Street Performer

Jason EscapeI’m back after a bout of laryngitis with a look at the life of a modern-day nomad: a Faneuil Hall street performer.

Most of us have tried our hand at juggling, magic, or other such tricks at some point in our lives, but I bet very few of us have ever thought of making it our livelihood. Well, that’s exactly what my guest does for a living: while you are at your desk, he’s trying to convince strangers to pay him for getting out of a straight jacket. Oh, and if that’s not enough, he’s just debuted a new version of his act where he wriggles free while hanging upside down 20 feet in the air.

Jason Escape performs in many places around the world, but I caught up with him recently on the Quincy Market steps — waiting for some bad weather to pass before finding some people to tie him up.

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