Aaron Radatz Thrills with Straight Jacket Escape

Aaron Radatz

We wrote last week about Aaron
Radatz
upcoming appearance at the 20th Anniversary New Jersey State Fair.

The good press for this impressive young magician keeps on coming.

We all remember fondly the feeling when we received our first straight
jacket. You remember: you were just a young magician / escape artist. You’d
mastered the magic kit you received, tried the different rope and handcuff
escapes described in the Johnson-Smith pamphlets on the subject.
Maybe even had friends or enemies tie you up. (Sorry about the split infinitive
but it sounded stupid to say “tie up you” much less type it).

But you wanted more. Like youngsters in our art, wanted your very own
straight jacket.

We suppose kids learning to be Olympic figure skaters must recall the moment
they graduated from dual-blade, mauve-colored boots to figure skates. It’s the
same thing only less acceptable in polite society.

Wow, what a long way to go to take note of the touching story retold in
today’s Herald
News
.

Fourteen years ago, an adolescent Radatz was also trying to master a
trick in his parents’ living room. The Radatzes had given their 14-year-old son
his first straitjacket for Christmas.

Full of youthful arrogance, Radatz thought it would be a piece of cake.
Instead, he lost his balance and fell flat on his face in his living room.

“It was an awakening to realize how much practice goes into making magic look
like it is magic,” said Mr. Radatz.

The paper notes Mr. Radatz suffered from a fear of heights but by practicing
from increasing heights, he has “conquered the fear by hanging upside down 30
feet above solid concrete, strapped into a straitjacket.”

More than 20,000 people have attended the fair so far and the critics have
been effusive in their praise of the young man.

The fair and Mr. Radatz’ performances continue through the weekend. Do not
miss this polished and professional rising star of our craft. Keep up the great
work, Mr. Radatz!

Aaron Radatz

We wrote last week about Aaron
Radatz
upcoming appearance at the 20th Anniversary New Jersey State Fair.

The good press for this impressive young magician keeps on coming.

We all remember fondly the feeling when we received our first straight
jacket. You remember: you were just a young magician / escape artist. You’d
mastered the magic kit you received, tried the different rope and handcuff
escapes described in the Johnson-Smith pamphlets on the subject.
Maybe even had friends or enemies tie you up. (Sorry about the split infinitive
but it sounded stupid to say “tie up you” much less type it).

But you wanted more. Like youngsters in our art, wanted your very own
straight jacket.

We suppose kids learning to be Olympic figure skaters must recall the moment
they graduated from dual-blade, mauve-colored boots to figure skates. It’s the
same thing only less acceptable in polite society.

Wow, what a long way to go to take note of the touching story retold in
today’s Herald
News
.

Fourteen years ago, an adolescent Radatz was also trying to master a
trick in his parents’ living room. The Radatzes had given their 14-year-old son
his first straitjacket for Christmas.

Full of youthful arrogance, Radatz thought it would be a piece of cake.
Instead, he lost his balance and fell flat on his face in his living room.

“It was an awakening to realize how much practice goes into making magic look
like it is magic,” said Mr. Radatz.

The paper notes Mr. Radatz suffered from a fear of heights but by practicing
from increasing heights, he has “conquered the fear by hanging upside down 30
feet above solid concrete, strapped into a straitjacket.”

More than 20,000 people have attended the fair so far and the critics have
been effusive in their praise of the young man.

The fair and Mr. Radatz’ performances continue through the weekend. Do not
miss this polished and professional rising star of our craft. Keep up the great
work, Mr. Radatz!

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