From Bill Abbott:
"My reason for convincing Anthony Lindan to release his Incredible Suit Jacket Escape
was a simple one.
The routine has a wonderfully simple and beautifully
The performer challenges himself, to the delight and
entertainment of the audience, to escape from his very own suit jacket.
And like all of the best classic commercial comedy routines, the REAL
entertainment is derived from the journey.
It's the adventure of the
performer vs. suit jacket.
For the working performer this routine has it
all; it's visual, it's physical, it's hilarious, it has audience
participation, it fills a stage and fits in a briefcase!
It is with a
great pleasure that I introduce you to Anthony Lindan and his Incredible Suit Jacket Escape!"
Corporate entertainer Anthony Lindan has closed every engagement for the past fifteen years with his Incredible Suit Jacket Escape.
Honed over thousands of performances in every possible environment and
for every kind of audience the Incredible Suit Jacket Escape is large
scale, one-man illusion that fills a stage and fits in a briefcase.
performer explains that he would like to close his show with an homage
to the incredible magician and escape artist Harry Houdini.
One of Harry
Houdini's amazing feats was to escape from a straight jacket.
was legendary that Houdini was in such peak physical shape that he was
able to dislocate body parts and free himself from some of the toughest
straight jackets ever manufactured.
The performer admits that he is not
exactly in the phenomenal physical condition Houdini was, so in honor
of the great master, he will attempt to escape from his own suit jacket!
As the audience laughter dies down, the performer explains that to make
things more challenging, his hands will be cuffed together, making it
nearly impossible for him to make his escape.
Two volunteers are invited
to the stage to inspect the handcuffs and locks, and proceed to lock
the performers hands behind his back.
A curtain that encircles the
performer is raised by the two volunteers.
It's at this point that the
hilarious mayhem begins!
The curtain is raised and lowered several
times, each time revealing the performer (and his jacket) in more and
more ludicrous physical positions.
The jacket is half on half off, then
it's on completely backwards, then it's almost off but the cuffs are
snagged painfully between the performer's legs!
Impossibly the jacket
ends up hanging free from the performer's head and his hands are still
cuffed behind his back!
Suddenly he offers a free hand to shake the hand
of the volunteer on his left and just a suddenly he offers his other to
shake the volunteer's hand on his right, and the audience laughs their
way into a huge round of applause!
The Incredible Suit Jacket Escape Package Includes:
Three Performances Shot in Full HD
three performances of the escape for three different audiences in three
very different types of venues.
The first is at a convention stage show
for 300 attendees.
The second performance concludes Anthony's corporate
keynote presentation for an audience of 35 adults.
The third is a
performance at a small theater for a family audience of 100 kids and
In each performance you will see how the Incredible Suit Jacket
Escape plays to all age groups and can be performed in every conceivable
History, Development & Influences
Lindan explains his obsession with the classic spirit cabinet and how
he wanted to create a similar, yet comedic version, for his one-man
The years of development and hard experience in front of live
audiences it took to bring that concept to the streamlined routine you
now have the privilege of adding to your own show.
examines each of the props necessary to perform the routine including
the correct shackle set to use for the escape, the right size locks,
where to keep the keys and the complete details of how to construct the
simple four-sided curtain.
packing the routine for travel, setting the stage before your show and
finally the right position for the props just prior to your performance,
it is all detailed here so nothing is left to chance.
Volunteer Selection and Management
sheds light on the do's and don'ts of volunteer selection, how to
instruct them while on stage and control the situation during the
The examination of the cuffs and locks, the locking process and
the raising and lowering of the curtain is all analyzed fully.
Incredible Suit Jacket Escape relies heavily on the cooperation of
members of the audience and this information is key to your success.
A Complete Routine Breakdown
routine is pain-stakingly taken apart move by move by Anthony who
teaches every nuance and detail in chronological order so you can follow
along with props in hand. Each position of the jacket and cuffs is
demonstrated and how to quickly and efficiently get into each position
is dissected visually.
A Condensed Walk-Through
you have the basic progession down pat, you can rehearse the routine by
following along with Anthony as he covers the absolute basic moves in
From the beginning to the middle until the final pose, this
will help etch the entire routine into your physical memory.
discusses various performance considerations including microphone
issues, using music to enhance the routine, calling them handcuffs and
not shackles and finally shares an alternate curtain construction that
he used for many years with great success.
No Jacket? No Problem!
the jacket is not a tricky prop, there is no reason you have to use
your own jacket.
In fact early on in Anthony's experience with the
routine he forgot his jacket and was forced to use an audience member's
borrowed jacket for the routine!
Anthony also discusses his earlier use
of a bathrobe for the escape, along with other types of jackets,
cardigans and outerwear that can be used.
Bill Abbott & Anthony Lindan conclude the DVD with a conversation centered around The Incredible Suit Jacket Escape.
The reasons why the routine plays so well and why the escape plays for
better than other shackle and thumb tie routines of this nature.
escaping from the very suit jacket you've been wearing throughout the
performance takes the heat off the cuffs/shackles, and that it is a
natural object recognized and accepted by the audience, etc. etc.
back a listen to some stimulating thoughts and performance secrets that
will inspire and motivate you to think more deeply about your magic.
A Practice Poster
included 12" x 18" practice poster showcases the major physical
maneuvers in the routine in complete photographic sequence.
adhere this poster to a wall or practice mirror and rehearse.
you want add a classic fool-proof escape that guarantees laughs,
generates hilarious audience interaction and plays real big, The
Incredible Suit Jacket Escape is for you!
*Along with the
construction of the simple four-sided curtain, you will need to have a
version of the classic, quick release shackles to perform the routine.
If you do not have, you can purchase it here separately and then just add the type of padlocks suggested in the DVD.
Running Time Approximately: 1hr 24min