Prepare to be Blown Away: 5 Fast and Furious Stunts Done in Vegas

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High speed beefcakes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham are back on the big screen this month, as the seventh iteration of the Fast and Furious franchise roars into life.

If it’s thrilling stunts and death-defying action that butter your turbo-charged muffin, it could be time to head to Las Vegas.

Aside from the blackjack, roulette, and craps, the capital of the casinos is also home to some of the world’s most outrageous and mind-blowing stunts. Here’s our top 5.

#1. The $2 Million Stunt

On January 1, 2009, Australian stunt motorbike rider Robbie Maddison performed arguably one of the world’s most amazing stunts, in front of the Paris Las Vegas Casino.

He jumped 96 feet vertically onto the casino’s Arc de Triomphe and then jumped back down – breaking his hand in the process. The audacious stunt earned him $2 million from sponsors Red Bull.

#2. Evel Gambles at the Palace

One of the most iconic and popular stuntman of the 1970s was American Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel. In his career, he attempted more than 75 motorcycle jumps and suffered a staggering 433 bone fractures.

Stunt_man_bikeOne of his most famous jumps was the failed attempt to leap the fountains at the Caesars Palace Casino, on December 31, 1967. Knievel used all his savings to promote the event. On the day of the jump, he stopped by the casino in the morning and played his last $100 at the blackjack table.

At the time, the 141 feet jump was the longest ever attempted. As he approached the ramp, the bike lost power. Knievel landed short, suffered multiple injuries, and spent a month in hospital. He survived to ride another day.

At the time, the 141 feet jump was the longest ever attempted. As he approached the ramp, the bike lost power. Knievel landed short, suffered multiple injuries, and spent a month in hospital. He survived to ride another day.

#3. High on a Harley

The troupe first gained notoriety after filming themselves in action in the desert of Nevada, with the casinos of Las Vegas in the background.

Seth Enslow is best known for his near misses and very close encounters with the grim reaper. Against the odds, Seth survives and has his own tattoo parlour today.

#4. Bally’s Base Jump

Man jumping from roof to roofIf motorized stunts just seem too easy, why not take the plunge and throw yourself off a building. Stuntman Shawn DiGeorge earned a place in the base jumping Hall of Fame when he threw himself off Bally’s Casino in April 2008.

His unauthorized stunt nearly ended in disaster as DiGeorge landed in a busy road, narrowly missing an oncoming truck. Perhaps, it’s better to risk it all playing inside the building.

#5. High Wire Antics

if it all gets too much on the casino floor, just rise above it… that’s exactly what has put vertigo-dodger Andy Lewis in the record books, with the longest slackline walk in an urban environment.

Lewis used the Mandalay Bay Casino is the venue for his audacious crossing. A slackline bounces and moves in the wind, making the crossing much more challenging. Lewis successfully made the 360ft crossing on his third attempt.

10 thoughts on “Prepare to be Blown Away: 5 Fast and Furious Stunts Done in Vegas

  1. Nathan Kian says:

    I think Paris Las Vegas Casinos are good to play.

  2. Nick Smith says:

    Obviously these stunts are full of risk factor, and stakes are high. The biker getting 2 million was good. Are these stunts done to attract more customers to the casino I wonder. Law might stop these on account of risk of lives.

  3. aminegriffy says:

    Wow it seems that those stunts are super dangerous and super risky, but at least it will bring the challenge factor to the casino as it is so entertaining to watch especially when you perform some stunts that are action packed.

  4. uzma says:

    Literally blown out!! Though these acts seem to be very entertaining but are very dangerous. Hatsoff to the stunters who risk their lives to survive and entertain us. These are the best world’s most outrageous and mind-blowing stunts of all.

  5. Mikey H says:

    I really can’t believe some of the crazy stunts that people manage to pull off. It’s definitely entertaining to watch other people risk their lives but there’s no amount of money that would get me to do these things.

  6. Cheryl Tittle says:

    I always enjoy seeing these stunts. I am not much of a daredevil myself, It is fun to see others push the limits. Watching is better for me than actually doing! yikes

  7. Kappa HD says:

    Wow, these stuns seem really crazy. The slackline walk especially makes me kind of nervous. It’s cool seeing how these people are brave enough to walk on things like that.

  8. JoDee Stout says:

    Since I’m afraid of heights, I would never be able to be a stunt “person.” I guess you have to have an adrenalin rush for this kind of work!

  9. HANNAH HOLLAND says:

    This was a very interesting read. I had no idea there was so much involved in these stunts.

  10. smith says:

    Hai Those stunts are super dangerous

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