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Local escape artist 'Alexanderia the Great' moves on to next stage at America's Got Talent

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  July 17, 2013 01:32 PM

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Donnal Purnell, a Dedham native and current resident of Medway, will compete live on NBC's "America’s Got Talent" program next Tuesday to try to make it to the next level.

Purnell, who's competing under the name of Alexanderia the Great, displayed her talent as an escape artist on the Las Vegas edition of the program on Tuesday.

Now she moves on to New York City, where she will compete again.

Unlike previous segments, the voting of viewers will determine whether Purnell advances.

“We perform live next Tuesday night and then America will decide our fate on Wednesday night,” said Bill Purnell, Donna’s coach and husband.

Donna Purnell has been an escape artist since the age of 16, but kept the talent hidden for many years. Now 51, she has been performing for four years.

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