A magic trick that was too good

It looks like his next dramatic escape may be from the big house.

There’s no escape for Key West escape artist

A Key West escape artist in a straitjacket back-flipped into the harbor and disappeared, leaving fellow performers fearing that the worst had happened.

KEY WEST – Patrick the Escape Artist entertains crowds at Mallory Square’s nightly Sunset Celebration by hanging upside-down from a 10-foot tripod and freeing himself from chains and straitjackets.

But at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday — after reminding the crowd that Halloween was the 80th anniversary of Harry Houdini’s death — Michael Patrick drastically altered his routine: Tightly wrapped in a straitjacket, he did a back-flip off a ledge and plunged into the fast-moving Key West Harbor waters, 35-feet deep.

He didn’t resurface.

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