Pick a card, any card.
You’re flying through the air at 120 miles per hour.
13,000 feet in the sky, the air is frigid, making it nearly impossible to execute sleight of hand.
Pick the wrong card, and you’ve wasted your whole team’s time and money.
Pick the right card, and it’s one for the record books.
In January of 2009, Scott packed his bags and headed to California to begin training for his skydiving stunt, Down and Out. However, for a variety of reasons (including inclement weather, stunt team changes, and issues with obtaining permission), Down and Out was postponed indefinitely. Rather than leave California empty-handed, Scott assembled a new team and planned a record-breaking stunt that he was able to execute on the same day he was told he could not attempt Down and Out.
Aiming to set the Guinness World Record for Fastest Moving Card Trick, Scott planned a stunt that would take place in the air after he jumped from an airplane flying at approximately 13,000 feet.
The stunt posed unique challenges. First, the high altitude meant that the air would be very cold. The colder the air, the more difficult it is to perform sleight of hand. Second, the trick had to be captured on video to officially qualify for the world record. As such, Scott had to maintain his fall rate with his volunteer and camera crew; otherwise, the stunt would not count.
Fanning a pack of playing cards for a volunteer in the air, Scott asked her to select a card, return it to the middle of the pack, and then release the whole deck into the 120+ mph winds. Flying above the volunteer, Scott reached out and caught a single card from the cascade. Miraculously, the card he chose was the same one selected by the volunteer just moments earlier. Scott was in the record books!
On a personal note, Nick Fener, the amazing skydiver who helped Scott plan and film this stunt, had an extremely serious skydiving accident in 2011. If you would like to help support his recovery by making a donation, or you’d like to read the incredibly inspiring story of his journey, please visit: www.NickFener.com
STUNT WORK DISCLAIMER: Scott works extensively with trained professionals to ensure that he is well prepared to attempt his stunts successfully and safely. However, despite his precautions, there is a very real element of risk in all of Scott’s stunts. The stunts depicted and described on this website are extremely dangerous and should not be attempted by an individual who is not a trained, professional stunt performer.