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Steve Baker

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Steve Baker

Steve Baker promotional photo, ca. 1975
Borncirca 1938
DiedSeptember 16, 2017 (age 78)
Illinois
Flourished1960s-1990s
Steve "Mr. Escape" Baker (1938-2017) wass a comedian, magician and escape artist. During his career from 1967 through the early 1990s Baker appeared on Dick Clark's LIVE Wednesday, Games People Play, his own HBO special Trial By Fire, and several times on That's Incredible!.

Early history

Baker's career as "Mr. Escape" began on February 22, 1967 when he presented an upside down hanging Straitjacket Escape from the Tribune Tower Building in Oakland, California. Thousands of people attended the escape along with actress Dawn Wells, and a sheriff who was a direct descendant of Wyatt Earp.[1] The escape was documented by the British Pathe Newsreel Organization.[2]

References

  1. Oakland Tribune, Feb.22,1967
  2. Oakland Tribune Newspaper, Feb. 22, 1967 Edition, front page
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