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[quote] On 2001-12-28 14:01, Joe Marotta wrote: Hi Wynn, From my modest "escape books" library, I found three references for you. No doubt others here at the Cafe can find other references to help you. Here’s what I have. The effect you describe probably was first performed by Harry Keller. Although I have not confirmed whether or not he performed a "comedy" routine with it (most likely), he is definitely credited for creating a quick escape rope tie referred to as the Keller Tie. The earliest mention of it in my library is in Burling Hull’s 33 Rope Ties and Chain Escapes (1947). Page 10 explains (?) the Keller Tie. On page 15 he describes the B.H. Triumph Tie which is a comedy tie while sitting in a chair. Your hands are tied behind your back, then you sit in a chair. As your legs are being tied with a second piece of rope, your hands come free (un-noticed by the helper) and you use your hankerchief to wipe your brow, etc. U.F.Grant’s Rope, Chain and Box Escapes (circa?) page 5 mentions a Comedy Escape performed seated also. But here he has his legs bound and hands bound to them. Then a coat is draped over his hands and legs to hide the quick in and out escape. He suggests removing your hand to stroke your hair, gesture while you talk, and even adjust the coat on your lap, each time asking the helper to remove the coat to show your hands still tied securely. In the Encyclopedia of Escapes by McLaury (1964) chapter 3 mentions using 2 helpers to tie you into a Keller tie, and then suggests 5 additional methods. He gives Hull credit for his Triumph tie and calls it "the best one of this nature", meaning wrist ties. The comedy portion of the escape really has to come from the individual performer’s personality and creativity. Like any magic routine, you have to mold it to your own style and persona. Watch others perform it for inspiration, like Jonathan Pendragon or Steve Hart, then come up with your own presentation. It will be unique, and it will fit you the best. Good luck and let us know how it turns out! Joe Marotta [/quote]
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