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hocopoco
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I am looking for any escape routines that have comedy or are intrinsically funny, as well.

Any direction or thoughts would be helpful.

Thanks!
The Donster
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To be funny use your imagination. what routine are you currently using.
Cliffg37
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You are guarenteed a cheap laugh anytime someone is restrained and taunted with the inability to get out.

Here is an idea that I thought of. Borrow a wallet from a lady's purse Place it is a box so it can not be seen. The box has a timer on it and at a certain point a blowtorch will send a powerful flame into the box.

Have the lady assist in restraining you.

The patter is clear, you will make the escape in time to turn off the timer. Perhaps only you know the combination to the thing, and of course the box is locked. A superhero motif would work here nicely.
Of course the escape fails, and you are slow on the draw. The torch fires, and the lady screams and runs toward it, stopping as she realizes it is too late. She turns back to you and you are not only free but holding her wallet safe and unburned.

The laughs will come as the audience sees you and the wallet as she is carrying on with her back to you.

Naturally your assistants are also guards to insure she doesn't get too close.

I'd laugh at that! Heck, I might try it myself.
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That's a great one Cliff, hey Hoco, another good concept is the old in and out routine where the restraint itself is easily slipped out of and back into multiple times. This is often done under a foulard or behind your back, and the funniest routines are when you let the audience in on the gag without tipping the trick to the volunteer. There are a lot of restraints that lend themself to this concept but the first ones that come to mind are: Kellar rope tie, oval chain link, Santini lightning bar (this one's very good. Dixie Dooley does a very funny routine with this device. Go to http://www.ealib.org) , moroccan wrist strap, moroccan chain restraint, Irv Weiner's red tape thumb tie, Jaspernese thumb tie, actually any thumb securing method including thumb cuffs, pipe cleaners, shoelace, etc makes for great comedy possibilities. I think Ian McColl has some new cuffs on the market called "flash cuffs" that you can also get in and out of instantly without the usual "clicking" sound from the rachet. These are available from http://www.cannonsgreatescapes.com. Speaking of Cannon's, Mark and Sheila's 21st Century Escape lecture notes contain a great comedy thumb tie routine, and the companion video tape has footage of Mark demonstrating the in and out methods using thumbcuffs. There are also tons of rope tie effects you can use by referencing Burling Hull's "33 rope ties" book. Steve Baker does a great comedy rope tie as does Mario Manzini. Also Simon Lovell does a hilarious strait jacket routine. Actually almost any escape routine can be played up for laughs. As the Donster pointed out, just use a little imagination and you will impress yourself with the routines you will be able to come up with. Hope this helps.
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One suggestion if you do the stright jacket escape. You say to the audience..." I am now about to do something with a strait jacket that Houdini never thought of doing"...Then pick up your jacket, look at it with a serious face...then pretend to blow your nose in it...gross but funny.
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