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OTTAWA — Mario Manzini was born in the Bronx, New York City not far from where movie actor Tony Curtis, who played Harry Houdini, was born and raised.

At the early age of 4, Manzini saw a film clip of the real Houdini, escaping from a straitjacket while suspended upside down high in the air from a rope tied around his ankles. That made a very strong impression on the young boy.

“From that day on, I wanted to become an escape artist like Houdini,” Manzini told The Delphos Herald Friday.

Manzini would ask everyone to tie him up with rope. His father, cousins and friends. Everyone. No matter how tight he was tied, he always managed to get out.

When he was 16, Manzini got a job at Huber’s 14th Street Museum, the same venue Houdini used when he was younger. Manzini then signed with Ringling Bros. Circus before starting his own show.

“I virtually followed in Houdini’s footsteps for a while,” Manzini said.

Manzini will bring his award-winning show to the Putnam County Fair today, Tuesday and Wednesday with performances at 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

“The shows are pared down from my usual three hours to about 45 minutes but I think everyone will feel it’s worth it,” Manzini said. “I escape from handcuffs, a straitjacket, ropes and more.”

Manzini encourages his crowd to challenge him. It’s not unusual for a real police officer to join Manzini on stage and “cuff” him to showcase his craft.

Manzini is the “Guinness World Champion Escapologist,” meaning that according to the Guinness Book of World Records, he is the No. 1 in his field as an Escape Artist.

Manzini has performed throughout Canada and the USA. He’s appeared on most of the major TV shows such as David Letterman, Tonight Show, That’s Incredible and several other shows and specials. Manzini has presented his programs at hundreds of schools, fairs, festivals and other family-style events.

Just like Manzini’s idol-Houdini, Mario has escaped from a sealed and locked coffin submerged underwater in the Hudson River in New York City and escaped in 54 seconds. He’s also escaped from thousands of handcuffs supplied by local police officers from all over the world.

To date, Mario has escaped from 23 locked jail cells around the world. In the past 10 years Mario has performed at many casinos including Caesars Casino in Atlantic City and in Las Vegas. He’s performed throughout Europe, Australia, Japan, South America, Canada as well throughout the USA.


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