Hi and thanks for visiting my site. Chances are you came to find me because you are either into escapology or have heard of me because of my Guinness World Records. I go by the name of Sof Strait, simple reason is because people have always called me Sof since child hood and Strait well that's because my skill is escaping straitjackets. I was born in Leicester UK and my real name is Sofia.
I never thought about escapology or magicians and actually it just sort of happened after watching a straitjacket world record attempt on video. This got me thinking that maybe it was possible to do and to break that current record at the time. I ordered a legitimate Posey straitjacket and thought yeah this is going to be so easy, how wrong was I. The jacket was made of a stiff canvas and the straps were coarse, the buckles had these sharp teeth that gripped into the straps with the slightest pull. The first time I tried to get out it took me over half an hour and after many attempts I began to think maybe this is not going to happen. Anyway I am not a quitter so I kept on practsing every day for two hours until I got confident with the escape side of things but at no great speed. After a few months my speed was quite impressive for a novice but no way good enough for a record attempt. My fastest was around 15 seconds which I struggled to beat for quite a while. I would keep a log of each attempt time and it felt amazing when I finally managed to reach the record time of 7.26 seconds! This took six months of solid hard work and dedication. Once I managed to beat that time and got it down to around 5 seconds I decided to attempt to break that world record. I applied for the application pack from Guinness World Records. On the day of my record attempt the nerves were horrendous and I really thought I'm going to fail this simply because of my nerves. On the 9th June 2011 I performed the record attempt at the Aylestone Leisure Centre in Leicester, local press were there to capture the moment as well as local radio. I did five consecutive escapes and each time beat the record but I knew I could go faster so on the fifth attempt I was finally satisfied. I had to wait a few months for confirmation from Guinness World Records as they had to review my attempt which included a recorded video of the whole attempt from start to finish, photos from every angle, and two statements from independent people who witnessed the attempt. After the months of waiting finally I heard from Guinness World records and they confirmed I had broken the world record for fastest escape from a straitjacket and that I had done it in 4.69 seconds!!
My second world record attempt came after Guinness World Record contacted me about setting a new world record for the most straitjacket escapes in one hour. This was also quite a challenge if not more so as it involved me having to keep my speed up all the way through with each escape and there was no room for error here. Again this took months of hard training and on 9th January 2013 I did my attempt at The Old Vic Tunnels in London where it was filmed for the programme Officially Amazing. The added pressure was there not only because it was being filmed for televison but this time there was a Guinness World Records adjudicator who inspected the strapping in each time and it was only on his say so that I could go on. Luckily there were no errors and I completed all the escapes in that hour using only one jacket. I did not not know whether I had broken that record until the presenter turned to the adjudicator and asked him if a new world record had been broken? He confirmed that indeed it had and that I achieved 49 escapes in the hour and that I had more than surpased the 25 escapes that they wanted me to beat!
I feel very proud of my achivements as I will always be the first British female to have ever broken these world records and the fact that I trained myself to achieve this without cutting corners makes me all the happier.
Escapping a straitjacket without it being rigged is not an easy thing to do let alone at such speed and anyone who has ever tried this will know exactly where I'm coming from. Will I be attempting more world record attempts? At the moment no. I took this challenge to prove to myself that things can be achieved no matter how hard or ridiculus they seem. It's all about putting the hard work and having that drive to achiever it.
My other passion is music and I love to sing. I am currently working with Lou Druid on a music venture and together we go by the name of Bicetre. We chose the name Bicetre because it is the name of the asylum in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre France and it is there where the straitjacket was used. Our music is alternative, elecrtronic/pop with heavy guitar. We have recorded a cover of Tainted Love, Back To Black and Mad World (How could we not do that one ?).