Jul 27, 2018

Spencer Horsman, the Buffed Escape Artist

Spencer Horsman is not a character on Bojack Horseman.  He's a professional magician.

He learned performing at an early age from his parents, both circus clowns.  Kenneth Horsman (1958-2016) performed as Ken-Zo the Clown for the Barnum and Bailey Circus, and as Ronald McDonald.  Later he opened the Illusions Magic Bar and Theater in Baltimore. 

Spencer began touring as a ventriloquist and comedian at age 8.  By age 15, he had appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Jerry Springer Show, and the Statler Brothers Show on tv, and with David Copperfield in Las Vegas.

He is also an escape artist.  He appeared on America's Got Talent in 2012. hanging upside down in a straitjacket, suspended from ropes that were set on fire, while a mouth-like gadget threatened to eat him if he fell.

It's very important for escape artists to display their physiques.  The audience wants to see muscles straining against the chains.

In 2015, Spencer almost drowned while rehearsing an escape from a water-torture cell, suspended in the air, chained with padlocks, while water poured over him.  He was briefly hospitalized, but recovered and now performs the perfected stunt.

Today he headlines at the Illusions Bar and tours with the Supernaturalists, Criss Angel's international troupe of 9 "mind-blowing" magicians.

I can't find any documentation on his Facebook or Twitter accounts, but I assume that Spencer is gay.

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