'Better than Las Vegas': Waterford Houdini conquers daring underwater stunt

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'Better than Las Vegas': Waterford Houdini conquers daring stunt

Dean Jacob underwater at Waterford Crystal Leisure Centre

A Waterford man who took on a daring stunt has been left “overwhelmed” by the support of the public following the challenge.

26-year-old Dean Jacob wrestled himself free from chains and ropes while underwater for four minutes 19 seconds at Waterford Crystal Leisure Centre.

“After giving myself three minutes to get out, life had its way with me. The weights turned, pinning my neck to the bottom of the pool which ended in me staying under for over four minutes,” Dean said.

Dean thanked everyone who wished him luck with The Plunge, including the team at Waterford Crystal Leisure Centre.

A spokesperson for Crystal Leisure Centre described Dean’s stunt as “top class”.

“I’ve been to Vegas for the last 15 years, saw some of the best magic shows and incredible illusions but this particular stunt took balls."

After a “few nervous moments” - which saw 50 kg around Dean’s neck, 60 feet of chain, steel metal bars between legs and hands with chains padlocked tight to all four limbs -  Dean conquered the challenge.

The stunt was Dean’s homage to his idol, the late Hungarian-born American illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini, who died on Halloween in 1926.