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Topic: Escapes and the Non-Escape Artist
Message: Posted by: MagicbyCarlo (Jul 4, 2004 12:01AM)
I'm a magician who performs a couple of escapes. I Started with the Siberian Chain escape which I remember having a Royal Magic el-cheapo version of as a kid. I bought some chain, a couple of iron rings and a good lock. Some hacksawing and a visit to a welder, and I was all set. Next it was a Ronjo gimmicked straitjacket. After finally tearing it, I spent the bucks and bought a Posey from Cannons. Now I do the strait jacket/prisoner restraint jacket combo. I use it to close my larger shows. I'm not really an escape artist, I mean can I get out of a non-gimmick standard no belly strap jacket? Sure. Can I shim a pair of cuffs? Sure. But that doesn't make me an escape artist. I don't have a whole act built around escape, and to be honest I'm not even sure my method of doing SCE is the right way. I have a lot of respect for the real artists who have made my job as a mystery entertainer a lot easier (although that double jacket thing with two crotch straps can be a real bear in under 3 minutes) by working creating and marketing the information and tools.

Thank you to all the REAL escape artists who have taken the guess work out of it for the magical dabbler!
Message: Posted by: Vick (Aug 20, 2004 03:22PM)
Can I ask how did you tear up the Ronjo gimmicked straitjacket?
Message: Posted by: The Donster (Aug 21, 2004 12:43AM)
I think maybe the jacket might of been made. not very strong as in a soft canvas if you want a good jacket get a humane or posey. Don,
Message: Posted by: Hexagon (Aug 21, 2004 08:49AM)
I just wanna second carlo's thankyou to all the escape artists that take escapes into the realms of the amazing and inexplicable
Message: Posted by: MagicbyCarlo (Sep 6, 2004 09:03PM)
On 2004-08-20 16:22, Vick wrote:
Can I ask how did you tear up the Ronjo gimmicked straitjacket?
The material simply tore near one of the arm seams, from use and my wild pulling and thrashing. It is not made of a heavy canvas like the Posey or Humane Strait Jackets.