Pitroff (or Petroff) was an escape artist who worked under various names: "Great Pitroff", "Great Alvin", "Mysterio", "Russian Mystifier" and "Levy". 
By 1910, his show was featuring the straight jacket escape while suspended by his feet. Pitroff claimed that Houdini, for a time, said it was too dangerous because of the head rush of bloodIn early 1917, over 50,000 people watched Pitroff escape from a straight jacket while suspended from the Title Guarantee Bldg in New York City as a benefit of the Jewish war sufferers.
In 1916, Pitroff appeared on the same bill with Blackstone at the Unique Theatre in Minneapolis. Pitroff was performing a version of the Giant Milk Can Escape as a substitution trunk (a la metamorphosis).
- Original Trunk Mystery in Eagle Magician Vol 4 No 1 (Nov 1918)
- "The Flight of a Boy" in Eagle Magician (January 1919)
- "Barrel Escape" in Eagle Magician (March 1920)
- Pitroff, Magic & Mystery (c. 1925)