First I must say that for those of you who don’t like escapology, some of these trick can be
considered stage illusions or be modified into them.
Having studied escape secrets for many
years I think this is the best description of many of the classic escapes and Dan Harlan has updated
and improved them to be made with modern materials and for today’s audiences. Most of the escapes
can be made from materials from your local home improvement center and often with minimal cutting
and he fully explains where to get the few items required for the other tricks. With Dan's clear
instructions almost anyone with minimal carpentry skills should be able to assemble these tricks
with just basic tools.
Although I love the “secrets” of escapology I must confess that the
part of the video I found most fascinating was Dan’s complete description of workings and making of
his wonderful and beautiful drop curtain. I can see how this curtain can be used with many effects
involving an appearance, disappearance or quick change and it can be modified to different
situations. It is very impressive addition to the performance.
Of course Dan always gives you
some of his tips on misdirection, stage and audience management and showmanship. These are not the
kind of tricks you can realistically do for you friends in your living room. They are meant for
stage or open air performances, but if you have any interest in escapology or stage illusions this
is a must have video.
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This was a great update to the escapes covered in the Tarbell texts. Well worth the cost & time.
This was a fantastic lesson. So many great ideas, and projects and levels of difficulty ranging
from complex to "as easy as buying a plastic bag off Amazon."
Dan Harlan is at the top of his
game here, explaining everything, and crafting everything for ease of use and portability.
final three illusions here (the rope-tied trunk, the plastic bag escape and the trash can escape)
are especially fun and surprising, but there really isn't a dud in the bunch.
Even if you
never plan to use the vast majority of these escapes, this lecture was pretty entertaining just as
theatre. Dan Harlan does a very good job performing and explaining, and doesn't deliver a dull
I've been escaping for 47 years and am always looking for new ideas. This video meets that need.
Harlan combines the classic Tarbell effects with new ideas and twists that will work for the
illusionist and escapologist alike.
Harlan doesn't stop at methodology, but includes all the
misdirection and blocking required to pull off successful performance. All of the effects are
practical and entertaining, and a few will definitely find a place in my program.
very informative worth the money
Wish he went into the building of the spike escape a lot better but I think I can figure out what I
don't feel he explained good enough but let's be honest with our selves if you get one escape out of
they many he taught you got way more than what you payed for I'll be building and useing all of them
so I can do many shows before I need to repeat any of them I really like the spike the best but the
nestling box is second
This was an AWESOME lesson. Dan Harlan has done it again. He is more creative than many others. I
wish I was half as creative. I have already decided on two of the illusions from the lesson. In
short, ALL of the Tarbell lessons are GREAT! Dan Harlan is a great teacher as well, he explains in
an easy to understand way.
Dan Harlan has great new ideas to spruce up the old Tarbell collection of escapes. I also like the
way he cites both history and credits the contributors. I will be looking in on several more of
these Tarbell chapters.
Boy, what a lot of work Dan did on this one. About a half dozen boxes, for a change he did help
constructing at least two of them, but the rest could have been built in his limited workshop, where
his most sophisticated tool is a compound miter saw, using standard size lumber and plywood.
By the way, If you are a member of the S.A.M., you should check out Dan's lecture to Assembly
V1.1, which includes a tour of his basement workshop.