Straight jacket escape? Whatever. But in front of 14,000, that’ll make it up on the front page of iTricks every time. Big ups to Christopher Wayne.

  • sklinger

    granted it's no Sweden's Got Talent thimble vanish…but nice none the less.

  • jj

    least exciting USD SJ ever

  • five

    Who is this guy?

    And how is he “breaking history” with this lame escape?

  • Houdini Crying

    Oh wow, that was without a doubt the most pathetic escape I have ever seen, who is this guy? I am literally stunned that he would hype this as “breaking Australian history”, what ever that means, it was just terrible. It was plainly obvious that the jacket wasn't put on properly, he just took it off like a jumper, and what's this 90 seconds crap? Is he that frail and pathetic that he can't hang upside down for 90 seconds? That limit doesn't add tension, it just hints that he's weak and/or BS'ing.
    The only way this could be considered history making is that no-one has ever done such a sad USDSJ here ever, or perhaps that this was the first time a dead fish was wrapped in a SJ and hung 20feet in the air.

  • carlossorenson

    - 'ive got a great idea for my next stunt'
    -'what is it?'
    -'i don't know, but we'll have lots of assistants'
    -'GENIUS'

  • Gene

    From the Facebook page of Christopher Wayne Orchard when he was asked “How are you breaking history”

    “Biggest crowd for inverted escape.
    Youngest person to perform inverted escape.
    Sexiest magician to ever walk on a stage.”

    Should he add “Most self deluded egomaniac ever to walk on stage”?

  • Tim Ellis

    BIGGEST CROWD
    Houdini in San Francisco
    “But his visit in 1923 was his biggest. At the age of 49 and in front of 30,000 watchers, he performed his famous “escape from the strait jacket while in mid-air” at Third and Market streets.”

    30,000 is bigger than 14,000

    YOUNGEST PERSON…
    How old is Christopher?
    I'm sure there have been younger worldwide, but here in Australia, even I was doing it from cranes and on national TV at the age of 25. Two years before I started, Duck Cameron was doing it and he's at least 5 years younger than me. He must have started doing USDSJ at 17 or 18…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzWSTZZ05og

    SEXIEST MAGICIAN…
    No comment

  • Houdini Crying

    Houdini had more watching, Duck was way younger and I'm way sexy than a dead fish.

  • Houdini Crying

    Obviously I meant sexier not sexy.

  • J.CrowderNY

    I must say, this poor performer has had a great oportunity to promote the art of suspense and magic in front of so many……but in my opinion, unfortunatly failed.
    So often the younger set feel the need to blow their own trumpet, before actually
    learning their craft. And let's be real here….it's not exactly body loads or manipulation….where one can have a 'bad night'. It's a straight Jacket escape!
    One of the easiest effects to put accross. And why are so many of these young performers trying to emulate Chris Angel in their performance style? Angel at least pushes the boundries with some of his escapes. His Double Straight Jacket in New Orleans is great.
    Oh….and being the youngest should also mean having energy. Tim Ellis mentions Australian Magician Duck Cameron. I saw him a couple of years ago. He must be in his 40's and he's doing it suspended, and seriously thrashes around.After releasing the jacket, at what looked to be about 20 feet, climbs up the rope without any safety measures, and is lowered while standing upright. A real risk, and he was doing it night after night in a production show.
    Long story short…..let your performance speak for you!

  • GHat

    Why do so many magicians NOT know the proper way to put on a straightjacket?

  • Duck Cameron

    Just came across this story…..thank you to Tim Ellis and J Crowder for mentioning me, and yes, although not so young now….still doing it night after night. I was doing this escape originally only as a publicity stunt (not in my show)
    on TV at the age of 15….and the first time was from a height of 100 feet.
    My record stands at 400 feet from the ground, and the biggest crowd watching was approx 15,000. At the time, however I was too busy trying to work on new material and rehearse, and watch and learn from others…rather than blowing my own trumpet..Its funny, but all the performers I grew up with just got on with the job of performing…and let others be the judge of their work….rather than the self promotion hard sell!!!!!

  • Duck Cameron

    Just came across this story…..thank you to Tim Ellis and J Crowder for mentioning me, and yes, although not so young now….still doing it night after night. I was doing this escape originally only as a publicity stunt (not in my show)

    on TV at the age of 15….and the first time was from a height of 100 feet.

    My record stands at 400 feet from the ground, and the biggest crowd watching was approx 15,000. At the time, however I was too busy trying to work on new material and rehearse, and watch and learn from others…rather than blowing my own trumpet..Its funny, but all the performers I grew up with just got on with the job of performing…and let others be the judge of their work….rather than the self promotion hard sell!!!!!