The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 2, 1982 · Page 16
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 16

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, December 2, 1982
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8-B THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, December 2, 1982 Performer Hopes To Become New Houdini LONDON, Ohio (AP) — When his allowance runs short, Mark Johnson picks up some change at- school by picking locks. It's a legitimate pastime. He wins every bet with fellow students that he can open school lockers, bike locks or whatever they have under lock and key. Winning such bets helps keep him in books about escapism, his favorite topic, and about his hero, Harry Houdini, a Hungarian native who was billed as the most famous escape artist of all time. The slender 18- year-old Johnson hopes to some day be the Houdini of modern times. Escapism, he says, is perfected mainly through practice, developing physical dexterity and logic. Until he can earn his way with that profession, Johnson plans to learn computer programming and hopes to become a systems analyst. With that knowledge in mind, he then wants to enroll at a state university to study acting. "That will help me get confidence and recognition," he said. Then he hopes to earn his keep with computers until he gets his Houdini act together. He practices escapism — some call it tricks, but he sees it as an art form — "during any free time I get, if I'm not at my homework or playing chess." As a senior at Lon- don High School last year, he was an "A" student and took a full complement of courses, plus an independent course of study in computer science. He played percussion instruments and piano in seven school and private bands. Johnson, the middle of three children of a Presbyterian minister, got interested in escapism after reading a couple of books about Houdini. He has since become intimately familiar man he idol." "His always with calls the "my mind is working," said hit. 1 mother, Ruthanne Johnson. "I think he does escapism because of his logic. He's never gotten into anything he couldn't get out of." Johnson continually baffles one local policeman by escaping from handcuffs. The officer even searched him once for hidden keys or lock picks. The youth admits only to unusual dexterity and says that, while freeing himself from some restraints is painful, he never resorts to self injury, such as dislocating bone joints to achieve freedom. Escaping from a straitjacket, he says, is physically painful. "It takes 10 to 15 minutes and makes my arm muscles sore,"he said. No one on the local police department has figured out yet how he got out of a city jail cell after being handcuffed and locked up. He's also escaped from a canvas U.S. Mail sack after freeing himself of handcuffs. A couple of feats still elude him. A local bank won't allow him to be locked in its vault so he can try to escape. And his mother blew the whistle on one stunt. He was visiting in the Bahama Islands and wanted to be chained, sacked and dumped into the ocean to see if he could escape. 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