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Topic: Something to do when it's quiet
Message: Posted by: Ian McColl (Mar 23, 2004 04:00AM)
G’day all, While its all quiet and peaceful at the message board, I was wondering if any one could assist me. I am looking for the earliest date that the chain shackle was advertised. This is the steel or large aluminium loop with the four short chains attached. I am also interested to know all the different names it has been called by different makers and or sellers.

If you have information could you please email me direct at imccoll@sympac.com.au

Thank you

Message: Posted by: x-treem (Mar 23, 2004 06:39AM)
Chain handcuffs
Lightening escape shackles
Lightening handcuffs
Quick release handcuffs
Quick release chain handcuffs
Out again in again chain handcuffs
Houdini escape shackles
Chain and oval handcuffs

This is the list I have compiled so far, I have not been as lucky tracking down who makes them under what name though.


PS I have numerous lists compiled for different escape item if any one is ever interested, it is one of the things I'll be adding to the EARL when I get around to updateing it.
Message: Posted by: Ian McColl (Mar 23, 2004 06:59AM)
Dear Shawn, many thanks. The big question I am keen to answer is when it was first available, the earliest possible date for an advertisement would be ideal.(plus a copy of that ad.)

Message: Posted by: Stuart Burrell (Mar 23, 2004 07:18AM)
De-Val mentioned and demonstrated the escape on his video. I can not recall (as I have not watched the tape) the name he used but it was linked to Supreme Magic.

Sorry I can not be more help. I'll keep looking around.
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Mar 23, 2004 09:43AM)
You might try the oldies but goodies section, or one of the others like that. These would have been listed in pretty old catalogs and some of the old timers that might know, only log in and check a couple of those forums, and probably would never make it to this one.

Let us know what you come up with though.
Message: Posted by: Riley (Mar 23, 2004 11:58AM)
The first record I have of this as a dealer item it is called "Electronic Release" by Eddie Joseph and it appears in the Max Andrews Magic catalogue c.1953 with description and illustration. According to the ad. Mr Joseph performed it at a show the year before to great acclaim. I bought the apparatus under the same name from a different London dealer maybe 30 years ago. Why it was called "Electronic Release" I don't know. I've never needed to replace the batteries!!!

"..some of the old timers might know.."

My nurse lets me stay up a bit later if I drink all my hot milk!! :rotf:

Message: Posted by: Kondini (Mar 23, 2004 01:51PM)
Yes Riley so did I, and I bet we bought it from the same dealer (Harry Stanley) Just around the corner in Brewer Street !!
Mind you I was VERY young at the time !!!
According to Brookey the ER was an adaption from an Inzany Henley spirit bar (This worked on a sim princible but without the rapid in out ability) The oval made it faster and even comical.So by my reckoning that takes it back to prior the fifties.
Time for Horlicks and a blanket bath (Where is that Nurse).
Message: Posted by: Ian McColl (Mar 23, 2004 05:24PM)
Dear Riley and Kondini, thank you very much, just what I was after. Would either of you have a hardcopy of that information in the form of an advertisment or magazine article.

Thank you

Message: Posted by: Riley (Mar 24, 2004 06:23AM)
Dear Ian

Yup. Will do the Ad hard copy for you.

Message: Posted by: Ian McColl (Mar 24, 2004 08:26AM)
Dear Riley, thank you very much, I have emailed to all who have assisted with the total of the information so far. thank you.

Message: Posted by: Moxahalla (Feb 6, 2020 06:48PM)
"Chain-Link Handcuffs" were first advertised in 1916, along with the words: "Our Own Idea".

Further ads from this same company included statements such as: "Nothing Like It Ever Offered By Anyone", and "Our Exclusive".

The original large "link" was only approx. 2" long.

Eddie Joseph contributed a ROUTINE for the prop, and his routine and the existing prop were sold in the UK as "Electronic Release".
Eddie Joseph did NOT invent this prop.
Message: Posted by: james_unlimited (Feb 11, 2020 05:58AM)
This is a very old post (16years), I don't think Ian comes on here anymore
Message: Posted by: Wolflock (Feb 17, 2020 01:06AM)
I also know them as Electronic release.
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Mar 1, 2020 07:51AM)
I think that a lot of people don't come here anymore - or at least don't post much anymore.
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Mar 3, 2020 02:56AM)
Yes Dave you are right. I still peep now and then but due to the behaviour of certain so called entertainers and their disgusting actions, I couldn't stoop that low to keep in contact via here.
Message: Posted by: Riley (Mar 3, 2020 07:46AM)
Same here. Of course the Café is a big place and I like other rooms, too. :)
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Mar 6, 2020 07:01AM)
Nice to hear from you both Ken and Riley.

I hope you are both OK?
Message: Posted by: Riley (Mar 9, 2020 05:05PM)
Good thanks Dave.

Although I have to say it's been many years since I performed Electronic Release.

I never thought I'd be putting a 16 year old thread back on track :)
Message: Posted by: dave_matkin (Mar 10, 2020 03:01AM)
[quote]On Mar 9, 2020, Ian McColl wrote:
stopped escape artists having availability to many unique products. [/quote]

Truly missed! I wish you were still making your amazing and awesomely created items. So glad I have a set of ADAs and a bunch of other stuff that I won't list here.