An Interview With Escape Artist and Illusionist Curtis Lovell II


Curtis Lovell II is an escape artist and illusionist; here is a link to his website:

Q: What made you interested in magic?

A: When I was growing up in Columbus Ohio, I tried different hobbies, looking for books on how to build a rocket ship to the moon, for example. But then I came across magic, escapes and books about Harry Houdini. It was exciting for me and a few weeks later, I saw a magician at my school. I quickly fell in love with the world of magic and escapes. But, I still got a rocking pair of Moon Boots!

Q: What do you think was the greatest stunt ever performed by a magician or illusionist?

A: Oh, good question. There are so many intriguing moments in magic. Although my specialty is in escapes and grand illusions, I think anything that mixes in the possibility of body harm or death is kick-butt awesome! Since the entertainer is going to extreme levels to entertain his or her audience.

Q: Your website says you read minds, is this a skill that can be taught or do you have to be born with it?

A: Telepathy is a skill that I developed over the years as a performer. I often secretly transfer needed information from my volunteer with my sixth sense, which aids me in my escapes. I do this with underwater escapes or while suspended in midair. I need to utilize all of my abilities to pull off a successful escape and avoid body harm or death. I read the mind of Nicole Richie at a special event a few years back — Oh the things I could tell you!

Q: You have done a lot of reality TV; what has been your most memorable reality experience?

A: I wouldn’t say I’ve done “a lot,” but I have done my fair share of reality programs. I’ve had many great experiences in the reality world, but my favorite moment is after we stopped filming the scene with Paris Hilton. She asked one of the producers for a piece of cornbread that someone brought in from KFC. (Yes, the girl does eat!) Also, working with Gene Simmons was a blast, chatting with him in the parking lot after the show was very interesting.

Q: You have been compared to Houdini; which of his stunts would you most like to attempt?

A: CBS News, New Asia and many of my spectators have called me a “Modern Day Houdini.” I have attempted a few of his escapes like being buried alive twice, a stunt that Houdini once stated was way too dangerous and he would never attempt it again. Also, Houdini was the first noted entertainer to escape from a straitjacket. I have escaped from one many times. I guess it is the “in thing” to do on a Friday night!

Q: What new escapes are you developing right now?

A: I am working on an idea involving ice cold water, a giant block of ice, a straitjacket, and a crane. HMM… Can’t say too much more about that one at the moment.

Q: What elements are essential to a good show?

A: A good smile, laughter, personality and amazement with lots of suspense have been my magical formula!

Q: I used to work with a girl who thought magic was the way the devil seduced people. What would you say to her?

A: Thank you for the compliment???? lol

Q: You cut Paris Hilton in half; what celebrity would you like to cut in half next?

A: Oh, good question, I would love to work with Ellen DeGeneres and Cher next!

Q: What am I thinking?

A: Look deep into my eyes, come closer, a little closer….. You are thinking…….//<<…/// to be continued…. Lol.

Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)


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