Street performer does a real Houdini act in Huntington Beach

  • Street performer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Beach, attempts Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a regulation straight jacket, including a steel chain and 2 locks at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He managed to pry himself out of the jacket and chains in under three minutes. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Road entertainer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Beach, attempts Houdini’s “Great Retreat” in a guideline straight jacket, consisting of a steel chain and 2 locks at the Huntington Coastline Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He took care of to pry himself out of the coat as well as chains in under three mins. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Street performer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Beach, gets wrapped in a straight jacket and chains in Houdini’s “Great Escape” at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He managed to pry himself out of the jacket and chains in under three minutes. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Street performer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Coastline, gets covered in a straight coat as well as chains in Houdini’s “Great Getaway” at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He handled to pry himself out of the jacket as well as chains in under 3 mins. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Street performer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Beach, gets wrapped in a straight jacket and chains in Houdini’s “Great Escape” at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He managed to pry himself out of the jacket and chains in under three minutes. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Road entertainer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Beach, obtains covered in a straight coat and also chains in Houdini’s “Great Getaway” at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He managed to pry himself from the coat as well as chains in under 3 minutes. (Picture by Ana Venegas, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • “Lucky John” Domingue, a street performer pounds a nail into his nostril before performing Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a straight jacket, locks and chain at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    “Lucky John” Domingue, a road entertainer pounds a nail right into his nostril prior to executing Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a straight coat, locks and chain at the Huntington Coastline Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Picture by Ana Venegas, Orange Region Register/SCNG)

  • Street performer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Beach, attempts Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a regulation straight jacket, including a steel chain and 2 locks at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He managed to pry himself out of the jacket and chains in under three minutes. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Road performer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Beach, tries Houdini’s “Great Retreat” in a guideline straight coat, consisting of a steel chain and 2 locks at the Huntington Coastline Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He took care of to tear himself out of the jacket and chains in under three mins. (Picture by Ana Venegas, Orange Area Register/SCNG)

  • Shyla Lipps, left, and Rhett Rodriguez, center, watch “Lucky John” Domingue perform Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a regulation straight jacket, including a steel chain and 2 locks at the Huntington Beach on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Shyla Lipps, left, and Rhett Rodriguez, facility, watch “Lucky John” Domingue perform Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a regulation straight coat, including a steel chain and also 2 locks at the Huntington Beach on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Volunteers Shyla Lipps, center, of Whittier, and Sal Mendoza, right, of Las Vegas strap “Lucky John” Domingue into a straight jacket as he performs Houdini’s “Great Escape” at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Volunteers Shyla Lipps, center, of Whittier, and also Sal Mendoza, right, of Las Vegas band “Lucky John” Domingue right into a straight jacket as he performs Houdini’s “Great Getaway” at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Picture by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Brothers Dane Porter, Drake Middleton, and Drake Porter, of Corona Del Mar, front row from left, react to “Lucky John” Domingue, a street performer as he hammers a nail into his nostril. Domingue also performed Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a regulation straight jacket, including a steel chain and 2 locks at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Brothers Dane Concierge, Drake Middleton, and also Drake Doorperson, of Corona Del Mar, front row from left, react to “Lucky John” Domingue, a road entertainer as he hammers a nail right into his nostril. Domingue likewise carried out Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a regulation straight coat, including a steel chain and 2 locks at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Image by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • A volunteer straps street performer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Beach, into a straight jacket and chains in Houdini’s “Great Escape” at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He managed to pry himself out of the jacket and chains in under three minutes. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    A volunteer straps road performer “Lucky John” Domingue, of Seal Coastline, into a straight coat as well as chains in Houdini’s “Great Escape” at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. He handled to tear himself out of the jacket and also chains in under 3 mins. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Dane Porter, left, and Drake Middleton, right, both of Corona Del Mar, react to “Lucky John” Domingue, a street performer as he hammers a nail into his nostril. Domingue also performed Houdini’s “Great Escape” in a regulation straight jacket, including a steel chain and 2 locks at the Huntington Beach Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Dane Concierge, left, and also Drake Middleton, right, both of Corona Del Mar, react to “Lucky John” Domingue, a street performer as he hammers a nail into his nostril. Domingue likewise executed Houdini’s “Great Getaway” in a guideline straight jacket, including a steel chain and also 2 locks at the Huntington Coastline Pier on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (Image by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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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.”
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