Monday, March 15, 2010

Project 365 Backlog (70/365): The Spirit Rope Tie

.:70/365: The Spirit Rope Tie:.

No pictures for this one, but this is definitely a very popular routine among escapologists.

The spirit rope escape is one of those classic beginner escape acts that gets a lot of humorous byplay working in its favour. Essentially, the appeal comes from the fact that more often than not, most people will be genuinely surprised at how a man visibly tied and restrained can continually show himself free one moment and then still restrained the very next, yet again borrowing from the classic principles utilized by mysticists who do the infamous Spirit Cabinet.

It’s hard to say who popularized this in modern magic, away from the stigma of soothsayers and mysticists who used this particular principle for far more nefarious applications. In this particular case, the spirit rope tie utilizes the same in and out principle of the Shanghai Shackles, albeit it leaves you in a seated position, as opposed to the Shackles, which can be performed from any position you are more comfortable with.

That you only need to borrow a chair, a good length of rope, and a large piece of cloth or jacket to pull this routine off is a big reason to want to learn this. It plays pretty big for something you can perform with all-borrowed materials, albeit I’d personally suggest you bring the rope yourself as that’s something you can’t reasonably expect at any given venue. Nonetheless, with all the different options available to you when performing this particular routine, it shouldn’t be too difficult to understand why it’s very appealing and enticing for any escapologist out there to want to learn it.

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