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The Great Goliath Escape!

In an event that would have amazed even the great Harry Houdini, Pigeon Forge comedian Danny Devaney became the first person to ever escape from a strait jacket while crossing a zip line Friday in Sevierville. Devaney made his escape in a fraction of the time it took the master magician.
Devaney escaped the strait jacket in an event billed as “The Great Goliath Escape” at Foxfire Mountain. The Goliath is the highest zip line in the south hovering 475 feet off the ground. Devaney, an entertainer at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge was fitted with a harness before an expectant crowd of more than 200 spectators. Once the harness was secure, Devaney was strapped into a strait jacket then driven up to a mountain peak at Foxfire Mountain, a 150 acre adventure park, accompanied by three zip line tour guides. At the top of the mountain, Devaney descended three flights of stairs to a platform where his harness was attached to a trolley on the Goliath zip line. A lead guide rode across the line to catch Devaney as he landed on the far platform.
Once secured to the zip line, Devaney stepped off the platform and began a white knuckle ride careening across the cable where he reached speeds of as much as 55 miles per hour. The height of the zip line started out at 475 feet, which is 170 feet above the torch on the Statue of Liberty, and took a gradual descent to a height of 350 feet. High winds caused the escape artist to sway precariously from side-to-side. As he struggled to slip free of the restraints of the jacket, Devaney had to be mindful not to mistakenly slip out of his harness which could have caused him to plummet to the ground.
The zip line gradually began to ascend to a height of 475 feet as he neared the far platform at the end of the 2,200 foot cable. While hanging upside down, swaying in the wind and racing against the clock Devaney successfully slipped his arms free from the sleeves then unbuckled the straps on the strait jacket and wriggled out seconds before reaching the other side of the 2,200 foot zip line becoming the first person in history to escape a strait jacket from a zip line.
In the valley below the crowd cheered with excitement as Devaney made the escape. The Comedy Barn Band provided entertainment as Devaney prepared for his second escape. His second escape was from a zip line dubbed “Big Bertha” which hangs more than 300 feet above the ground. Devaney was again harnessed to the zip line and fitted with the same strait jacket. A zip line guide rode across the line followed by a videographer. Seconds later, Devaney stepped off the platform speeding across the 2000 foot cable while working feverishly to escape the restraints. Gliding directly over the heads of the crowd Devaney successfully slipped free once again.
“Harry Houdini first escaped from a strait jacket almost 100 years ago,” said Stephen Knowles of the Comedy Barn. Knowles served as emcee for the event. “Houdini would have been impressed. When he did it he was hanging upside down from a crane with a cable tied around his ankle. It usually took the Great Houdini at least 4-6 minutes to make his escape. Danny had only one minute to make his escape. Houdini was hanging from a stationary crane. Danny was traveling almost 55 miles per hour.”
Once across the zip line Devaney was driven down the mountain where he met with fans of the Comedy Barn and guests of Foxfire Mountain who congratulated him on his escape.
“The Comedy Barn is celebrating 20 years of clean family fun and we wanted to mark the occasion with something big and bold that had never been done before. This was a lot of fun and it was challenging,” said Devaney who issued a disclaimer to young fans in comedic fashion. “I have been a huge fan of magic for many years. I want to caution anyone who might have a large zip line in their back yards and particularly those that own a strait jacket. Don’t try this at home.”
The event was designed to promote milestones for both attractions. Along with the Comedy Barn 20th anniversary, Foxfire Mountain is celebrating its sixth season and has introduced a new and innovative adventure package.
“We are the only zip line in the area that offers a full day of adventure you can come to Foxfire and experience 10 extreme adventures for one price,” said Stephanie Postlewaite, general manager at Foxfire Mountain.

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Foxfire Mountain and the Comedy Barn present “The Great Goliath Escape”

The Comedy barn and Foxfire Mountain will be hosting a first time ever spectacular stunt as Danny Devaney of the Comedy Barn attempts the first ever strait jacket escape from a  zipline.goliathflyerFINAL

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The Legend of the Red Ghost goes on sale Oct. 9

Just in time for Halloween! “The Legend of the Red Ghost” goes on sale Oct. 9 on Kindle Direct, The book is an action adventure story based on actual events about a creature that terrorized Arizona in the 1890s and a teenage boy who was determined to solve the mystery and slay the creature. This ghostly tale will get the reader into the Halloween spirit.

The book is 179 pages and is available in print or in the Kindle edition on or  The book is just .99 cents for a KIndle edition.


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Great Kids in History is going on sale on Kindle direct

Great Kids in History will be on sale on Kindle Direct for just .99 cents beginning Sept. 6. Great Kids in History is excellent reading material for children of all ages and parents as well. The book is a collection of 22 true stories about children that have done some pretty amazing things. Most Americans have heard of Paul Revere, the American patriot that rode his horse through the streets of Boston warning of an impending British invasion. But, few are familiar with the harrowing tale of Sybil Luddington, the 16-year old girl that rode more than 40 miles to assemble the militia to fight the British and save her home town. This is just one of the wonderful stories parents can share with their children.

Did you know it was a 14-year-old boy that invented the TV? Did you know an 18-year-old designed the U.S. Flag? This book teaches kids what they can accomplish if they think outside the box.

The book is great reading material for kids and is available at or on Kindle Direct. It would make a great gift idea for the young reader in your life for Christmas or a birthday.

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