Not So Impressive Entertainer # 19
“Grigor had read all the biographies, seen all the movies and idolised everything about the great Houdini and it was his dream to recreate one of the worlds most famous underwater escape illusions as “Unescapo”. His uncle, a freshwater aquarium enthusiast constructed a sturdy glass casket and added some extra dangerous looking personal pets. His brothers assembled their personal stashes of restraint devices and the stage was set for a revival of great theatre. Unescapo was straight-jacketed then hung by his feet and lowered into the icy water-filled casket and padlocked into place to a hushed yet astonished audience. A large green velvet shroud was draped over to obscure audience view and an oversized clock began ticking.
Stage managers began to get nervous after 5 minutes elapsed time, but figured that Unescapo was a professional and should not be interrupted. Relatives and friends at the 10-minute mark asked the MC if he thought Unescapo was going to take much longer. It was only when an inquisitive kid peeked beneath the shroud that the tragedy was discovered.
Due to an almost total lack of technique, planning by delegation, lack of a safety signal system, absence of a lifeguard or indeed anyone on the team who could actually swim along with discount locksmithery, Unescapo’s hidden skeleton key only fitted the padlock on the outside of the casket bringing his short-lived unescapology career to a waterlogged end.” – Biography by Wonko
And I’ve gone back and finally converted the first two entertainers to the “new” background :
I. Pretty Ordinary Hat Man
II. Squid Man