Lady Houdini promo video featuring Kristen Johnson aka The World’s Premier Female Escape Artist. The Lady Houdini show is a completely self contained production that plays great outdoors or inside. The touring show provides it own stage, 30 foot tall truss tower for a thrilling aerial stunt, enough sound reinforcement for 1500 people, outdoor rated, waterproof LED lighting and of course Kristen’s infamous Full View Water Torture Cell. The Lady Houdini production is great for Fairs, Festivals, Colleges, Corporate Events, Churches, Music Festivals & Sporting Events.
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LADY HOUDINI USES ARTFORM TO SHARE GOSPEL
World’s Premier Female Escape Artist Featured Recently on NPR
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Lady Houdini, the world’s premier female escape artist, was featured recently on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Kristen Johnson, known as Lady Houdini, shared with NPR, “I’m not a strong athlete. I’ve never been musically inclined. I just wanted to do something that was going to inspire other people.”
Known as the only female escape artist in the world currently attempting the water torture cell escape, Lady Houdini has performed the escape more than 1100 times and is the first escape artist in history to attempt it in full view. Lady Houdini also holds the record for having performed the most water escapes, surpassing the record formerly set by Harry Houdini.
“Through our performances, we hope to inspire people to find their passion and a way to use it to make a difference,” said Johnson. “We have been humbled to learn how our ministry has impacted so many people through our shows, and are thankful for the unique opportunities God has given us to share His Truth.”
Lady Houdini performs with her husband, Kevin Ridgeway, and the duo are known as Living Illusions. Since 2000 the couple has used their multi-faceted illusion-based performances to share the message of the Gospel. They have brought their faith-based event to churches and conferences across the country, and Lady Houdini has also spoken at teen girls and women’s events. In addition, the duo is in heavy demand for general market shows at arenas, fairs, festivals, sporting events, theatres and colleges.
Living Illusions has generated widespread acclaim and recognition. They received the Masters Award at the Fourth Annual International Escape Artist Convention, and have been seen on “Inside Edition” and CNN Headline News, along with numerous international broadcasts. In addition, Lady Houdini was the only female featured on the Discovery Channel special, “Inside The Houdini Museum,” which highlighted the life and escapes of Harry Houdini.
For further information on Living Illusions and a schedule of upcoming church and general market performances, visit www.livingillusions.com. Follow them on Twitter @LivingIllusions. For interview requests, contact John Robert at Gresham Hill Management (firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-258-4141).
Kristen Johnson is no “lovely” magician’s assistant. She’s Lady Houdini, an escape artist who has successfully performed thousands of public feats and has broken Harry Houdini’s record for most water escapes ever.
“Kristen Johnson is currently the only female anywhere in the world attempting the water torture cell,” says her husband, magician Kevin Ridgeway, to an audience at the Western Idaho State Fair in Boise. “Additionally, she is the first person in history — male or female — to ever attempt this escape in full view.”
Johnson calmly walks onstage, slips off her heels and climbs the ladder to the top of a clear cylinder.
The grandstands go quiet as Ridgeway shackles his wife’s ankles and wrists. Two heavy metal chains crisscross her torso, locked in place with four padlocks. Lady Houdini puts her feet in the chilly water. She closes her eyes and begins to breathe deeply. And with a final breath, she plunges into the water.
Johnson pulls a bobby pin from her hair and begins to work on getting the handcuffs off. After nearly three minutes Johnson has picked every lock and freed herself from the chains.
“The world’s premiere female escape artist — give it up for Kristen Johnson!” Ridgeway exclaims.
Johnson first publicly performed this escape in 2003. She’d spent a year preparing. She practiced picking locks, and she worked with a dive master to slow her heart rate and hold her breath.
“I use a shallow water free diving technique where I take a number of breaths so I can take in more oxygen and oxygenate my blood,” Johnson says.
Johnson became an escape artist after taking a break from her job at a Fortune 500 company to help her mother run an entertainment business. It was during that time she met Ridgeway. He wanted to put together a show and he really wanted her to be in it.
“I am not a dancer. I’m not graceful. I’m not Vegas showgirl, that’s not me,” she says.
She envisioned being an equal partner.
“It was important for me to be a strong example for young women in particular, so I thought I would do something most women don’t do, and that is the escapes,” she says.
Nonwater escapes using ropes and handcuffs are fun she says, but the water cell is emotionally draining.
“When you hear the lid get locked on and know that there is only one way out and that you have the only means to get out, psychologically that’s the hardest part,” Johnson says.
At the fair in Boise, Johnson performed this water cell escape three times a day, five days straight. Each time, she goes through her routine to focus. The water has to be just right. She can’t be dehydrated, hungry, sick or tired.
Memories of blacking out twice while in the cell remind her of the danger. That danger wasn’t lost on audience member Rochelle Fowler. She helped lock Johnson in the water cell. Fowler admits she was skeptical.
