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

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.

One 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

If 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.

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