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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2007 2:53 pm 
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Is how fast it takes me to get out of handcuffs. They are some cuffs I got from E.G. pizza place a long time ago, nothing official but they work.

Is this a good time or should I shoot for lower?


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How old are you, and how long have you been practicing escapes?

Your mindset on this sounds typical of a beginner, and understandable from that perspective.

To help get you on the right track, I need to mention two things:

1) Escapology, like other forms of mystery entertainment, is not about speed; it's about entertainment. 'Fast' means nothing if the audience is not 'involved' and entertained. What you need to worry about is presentation and showmanship.
Some escapes have the best impact if done quickly; others go over better when 'dragged out' for dramatic effect. It depends on the escape.

2) 'Handcuffs' comprise many, many makes and models (modern and older, from various countries). I don't know which type you're using, but a likely guess is a Taiwan-made copy of the Japanese Takeda cuff.
Never think mastering one handcuff equips you for others; thinking so could result in unpleasant trouble down the road.

I always recommend that beginners check out the website for Cannon's Great Escapes.

Good luck.


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Ok thank you. Yea sorry I was just wondering. Ive been doing escapes for a few weeks. Usually I do The Great Rope Escape from Complete Course and add humor to it.


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No need to apologize; you're in the learning stages.

Escapology is fascinating, but too many performers starting in the field get caught up in the razzle dazzle of 'world records' and the often ego-driven "everything I do is REAL" crowd.

Always remember that escapology is for entertainment and uses tricks (overt and subtle), and you'll do fine.

To quote an exchange from the Houdini (Tony Curtis) film, after our hero gets out of a straitjacket:

Maloo: ...there was always a trick. Tonight there was none; there couldn't have been...yet you got out!"

Houdini: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, Mr. Maloo, but it was a trick."

Maloo: "You've done it before?!?"

Houdini: "No, but it was still a trick."

Best Wishes.

- Steve


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