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THE NEW EXPANDED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ESCAPES VOLUME 1

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129 large pages of information supplemented with 48 numbered illustrations and 24 reproductions of original handcuff patents. Included are 8 handcuff and pick display boards. All unnecessary material has been weeded out, leaving only working details for the magician and escape artist.
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A UNIQUE FEATURE HAS BEEN ADDED TO THIS WORK

An icon appears at the head of each description of a devise indicating: 1) whether you can work it with apparatus that you may now own or easily acquire or 2) whether the paraphernalia may be readily constructed or 3) whether you may have to buy that particular item. Besides the work of William McLaury you will find Thoughts and Details on escapism by Prynce Wheeler, John Pomeroy and others. 11 chapters plus a Bibliography compiled by Stephen Forrester.

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CONTENTS
Introduction ------------------------------------------------------------------ 9
Words to the Wise ---------------------------------------------------------- 10
WARNING ---------------------------------------------------------------- 12
======CHAPTER ONE======

The Word ------------------------------------------------------------------- 13
Ropes ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 13
Chains: 14 Padlocks: ------------------ --------------------------------------14
Padlocks -------------------------------------------------------------------- 14
Handcuffs: ------------------------------------------------------------------ 14
======CHAPTER TWO======
Rope Escapes----------------------------------------------------------------15
The Keller Wrist Tie ---------------------------------------------------------15
Wrist Tie Method One ------------------------------------------------------ 15

Wrist Tie Method Two ------------------------------------------------------ 16
Wrist Tie Method Three ----------------------------------------------------- 16
Wrist Tie Method Four ------------------------------------------------------ 16

Wrist Tie Method Five ------------------------------------------------------ 16
Presentation Ideas: -----------------------------------------------------------17
A Loop Tie That Binds ------------------------------------------------------ 17
Mysterious Knot ------------------------------------------------------------ 18
X-L Spirit Wrist Tie --------------------------------------------------------- 18
Full View Rope Escape ------------------------------------------------------19
Ovette's Torture Tie ------------------------------------------------------- --20
Chair Escape Method One -------------------------------------------------- 20
Chair Escape Method Two ---------------------------------------PP------- 20
Thumb Ties --------------------------------------------------------PP------ 21
Thumb Tie Method One ----------------------------------------------------- 21
Thumb Tie Method Two -----------------------------------------------------21
Thumb Tie Method Three---------------------------------------------------- 21
Thumb Tie Method Four ----------------------------------------------------22

Thumb Tie Method Five-- -------------------------------------------------- 22

Thumb Tie Presentations ------------------------------------------------- -- 22

Figure Eight Tie ------------------------------------------------------------ - 23

Burling Hull Strangle Tie ---------------------------------------------------- -23

Release From Behind the Back ---------------------------------------------- 24
Rod Release --------------------------------------------------------------- - 24
Wrist and Neck Tie -------------------------------------------------------- 25
50 to 75 Foot Rope Challenge ---------------------------------------------- 25
======CHAPTER THREE======
Wire - Chain - Shackle - Escapes ------------------------------------------- 27

