You know, this "ego out of control" thing seems to be a sad part of this biz that afflicts many in escapes.
At last count there were a handful of "World's Greatest Escape Artists" around.
And, does anyone even bother to think "Joe Public" really believes or buys any of this hype?
edited, all the public wants is to be entertained; end of story.
Personally, I have a PILE of devices here in my collection and in my stock of restraint inventions that would put a quick stop to ANY escape artist living but do you think any of them would have the guts to try any of them on?
Another heck no!
The saddest part of all this are the young up and comers who are new to escapes that get impressed by these blowhards because they do not yet know any better and then they get rooked into buying a ton of highly expensive props and gear that in no way helps them get any actual work.
A good imagination and repeated trips to any hardware store are all any young person really needs to get off to a good start.
That, common sense, and hooking up with actual experienced people who are working at this craft in this day and age and have a finger on the pulse of modern audiences are the real ways to go.
Face it folks. Houdini is dead. So is the way he did stuff.
If ANYONE here or anywhere in escapes thinks any audience is going to give a rat's behind that they can get out of a straitjacket you have a rude awakening in store.
People have seen it all and demand something more these days.
That is why so very few are actually working doing nothing but escapes.
The same routines with the same gear bought from the same suppliers has created an army of clones who all are all mirrors of each other.
No new images, concepts, or character development killed escapes in Houdini's day and will do so again if people into it do not start to get inventive all on thier own.
And, leave the "World's Greatest's" behind.
They do no good and offer very little except for endless stories of how great they were, are, or old 'war stories" that stroke thier own egos.
Go out, try stuff on your own, and strive to be original and creative.
This is the only way to really get noticed.
Steve Santini www.thedarkmaster.com