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The final leg of CBS reality competition series The Amazing Race: All-Stars comes down to the Brenchels, the country singers, and the father-son duo — and who wins depends on who can complete a risky escape challenge created by none other than illusionist David Copperfield.

“It’s an escape that deals with time, with physical challenges, with endurance, with cleverness, and something that’s very death-defying,” Copperfield told EW.

Copperfield, who currently has a live show at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and has aired specials on CBS before, was enlisted to help create a challenge for the final leg of this Amazing Race. He was up for it even though he only had a couple months to create something with tons of wow-factor. “It deals with all the things that I usually deal with when I’m doing a big escape challenge,” Copperfield said. “Something that would take me two years had to be taught within minutes.”

The things that Copperfield usually deals with? Escaping a burning raft before it topples over Niagara Falls, a safe inside an exploding building, Alcatraz. You know, just typical, everyday situations!

And, by the looks of it, Copperfield wasn’t kidding when he called the challenge he created for Amazing Race “death-defying”: In a video from CBS, father Dave watches as son Connor struggles to get out of a locked box before it’s lit on fire and dropped to the ground. Ouch.

The Amazing Race: All-Stars finale airs Sunday on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Watch a clip from the episode below:

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Phil Keoghan hosts the globe-trotting adventure series.

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