Jonathan Goodwin (escapologist)

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Jonathan Goodwin
Jonathan Goodwin

(1980-02-20) 20 February 1980 (age 39)
OccupationEscape artist and daredevil
Years active2005–present

Jonathan Goodwin (born 20 February 1980) is a Welsh TV escapologist and daredevil. He first appeared on Channel 4 TV programme Dirty Tricks and has subsequently appeared in TV specials The Seven Stupidest Things to Escape From, and Deathwish Live as well as Discovery Channel's One Way Out and How Not to Become Shark bait in which he allowed himself to be attacked by a Caribbean reef shark. Goodwin returned to Discovery Channel in 2009 for a ten-part series of One Way Out which also starred engineer Terry Stroud. He also appeared in an episode of the Channel 4 program Balls of Steel with his dad helping him with a stunt.

On 11 September 2012, it was announced that Jonathan Goodwin would be appearing in his own series on UKTV's Watch, entitled The Incredible Mr. Goodwin. The show included a wide variety of stunts, from free climbing skyscrapers to "extreme planking", and started airing in early 2013. It was also shown on UKTV's Dave and on BBC America, as Dangerman: The Incredible Mr. Goodwin, beginning in July 2013.[1]

On 9 March 2013, he appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show and performed the stunt of lying on a single nail and having a breezeblock broken on his chest with a sledgehammer. In April 2019 he appeared on Britain's Got Talent, made it to the finals and finished 8th place in the overall competition.

Good Escapes[edit]

Goodwin became known when Cheating the Gallows went wrong live on national television and he was hanged. He survived the incident, suffering only minor rope burns. Goodwin has been buried alive, locked inside a box with 200,000 bees, set in concrete, burned at the stake, sealed in an airtight vacuum bag, filled with bees and sewn up inside a dead cow to name just a few of his feats.[citation needed].

One Way Out[edit]

Goodwin appeared in a ten-part series on the Discovery Channel in April 2008, One Way Out in which he performed many successful escapes including being locked in a box with 200,000 bees and Escaping from a crane suspended 30 feet above the ground.[2]


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