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Escapology with Dixie Dooley Volumes 1-3 (+ Bonus Houdini Lives DVD) (4 DVDs) Learn the stunts and escapes that made Houdini famous. Soon you'll be escaping from handcuffs, straight jackets, rope-ties, milk cans, packing crates, and chains! Get booked as an escape artist!
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Warning: This DVD set contains feats that require professional expertise and pose a great risk to the performer's safety. Under no circumstances should any of the stunts performed herein be attempted by amateurs. Persons desiring to learn these stunts should only do so under supervision of a trained professional.

"I didn't move to Las Vegas to drive down the back streets. I want to look at the lights. I want to see who's on the marquees. I love show business." -- Dixie Dooley: born to perform.

Volume 1: Escape from the Ordinary
Join Dixie as he takes you on a journey into the world of escape. You'll learn some of the most powerful escapes ever performed--including some ingenious challenge escapes that will make the average magic show audience look more like a stadium full of crazed sports fans. The escapes on this DVD are performed with ordinary objects. You'll be able to perform them in almost any situation, and they're perfect for the streets.

On this volume you'll learn:

  • Silk Through Rope
  • Houdini Rope Tie
  • Spirit Rope Tie
  • 100 Foot Rope Tie
  • Knots
  • Lock Picking
  • Historic Handcuffs
  • Thumbcuffs
  • Escape from a Rubber Band
  • German Transport Chain Escape
Volume 2: Handcuffs, Shackles, and Straight Jackets
Over hundreds of years locksmiths and handcuff manufacturers have been called upon to produce a fascinating series of restraints--each more cunningly precise than the last. Dixie will teach you the secrets of overcoming each and every one of these manmade tools of imprisonment so you'll be ready for any challenge your spectators dream up.

On this volume you'll learn:
  • Escape from any Handcuff
  • Kellar Rope Tie
  • Bamboo Torture Device
  • Shanghai Shackles
  • Straight Jacket Escape
  • Suspended Straight Jacket Escape
  • Generating Publicity
Volume 3: Large Scale Escapes and Publicity Stunts
Escape artists are the prizefighters of the magic world. Hang (upside down from a crane) with Dixie as he demonstrates and teaches the escapes that get headlines--huge headlines. Dixie doesn't stop with the escape; he takes you one step further by teaching you the secrets of effective escape publicity. You'll learn to write a press release, contact the media, and develop escapes and stunts that garner International press. As a special bonus you'll learn to build your own professional escape box--without breaking the bank.

On this volume you'll learn:
  • Tom Horn Transport Belt
  • Assistant's Revenge
  • Metamorphosis
  • Build Your Own Escape Box
  • Escape Stunts and Release Forms
  • Steel Straight Jacket
  • Giant Milk Can Escape
Bonus 4th DVD: Houdini Lives Again
The concept behind the Houdini Lives Again show at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas was to take a nostalgic look at what it would be like to see Houdini perform his magic and death defying escapes live on stage. Through the use of costuming, antique props, and music, the show takes you there, back in time, to see Houdini perform live.

This 4th DVD is a performance only DVD. You'll see live performances of the following:
  • Classic Illusions
  • Sucker Silk
  • Assistant's Revenge (Stocks of Zanibar)
  • Metamorphosis
  • Crystal Ball Gazing
  • Spiritualist Illusions
  • Mummy Asrah
  • Shanghai Shackles
  • Tom Horn Transport Escape
  • Straight Jacket Escape
  • Floating Cup
  • Milk Can Escape
The bonus material on this DVD includes performances of the following:
  • Burried Alive
  • Frozen in Ice
  • 100' Rope Escape
  • Straight Jacket and Crane Escape in Appleton, WI
  • Houdini Seance
  • Escape from Red Tape
  • Straight Jacket and Crane Escape in Las Vegas

Escape Masters Review

DVD Review- Escapology featuring Dixie Dooley
Review by Tom Carrier-Editor

Las Vegas based escape artist Dixie Dooley and Penguin Magic have put together what is perhaps the most comprehensive collection of information on escapes ever gathered on video or DVD. Dixie has combined his extensive knowledge with his many years of experience as a Vegas headliner to make this information available to escape artists. Rather than concentrating on one type of escape, or its methods, Dixie has created a visual encyclopedia of knowledge into the world of escapes.

Volume 1- Features escapes like Silk through Rope, The Houdini Rope Tie, (the secret of which is worth the price of the entire DVD set), and other great rope ties. It also covers a very unique "escape" form a rubber band that will become one of your favorite walk around bits. Some handcuff and thumbcuff informations also covered in this volume.

