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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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.
Howdy. This is probably the best lesson I have ever seen. Dan, great instructions as usual. Thanks,
If you are good with tools and want to do stage escapes this is for you. For the rest of us this is
very entertaining and the knowledge is well worth having.
I absolutely loved this lesson. I definitely will be adding one of these to my act. However, the one
drawback is you don't get any blueprints. I'm not that good with drawing and I don't want to have to
send the full video to a carpenter. A PDF file of blueprints would've been nice to get with this
lesson since it relies heavily on precisely built items.
Every trick in here has been changed in some way. There's a lot of food for thought here. There are
devices that are simple to put together as well as very complicated ones. Dan goes into some nice
smaller details of the performances, too, like ways to set up a costume change.
is the update on the Canvas Box escape. I did not know about its method. It looks easy to build,
The Fischer-Bamberg box escape is a lot of work, but it's also very deceptive. The
performance fooled me. Then when I saw the explanation, I went, "Oh, it's THAT trick, the one that
looked too complicated to bother with in the book." But the secret method is the simple part.
Royal Packing Box escape was a lowlight for me. The new version takes tons of work to build, and
the trick uses a method that was given away by both Lance Burton and Arrested Development's GOB.