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Escapology with Dixie Dooley Volumes 1-3 (+ Bonus Houdini Lives) (DVD Download)

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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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 10th, 2013
I'd give it 6 stars if I could.

Don't listen to the review saying it may get boring. This is anything but boring !

Mr Dooley shares his great knowledge on the subject (was he a student of Houdini or what ? where could he have picked all that up ?). Obviously the man has dedicated a large portion of his life to mastering these effects.

If you could really do magic, would you keep taking a box of cards with you anywhere, or would you dare the impossible, the dangerous, the shocking and amazing ?

I keep buying this set. It is not cheap, true, but it really could have cost a lot more. I love giving this as a gift to fellow magicians. It makes an amazing gift to anyone who wants to open their minds to what made the greatest magician ever lived so famous.

Once you start watching it, you can't stop. every second you learn a skill that is thrilling and exciting. No offense - I love color changing and ACAAN etc, but this is something else. This is the stuff to get remembered by.

Do yourself a favour, if it's not out of stock (cause I'm getting them ALL ! ) get this beatiful, thought-out, set, and join the real guild of an ancient secret art .
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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 2nd, 2010
And most of it were not even worth watching. Some of the things were cool, but most of it was not so good at all, and very booring to watch.. Dont waste youre money on this expensive dvd:s
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