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Chance
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Um, guys, you've been had. That was a little thing called "humor". I know, I know, it's not used here too often -- but still, I never thought anyone would actually fall for it! I also use steel chain, but only 2 pieces that are each about 25-feet. The real point of my comment was to point out that 100 feet of chain amounts to OVERKILL. Kinda like using a jail lock to secure a screen porch door.
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Quote:
On 2005-02-24 16:44, Chance wrote:
"...100 feet of chain amounts to OVERKILL..."


Or at least a hernia Smile
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I used to use 100' of steel chain, and a dozen ungimmicked padlocks. It's a lot of weight to carry around, and a royal pain to untangle.

I've spoken with folks who say the plastic chain is great, but having seen some of the other things they did in their shows, I can't help but wonder if their grip on audience-reality is solid. If it actually DID work, it'd be great.
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Gee their using jail locks to secure screen doors now. I'll hate to see the price of those. j/k
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You can get some 1/2 inch rope at a home improv store that looks like rock climber rope. You call attention to the rope "just like climbers use"; every one know how strong it is.

I use two 50 foot ropes and start with a slip loop over each wrist pulled tight. I also start with the suggestion of placing my arms in a straitjacket position and let the voluteers go from there.

Oh, as for plastic chain, call it a "space-age polimer", lightweight and strong.
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Theres a excellent idea for the chain. a light weight metal that makes it feel/sounds like plastic.
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I just want chain that is not so darn heavy!! The one I use now is not too bad but is still heavy when I have all the handcuffs on too. I am not exactly built like some of the guys here. Check out Rick's Escape Asrtist's site and you will see how small built I actually am.. Chance, you are a cruel man getting my hopes up like that. LOL. jk.

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Wolfie go for the plastic and say its a new space age metal.
mk
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Can anyone suggest a resource to learn the 100 foot rope escape?

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"33 Rope Ties And Chain Releases" by Burling Hull goes into great detail on the routine, along with audience management tips.
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On 2005-02-21 01:22, TommyTheTremendous wrote:
For the "100-Foot Rope Escape" I was told to buy some thick/heavy rope. Can anyone specify exactly what kind of rope is best for this trick? The type of rope, braided or not, etc etc etc. I would greatly appreciate it.


Have not performed the effect but have read it and understand the principle. I would think the harder the rope is to manipulate (such as tying tight) the more beneficial it would be.
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You want it to be comfortable too.. cheap, coarse rope will cause a lot of friction burns and will reduce your manouverability. Finishing the escape and still having skin left is a definite plus.

I use soft nylon sailors' rope - it's a bit dearer but well worth the money.
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There are two booklets published by Lee Jacobs. One is on the 100-Foot Rope Escape and is written by Jacobs. It is a fairly complete thesis on the escape. There is a second companion book called something like “What Lee Jacobs Didn’t Tell You About The 100-Foot Rope Escape” by John Novak. Between the two there is everything you need to know to successfully present and perform this dramatic and technically easy stunt.

Presently I’m using a soft, synthetic, climbing rope (bought the end of a spool at the local adventure sports store). It is a bit expensive compared to some rope that you can buy at a hardware store, but it is very colorful, strong, and durable.
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Got my signed copy right here Harry, it is for the 75' rope challenge with a very long title. I guess it should have been 100' but I cut mine at 75' like the book. Same climbing rope from Home Depot. works very well since knots go in and come out easily. The other 25' got cut smaller for a couple of other ties. Tom Frank uses a very large 1" or thicker maybe 1 1/4" 100 foot rope.
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You are right I just double-checked. The complete title of the booklet is “The Real Methods & Secrets of the Challenge Escape From 75 Feet of Rope”. What a title!

The Novak book (also published by Lee Jacobs) is “What Jacobs Didn’t Tell You About The Rope Escape.”

Both together don’t cost over $20.00 including postage! Both are full of real world tips.

Dixie Dooley also recommends and uses a thick diameter rope (more than an inch). My rope is less than an inch in diameter. I used to have a one and three quarter inch thick hemp rope that I used. It was fifty-five feet long and weighed a ton! I got if from a Navy salvage yard. It was rough on the skin even after I “prepared” it. It pulled a vanishing act!

Interestingly, most audience members believe that the thicker the rope the more secure you can be tied and the more difficult the escape. We know that just the opposite is true!
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Thanks for the great resources! Any thoughts about the possibility of combining the 100 Foot Rope Escape with a gimmicked straight jacket escape?
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Why use a gimmicked sj? If you're using a humane jacket with no loops etc, then you shouldn't have too much of a problem with it.

What sj do you have?

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Ros, I think MK is referring to an escape like our old friend DC who did the burning rope SJ escape with chains added on top. (I think it was chains?) Well at any rate it wasn't 100 feet worth, looked more like 20, but when I first saw this
back in my pre-escape days, I remember being pretty impressed.
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