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Escapes for Teens

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"This stuff is easy to learn and make, safe to perform, cheap and simple to buy all the bits and gets good reactions!" Roslyn Walker in his review of "Escapes For Teens" in The February 2011 (Volume 2, Issue 5) "The Chainletter", published by Cliff Gerstman of The International Escapologist Society (T.I.E.S.). Download the FREE e-Newsletter and read the entire review!




Escape Yoke

This makes use of a little known Escape Yoke that was one of Qua-Fiki's first escape effects as a Wiz Kid, so you know it's easy to make and perform, yet it never fails to get him applause because it seems like such a difficult escape. He wears a heavy wooden yoke over his neck and shoulders. Chains fasten his wrists to the yoke and around his neck in such a way that it seems he will choke if he isn't careful. Two more chains anchor the yoke around his legs, making it difficult for him to move very far or very fast. The chains are fastened with ordinary padlocks and members of the audience can help chain him up and inspect the padlocks, etc. Yet he releases himself in less than ten seconds. It's a spectacular escape your audience is not likely to have seen. Complete building plans are included.



Single Rope Escapes

Here are three separate single rope escapes to add to your repertoire. One is a simple "sandwich" rope escape that can be performed almost impromptu with any rope. If that doesn't impress them, add Houdini's own single rope escape. Need something even more impressive? How about the 100 foot of clothesline escape?

YouTube Video HERE



Double Rope Escapes

This collection of escapes each make use of two ropes and a very old principle of magic. One is a variation of Frank Pazel's Shanghai Shackle, which you make yourself from PVC pipe. Another uses the ropes to tie you to a chair, and finally Qua-Fiki's variation of the Bob Gysel Spirit Tie, used either for a comedy seance or as a serious escape from an upright stake.

YouTube Video HERE



Lumberjack Straitjacket

Most teens don't have access to things like straitjackets without getting adults in a tizzy. Here's a straitjacket that you improvise on the spot from a tough lumberjack shirt that's much too big for you, and lots of duct tape. It seems the lumberjack who last wore the shirt left some things behind that reveal themselves during the escape, turning this into a comedy act as well as an escape.



The Great Big Bag Escape

It's time for you to learn about a new power tool for your workshop- the sewing machine. With it, you can quickly and easily construct a great big cloth bag. Add a grommet pounding tool and you can seal the bag with ropes, with you inside to make your spectacular escape.

"I didn't even know what a grommet was when I started making this bag escape. I soon learned how to use a sewing machine to make the cloth bag, and to hammer grommets like a pro. I was just 13, so if I can do it, so can you!" - Qua-Fiki



Stepladder Revenge

This one is a Qua-Fiki original! You may have heard of the Assistant's Revenge, but this time the Escape Artist gets revenge on his assistant who has been tying him up, or helping others to tie him up all during the show.

Effect: The assistant ties the Escape Artist to the side of a folding aluminum stepladder. His wrists are tied to the side bars using ordinary ropes, and then his legs are spread far apart and tied to the bottom on each side of the stepladder. Finally his neck is tied to the top portion of the stepladder. Spectators can help with all this tying, if you wish. The assistant brings out a cloth cover and climbs up the ladder holding up the cover to hide the Escape Artist. Quicker than you can say "Houdini!" the Escape Artist is now up on the ladder holding the cover, and when he lets it drop, the assistant is discovered tied to the stepladder just the way the Escape Artist was tied a few moments before. The knots are intact, and as each rope is untied to release the assistant, it is flung out into the audience so they can see it is just ordinary rope. A great mystery as well as a great escape. All you need is a stepladder, a curtain, some ropes, and that secret something that Qua-Fiki reveals for the first time.



Cardboard Broom Box Escape/Illusion

Based on two effects, the Cardboard Box Escape by Harry Houdini and the Cardboard Sword Box by Hans Moretti, you have a choice of presenting either an escape mystery or an elaborate illusion. The effects are not original, but the methods are. Because 15 year-old Qua-Fiki is not allowed to play with sharp objects like swords, he has turned the Sword Box Illusion into a Broom Box Illusion, using plastic handled brooms from the Dollar Store. The Escape Artist climbs into a cardboard box barely large enough to hold him. Your Trusted Assistant seals the box with straps or duct tape, assisted by members of the audience. Ten or more brooms are then pushed through the box by the Assistant and the Helpers. The Escape Artist proves he is still inside the box right up to the end, pulling in and pushing out objects through the holes, showing his fingers through the holes, moving brooms around, etc.

At this point, you have a choice of endings -

1. The box is covered by a curtain for just a moment. Suddenly, the Escape Artist pulls down the curtain and shows the box still sealed and bristling with brooms.

2. The Assistant calls for a second Assistant to help him pull out brooms. The second Assistant, who is wearing a hood, turns out to be the Escape Artist, who reveals himself after all the brooms are removed and the box is found to be empty.

3. The Escape Artist admits defeat, so the Assistant and Helpers remove all the brooms and unseal the box. The Escape Artist emerges carrying a bundle of helium balloons, wearing a completely different costume, carrying live animals, tossing out presents, etc.



Qua-Fiki's Modern Escape Board

In a note dated “Detroit, January 18, 1918,” Houdini describes being tied to a large board, which is constructed from about eighteen narrow boards, set vertically and held together by long cross-braces. There are holes between the narrow boards, placed so that the performer may be tied in a standing position, his wrists, neck, and ankles being secured by short ropes. Qua-Fiki explains the history of Houdini's plan in more detail, but he decided against building one because it took so long to escape from the board and it was too large to carry in the back of a car. His solution? A Modern Escape Board that makes the escape much faster and with a much smaller and more easily transportable board.

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Qua-Fiki's Chain Cuffs

Qua-Fiki has never liked those chain cuffs with the oversized link between the chains. To him it always looked too easy. He figured out how it worked before he even became a Wiz Kid Escape Artist and guessed that if he could figure it out, it must be obvious to others as well. His solution is his own version of chain cuffs. It does not have a large link keeping your wrists apart, but a length of ordinary examinable iron pipe by which the examinable chains separate your wrists. You can put them on a spectator and they will never go free unless you let them out. Yet, when they are used to lock your wrists together, you can escape instantly, freeing one hand or both hands as required. At Qua-Fiki's request, we have decided NOT to advertise these with a photograph of the cuffs. We request purchasers to help us keep the secret by not letting them end up on publicity photos or YouTube videos.

By Qua-Fiki's Request,


Qua-Fiki's Under Water Balloon Escape

Qua-Fiki always saves his most spectatular escape for last, and what can be more spectacular than an underwater escape? Isn't that a little dangerous for a teen-ager to be performing, you ask? Not if it involves escaping from underneath a water balloon without setting it off and getting you and an innocent spectator (or two) from the audience soaking wet!

You, of course, are well prepared to get wet, if you perform it Qua-Fiki's way. He gets into an old-fashioned baggy-style swim suit for this and flops around in swim flippers, wearing water wings, a snorkle and a mask. The poor spectator gets nothing for protection, but paper towels are standing by!

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