I have been looking for a straight jacket for both magic and costume use. Normally, costume shops
and magic shops won't and can't sell legitimate straightjackets due to most people not being medical
providers. Another issue is finding one that fits. I'm about 6'3", about 285 lbs with a fairly long
torso, so finding a straightjacket with a crotch strap and actual jacket that fits and accommodates
my shoulder width is a pain. Granted, this jacket fits, and fits well. The canvas is lightweight,
which is kind of a bummer, but its still very durable. The straps themselves are very durable, yet
the grommets and buckles are very cheap, the buckles being made of a pop metal. I was in the middle
of an escape and ended up breaking one of the tongues on the buckles mid-way through. Being a $100
jacket, I didn't expect much, but this was a little bit below my expectations. I've had a friend of
mine, who is really good with leather work, put about $150 of work into it, switching out the
buckles and straps to thick leather and double tongued buckles, making it look and feel more like a
real straight jacket. On another note, I have rather broad shoulders [almost 3 feet in width], so
strapping the arm straps together is difficult. I have a lot of people ask me to give them extra
slack [which I can't], but I'm working on ways to be able to give myself extra slack while still
getting strapped in rather tightly.
looking straight jacket
-Cheap material in the buckles and grommets
-Lightweight material for the canvas
-This is a gimmicked jacket. I wasn't aware of this, so
seeing this was a shock, but I'm not quite sure how to feel about it. I can't go into much detail
about what the gimmick actually is, but there were no instructions or tips on how to use it. All I
can say is play around with the jacket for a little bit and you'll piece things together, granted if
you know the technique to get out of a medical grade straight jacket.
After doing some research on buying a straitjacket, I decided to go the cheap route and purchase
To start off with, this is a gimmicked jacket, which wasn't advertised, but I
suppose should be assumed as it's on a magic site. The gimmick itself is easy to bypass, which I
will be doing, to allow inspection of the jacket.
The quality of the piece is lacking. Upon
first inspection I noticed there were two (2) grommets missing on two different straps. I am off to
get a grommet kit to repair myself.
The Fabric is light weight, not a heavy canvas like
would be ideal for a straitjacket, but again, price is low.
I did notice a small tear
forming in one sleeve after doing one escape. This tear isn't on a seam, but in the fabric itself.
A final note, this jacket is really big. I am 250lbs, 6'1, and I will be making
modifications to make it smaller.
I think I will be looking for a jacket in the $400 range
sooner than later, as I don't think this one will stand up to more than a few performances.