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Escape Vol. 1 Review

October 26th, 2009 7:41am
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Reviewed by Brian Reaves
I have been looking at lockpicks lately so the timing of this video's release couldn't have been better! Danny Hunt has put together a DVD explaining lockpicking and escapes in a very organized, user-friendly method.

This first volume deals mostly with padlocks and handcuffs, and how to escape them using tapping or using lockpicks. He does show how to use shims as well for padlocks, but some of the newer locks are made to defeat this method so it may not work if you try it at home.

Because Danny is from the U.K. (and the video was filmed there), a few of the locks he demonstrates are not going to be familiar to an American audience. It's still interesting to see how they are defeated though.

Danny takes you step by step through each type of lock and how to defeat it. He shows you which lockpick is perfect for each individual type of lock just before he tears into the lock itself. He does a bang-up job of beating each one within seconds.

I haven't watched the second volume so I can't attest to how good it might be, but this one is great for anyone interesting in putting an escape routine into their performance (or if you just want to know how to pick a lock for fun). There aren't any real stage performances here, and I think Dixie Dooley has a better set of DVDs strictly for those grand stage illusion escapes anyway.

Is there anything here you won't find on YouTube from some kid breaking locks in his basement? Well, there's a little, yes. He shows you how to make your own gimmicked handcuffs, which is a nice little bonus. You also get some thoughts on performance and structure in escapes. Volume 2 reaches more into the stage escape area, so it might be a little stronger for a magician. Still, if you're interested in picking locks, this is a well-taught DVD on the subject. The only annoying thing is the swimming text title shot just before each segment. Sometimes the segments are less than a minute long, so you have that title shot flowing at you quite often. It's a minor thing though, so don't let that keep you from buying this!

Product info for Escape Vol. 1

Author: Danny Hunt
Average Rating:  (1)
Retail Price: $36.00
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Welcome to Escape, the brand new DVD featuring one of today's leading escape artists, Danny Hunt. For the first time learn the real secrets to escaping from ANY lock or handcuff, as you're taken into a side of magic that has rarely been looked into before.

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

TORN APART PERFORMANCE

LOCKPICKS
How lockpicks work
A close look at a lockpicking set
How to make your own lockpicks

PADLOCK ESCAPES
How to open a Tumbler Padlock
How to use a Lifter Pick
Shimming a Padlock
How to Shim a Combination Padlock
How to Rap open a Padlock
How a Warded Padlock works
How to open a Warded Padlock

DEATH TANK PERFORMANCE

HANDCUFF ESCAPES
How to open Handcuffs with Lock Picks
How to Shim open a Handcuff
How to escape from Derby Handcuffs (Old & New)

CHALLENGES
How a Challenge Escape works
The Handcuff Challenge Escape
Gimmicked Handcuffs
How to make your own gimmicked Handcuffs

DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE MATERIAL ON THIS DVD, ALL OF THE TECHNIQUES ARE TO BE USED FOR ENTERTAINMENT PURPOSES ONLY.

Worldwide Playback
Shot in High-Definition

Running Time: 70 Minutes (Approx.)


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