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I am looking at adding a comedy straitjacket routine. I am a short guy, 5'3" tall about 155-158 lbs. Should I use a small or medium size gimmicked jacket?
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Why gimmicked? And if its gimmicked you may as well get one that fits snugly.... look more impressive that way.
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I'm not very good with the real thing. Not really going for the thrill more of the funny side.
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On Mar 26, 2017, JeffreyJester wrote:
I'm not very good with the real thing.


Yet
Magic is like Science,
Both are fun if you do it right!
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You might consider using the Posey SJ size guides to help work out which gimmicked SJ will fit you best. Depending on your chest size, you sound like you'd fit a small (31-37 inches) or a medium (35-40 inches).
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I'm not very good with the real thing.

There is really no difference in escaping a legitimate jacket except for your confidence. All you need to know are a few tricks.
As with any escape it's not how you get out it is how tightly you allow yourself to be put in.
And that's the truth.
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I'm not very good with the real thing.

There is really no difference in escaping a legitimate jacket except for your confidence. All you need to know are a few tricks.
As with any escape it's not how you get out it is how tightly you allow yourself to be put in.
And that's the truth.


It's worth listening to Jay ... He knows his shirt ....well his jackets any way.

I'm with him it is as easy to get out if a normal one as it is a gaffed one.

Out of interest which gaffed jacket were you thinking of getting?
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Where can one get a real non gimmicked one? How hard is it too learn?
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How hard to learn? It is like Chess, the moves can be learned in a few minutes. Putting it into practice, doing it successfully, making it entertaining... These things can take a while.
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Where can one get a real non gimmicked one?


Jay Leslie sells good ones on his site.
You can also try Humane Restraint for their Jackets, eRestraint sells Poseys.
Monkey Dungeon is also popular, though I can't vouch for them.
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I have a video. Norm Bigelow said that there has never been a better video. It teaches novices all the tricks you need to know. I hate selling ""foux" jackets because you can't put a volunteer in one.

A few years ago I had 4 young adults come up after the show and ask if the could try my jacket on. So I put it on tightly. There a section on the DVD that shows you how to do this. But to my amazement one of them opened a web page that showed how to get out. With s trick jacket they could have (the sleeves are bigger) but they only got as far as getting their arms over their head and then the kid was stuck, I had to let him out.

And that's why you get a real jacket the trick jackets are for people who don't belong on the stage.
Yes, I'll sell them but I look up and curse the box as it's being shipped.

Anyone here who gets out of a real jacket can back me up. It ALL in the showmanship.

Remember, patients are not just out in a jacket, they are usually loaded up on heavy tranquilizers so they don't have the mind to escape. If you're not overdosing on tranquilizers then you WILL have the presents of mind to get out.

It actually might be so easy that you need to act like you're really stuck. That's the secret, it's not the phisical escape but it's the comedy/drama of "man against machine@.

If someone wrapped you in a bunch of wet noodles you could make an interesting 5 minute routine that's funny, serious, and inspirational. You just need the tools. PM me if interested.
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All very true Jay!
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"the moves can be learned in a few minutes". You can also learn to pick your nose, in a few minutes.

If you want to do a good job, it's a different matter. Jay's vid is a good start. This is especially true in an art form where most of the practitioners couldn't punch their way out of a paper bag.
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If you want to do a good job, it's a different matter. Jay's vid is a good start. This is especially true in an art form where most of the practitioners couldn't punch their way out of a paper bag.


:) he he he ..... would they tear it open trying though?
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On the right day, and if the bag was damp enough...I might manage.
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Believe it or not, at one time (a long time ago), the STRAIT-JACKET Escape was held in high-esteem and RESPECT by audiences.

Now with every clown (literally & figuratively) doing it (and billing themselves as an "escape artist")...it has fallen in the way of the "Zombie Ball" (which, originally, was also so highly thought of, that the original Joe Karson booklet purposely didn't include an illustration of the "gimmick", to protect the 'secret').

The Zombie has become a cliche and a joke of Magic....just like the strait-jacket has become.

Audience Thinks to themselves: If every birthday party magician and out-of-shape magician can escape from one...then how hard can it REALLY be to get out of one? Hence, what's the point?
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It may be the audiences for whom I'm performing, but I still get a great response when I pull out (and pull off) the jacket.
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I open my sideshow with a strait jacket escape and it always gets applause.

The thing, as previously stated a few times, is that you can't just put the jacket on and get out. That's boring. You have to, you know, make it entertaining.
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On Jul 19, 2017, WitchDocChris wrote:
The thing, as previously stated a few times, is that you can't just put the jacket on and get out. That's boring. You have to, you know, make it entertaining.


True, otherwise, it's simply watching someone get undressed. No one wants to pay to see me do that, when there are far more attractive options.
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