Wire Escape ---------------------------------------------------------------- 27
Siberian Chain Release ------------------------------------------------------ 27
Chain With Two Rings ------------------------------------------------------ 28
Chain With Padlock --------------------------------------------------------- 28
Chain With End Rings ------------------------------------------------------ 28
Chain With Three Rings ----------------------------------------------------- 29
Chain With Three Rings - Type 2 ------------------------------------------- 29
Chain With One Ring ------------------------------------------------------- 29
Chain With or Without Rings ------------------------------------------------ 30
German Transport Chain ---------------------------------------------------- 30
Police Chain Twisters-------------------------------------------------------- 30
Quick Release Handcuffs (Chain) ------------------------------------------- 30
Handcuff Chains (By Don Hinz) --------------------------------------------- 31
Handcuff Chains Method One ----------------------------------------------- 31
Handcuff Chains Method Two ---------------------------------------------- 31
Shackle Release Method One ----------------------------------------------- 31
Shackle Release Method Two ----------------------------------------------- 32
Shackle Release Method Three ----------------------------------------------32
Shackle Release Method Four -----------------------------------------------32
Release from 20 Feet of Chain -----------------------------------------------33
20 Feet of Chain Method Two -----------------------------------------------34
20 Feet of Chain Method Three --------------------------------------------- 35
=======CHAPTER FOUR=======
Sensational Escapes --------------------------------------------------------- 37
The Substitution Trunk -------------------------------------------------------37
Substitution Without Trick Box ---------------------------------------------- 38
Cloth Box ------------------------------------------------------------------- 39
Wood Box ------------------------------------------------------------------ 39
Box Made in Full View Method One ---------------------------------------- 39
Box Made in Full View Method Two --------------------------------------- 39
Box Made in Full View Method Three -------------------------------------- 39
Gimmicked Box Method One ----------------------------------------------- 40
Gimmicked Box Method Two ----------------------------------------------- 40
Gimmicked Box Method Three ---------------------------------------------- 41
Gimmicked Box Method Four ----------------------------------------------- 41
Cardboard Box ------------------------------------------------------------- 41
Canvas Covered Box-------------------------------------------------------- 42
Metal Box --------------------------------------------------------------------42
Metal Box Method One ----------------------------------------------------- 42
Metal Box Method Two ---------------------------------------------------- 42
Cloth Sack Escapes ---------------------------------------------------------43
Cloth Sack Escape Method One -------------------------------------------- 43
Cloth Sack Escape Method Two -------------------------------------------- 44
Cloth Sack Escape Method Three ------------------------------------------- 44
Cloth Sack Escape Method Four --------------------------------------------44
Cloth Sack Escape Method Five -------------------------------------------- 44
Cloth Sack Escape Method Six ----------------------------------------------44
Cloth Sack Escape Method Seven -------------------------------------------45
Fishnet Escape -------------------------------------------------------------- 45
Paper Bag Escapes --------------------------------------------------------- 45
Paper Bag Escape Method One --------------------------------------------- 45
Paper Bag Escape Method Two ---------------------------------------------46
Paper Bag Escape Method Three --------------------------------------------46
Paper Bag Escape Method Four ---------------------------------------------46
Plastic Bag Escapes ----------------------------------------------------------46
Plastic Bag Escape Method One -------------------------------------------- 46
Plastic Bag Escape Method Two -------------------------------------------- 46
Milk Can Escape ------------------------------------------------------------ 47
Barrel Escape Method One ---------------------------------------- --------- 47
Barrel Escape Method Two ------------------------------------------------- 48
Barrel Escape Method Three ------------------------------------------------ 48
Mail Bag Escapes ----------------------------------------------------------- 48
Mail Bag Escapes Method One ----------------------------------------------48
Mail Bag Escapes Method Two --------------------------------------------- 49
Mail Bag Escapes Method Three -------------------------------------------- 49
Mail Bag Escapes Method Four --------------------------------------------- 49
Iron Boiler Escape Method One --------------------------------------------- 49
Iron Boiler Escape Method Two -------------------------------------------- 50
Upright Escape ---------------------------------------------------------------50
Australian Torture Board----------------------------------------------------- 51
Glass Case Escape- (Up to Date) --------------------------------------------52
Pillory Escape Method One --------------------------------------------------52
Pillory Escape Method Two ------------------------------------------------- 52
Pillory Escape Method Three ------------------------------------------------ 53
Water Torture Tank Escapee ------------------------------------------------ 54
Basket Escape --------------------------------------------------------------- 54

