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PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2006 1:29 pm 
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I have always been fascinated by escapes, but have never gotten into myself. What makes you want to perform escapes and what’s the best way to start off. I have never seen a female escape artist before either, are there many, there must be at least 2.


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There are a few female escapologists.
I enjoy the empathy I get from the crowd during a well-presented escape.
Start with a few good books. Cannon's Great Escapes sells several:

http://www.cannonsgreatescapes.net/


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the beast excape is when you ask 4 money to do a trick
have them turn and count to 52
(meanwhile you run away with the money)


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magic_wonder wrote:
the beast excape is when you ask 4 money to do a trick
have them turn and count to 52
(meanwhile you run away with the money)


Your not funny.

Just listen to Dr. Midnights advice and you'll do fine. If you need any more help just ask.


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The trickery has some good escape stuff. I suggest the Siberian Cahin escape, and them go to the ahrdware storie and super size the chain and stuff. That's what I did.

- Rick


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There are a few reasons why I do escapes. One reason is to entertain. Give the audiance something to get excited over. Add an element of danger and that hightens the effect. For example: I did an upside down straight jacket escape 80 feet in the air last 4th of July. The added difficulty elicits greater emotin from the audiance. Another reason is that it does the same for me. I like the rush. Another reaeon is the challenge. Different escapes provide different challanges. I make my own escapes so to create something different is challenging and fun.
The escape in itself may ot be enough. Escaping from a pair of handcuffs may not be a big deal to some audiances, but from 5 pair of cuffs and under water is something to talk about. Performance is the key to a great escape act.


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Yes, presentation is everything.

As for the danger element, there are a few escapists who take on real risks with minimal safety precautions (true daredevils), and while I admire their daring, I follow (and therefore recommend) a different philosophy.

My approach is one I learned from magician/stunt performer Lester Lake: "Die for your audience every night, but get up fresh the next morning."

In other words, stage your 'death escape' to make it look like you are risking everything, while actually risking little or nothing.
My rule of thumb is to make it LOOK horrendous, while working in so many safety 'failsafes' that you can virtually (though not completely) ignore the danger element and concentrate on showmanship.

Even in the simplest escapes, however, remember that potential risks are always there.


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Yeah thats standard. It basically applies to everything.

Like Harry Lorayne said, (paraphrased) " I like to do something very simple and make my audience think I was the best card handler in the world"


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