Halloween Night Escape Artist Makes Hunger Disappear
Canadian escape artist Scott Hammell has been stuck in a clear plastic box about the size of a closet since before dawn Wednesday. That’s where he’ll stay until after Halloween. The confinement doesn’t seem to bother him. He has plenty of company seeing as how he’s smack dab at the hub of pedestrian traffic in front of Toronto’s Union Station. A quarter-of-a-million commuters pass through that station daily, most can’t help but notice Hammell and his setup, quite of few of them can’t resist asking him what it’s all about.
“It’s a non partisan, all inclusive food bank that we very much support,” said Hammell, taking time for a phone interview. “As one of the largest serving food banks in the greater Toronto area, it’s very important for them to have their shelves stocked especially going into the cold winter months.”
This is not the kind of thing one would expect from a professional crowd pleaser, a person expert at misdirection and illusion of a caliber that entered him into the Guinness Book of World Records at age 18.
“As a magician I have the ability to bring large groups of people together,” he said. “If we can point them to a cause this important… it needs to be done.”
The goal is to collect canned goods and nonperishable food items enough to completely enclose Hammell by the end of Halloween night.
“The idea is the food donations will pile up so high that I’ll disappear,” he says. “We’re trying to make local hunger disappear and at the same time it’s kind of a tongue-in-cheek way of making myself disappear.”Continued on the next page