Erie Canal during the Canal Days Arts Festival and Rubber Duck Derby on Sat., June 30, the scene will honor  Akron’s  rough-and- tumble roots when bar fights not bicycles ruled the Towpath Trail.


The Cascade Park Locks Association is still bringing back the most popular features of the Canal Days festival, which raises funds for further restoration of the historic locks and park.  Artist stalls, food vendors, musicians and a kids’ crafts and play area will keep families entertained between duck races.


Duck Derbies will be ongoing throughout the festival that lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival-goers may buy rubber ducks to race along the canal. One duck is $5; groups of five ducks are $20; ducks for the 50/50 raffle race are $10. Admission to Griffin’s magic show in the afternoon is free.  The ducks may be purchased in advance on or at the festival. Contact the CLPA executive director Ferris Brown by email at or call 330-374-5625. Or contact the park through its Facebook site Facebook/Cascade Locks Park Association.           Tell them Houducki sent you.


When:  Sat. June 30 2:00PM


Where:  Lock 15 248 Ferndale Street Akron, OH 44304 Tel: 330-374-5625


Who/What:  Michael Griffin, America’s Escape Artist and only 2 Time Winner of TV’s World Magic Awards

for Best Escape artist will defy death as Houducki at the bottom of the Ohio Erie canal.


Why:  With money tight for everyone in the midst of this economy, the annual duck derby raises funds

benefiting restoration of the canal and locks recreation area.


Media Opportunities:  


1.         Unique pre-stunt photo ops, Michael being chained up close.

2.         Interviews with the most honored living escape artist – Michael Griffin  Cell: 614.354.4392


Interesting Michael Griffin Facts:


1.         Only Person to survive a real public hanging from the back of a horse

3.         Saved the lives of 1200 People by getting them out of a burning building in Canada while he was still tied up

4.         Helped Sheriffs catch a wanted Murderer by luring the Murderer to tie him up exactly as the victims were