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Harry Houdini, a famous escapologist and magician.
Harry Houdini, a famous escapologist and magician.

Escapology is the practice of escaping from restraints or other traps. Escapologists escape from handcuffs, straitjackets, cages, steel boxes, barrels, bags, burning buildings, fish-tanks and other perils, often in combination. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (670x992, 73 KB) [edit] Beschreibung [edit] Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Harry Houdini Escapology ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (670x992, 73 KB) [edit] Beschreibung [edit] Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Harry Houdini Escapology ... Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926), born Ehrich Weiss, was a Hungarian/American magician, escapologist, stunt performer, as well as an investigator of spiritualists, and amateur aviator. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Robbie Williams (born Robert Peter Williams on February 13, 1974) is an English singer. ... Escapology is a 2002 album by Robbie Williams, his fifth solo effort, and his last with producer and co-songwriter Guy Chambers. ... Escapism is mental diversion by means of entertainment or recreation, as an escape from the perceived unpleasant aspects of daily reality. ... Physical restraint refers to the practice of rendering people helpless or keeping them in captivity by means such as handcuffs, shackles, straitjackets, ropes, straps or other forms of physical restraint. ... Hiatts Speedcuffs in holster, as used by UK police A model wearing handcuffs, waist chain, and thumbcuffs Old handcuffs Handcuffs are restraints designed to secure an individuals wrists close together. ... Look up straitjacket in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up Cage in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Cage may refer to more than one article: A cage (enclosure) is an enclosure made of mesh, bars or wires, used to confine, contain or protect something. ... Traditional wooden barrels in Cutchogue Modern stainless steel beer barrels - also called casks or kegs - outside the Castle Rock microbrewery in Nottingham, England For other uses, see Barrel (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Aquarium (disambiguation). ...


Some escapologists' tricks are accomplished by illusionists' techniques; others are genuine acts of flexibility, strength and daring. This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

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Techniques of escapology

Spoiler warning: The following section reveals a magic secret.

Escapology in its purest form is generally related to ropework, and problems are set with rope, cord, or string. However, professional escapologists' tricks will include anything from handcuffs (rigged or otherwise) to chains, mailbags, or even, in the case of Harry Houdini, escape from a prison cell. Items such as straitjackets are a staple feature in any show, either in "rigged" or official versions. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Coils of rope used for long-line fishing A rope (IPA: ) is a length of fibers, twisted or braided together to improve strength for pulling and connecting. ... Hiatts Speedcuffs in holster, as used by UK police A model wearing handcuffs, waist chain, and thumbcuffs Old handcuffs Handcuffs are restraints designed to secure an individuals wrists close together. ... Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926), born Ehrich Weiss, was a Hungarian/American magician, escapologist, stunt performer, as well as an investigator of spiritualists, and amateur aviator. ... A cell and galleries at Londons Newgate Prison in 1896. ... Look up straitjacket in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Although many cuffs sold in toy stores or adult stores don't even need a key to release, similar types can be opened with any thin, rigid object, such as a watchmakers' screwdriver, by pushing 'up' from the keyhole towards the chain. Spare keys are easy to find, and useful to carry.


There are methods used to secure a pair of handcuffs from these attacks. Hinged handcuffs are designed to prevent twisting the wrists. The keyholes can also be put facing upwards, towards the captive's elbows (this works best in conjunction with hinged or rigid cuffs). Putting the person's hands into thick gloves or mitts before applying the handcuffs inhibits the use of fingers. Hiatts Speedcuffs in holster, as used by UK police A model wearing handcuffs, waist chain, and thumbcuffs Old handcuffs Handcuffs are restraints designed to secure an individuals wrists close together. ...


