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Yes, I received a copy of his book today!

This is a must have (Limited Edition of 500) and is signed by the author!

The book covers his beginning in escapology and magic, plus, the many escapes he has performed over the years. He also talks about the various risks and problems involved in escapes and there are plenty of photo's and press clippings that cover his entire career.

The book also comes with a DVD of many of the escapes as he performed them "Live" on TV. (great footage!)

The last section of the book is sealed (for your eyes only) and explains the methods he used in great detail!!

This really is a wonderful, well written and put together book, that will truly captivate anyone interested in Escapology!

Arthur Coghlan's brilliance shines through on every page and leaves the reader wanting more.

A fascinating read that's absolutely priceless!!

Two Thumbs Up!!
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Yup. I bought two at the convention and Mr. Coghlan signed them both. One to 'use', and one to preserve. Big bonus is the DVD that comes with the book. You see vintage performances of many of the effects in the book. That was very important to me.

I enjoyed reading his life story and how he started creating and promoting his escapes. I didn't want to put the book down because it was such a fun read. Mr Coghlan is a real gentleman and a fun person to talk to. Spending time with him and his daughter Helen was the big highlight of the convention for me. That experience probably made reading the book more exciting for me because I've heard some of these stories directly from the man himself.

He's quite a mechanically inclined thinker. Very creative and clever. The book explains his escapes:
44 gallon drum- chained, riveted and padlocked. Yes, I said riveted closed.
Chained to Concrete Blocks- lowered head first into a large water tank
Army Tank challenge
Chair Rope Tie
The Electric Chair escape
The Death Cage
The (original) Steel Box
The Jet Truck
The Circular Saw
Wooden Keg
The Steel Cabinet

There are some great methods that I can see incorporating into things I want to construct, or have constructed for me. Personally, I feel I got my money's worth and am very happy with the book.

The book delivers exactly what it says, Original Escapes of Arthur Coghlan. These are not found in any other book or publication. Mr Coghlan candidly told me that his family was very much against him publishing this information. They wanted his secrets to remain in the family and not released to anyone. Well, I'm grateful that he thought otherwise and chose to share his knowledge with the EA community.

It was a 'must have' for my EA library and the pages will get a little dirty as I read it, book in one hand, shop tools in the other.

Hay, I've changed my mind now. Don't buy the book! I want to keep these secrets to myself! Maybe it's not for everyone, but for me, it was a collectors item.

Joe
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Holy Cow. 206 people viewed this topic already and no one else who purchased the book is willing to comment?
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If it makes you feel any better, I've seen no commentary on my book either. Smile
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219 now!!!
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I've had yours for a while Steve and truly have not had the time to read it.
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OK. It's up to 410 in hits. My batteries ran out of the mouse. Smile
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As much as I would love to comment on the book, I was unable to purchase it at the convention. Hopefully, the funds will become available before the book sells out.

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I picked up a copy of the book at the convention. It was a real honor see Mr. Coghlan perform his famous drum escape and then to have the chance to meet him.

After he completed his act a large gathering of us "experts" gathered around his drum trying to figure out how he did it. We had lot of good theories offered, some of which might actually have worked.

The next day the book was on sale and I was pleased to buy one. It is a great book, full of stories and useful information. And yes the secret of the drum escape is in the book.

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Does the book ceom with a dvd?
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Uh David I believe it Does as it says DVD Included.
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So, did any of the folks guess the method of the drum correctly?

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Great POSITIVE review of the Coghlan book in the Dec. 2007 MUM magazine!

(...and no, British magis - that's not a magazine about mothers:-)
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Great I guess I'm gonna have to Buy this book.
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Just received the book and am working my way through the book. No secrets yet. DVD is great.

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I have this and it is a wonderful addition to my small collection of Escapology books and video.

Arthur Coghlan has passed on a wealth of knowledge on escapes and marketing ideas in this book / DVD. It's hard to put it down once I start going through it!
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I got the book, too.

I had to swallow pretty hard though to pay for a $100 book.

But I haven't been disappointed.

P.S. Anyone have Santini's "Entertaining with Escapes" book?
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Yes ..... had to swallow pretty hard to get it in my stomach..


how the hell are you paying for it if you have to swallow to get $100? ...........

.......... oh I see (just had to pop out nad use a phone booth adn now I see how you get $100 from swallowing!).
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