Wednesday, July 30, 2014

GUT-WRENCHING: Urban Stuntman Jumps From Roof, Dangles From Crane Above Boystown

Ethan Swanson dangles from a construction crane high above Halsted Street in this 2013 video.
A local man whose breathtaking jump from a Lincoln Park rooftop is going viral today is no stranger to high places in Boystown.

Ninja-in-training Ethan Swanson's latest video shows him jumping from a rooftop in the 1800 block of Sheffield, skirting down the angle of a neighboring roof, then landing feet-first in an outdoor spiral staircase.

But at least two of Swanson's earlier works took place a little closer to home.

Swanson leaps from the roof of Boystown's Slaymaker Gallery 
building, 936 W. Roscoe, in this 2013 video.
His first Boystown stunt, posted in January 2013, shows Swanson leaping off the back of the Slaymaker Gallery building on Roscoe just east of Clark Street.

Most stomach-churning, though, may be the 2013 video that shows Swanson scaling a construction crane above the now-completed Halsted Flats complex at 3740 N. Halsted. Once he's hundreds of feet up, Swanson dangles from the crane by one hand, with nothing but air between him and the asphalt of Halsted Street.
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19 comments:

  1. Sooner or later...probably sooner...his death wish will be granted.

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  2. lets hope he lands on a thug.

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  3. Seriously? Let's hope when he turns into a stain on the sidewalk, he takes out a few criminals with himself. Maybe he should look into climbing around Belmont around 3am.

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  4. If he really wants to demonstrate superhuman bravery, he should put on his ninja suit and take his camera and stand on the corner of Belmont and Sheffield some night at 3:00 AM.

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    1. Jeremy SpokenclassJul 31, 2014, 11:17:00 AM

      ....with an Iphone in his hand

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  5. That is amazing!

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  6. A future Darwin Award nominee, certainly....

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  7. Something like this happened at the Allerton several years ago. Youth + boredom = disaster. If something should occur to him (which I hope he will stop before that occurs), I would hate to think of nanny laws and lawsuits stemming from this.

    Get out of Lakeview and move to Colorado, kid....you know you want to.

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    1. Exactly. Spinning his wheels here...but if he can Ninja on Belmont as others mentioned..I will subscribe

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  8. SPLAAAAATTTTT!!! LOL

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  9. why are you showing this idiot??

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  10. He probably will try out for the next season of American Ninja Warrior.

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  11. Watched the video but not impressed. He's capable at Parkour but there's others around.
    People like that who engage in that type of behavior have a screw loose. That need that thrill one step beyond.
    Yep, he'll splat someday. Maybe that's hat he wants.
    I'd never a hire a dude like that.

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  12. Would it be too much to hope for that this was posted because of a drop in crime in our area? Just hopeful.

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  13. The people wishing for this man's death need mental help.

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    1. None of the commenters are "wishing" for his death...they are merely stating the obvious ultimate outcome of his asinine stunts.

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    2. The first person in line for mental help should be anyone who hangs himself from a construction crane.

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  14. Someone like this should be arrested. This kind of effort at grabbing attention takes our law enforcement and firefighters away from doing their jobs.

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    1. Maybe Rahm will want to ban construction cranes now.

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