One of the best ways to prevent a bound person from escaping is to secure the thumbs together; another good way is to secure his elbows. When thumbs are bound, the hands are effectively turned into paws, and cannot be used to untie knots or handle keys. Thumbcuffs, thread or fine cord can be used to do this. Wrapping the hands into balled fists with tape (preferably thicker varieties like duct tape or electrical tape) is also effective. A dogs paw resting on a hard concrete surface. ... Categories: Stub | BDSM | Physical restraint ... A piece of transparent duct tape, left, and of silver duct tape, right. ... Electrical tape, standard black Electrical tape, color coded (grounding) Electrical tape is a type of tape used to insulate electrical wires and other material that conduct electricity. ...


With ropes, there are secure ways to tie people, and there are safe ways to tie people: rarely can both be managed! Especially when someone is struggling, slippy knots can cut off circulation, and perhaps even strangle if the rope is around the neck (it shouldn't be).


One way to make a rope-tie almost inescapable is to start with a hangman's knot (Jack Ketch's knot), and pull the loop tight around whichever part of the captive's body which needs to be secured. This knot is solid, self-tightening, and difficult to undo. However, care should be taken when tying, showing, or describing this knot, as it has some very negative associations: people may think the knot is intended for the escapologist's neck, or they may associate it with the Ku Klux Klan and lynching, even where the planned use of the knot is benign. Also, if binding an escape ENTERTAINER, bindings that risk strangulation or loss of circulation are precluded for obvious safety reasons. Houdini routinely answered challenges with the proviso that "any ropes about the neck shall be fixed so as not to risk strangulation." The hangmans knot or hangmans noose (also known as a collar during Elizabethan times) is a well-known knot most often associated with its use in hanging. ... Members of the second Ku Klux Klan at a rally during the 1920s. ... Lynch mob redirects here. ...


Useful ways to tie ropes include the jacobi or reverse-jacobi positions, where arms are crossed, and the ropes tied around the body, straitjacket-style (NOTE: such ties would require further bindings to make them more secure, as both the jacobi and reverse jacobi have been used by escapologists in escape performances for decades; the jacobi was used by fake spirit mediums before Houdini), or Japanese positions, where the hands are tied high up behind someone's back. See Japanese rope bondage for more details. Generally, any position which ties the elbows behind the back is difficult to escape from, as the escapologist can't reach that area with hands or mouth to untie things. Shibari (縛り, literally meaning bondage) is a Japanese style of sexual bondage or BDSM. Shibari involves tying up the bottom (or uke) in intricate patterns, usually with several pieces of thin rope. ...


It should be remembered, however, that escapology, like any other discipline, evolves. Escapologists routinely put their minds to finding ways around the impediments that make escape less probable. This is one reason why restraint manufacturers continuously make improvements to their products.


With roped bondage, the escape strategy will be to move slack around until the escapologist can get it somewhere useful to untie a knot, or to release a part of his body. Most people will leave plenty of slack when tying: in their knots, in the bits between knots, and even around the wrists. The escapologist should try each loop of rope in turn, and go to work on the most promising ones. Some knots: 1. ...


The escapologist may try to get a head start when tied by breathing in, making fists or pulling away from knots to gain slack when the ropes are tied off. If the wrists are tied together, they can be pushed apart (either during or after their tying) to get more slack. The escapologist can also gain slack by tightening adjacent loops in the rope.


Leather bondage gear is sometimes used as an escapology challenge, but most such gear is straightforward to escape from. Assumed wrist sizes (and the distance between subsequent buckles) in leather gear are normally too large. There are nearly always major weaknesses in leather gear, usually involving the escapologist's ability to reach buckles. A model in bondage cuffs with a leg spreader In the context of BDSM, bondage involves people being tied up or otherwise restrained for pleasure. ... Archeological bronze buckles from southern Sweden A buckle (from Latin buccula) is a clasp used for fastening two things together, such as the ends of a belt, or for retaining the end of a strap. ...


On chains: see locks and lock-picking. With a self-made or purchased lock-pick set and practice, many a padlock can be opened. There are exceptions, such as combination locks and certain highly-pick-resistant padlocks, such as the antique 'scandinavian' padlock. Padlock A lock is a mechanical fastening device which may be used on a door, vehicle, or container, restricting access to the area or property enclosed. ... A traditional set of lockpicks. ... Padlock A modern padlock. ...