“There’s got to be some hocus-pocus to it, but no, right there … I clicked her handcuffs to make sure they were just a little bit more tighter. My husband is ex-police, so I’ve seen real handcuffs. There wasn’t anything fake about it,” she says.
Fowler says she was surprised to find herself crying as she watched Johnson. She was ready to rescue her.
“It just was nerve-wracking and then to see her finally escape, I just went ‘Oh, thank goodness!’ I thought I was witnessing something horrible about to happen,” Fowler says.
While in Boise, Lady Houdini performed her 1,100th water torture cell escape. That’s something she never imagined herself doing.
“I’m not a strong athlete. I’ve never been musically inclined. I just wanted to do something that was going to inspire other people,” she says.
Johnson hopes others will see her do amazing feats and decide to tackle their own challenges.
Rochelle Fowler watches with tears on her face as Lady Houdini works to break free. Harry Houdini made the water torture cell famous more than 100 years ago.
The 2013 Smash Magic Tour started 10 days ago in Bear Creek, North Carolina. It took a short break for the YFC Impact Conference in Ocean City, MD and the Eggtravaganza in Indianapolis. Tomorrow morning we head out for the west coast & Texas leg of the tour:
4/5 Gilbert, AZ Sun Valley Community Church
4/6 Carlsbad, CA Daybreak Church
4/7 Long Beach, CA Family Church Signal Hill Campus
4/9 Anna, TX Pin Oaks Christian Fellowship
4/10 Decatur, TX Victory Family Church Decatur
4/11 Crandall, TX Central Baptist Church
4/12 Kingwood, TX Strawbridge UMC
Tickets can be purchased at smashmagic.com/tour/
Hey gang here is our new promo video. It was shot over three days during the Freedom Experience in Keller, TX. David Altizer is the brains & talent behind the cameras. He also did all the post production. If you ever need any video work, he is the guy to go to. vimeo.com/davealtizer We’re pleased with the direction he took in overlaying a message on top of the footage. Enjoy!
Kristen and I are 3 days into our summer tour. We passed through Salt Lake City to pick up some gear from our newest sponsor. We’ll share more about them next week.
We are in AZ now with three shows this coming Sunday July 8, at Impact Church Kristen Johnson, recognized as the World’s Premier Female Escape Artist will be attempting her Full View Water Torture Cell three times Sunday morning. The show opens with a big surprise, so don’t be late.
Monday we head to CA and pick up two of our stuntmen and our director. As you know we also produce a Stunt Show. 50′ high falls to a stunt airbag. The best part about Movie Stunt Adventure, is in between shows, You’re The Star. Our back lot turns into a stunt school where you can train with us and learn to do high falls yourself. It’s a huge rush. In fact our motto is: IF YOU’RE NOT LIVING ON THE EDGE, YOU’RE TAKING UP TOO MUCH SPACE.
WOW…what a very humbling and incredible review we got while performing at the Kentucky State Fair. The following is from the office of public relations for the Kentucky Expo Center.
There are things that we, as collective humans, come across that make us happy, sad, cry tears of joy, shout expletives, nervous, cry tears of panic. Normally, we are in no place to experience this cavalcade of emotions. We are having a bad day. We are busy. We are in a hurry. We are here just for a good time. These things touch our lives and we never forget.
I wrote this immediately after walking out of today’s 3:00 p.m. Ridgeway and Johnson show. As you bloggers are aware, we, the blog writers, are people too. We like things. We dislike things. We love things. We hate things.
We, or I, love Ridgeway and Johnson.
The show is to be experienced, not reviewed for entertainment quality. Yet, regarding entertainment, this show had it all. Audience participation, humor, ridiculously awesome tricks (sorry, but “ridiculously awesome” just kept popping up as I watched the show three times) and a show finale showstopper guaranteed to make you look at your watch and look up… look at your watch and shake your head.
The entire show is a showcase of every illusion, magic trick, card ruse and the classic “stuff-a-pretty-girl-into-a-box-that-my-3-month-old-son-would-struggle-to-fit-in.”
The 3:00 p.m. show ended in a fashion befitting $100 seats at the MGM Grand (in Las Vegas). Kristen Johnson, the world’s premier and only current female water torture cell escape, performed her signature trade. Bound with two Smith & Wesson shackles and padlocks galore, Johnson jumped into the 140 gallon tank on a single breath, but not before a simple, quiet moment with her husband (the other half of their name, Kevin Ridgeway). One cuff at a time, Johnson removed her shackles.
Let’s not leave any room for disbelief. Every single second that passed by, as a spectator, was gruesome. I felt for her. I longed to leap out of my seat at every wince and grab an ax to bust her out. But quietly and with a couple shakes of her head, Johnson managed to ease closer to taking her next breath.
I won’t spoil the end because it simply cannot be missed. It cannot be described effectively enough.