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Thayer's Great Handcuff Escape Act by William W. Larsen (Revised Edition)Thayer's Great Handcuff Escape Act
by William W. Larsen, Sr.

Here's a fast, modern escape act you can present at nightclubs, casino floor shows, and TV.

It's an ever-changing world. And with these changes come new modes in everything, including show business. Houdini could be heavily shackled, then retire to a cabinet for thirty minutes, liberate himself and the audiences clamored for more. But that was then...

Paying customers today demand two things: speed and comedy. Many successful professional magicians throw good tricks away if the item won't produce at least six laughs and takes more than two minutes to perform.

This act has been streamlined to appeal to modern audiences and staging requirements. Another plus is that this type of act has rarely been witnessed by audiences today, even though Houdini, the most famous magician in the world, made escapes his specialty.

The well-rounded magician understands that the demand for regular conjuring entertainment ebbs and flows, depending on the quality of the last performer hired by the booking agent or club manager. Therefore, it's virtually essential that the modern wizard have a second act available, in order to weather any periods of inactivity due to factors beyond his control.

Here, then, is that act, routined to perfection.

Plus, in this updated release, we include another Thayer escape feature: the Bengal Thumb Tie. It was one of Larsen's favorites; it will become one of yours, too.

"A fast, up-to-date version of the Handcuff Escape Act."   --Billy McComb

In all, this revised edition contains three new chapters, fifteen new illustrations, plus more added content. While the original manuscript sold for the equivalent of nearly $30, we've now priced this within the reach of every entertainer.

PDF format. 17 pages + supplement. Revised and expanded reprint of the 1944 Thayer edition. ($8 US)

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