HUNTINGTON COASTLINE A mid-afternoon occasion called Houdini’& rsquo; s Wonderful Getaway in downtown Huntington Beach ended up being something of a going away act rather.
With a miscommunication, when street performer John “& ldquo; Lucky John & rdquo; Domingue got to George & rsquo; s Grill Wednesday, where the eatery was to commit a “& ldquo; Lucky John & rsquo; s Down Under Dog,” & rdquo; it was news to the personnel.
The phone exchange in between Domingue and also George Herrera, the restaurant owner, went something like this: “& ldquo; George, I & rsquo; m below now speaking with the newspaper individual.”
“& rdquo; & ldquo; No, I told you, I could & rsquo; t do it tomorrow.”
This is unpleasant. & rdquo; Therefore, poof, went the & ldquo;
Great Retreat. & rdquo; But to Domingue, 61, it & rsquo; s demonstrable that the program need to go on. So the Seal Beach resident merely took his act nearby to Pier Plaza.
“& ldquo; I & rsquo; ll just look at there and I’& rsquo; ll make a buck or more,” & rdquo; he stated
. A couple of minutes later, Domingue had his straitjacket “& ldquo; for the criminally outrageous,” & rdquo; 30 feet of chain as well as 2 locks set out.
Quickly, the performer, who births an incredible resemblance to Jeff Bridges’ “& rsquo; & ldquo; Guy & rdquo; character from & ldquo; The Big Lebowski, & rdquo; had a crowd of 50 observers arrayed around him for his act.
Domingue, who developed his road busking routine in Australia after doing stand-up comedy, is best recognized for banging 5 & frac12;-inch nails into his nose or ingesting swords. He amusingly calls them “& ldquo; low-skill, high-danger acts.”
& rdquo; Nonetheless, every now and then he ups the ante with the Houdini little bit.
One of those in presence was Russell Masuno, that has seen Domingue’& rsquo; s nail-smashing routine often times at the Seal Coastline Pier.
Domingue is a local tale in Seal Beach, where a life-sized sculpture of his head is displayed at Seal Coastline Liquors on Key Road.
“& ldquo; I & rsquo; ve only seen him exercise as well as primarily from a range,” Masuno claimed regarding the straitjacket routine. “This will certainly be the first time I’& rsquo; ve seen the entire act.”
& rdquo; Likewise available was Jason Collins of Huntington Beach, another road performer. Known as “& ldquo; The Balloon Man,” & rdquo; Collins makes all type of pets, hats, bracelets and find out of balloons.
Collins claimed he often sets up with entertainers such as Domingue and will certainly make balloon numbers for the audience members before as well as after the shows.
Domingue warmed up the group with a little bit called psychological floss, in which he strings a balloon via his nose as well as out his mouth. He complied with that with his nail act.
The crowd was maintained involved with Domingue’& rsquo; s small talk as well as one-liners.
After the requisite accumulate, Domingue had volunteers band him into the coat and cover him in chains. After concerning 2 mins of spins and also contortions, Domingue twitched loose from his bindings to applause from the crowd.
Regarding the Houdini act, Domingue states, “& ldquo; Any person could pound a nail right into their head. Few individuals could do this. This is unique due to its background.”
& rdquo; He takes exception with those who call him a magician.
“& ldquo; Magic is illusion. Related activities are real,” he stated. “If this was magic it would certainly be fake and you might call me Criss Angel.”