Volume 2- This volume focuses on strait jacket escapes, both standing and suspended, and covers other restraint devices such as Shanghai Shackles and the Kellar Rope Tie. The two gems on this volume would be the information on generating publicity, and Dixie's method of escaping from any handcuff.

Volume 3- If you are looking for large stage escapes, this volume is for you. Covered is the Tom Horn Transport Belt, Assistant's Revenge, Metamorphosis, Steel Strait Jacket, Giant Milk Can Escape, how to build your own escape box, and various release forms for the escape artist.

These tapes are invaluable to the working escape artist, or serious student of the art, and should be in everyone's library. If you purchase the entire 3 volume set from Penguin Magic, they will include a 4th DVD featuring Dixie performing some of his most famous escapes throughout his career.

Each volume is $ 34.95 each, and the entire 3 Volume set is $ 99.95, with free shipping to the U.S., Canada and Europe. The DVDs are available from Penguin Magic.

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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
AMAZING!!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 3rd, 2005
This DVD is the best DVD out there if you want to get started in escapes. I use a lot of tricks in here for shows and it didn't cost me much at all. The explanations are amazing. He even shows what and how to get your face known to the public to get shows and events anywhere. Buy this, it might cost a bit but there are 4 DVD'S THAT IT COMES WITH. Later.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
Dixie Dooley has done a great job with this set of DVDs. He takes you through the intricacies of some the more famous stage escapes out there showing you in detail and slowly how to best accomplish each. This is not a "Let's discuss my thinking on this subject" kind of stuff, but practical information you will use. Dixie takes his time and even gives you a few ways to create your own version of the effects he uses.

Highly entertaining and recommended!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
These DVDs take you through the wonderful world of escaping. Everything from the simple rope escape, to the large stage effect of escaping from a trunk. Each video is well produced with easy to understand instructions. You are even given instructions to build your own trunk if you so choose.

I have performed several of these tricks now out on the street and at parties and I always leave them wanting more. It is a must have for any magician looking to expand their show
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Wow. Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2010
I'm not a huge escapolgy fan but by the time I was halfway through the first disc, I had certainly become one. Dixie is so passionate about this art and he teaches every effect with enthusiasm and thoroughness. It's just a pleasure to watch him perform and then pass on the secrets.

The bonus Houdini footage is certainly worth watching, it's great to see the master escapologist do what he does best!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
WOW! is all i can say. I got this from a penguin promotion... so i am even more impressed! Dixie covers so many escapes that you can easily put together a whole escape act. I just wish giant milk cans were readily available at my hardware store... However, i love doing a comical escape with a pair of Houdini Handcuffs.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2010
ok so i got this at my magic shop, mostly out of curiosity instead of actual practicality. and i must say i was impressed. the explanations are thurough, the effects are convincing, and the methods are classic! i think that perhaps one dvd is not worth the price. if you are into this at all then get the three disc set plus a bonus disck dedicated to the escape work of houdini! great stuff!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 8th, 2010
I have always been fascinated by escapology. However, because of the props required (straight jackets, handcuffs) I have never really attempted any of it. I think that is why i like this dvd the most out of the series. The 100 foot rope tie is especially good. But I also get a kick out of the escape from a rubber band. The second DVD was interesting though the only thing I have had a chance to try at this point is a handcuff escape. The 3rd dvd is interesting if for no other reason than knowledge If you were only going to buy 1 dvd out of the series, then DVD 1 should be it for its practicality. However you really should own them all.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 17th, 2012
Penguin did a great job getting Dixey to do this. I got all four discs in the Choose 5 deal. His knowledge of the subject and vast collection of handcuffs and other items is incredible. I would love to have seen him explain his milk can, but I understand why he didn't. Very thorough explanations (to the point of sometimes repeating himself).
You will learn a lot from this man, though. A very popular professional who does what he's teaching for a living. Highly recommended.
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Great 2 get in the news or T.V. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 28th, 2012
This is a very well done instructional dvd series. Fun 2 watch as well. Well worth the price and someting 4 everone. I got alot of good ideas 2 get more t.v and radio spots. Fantastic 4 those who never did escapes or do not plan 2 do any escapes. Many many things contained here 4 valuable insights 2 the working entertainer.

The bonus was something U can watch over again and is well produced.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 5th, 2012
Dixie explains a ton of effects in this series. It's perfect for the beginner or intermediate escape artist who wants to add some unusual escapes to his act. Dixie isn't the best teacher, but he's not unbearable by any means. Everything is certainly explained well-enough.

It's a great set and worth the price.
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