MAX CASSIDY FACT FILE
DESCRIPTION: Tall, strong, blond hair, dark blue eyes.
LIFE: Max goes to a comprehensive school in north London during the day, but in the evenings he has a successful career as an escapologist – nicknamed the “Half-Pint Houdini” by the press.
SKILLS: Max is super-fit. He has to be for his stage act, which involves all sorts of physical feats such as escaping from handcuffs, from sacks underwater and from blazing cabinets. He can hold his breath for three minutes and swim a hundred metres underwater (four lengths of a typical municipal pool). He is also an expert lock-picker, a skill he learnt from his father.
FAMILY: Max’s father, Alexander, was a world-famous escapologist, known as “Alexander the Great”. Two years ago, Alexander disappeared mysteriously in the Central American country of Santo Domingo. Although his body was never found, Max’s mother, Helen, was convicted of murdering him and sentenced to twenty years in prison. She served eighteen months in a Santo Domingo jail, but was then transferred to Levington Prison in England to finish the remainder of her sentence. Alexander’s Spanish stage assistant, Consuela Navarra, has become Max’s legal guardian while his mother is in prison. Consuela lives with Max and also assists him in his stage show.
HOBBIES: Max doesn’t get much time for hobbies. He trains hard every day to keep himself fit for his show – working out on exercise machines, swimming and running. But when he gets some free time, he enjoys football, computer games and music.