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Scott O.
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Ok, I have a desire to add a simple rope escape to my shows. I'm not an escape artist, but this would work well with a message I want to present. The rope tie I am thinking of starts with the performer seated in a chair. The rope is brought under his legs and then tied on top of the legs. The performer places his wrists together and on top of the knot for the legs. Then a spectator ties several knots to secure the performers hands and legs firmly together.

Question. No, not how is it done. But what source might I go to to find such a rope escape.

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Never mind. I've playing around with this a bit and figured out a method for accomplishing what I want to do. I suprised myself, this is a very good looking escape. Simple but effective.

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It's funny, I've performed this before and I was curious if anyone out there could educate me on what it's specifically called? Perhaps who created this escape?
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It's mentioned in a number of books, though I don't offhand recall which ones.

I believe it came out of the seance tradition, which means it would've originally been done as a spirit tie. The goal would have been to be tied at the beginning, and untied at the end.
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The tie that is mentioned is in one of Xtremes Books you might want to contact him.
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This is a rope tie developed by "Bish" The Magish, Billy Bishop. It should be in Volume 6 of The Tarbell Course in Magic.
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I've looked through some of my books tonight and here's what I've found:

The Art of Escape Volume 7, page 37, John Novak, circa 1980; Mr Novak states, "I read the name Billy Bishop in one of the magic magazines, the first time I had seen a mention of him since his act "Bish the Magish" had been changed to "Billy Bishop and Anne" circa 1949... in the 1940's I very much coveted one trick he was doing.." Then Novak goes on to describe the rope/chair tie that you mentioned.

Encyclopedia of Escapes, page 14, McLaury, circa 1964; "Chair Escape Method One- " this is where McLaury explains that the escape using a six to eight foot rope while sitting in a chair "is one of the easiest escapes I know of and yet it looks impossible". No mention of the creator.

Micky Hades' New Expanded Encyclopedia of Escapes, page 20, circa 2001; "Chair Escape Method One-" same explanation and comments as found in the original E. of E.

Abbott's Encyclopedia of Rope Tricks Volume 2, page 90, Abbott's Magic Novelty Co., 1st ed. no date; "Abbott's Slick Tie" is nearly identical in description to the same effect you describe. It's explained as an in-again out-again gag. No mention of the creator but the ACKNOWLEDGMENTS page lists this among other effects taken from their catalogs, TOPS and NEW TOPS magazines.

Rope, Chain and Box Escapes by U.F. Grant, page 2, (staple bound manuscript) no date; called the "Chair Escape" and uses the Zella Master Tie for the wrists (page 1).

So there's a start for you if you are interested in reading the explanations in any of these publications.

Best to you,

Joe
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Wow. Thanks for the info, Joe.
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Hay no problem. It's funny how the image of a trick stays in your mind, like a splinter, forcing you to dig through the house until you find which books it's in.

Glad to help!
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My 2 cents, the Kellar Rope Tie is very powerful.
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I happened to run into William McLaury this weekend at Denny and Lees. He says he is rewriting his encylopedia and hopes to have it out in early 2008. (The man is FAST getting out of cuffs.)
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I did it as a comedy routine for years, sounds like you already know how to do it, just routine it.
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On 2007-09-10 00:07, sloopcamelot wrote:
I happened to run into William McLaury this weekend at Denny and Lees. He says he is rewriting his encylopedia and hopes to have it out in early 2008. (The man is FAST getting out of cuffs.)


That's great news! I have his original encyclopedia. It's a great piece of work. Should be in everyone's library. Now wouldn't it be nice if the Cannons could get Mr McLaury to give a lecture at the EA Convention? I think I need to suggest that to Mark and Sheila for the 2008 Convention. Maybe Mr McLaury would even bring his books to sell. Wouldn't that be something?


Thanks for the info sloopcamelot. And by the way, welcome to The Magic Café!
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This rope escape also is explained on Dixie Dooley's dvd set on escapology. It is referenced as a spirit rope tie. I use this in my shows and it gets huge laughs.
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It is also explained by Dean Gunnarson one of Stevens Magic of Canada videos.
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Ggarcia

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OK, this question was asked in 2006… but…

you can also find it on Dick Stoners tape (or dvd)

I Spell Magic FUN volume one

It shows Dick performing the routine on TV, and then he explains it.
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