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Whenever I've seen the thumb tie done, the finale has always been the same. 2 volunteers have their thumbs tied together. Does anyone an alternate finish?
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The ending you speak of takes the escape and ends it with an invitation more for laughs than applause. It certainly works, but that is the ending for a comedy routine. Perhaps the in-and-out aspect of the thumb tie better lends itself to the comedy play, but if you use it in conjunction with something else, or in a set up that is not in-and-out comedy, you could end it simply by escaping.
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On Jan 26, 2016, Cliffg37 wrote:
The ending you speak of takes the escape and ends it with an invitation more for laughs than applause. It certainly works, but that is the ending for a comedy routine. Perhaps the in-and-out aspect of the thumb tie better lends itself to the comedy play, but if you use it in conjunction with something else, or in a set up that is not in-and-out comedy, you could end it simply by escaping.

I'm using it as a comedy routine, and have used the ending for many years, (also 'steal' a watch, which I return after the volunteers are seated). I thought that there might be a different comedy ending that I might want to look into.
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Mark Cannon used to turn his thumb cuffs in to a set of Bean Giants as the finale to an in/out routine.
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Roslyn ... What are bean Giants? They're probably called something else here.
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Bean giants are bean giants. You don't need them for what you're doing.

Sometimes the routine, with thimbcuffs is to start with them behind you and finish with them in front
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For a while, I used thumbcuffs as the in and out component on a variation of Anthony Linden's Amazing Suit Jacket Escape. I eventually abandoned the routine, however, as intentional comedy doesn't work very well for me.

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On Jan 26, 2016, jakeg wrote:
Whenever I've seen the thumb tie done, the finale has always been the same. 2 volunteers have their thumbs tied together. Does anyone an alternate finish?


Hi Jack!

Technically, a THUMB >>TIE<< is a PENETRATION, not an Escape (comedy "in and out") or just a "straight" escape.

I'm definitely not an EA! I did a short tour (in '95) of school assemblies when Dick Xavier, abruptly canceled his tour. I had booked him (for NATIONAL SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES) and, I would have lost all those commissions, if I hadn't substituted for Xavier.

I, basically did a "demonstration" of what Houdini was noted for. I used a couple of handcuff escapes and a strait jacket.
One of the handcuff demo's was escaping from three sets of cuffs. I used Hamburg 8 "jumpers", modern "swing thru" Smith & Wesson (jumpers) cuff, and, a set of modern swing thru thumb cuffs. --It got a much better reception than it deserved!
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I'm not an EA as well. For years I did a thumb cuff routine, which was okay, but not great. My ending was take the guys watch off his wrist, and cuff th 2 volunteers together. I made a stooge out of the guy. After some talk, and applause for the 2 helpers, I would offer the guy his watch back. Goya laugh, but still looking for a sock ending so the audience is at a high point when the routine is over. When you tie them together, youstillhave to release them, which is like continuing a joke after the punch line is told. Sort of like a glass of flat soda.
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Hi Jack~!
I remember Blackstone (pere) doing his wrist tie in the old Davidson theater in Milwaukee in the late '40s. I had seen him do it several times, and the final time (the last season before the show closed in April, 1950)I was one of the "committee", and stood just to Harry's right. He used the watch steal that you just mentioned, and, I LEARNED A GOOD LESSON IN SHOWMANSHIP! When, years later, I DID a pick pocket act, I used the same steal technique. It was most effective!

The late Bob Brown (Chicago)had an idea for a finish to the thumb cuff "in and out" routine. I'll dig it up, and, mail it. It might not fit your needs, but, it may "stimulate" your thinking.

I agree on the "let down" when you must release the two assistants' thumbs. The late George McAthy sold a "bit" that he called "Mac's Pet Business" for FIFTY CENTS (!) in the '40s. It MIGHT be something that would work for you. I'll check on what I have on that.
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