SHANGHAI, China (NBC/CCTV VIA APTN) — A world-renowned escape artist from Canada wowed Shanghai by escaping from China’s largest wooden roller coaster. Escapologist Dean Gunnarson was chained to the roller coaster’s track Thursday and managed to free himself in 58 seconds after the ride started.
Gunnarson jumped off the track moments before the coaster, running at a speed of 56 mph, could hit him.
“It was very close. I could see its eyes staring at me, I could feel its breath breathing down on me,” said Gunnarson. “Wow, my heart’s just pumping. It was close. That one last handcuff, I didn’t know if I was going to get it in time.”
Gunnarson is known for a series of large-scale stunts featured on live television and has appeared on TV in more than 165 countries around the world performing his daring escapes.