LIVING ILLUSIONS is the largest show of its kind in the Christian marketplace and the only show currently touring and performing the Water Torture Cell escape immortalized by the great Harry Houdini. Kristen Johnson, recognized as the World’s Premier Female Escape Artist, is the only female in the country attempting this suspenseful escape. Among illusionists, escapologists and historians there is no disputing the fact that she is only the 5th female in the history of the world to even attempt it. You won’t even find this escape in the largest stage shows in Las Vegas. Another first you won’t find anywhere is that they perform this amazing escape in full view. Every escape artist including Houdini himself covered the water cell with a veil not allowing the audience to actually see the escape. Since most have never witnessed this daring event first hand, they’re mesmerized as they watch an audience member help shackle and chain Kristen with locks, Smith and Wesson handcuffs and leg irons before she is immersed into a watery grave and the lid padlocked into place above her head. Her record underwater on one breath is currently 3 minutes 15 seconds.
Kevin Ridgeway and Kristen Johnson were given the top award in their field during the 4th Annual International Escape Convention where they unveiled their new futuristic 360 degree Full View Water Torture Cell Escape to their peers. Kristen was also featured as the only woman on the Discovery Channel produced TV special Inside the Houdini Museum, highlighting the life and escapes of Harry Houdini. On the documentary she performed the Spike Escape, where she was handcuffed beneath a bed of 13 stainless steel razor sharp spikes with only seconds to escape before they came crashing down and sliced through her body. Each year along with their faith based show for churches and conferences the duo also performs numerous abbreviated shows at large arenas, fairs, festivals, colleges and high schools across the country. Recent performances include the Texas Baptist Youth Evangelism Conference at Reunion Arena in Dallas, a half time show for the New Orleans Hornets Chicago Bulls NBA game as well as a Will Graham Crusade for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
What others from the Christian market are saying about Living Illusions
“Regarding, our Super Summer camps and the 2007 Youth Evangelism Conference Cultivate, wow! What can I Say! You have done such an awesome job...both on stage and off. You two have set a new bar. I’ve never heard so much positive feedback from our staff & volunteers.”
Youth Evangelism Consultant * Baptist General Convention of Texas
“Mind blowing illusion, humor, incredible stage presence, and breathtaking effects. Living Illusions brings them all together for one unforgettable show. Kevin and Kristen were more than great performers, they were great people. We truly enjoyed working with them. I would highly recommend them to anyone.”
Youth Pastor * Hillside Community Church * Bristol, CT
“The caliber of Living Illusions’ show was top notch. The stage set-up was engaging and interactive, and the flow of the program was seamless. Kevin’s message of salvation to the audience was effective and compelling, without the pushiness that tends to come with event-style evangelism.”
Carrie Fay Amaro
Assistant to the Senior Pastor * Radiant Church * Surprise, AZ
“After all is said and done, the audience will remember much more than just great entertainment. They walk away having been exposed to the truth about Christ and His promise, which may be what they remember for the rest of their lives…perhaps longer.”
Director * Entertaining Families Magazine * Nashville, TN
“Kevin and Kristen have an incredible on and off stage impact on people. Because of their professionalism and the top notch quality of their show, they have been able to reach people with the Gospel who I have been working on for years. Thank you for your impact on my ministry.”
Youth Pastor * Bayside Chapel * Barnegat, NJ