Australian Belt or Insane Muff ------------------------------------------------ 54 Old Carny Trick -------------------------------------------------------------- 55
Spanish Maiden - Tramp Chair ---------------------------------------------- 55
Coffin Escape --------------------------------------------------------------- 55
Torture Anchor ------------------------------------------------------------- 56
Strait Jacket Escapes -------------------------------------------------------- 57
Regulation Strait Jacket Escape ------------- -------------------------------- 57
Gimmick Strait Jacket Escape ----------------------------------------------- 58
Improved Mid-Air Harness ------------------------------------------------- 59
======CHAPTER FIVE======
Handcuffs ------------------------------------------------------------------- 61
Introducing - Dick Norman -------------------------------------------------- 61
The Stage Act--------------------------------------------------------------- 62
The Challenge Handcuff Act ------------------------------------------------- 62
The Effect ------------------------------------------------------------------- 62
Suggested Exhibition Tests ---------------------------------------------------63
Peculiarities of Handcuff Locks ------------------------------------------ ----63
The Great Secret ------------------------------------------------------------ 64
Effect & Presentation-Explanation ------------------------------------------- 65
Some Special Stunts With Cuffs --------------------------------------------- 66
'Doctored'or Tampered With Irons ----------------------------------------- 66
Learning The Act ------------------------------------------------------------ 67
Fake Cuffs And Irons --------------------------------------------------------67
The Real Secret ------------------------------------------------------------- 68
Master Keys ---------------------------------------------------------------- 68
Featuring -------------------------------------------------------------------- 68
General Advice --------------------------------------------------------------68
Concealing Keys & Useful Gadgets ------------------------------------------69
The Perfect Challenge for Today ---------------------------------------------69
Key Information ------------------------------------------------------------- 71
Other Keys, Picks & Shims ------------------------------------------------- 74
Handcuff Information -------------------------------------------------------- 75
Handcuff Display Boards ---------------------------------------------------- 80
======CHAPTER SIX======
Jail Escapes & Thumbcuffing -------------------------------------------------85
Jail Breaking -----------------------------------------------------------------85
Prison Cell -Escape -------- -------------------------------------------------85
The Best Jail Break ----------------------------------------------------------86
Thumbcuffing ---------------------------------------------------------------- 87
THUMBCUFFS ------------------------------------------------------------ 87
McDonald Thumbcuffs ------------------------------------------------------ 87
Tower - Lyon Thumbcuff ---------------------------------------------------- 88
Gill's "Lion Tamers" Thumbcuffs --------------------------------------------- 88
Fisher Thumbcuffs ----------------------------------------------------------- 89
"Thumb-Cuff Thumbcuffs" --------------------------------------------------- 89
Mitymite Thumbcuffs -------------------------------------------------------- 89
Ace Thumbcuffs ------------------------------------------------------------- 90
Double Lock Thumbcuffs ----------------------------------------------------90
Gale Finger Cuff -------------------------------------------------------------90
Thumbscrews ----------------------------------------------------------------91
Thumb Stock Release ----------------------------------------------- --------91
Additional Notes ------------------------------------------------------------ 92
======CHAPTER SEVEN======
Padlocks -------------------------------------------------------------------- 93
Spirit Padlocks -------------------------------------------------------------- 93
Do it Yourself --------------------------------------------------------------- 93
Padlock Tension Tool-------------------------------------------------------- 94
Warded Padlocks ----------------------------------------------------------- 94
Lock Picking Instructions-----------------------------------------------------95
Wafer Type Locks ---------------------------------------------------------- 95
Double Sided Wafer Locks --------------------------------------------------96
Offset Locks --------------------------------- -------------------------------96
Pin Tumbler Locks ---------------------------------------------------------- 96
Hurd (American) Pin Tumbler Locks ---------------------------------------- 96
=======CHAPTER EIGHT=======
Suggested Escapes Act ------------------------------------------------------97
Houdiniís Coat -------------------------------------------------------------- 97
The Committee -------------------------------------------------------------- 98
Cabinets And Screens ------------------------------------------------------- 99
Full View Handcuff Escape -------------------------------------------------- 99
Economical Routine -------------------------------------------------------- 100
======CHAPTER NINE======
Spirit Ties, Contrivances, Vest Turning ------------------------------------- 101
Spirit Tie ------------------------------------------------------------------- 101
Spirit Tie Method Two ----------------------------------------------------- 102
Mysterious Tie ------------------------------------------------------------- 102
A Spirit Tape Tie ---------------------------------------------------------- 102
Contrivances --------------------------------------------------------------- 103
Spirit Collar Method One -------------------------------------------------- 103
Spirit Collar Method Two -------------------------------------------------- 103
Wrist Stocks --------------------------------------------------------------- 103
Spirit Handcuffs ------------------------------------------------------------ 103
Vest Turning --------------------------------------------------------------- 104
======CHAPTER TEN======
Escape Routines ----------------------------------------------------------- 105
Houdini's Water Torture --------------------------------------------------- 105
Bag and Chain Escape ----------------------------------------------------- 106
The Packing Case Escape ------------------------------------------------- 107
The Case of the Girl in The Bag -------------------------------------------- 108
The Boxed Magician ------------------------------------------------------- 110

