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Topic: UpsideDown Practice
Message: Posted by: James Peters (Jun 12, 2003 05:23AM)
Does anyone have any ideas on how to practice upside straitjacket escapes safely?

I was thinking of rigging something up in our garage with pulleys, but having never hung upsidedown before, wasn't sure what the best way of securing my feet was ...


Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Jun 12, 2003 06:03AM)
Go to your local sporting goods store and buy a pair of “Gravity Boots”. They come with a bar that is screwed into a doorframe. Then hook-up, hang, and practice. You will still need a person or two to help you get there.

Check out: http://www.gravity-boots.com/ for a source.
Message: Posted by: James Peters (Jun 12, 2003 06:08AM)

That's great. Thank-you!!

Message: Posted by: AJP807 (Jun 12, 2003 08:44AM)
Hey James, if money is no object, where you buy the gravity boots they also sell a gravity inversion table. I think that they run around $350.00 USD and they are great for getting used to being upside down. The best part about it, is that you can go upside down and rightside up on your own with very little training. You can also practice in the comfort and privacy of your own living room.

These things also fold flat and take up no more room than an ironing board. I actually take this thing along for my larger shows and do the SJ escape upside down. You're only about two feet off the ground but I usually get a great reaction from the audience anyway. It's not as dramatic as being hoisted up with a pully but this thing sets up in about three minutes.

You probably will need at least one other person to assist you going upside down with your jacket on, which you would need to get into the jacket anyway so it wouldn't matter. But once you have the jacket off you can right yourself without assistance. You can also take a look at these things on line if you're totally unfamiliar with them. Hope this helps you out.

Tony Parisi
Message: Posted by: James Peters (Jun 12, 2003 08:47AM)
Ah ... if only money was no object! :)

Ummm ... any one know of any cheaper (homemade) safe ways of suspending oneself??

Sorry Harry, but I hadn't seen the price tag! :)

Message: Posted by: Margarette (Jun 12, 2003 02:42PM)
This was recommended to me....it may get you some strange looks, though. Go to a playground and just hang from one of the jungle gyms for the kiddies! It may not give you the proper methods for the feet, but it will at least get you used to what it feels like hanging upside down.

Message: Posted by: The Donster (Jun 13, 2003 08:47AM)
James how much are the boots, you might also want to get some mats on the floor, you might be able to rig up pipe to hang upside down. Don,
Message: Posted by: James Peters (Jun 13, 2003 08:57AM)

The gravity-boots with a basic inversion bar are UK£165.


Message: Posted by: The Donster (Jun 13, 2003 10:26PM)
James what about just buying the boots. and making your own inversion bar. Don,
Message: Posted by: James Peters (Jun 14, 2003 02:49AM)

The bar is about £15 ... it's the boots that cost!!

I'd rather make the boots and buy the bar! :)

Message: Posted by: Scott Xavier (Jun 14, 2003 03:28AM)
Sounds dangerous, I'm not too kean on concusions, I don't know about you though.....

I would reccommend buying them!
Message: Posted by: VampOfVegas (Jun 16, 2003 02:33PM)
There is always ebay that you can find the boots. Then you can buy a pull up bar that fits between the door frame. Just a thought.
Message: Posted by: AJP807 (Jun 16, 2003 03:05PM)
Jail Cell cage out in the garage? Well, maybe I'm strange, but how cool is that?
Tony Parisi :sawingchick:

Sorry that last one was meant for another board.
Message: Posted by: pastorclyde (Nov 5, 2006 10:09PM)
I practice with an electric winch I have attached to the ceiling of my garage. You obviously need someone to operate the buttons however. ;)
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (Nov 6, 2006 02:20AM)
Pastor Clyde!!! Your alive!!! Good to see you back!!!!!

Message: Posted by: ufo (Nov 6, 2006 10:33AM)
USD Issues:
1) Practice simply being upside down.
2) Work toward extending the amount of time you can stay upside down without getting "fuzzy"
3) Always use the best, safest gear you can arrange for. And frankly, if you cant afford something truly trustworthy...select another exciting less crippling act for now.
4) don't forget you have to get down as well as up. Helpers are necessary unless you have a rig that lets you come down feet first. Helpers can also spot you if you stay inverted too long and get dizzy or even pass out. Some folks are much better than others at the USD game. So don't be found by the UPS man two days later trying to deliver your new strait jacket. Its humiliating.
5) Be careful. Lots of EA and other performers do USD things but its still a dangerous thing to do even if it has become somewhat more familiar to us. Hurt happens.
6) Proper Preperation Prevents Poor Performance. (old piano teacher mantra)