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The Donster
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If one does it covered how do/would you keep the audience interest ?
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I do both covered and uncovered. For me, some effects 'sell' better with the element of real mystery, while others sell better as visual acts of skill. I just test the water and play it by ear. What works best, I run with.

Since my main thrust is "escape artist as mystic," I try to imply either 'yogiistic physiological control,' 'telekinesis' or 'parakinesis'whenever I can pull it off.

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Would anyone be willing to assist me (or sell me) the plans on the uncovered gimmick? I have never seen it done, and for the life of me can't imagine it being done without blowing the gimmick one way or another. Any help would be appreciated.
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CliffG Plans for What Uncovered Gimmick. ???????????????????
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I refer to the uncovered mailbag escape.
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CliffG Contact Pastor Clyde. he'll sell you one. and if you can please tell him to contact me as well. I'll like his new Mail Bag Escape Idea.
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I think it's all been said here, but as long as everyone else is throwing in two cents I thought that I would anti up as well. I must say that I agree with everyone here...and that may be a first. Kondini and Pastor Clyde are certainly correct that full view escapes are extremely impressive to an audience. To paraphrase an older post from Riley "the days are over, when the audience would sit patiently, singing with the orchestra, waiting for Houdini to emerge from behind a curtain.."
I also certainly agree with Mark Tripp that a well performed covered effect has that element of mystery that is more difficult to generate in a full view effect. It isn't impossible however, and not all full view escapes have to be of the "lock pick demonstration" type as I must respectfully remind Mark of my favorite Full View Handcuff Escape, which always seems to have my audiences perplexed. It is his very own Subterfuge method.
Now I think Carnegie and "Doc" Midnight summed it up perfectly. Elements of covered, uncovered, and partially covered escapes would make for a more well rounded show. I had the pleasure of seeing Kevin and Kristen perform at the First Annual Escape Artist Convention, and it was a thrill seeing the WTC performed in full view. But I also thoroughly enjoyed watching them perform their "gypsey rope tie" effect which for those of you who are unfamiliar with it, it is a covered, or at least mostly covered effect that is very powerful. Anyone needing further info can PM me for a full description of this routine, or just come to the Convention in California, Maybe if we ask nicely Kevin and Kristen will include it in their lecture. Anyway before I got off track, what I wanted to point out was that two of the reasons that this covered routine seems to work so well, at least to me, was that it employs no gimmicked props...ie: a solid piece of rope, and it is done fast enough to make the escape seem impossible. I think any covered effect can be very entertaining as long as it is done fast enough to maintain the mystery. Not that speed is the end all that beats all, but it is an important element that should be considered in any escape, covered, or otherwise. I've also seen the Cannon's perform live and my two favorite escapes that they perform are the 55 gallon drum escape, which, although he has a full view method, Mark performs fully covered to enhance the mystery, and his spiked table escape which is a full view escape, and although not as mysterious as the drum escape, has enough drama, danger and suspense in it to make it my very favorite escape to date, bar none. In my opinion Mark and Sheila do a perfect blend of covered, uncovered, and partially covered escapes.
Sorry for rambling, I guess I'm up to 36 cents.
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Tony Keep Rambling we'll let you get up to $2.00 and possibly more.
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I like escapes done in full view, but that also hide the secret. Soloman did a TV special here in the UK a year or so ago and did a handcuff escape. He did it behind a plastic screne that when you are close to it the audience can see everything clearly. Move a couple of steps back and Soloman became slightly blured. You could still see the cuffs drop and hit the floor and you could see him working on the cuffs, but you couldn't actually see what it was that he was doing. Very visual, but keeps that level of mystery.

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Yes keep the mystery and wonder how it was done. don't you find that 15 foot pry bar one uses to pry the cuffs off is a bit hard to keep it hidden in your pocket. Smile
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Glad someone brought up the Soloman cuff escapes behind plastic.
Refer back to old "Abra`s" and Magic Mag (The blowup doll illusion)That is where the idea came from of doing the Milk Churn under bubble wrap as a semi visual escape,,,,,oh yes it got a nice mention in Abra and the filming of it went worldwide (Mind you,I have yet to receive a copy !!). Now go back to past posts and you will understand why I keep myself to myself !!!
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