A for­mer CIA of­fi­cer gives away the se­crets of the farm nightly at Strato­sphere. See duct tape in your fu­ture? Pre­pare your great es­cape in ad­vance.

Vegas Magazine - - Contents - BY AN­DREA BEN­NETT

There are some life hacks that are so very in­dis­pens­able for liv­ing in Las Ve­gas, in­clud­ing, but not lim­ited to, es­cap­ing from duct tape, rope, and zip ties in 10 sec­onds or less; pick­ing locks; and de­fend­ing your­self with a tac­ti­cal pen. You might be fol­low­ing the great tra­di­tion of such ven­er­a­ble Ve­gas fore­fa­thers as Joe Pesci (whose char­ac­ter in Casino had clearly mas­tered pen skills). But whether your in­ter­est is purely recre­ational (hand­cuff es­cape!) or you an­tic­i­pate a one-way drive to the desert, there’s now a class for that. I tried Spy Es­cape & Eva­sion, a 75-minute spy-craft stage show hosted by EX-CIA of­fi­cer Ja­son Han­son on week­ends at Strato­sphere. And I was as blown away by his pre­sen­ta­tion as his in­vestors on Shark Tank, where he ul­ti­mately se­cured funding from FUBU CEO Day­mond John. Han­son tied up my 7-year-old—an op­tion every par­ent has wanted to ex­er­cise at some time, in this case made ac­cept­able be­cause, en­ter­tain­ment! Us­ing the tech­niques he showed the crowd, she quickly broke free. The evening of some­times alarmist in­fo­tain­ment at­tracts a mix of pure fun-seek­ers, para­noid Dooms­day prep­pers, and that con­fronta­tional drunk girl. (You know the one.) And you can ex­pect to be ped­dled a scary buzzing flash­light, para­cord key chain use­ful for smash­ing win­dows, and RFIDblock­ing card to pro­tect you from lurk­ing elec­tronic pick­pock­ets, all of which you will be con­vinced be­long in your cri­sis bag. (What? You don’t have one?) Will you ever need to disappear with­out a trace, uti­lize your new counter-surveil­lance tech­niques, or trans­form your­self into a hu­man lie de­tec­tor? It’s hard to say—al­though Han­son’s pile of un­nerv­ing sta­tis­tics points to yes. You will def­i­nitely, how­ever, emerge with a few un­beat­able party tricks. Spy Es­cape & Eva­sion, Strato­sphere, Thurs­day–satur­day at 5 PM; spyescape­an­deva­

Duct tape and hand­cuffs are no match for ded­i­cated pupils of ex- CIA agent Ja­son Han­son. Es­cap­ing them is just part of his Spy Es­cape & Eva­sion course.

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