CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK IN NEAR DROWNING ACCIDENT WHILE FILMING WITH DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER IN LAS VEGAS
 

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

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HONOLULU, HI – Duane “Dog” Chapman, wife and partner Beth Chapman, sons Leland Chapman and Duane Lee Chapman, and associate Tim Chapman of A &E’S DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER are currently on the mainland for business commitments in Las Vegas and Los Angeles. A nearly fatal stunt gone wrong on the set of A&E’s CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK left that show’s star with what a rep says was “a close call.”

According to Las Vegas Review Journal reporter Norm Clarke, the DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER stars, in town for a national bounty hunter convention, participated in a demonstration with popular Las Vegas-based illusionist Criss Angel in the Luxor pool.

Per Angel’s request, the bounty hunters tied and shackled Angel and pushed him into the pool for a classic Houdini trick, which he has performed successfully many times before. Angel was submerged for 4-1/2 minutes trying to get free before his handlers got the sign to go in after him. Angel has rarely stayed under for more than 2-1/2 to 3 minutes, so it was "a close one," a rep said.

A show spokesperson added that this was the first time in 15 years that Angel has failed a magic trick.

The bounty hunters from Hawaii used a Samoan knot – which proved too much for Angel. He has challenged DOG and his posse to a rematch in Hawaii, which the Chapmans accepted, causing Dog to quip, “So, that’s Hawaiian bounty hunters ONE, magic guy NONE!”

This episode of the show was filmed before a live audience, as well as for CRISS ANGEL MINDFREAK and DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER, as part of a cross-promotion for the network. The two shows’ crews were there, as well as A&E executives. Episode airing dates TBA.

Beth was a featured speaker last week at the 2007 Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS, www.pbus.com) Winter Conference & Membership Meeting at the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Last year, Duane was the keynote speaker at the conference. This year, Duane, joined by Tim and sons Duane Lee and Leland, demonstrated the latest non-lethal equipment, at the conference.

The Chapmans now head to Los Angeles where they have been invited to several Academy Award events. Duane will also be a guest star on NBC’s MY NAME IS EARL, which films on February 27th.

This has obviously been a trying time for the Chapmans, especially with the recent lower court decision in Mexico, but they wanted to keep all of their professional commitments and continue “business as usual.” They return at the end of the month and will also be lobbying strongly for a bail bonds bill they have introduced in the Hawaii Legislature.

DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER is currently in production in Hawaii, shooting their 4th season which premieres April 10th on A&E.

For more information on DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER, please visit www.dogthebountyhunter.com.

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