Thursday, November 5, 2009

Jim Bentley performs suspended straitjacket escape at Magic Castle

Jim Bentley recreated Houdini’s suspended straitjacket escape in front of the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood on Tuesday. The escape was part of the Castle’s 100th Anniversay celebrations going on all this week.

Bentley was strapped into the vintage jacket by actress Tippi Hedren who witnessed the escape along with other celebrity guests including Fred Willard, JoAnne Worley, Judy Tenuta, Rose Marie, Dee Wallace, Gloria Allred, Rip Taylor, and several Magic Castle magicians.

Bentley has made a career of performing authentic recreations of Houdini escapes, including the Milk Can. He also played Houdini in his own one-man show.

The Magic Castle’s birthday festivities will culminate with "It's Magic" at the Kodak Theatre on Nov. 8 featuring performers such as Lance Burton, Jorge Blass, Rudy Coby, Kevin James and Shimada. Ticket information: at

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