Posts Tagged ‘Youth Conference’

Monday, September 16th, 2013

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 (john@greshamhill.com or 615-258-4141).

http://www.turningpointpr.com/story/lady_houdini_uses_artform_to_share_gospel

New Video

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

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!

 

Hot Hearts Beaumont, TX

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Hot Hearts in Beaumont, TX was an incredible youth conference. 5500 teens from Texas filled Ford Park Arena. The event featured speaker Clayton King, funny man Kacy Benson, Christian Stanfill, rapper Tedashii, Family Force 5 and yours truly, Living Illusions.

Kristen kicked of the event with her aerial stunt. She wrangled herself free from a straitjacket while upside down at about 30 feet in the air. Next she pulled herself up and released her feet from the footloops holding her in place. Now hanging by her hands, she let go and did a High Fall to an awaiting stunt airbag. Christian Stanfill led worship for both days. It was moving and got everyone praising God together.

Clayton King really brought home the message. Throughout Friday & Saturday over 1000 came forward and gave their life to Christ. Kacy made people laugh till their sides hurt. Together Kristen and I did several illusions. Kristen also did her Rope Tie piece where she ended up with a gentleman’s jacket on underneath the ropes and knots he had just tied himself. I brought my straitjacket out for a comedy bit. Sorry about the $50 guys.

Family Force 5 rocked the house Friday night. They are good friends of ours and it was great seeing them and catching up. Solomon really knows how to work the crowd. They had them in a frenzy.

Saturday morning we got serious and talked about people’s lives. A teen named Tyrin came up and I hope he never forgets what transpired on that stage. Remember, When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

The afternoon session started and it was time for Kristen’s Full View Water Torture Cell. This was her 893rd attempt. She did great, the crowd was eerily quiet, then erupted with a standing ovation as she escaped that watery grave. The crowd was loud and it was humbling to see the outpouring of appreciation from the crowd. After the water cell I gave the message ‘You’re The Love of My Life’. The true story of Kristen’s incident in the water cell 4 years ago, the extra time I had with my father before he passed away and how God wants to use us, in spite of our failures. Wrapping the message up with my coke can illustration seemed the perfect way to drive the message home to everyone.

Tedashii closed the conference Saturday afternoon with an impressive performance. The bass was thumping, his lyrics were right on target and the crowd was really into it. He reminds me of rapper LG Wise. I talked with him after the show. He’s legit and I hope our paths cross again this year.

Thanks to Adam, Reed, John, both Micah’s, Lee, Andrew, Cindy with Ford Park and everyone else I forgot for helping make the weekend a huge success! You guys made our job easy and we greatly appreciate each of you. To the teens and youth leaders…you guys are awesome. The outpouring of love & support in just the past 2 hours on Facebook has been overwhelming. We love you guys. Texas ROCKS!!!

Kevin coke can

God, Family, Stryper
Peace out,
Kevin & Kristen