Thanks, do you know where i can get a gaffed strait jacket and are they examinable? I want the trick to look hard and take a couple of minutes. Overall, do you reccomend the Tom Horn belt or a gimmicked strait jacket. I have another question about straitjackets. I heard to escape from one (i dont know if this is exposure) you have to actully dislocate your shoulder. Is this true?
David is right; Cannon's is the best source.
Most gaffed jackets are fairly examinable, but I have never had a jacket 'examined.' A straitjacket is so straightforward-looking that an 'examination' rarely, if ever, becomes an issue.
You definitely want it to look hard, but don't go beyond about a minute-and-a-half to escape (I usually take about a minute, and that's plenty).
Given a choice, get the straitjacket; it's a familiar device and the idea of being encased from neck-to-hips in a restraint has a strong impact on an audience.
The 'shoulder dislocation' myth was a Houdini horror story intended to discourage imitators. You don't need to dislocate anything to do a straitjacket escape.