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Medway escape artist to perform live on TV

Donna Purnell will appear on “America’s Got Talent.”
Donna Purnell will appear on “America’s Got Talent.”Skip Bolen/NBC

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Donna Purnell, a Dedham native who now lives in Medway, will perform live this Tuesday on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Her talent? Escaping from tough spots, like her idol Harry Houdini.

Using the stage name Alexanderia the Great, Purnell wowed the judges in her audition this month by being shackled with 30 feet of chains and escaping from a pool in about 90 seconds.

She won’t say what she will do this time, except that it will be more difficult.

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