On 6 August 1967 my father, magician and escapologist Bunny Neill, was challenged by the Jersey Sun to make a daring escape in full view of the public at the St Hellier harbour side. There were conditions. Jessica Neill, daughter of the late Bunny Neill MIMC, the first African Caribbean performer in the UK to receive the Membership Inner Magic Circle Gold Star, is running a project to recreate her fathers escapology escape from 1967 as part of a short film.
On 6 August 1967, magician and escapologist Bunny Neill, was challenged by the Jersey Sun to make a daring escape in full view of the public at the St Hellier harbour side. There were conditions...
He was to be covered with a canvas bag through which his arms and legs would protrude, his limbs then handcuffed and the handcuffs secured to a metal rod which was double padlocked. He was to be placed into a wooden crate, the lid nailed shut and then lowered into the sea to a depth of twenty feet, all of this overseen by the Jersey Police Force.
As well as a retelling of the story, The Escape is also a tribute to the memory of my Bunny Neill, who died in May 2006.
With the backing of Bristol based Production Company Hidden Shallows, and backers who believe in the project, the escape will be recreated as a short film at the Bristol harbour side this summer.
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