Escape Ideas -------------------------------------------------------------- 111
Original Bag Escape ------------------------------------------------------- 111
Sheet Metal Challenges ---------------------------------------------------- 111
Inquisition Torture --------------------------------------------------------- 111
Improved Spirit Lock ------------------------------------------------------ 111
Escape from an Insane Muff ----------------------------------------------- 111
Sealed Sewer Pipe -------------------------------------------------------- 112
Packing Box Escape ------------------------------------------------------- 112
======CHAPTER ELEVEN======
ESCAPES BY JOHN POMEROY --------------------------------------- 115
Handcuff Escapes: --------------------------------------------------------- 115
Tumbler Lock Escapes: ---------------------------------------------------- 117
Vibrators ------------------------------------------------------------------ 118
Snappers ------------------------------------------------------------------ 119
Peerless Cuff Escape ------------------------------------------------------ 120
Riveted Handcuff Escape -------------------------------------------------- 121
JP Pillory Escape ---------------------------------------------------------- 121
The Canvas Circle Escape ------------------------------------------------ 122
Challenge Steel Straight Jacket -------------------------------------------- 123
Full View Challenge Torture Escape --------------------------------------- 126
======BIBLIOGRAPHY======
Works on Escapes --------------------------------------------------------- 128
Major Publications -------------------------------------------------------- 128
Books --------------------------------------------------------------------- 128
Magazines ----------------------------------------------------------------- 128
Minor Publications --------------------------------------------------------- 129


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review by Escape Masters

"Micky Hades' New Expanded Encyclopedia of Escapes Review by Thomas Blacke - Editor. The title of this book "New Expanded Encyclopedia of Escapes" pretty much says it all. It is a modern adaptation and reprint of the 1964 book "Encyclopedia of Escapes" by William McLaury. Until Micky Hades released this new version in 2001, it was rather difficult to obtain a copy of the original book. Mr. Hades has done a great service to the escape community by releasing this new version. Not only does it contain all of the information included in Me Laury's version, it contains new information that has been collected over the years since it had first been published.Each section of the book is laid out concisely and completely. Chapters range from rope ties, to wire, chain and shackle escapes, to handcuff escapes, jail breaking, and sensational escapes. There are also new contributions to this volume by John Pomeroy, Dick Norman, and others. Stephen Forrester has also provided an extensive bibliography on the art of escapes.It should go without saying that this volume should be in the library of every escape artist. It should also be in the collection of every collector, historian, or fan of magic. In no other book ever published on escapes will you find such a wealth of knowledge and information as you will find in this book. Working escape artists will be able to find something new to add to their act, while beginners to the art will have a learning tool from which they can base their knowledge of escapes.Another very unique feature of this volume are icons that precede each escape that tell the reader if they need to buy a special prop for an escape, or if they need to build something special, or if they can easily acquire the necessary props for the escape. This feature alone makes this encyclopedia stand alone from other magic encyclopedias.If you do not already have a copy of this book, get one for yourself, or get one as a gift for that special escape artist in your life!"

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ESCAPE ARTISTS

YOU ARE WANTED !

WE NEED YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS, BIOGRAPHIES AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS TO BE INCLUDED IN OUR SECOND VOLUME OF THE NEW EXPANDED ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ESCAPES NOW IN PREPARATION.

Introduce yourself to the world of Escapes and learn what your fellow Artists are up to. Escape Artists are separated by geography and they don't have as many meetings and conventions, like magicians, ventriloquists and jugglers. That is why being shown in this book is a wonderful way to get together. The Information that you give about yourself may serve you well too. It may foster friendships that will help you with your achievements.

PAST ESCAPE ARTISTS WILL BE INCLUDED IN THIS WORK

The history goes back to Houdini, who developed Escapes into an Art. Many Escape Artists have risen to the challenges that he contrived, and in the process they have developed unique and entertaining presentations, some which are now found in the programs of magicians. The Chain Escape, the Substitution Trunk and the Strait Jacket escape are some of the examples. Illusions like The Assistant's Revenge, the Wrist Tie and Through the Eye of a Needle show how the escape theme is being used in magic today..

YOUR NAME AND PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL WILL BE PUBLISHED

ESCAPE ARTISTS TO APPEAR

ARIOCH

THOMAS BLACKE

 

DEAN GUNNARSON

 

MARK & SHEILA CANNON

 

JOE FOX

 

BOB FELLOWS

 RICHARD SHERRY

 

DAYLE KRALL

DOROTHY DIETRICH

"BINGO" STEPHEN P. MOORE

   

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We will be in touch with all contributors as the work progresses. You will be among the best in the business right next to the other greats that we have already collected for this volume - Norman Bigelow, Brian LePalme, Murray, Prynce Wheeler, Randi, Mark Cannon & Sheila, Dean Gunnarson and others. Don't hesitate to send in your photos, biographies and promotional pieces. Do it now. Don't let this opportunity for exposure pass you by

Micky Hades
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