MAGIC Magazine Calls Her
                                 "UNUSUAL WILDLIFE"!

                              AMI Historical Society Says She is
                           "STRANGER THAN FICTION"!

                                "She's the 'Houdini' of Our times!"
                                         Andersonville Guild


Great Cindini escapes 'jail'

LARRY ELL Staff Writer "The Daily Commercial"
MOUNT DORA August 3rd, 2009 -- The Andy Griffith Show gave us a shining example of a small town sheriff,
but it gave small town jails a bad name. With the key hanging between the two cells,
escaping didn't require the skills of Houdini. However, not all local lock-ups are a pushover.
This Saturday, it took the considerable skills of another premier escape artist to bust out of the old Mount Dora jail. Cindy Morrison,
also know as the Great Cindini, helped bring attention to the jail's restoration efforts by again proving
she's one slippery character."Each jail has a different design, a different approach
and a different structure," Cindini said. "But an escape is an escape." Like previously celebrated escapes from Sing Sing and Shawshank Prison,
she again defied efforts to keep her under lock and key. She was placed in a straight jacket,
manacled and placed inside the last remaining cell at the Old Jail inside the Mount Dora Historical Society. Fifteen minutes later,
she was a free woman -- which was about five minutes longer than she anticipated.
"It was extremely difficult to reach the lock because the doors are designed that way. So I have a big honkin' bruise on the inside of my right arm
because of it. But, of course, it was well worth it." Especially to local preservationists, who are looking to rebuild three of the
jail's original concrete cells that were removed by a previous Historical Society president. Current president Andrew Mullen
said about $250 dollars was raised by Saturday's event. That money will go towards the
$8,000 price tag for the project. "We want to rebuild and restore some of the history of Mount Dora," Mullen said.
"When people see there's only one cell left, they're kind of dismayed that they've come a long way to see the old jail.
We'd like to return it to the way it was when it was a fully functioning jail." That time may have come and gone, but the interest hasn't.
Tourists, as well as history buffs, are often drawn to attractions that offer a rare glimpse into a seldom seen part of our past.
"I'm fascinated with breathing life back into historic confinement and it's exhilarating for me," said Cindini. "It's all part of American history and
it's important to have future generations see the struggle that America has been through in its development. And the criminal justice system has played a great part in it."

Jim Burroughs - "I was there to witness this. It was quite a fun and dramatic event. A once in a lifetime opportunity!"



"SHAWSHANK PRISON" aka Mansfield Reformatory


By Norm Narvaja News Journal
Sept. 16th, 2005 MANSFIELD -- Cynthia "Cindini" Morrison made a 6-by 9-foot prison cell her new home Thursday afternoon -- but not for long... A dozen visitors watched as Morrison was shackled and locked in the cell, courtesy of Mansfield police Sgt. Shari Robertson and Mayor Lydia Reid. Robertson sequentially secured handcuffs on Morrison's wrists, waist and ankles. Reid then secured the door... Among those on the tour were Jan de Jongh and his wife, Annemiek, of The Netherlands. "I hope she makes it out," Jan de Jongh said... After Morrison was shackled, the tour group moved on, leaving Robertson to guard the cell door while "Cindini" began her escape attempt... Eighteen minutes after the cell door clanged shut, Morrison walked into the reformatory's front lobby, accompanied by Robertson. She held the chain, lock, hand and ankle cuffs in her hand as if they were trophies..."The toughest part was getting Officer Robertson's handcuffs off, since I was not familiar with them."


Louisiana State Penitentiary
"A Woman has done what 5,000 Angola men
would love to do. Break Free!"
WBRZ News Channel 2 Baton Rouge


The RHR Report

"Out for more! The Great Cindini has just returned from Ossining, New York, home of Sing Sing prison where, cuffed and shackled by Dr. David Adamovich, the US Representative of Record Holders Republic, she successfully escaped confinement from within a Sing Sing museum Prison cell on D-Day, December 7, 2006" 


Jupiter Courier -

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Carol Saunders

“The Great Cindini,” will attempt to defy the odds while she is restrained in a straitjacket and submerged in the “Death Tank” filled with water, Saturday, Oct. 24 at 9:30 p.m.

This year, escape artists around the world have banded together to honor the art form that Houdini perfected. On Oct. 24, just a week before the 83rd anniversary of Houdini’s death, escape artists across the world will perform public escapes in the largest coordinated performance by escape artists in history. The event is known as the World Escape Artists Relay (W.E.A.R.)

“Escape artists face many challenges,” Morrison says. “First, there is the technical skill, learning to defeat padlocks, handcuffs, straitjackets, and all other types of restraints. Second, the escape artist must conquer fear: the fear of confinement, the fear of failure, or the fear of the many dangers such as drowning, fire, and so on, that performers add to the restraints.”

Morrison, as “The Great Cindini,” will also be presenting her “Lethal Injection” Sideshow throughout the duration of  Halloween Oct. 16,17, 23, 24, 30 and 31. Patrons of the haunted event can see her knife throwing around a human target, cutting select items from hands and mouths with her whips, walking on broken glass and fire eating.

Morrison says she started performing in 1998. “I was approached by a magician who tried to sell some card and coin tricks. ‘You seem hard to impress,’ he told me. ‘What can I do to impress you?’ I replied, ‘Go hang from the roof in a straitjacket and escape,’ he said. I thought he was crazy, but our chat turned into a face-to-face challenge, after he loaned me a straitjacket for a week from a costume shop,” she says.

A week later, after much practicing, Morrison went back and did a simple straitjacket escape for the magician, as a crowd gathered. “They all applauded,” she said. “And the magician announced, ‘Ladies and gentleman! The escape artist!’ 

Turns out, he was searching for an intermission act to entertain crowds at biweekly wrestling shows and asked if she was interested.

“That spurred my interest for escapology and the rest is history,” Morrison said. “I have done eight jailbreaks and I am credited as being the only female escape artist ever to achieve a jail break.”

Cindini has also walked the “Green Mile” inside Angola Prison in Louisiana and escaped from handcuffs in a cell at Sing Sing Prison. “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” has named her “Wonder Woman,” as she was the third person to be hung from the Turner County Prison Gallows and “lived to tell about it.”



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