Escapology in fiction

The novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon (winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize), features escapology as an important plot point. Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow, features Harry Houdini as a major character. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a novel by Michael Chabon. ... Michael Chabon (born May 24, 1963) is an American author best known for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. ... 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The gold medal awarded for Public Service in Journalism The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical compositions. ... Ragtime is a 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow. ... Edgar Lawrence Doctorow (born January 6, 1931, New York, New York) is a writer who has written several critically aclaimed novels that blend history and social criticism. ...


In American superhero comic books, many superheroes like Batman are trained in escapology which is invaluable when dealing with deathtraps. However, superheroes who are escape artists by profession include Mister Miracle, Ms. Liberty and The Escapist. Houdini himself appeared as a time/space traveler in the comic book series, "Daring Escapes featuring Houdini." The references in this article would be clearer with a different and/or consistent style of citation, footnoting or external linking. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... It has been suggested that Batman (Earth-Two) be merged into this article or section. ... A deathtrap is a literary and dramatic plot device in which a villain, who has captured the hero or another sympathetic character, attempts to use an elaborate and usually sadistic method of murdering him/her. ... Mister Miracle is a DC Comics superhero created by Jack Kirby, originally as part of The Fourth World series of titles. ...


In 1972, Christopher George played an escape artist named Cammeron Steele in the TV movie/unsold series pilot, "Escape." Steele was a non-performing escapologist and night-club owner who, like Bill Bixby's Anthony Blake (The Magician) habitually helped people in trouble.


In 1982, Griffin O'Neal played a junior escapologist named Danny Masters in the film, "The Escape Artist."


In 1983, real-life escape artist Bill Shirk played himself in a film called, "The Escapist."


Yorick, the main character of the comic series Y: The Last Man is an escape artist. Y: The Last Man is a comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan (Swamp Thing) and published by Vertigo. ...


Escapologists

David Blaine (born David Blaine White on April 4, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York City, USA) is an American magician and stunt performer. ... Criss Angel (born Christopher Sarantakos, December 19, 1967[1] in East Meadow, New York) is an American musician, mentalist, magician, illusionist, hypnotist, escapologist, yoga master, provocateur, stunt performer, and the creator and director of the Criss Angel Mindfreak television series on A&E Network. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Harry Houdini (March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926), born Ehrich Weiss, was a Hungarian/American magician, escapologist, stunt performer, as well as an investigator of spiritualists, and amateur aviator. ... James Randi (born August 7, 1928), internationally billed as The Amazing Randi, is a stage magician and scientific skeptic best known as a debunker of pseudoscience. ... Jonathan Goodwin is a British TV escapologist who first appeared on the Channel 4 TV programme Dirty Tricks and has since been on his own TV programme. ... Lance Burton Lance Burton (March 10, 1960), (full name William Lance Burton) is an American stage magician who performs nightly in his own show at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Penn (left) & Teller Penn and Teller are a two-man magic and comedy team, comprised of Penn Jillette and Teller. ... Categories: Stub | 1961 births | Professional magicians ... Thomas Solomon (b. ... Major Zamora was a dime museum performer in the late 1890s. ...

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Escapology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (863 words)
Escapology is the practice of escaping from restraints or other traps.
Escapology in its purest form is generally related to ropework, and problems are set with rope, cord, or string.
Leather bondage gear is sometimes used as an escapology challenge, but most such gear is straightforward to escape from.
Escapology (album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (435 words)
Escapology is a 2002 album by Robbie Williams, his sixth solo effort, and his last with producer and co-songwriter Guy Chambers.
As part of his new deal, an attempt was made to raise Robbie's star power in the United States.
Though Escapology sold well in Europe, it fared considerably less in the U.S. The album peaked at a dismal no.63.
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