The magicians in the shop were all older crusty men saying the most foul mouthed jokes I had ever heard in my life as a young teenager, but they really fostered a deep sense of passion for the craft in me. Bob Elliott was a regular at the magic shop and he was a real legend - he taught people like David Copperfield and Criss Angel - and he would just floor me. Years later I met an old pitchman, Don Driver, on a magic forum who changed my life and would become my best friend over the years until he passed away. He gifted me a straitjacket for my birthday one year and completely changed the trajectory of my life. I'm very fortunate to have had such great mentors who took the time to teach me and help me along my journey.
I'm currently working on Houdini's Metamorphosis which would be a personal dream of mine to be able to share and perform.
In Metamorphosis, Houdini would have his hands tied, be roped into a sack, and then locked in a trunk. The trunk would be pushed into a curtain cabinet by Bess who would draw the curtains and clap her hands three times. Houdini would immediately appear free, and when the truck was opened, it would be Bess now sealed and tied in the sack. A coat borrowed from an audience member was also sometimes used, being placed on Houdini and then ending up on Bess.