You are 11,000 feet in the air. A blindfold covers your eyes and your hands are cuffed to your waist. Mustering your courage, you step out of the plane and are quickly hurtling towards the ground at speeds of 160 miles per hour.
Nothing left to do now but uncuff yourself, release your parachute, and land safely.
You have 45 seconds. You have one chance. A mistake would be fatal.
In 2008, Scott conceptualized the idea for the stunt, Down and Out. Originally, his plan was to skydive with his hands cuffed to his waist from a height of 13,000 feet. After undergoing extensive skydiving training, the stunt date was set to take place on Friday, February 13th in California. However, that attempt would prove to be ill fated. After being postponed over 25 times for various reasons (including inclement weather, stunt team changes, and issues with obtaining permission), the stunt was postponed indefinitely due to legal restrictions.
Not wanting his training and efforts to be for naught, Scott assembled a team to attempt the Guinness World Record for the “World’s Fastest Moving Card Trick.” His efforts were successful, and 52 Free Fly was born.
Now back in Canada, Scott was determined to make his Down and Out dream a reality. A chance meeting with Harvey Thompson, the acting president of Skydive Swoop (Hamilton, Ontario) provided Scott the opportunity to pitch Down and Out to Skydive Swoop’s board. Pending approval of the stunt, a new location, team, and aircraft would be at his disposal.
The board, although apprehensive at first, was soon convinced of Scott’s determination, drive, and relative skill in the sky. A date was set and a new team was assembled; Down and Out would be attempted on May 24th, 2010.
While Scott was negotiating the terms of his stunt attempt, he became involved with the Me To We team as speaker and ambassador to Free The Children . When Scott learned that a group of Toronto high school students was having difficulty reaching their financial goal to help build a school in Ecuador, Scott realized that he could turn Down and Out into more than just a stunt.
Hearing of their problem, Scott issued the students a challenge: reach your financial goal, and he would do the stunt blindfolded - a first in the skydiving world. With fresh motivation, the students took on the challenge and handily met their goal. Before he knew it, Scott was committed to attempting Down and Out blindfolded.
On May 24th, Scott jumped from a plane flying at 11, 000 feet. His wrists were bound by a pair of Smith and Wesson Model 100 handcuffs (the number one handcuff used by law enforcement in North America) through a special loop system at his waist. This prevented Scott from being able to reach the handle that would open his parachute unless he could free his hands. Scott also had a black bag over his head, which acted as a blindfold secured by a helmet.
At the end of the stunt, Scott had freed himself from the handcuffs and safely landed his parachute, blindfolded. More importantly, however, a school has been built in Ecuador, a fact that will allow thousands of students to break the cycle of poverty through education.
Now that’s magic.
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.