Magic Nook Magic
Single Rope Escapes
Babushka of Baba Yaga
Patriotic Rope Routine
Houdini and Me!
by Al-Quadir Marsh and Jim Gerrish
When Qua-Fiki was a young
teen, performing escapes as a Wiz Kid, he sometimes
combined the escapes with magic. This is one of those
escape magic tricks in which Qua-Fiki
challenges the Great Houdini as a card trick.
After performing a rope
escape, Qua-Fiki offers to challenge the Great Houdini to
escape from a rope and he will attempt to beat him. Of
course, Houdini being dead and all, Qua-Fiki removes and
displays two Jokers kept in a transparent folder. The
cards are shown front and back. One of the Jokers has a
picture of Houdini, and the other shows Qua-Fiki (of
course you will substitute your own photo!) performing
the escape that he just showed his audience. You can have
both cards signed on the faces by one or two spectators
if you wish.
There are holes punched
into the Jokers on each side (or a single hole at the
top), and a cord is threaded through the holes. The ends
of the cord stick out on each side, so the two cards can
be lowered back into the jail folder, where they are told
that both Jokers will attempt to escape from the string,
and the first one out, wins
place your bets!
Everyone wins because the two cards have merged into one!