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As in all that we do as magicians and escape artists, showmanship is very important. It's what seperates a "technician" from an "artist".

To answer your question, a gimmicked straitjacket will allow for an "easier" escape. You will have no doubt about escaping. So since you don't have to work as hard to escape, most magicians use it for a comedy routine.

When someone pulls their arm inside the jacket and works it up or down to undo a strap, you can bet that it's a gimmicked jacket.

My Posey model 8118 jacket is ungimmicked and it's impossible to pull your arm out of the sleeve while your arms are tied behind your back. That's because the sleeve's opening at the armpit is too small to allow it.

One method of gimmicking a jacket is to make the sleeve armpit opening bigger so you can pull your arm through. There are many other ways to gimmick a jacket, but they should probably not be mentioned here.

You can read about escaping from legitimate and gimmicked jackets in John Novak's "Art of Escape" volume 4 and in David De-Val's "The Escapology Secrets of David De-Val".

Hope this helps.

Joe Smile
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