Less than 24 hours after I left a post on the Magic Cafe's escapology forum, asking if someone could escape from flex-cuffs when secured a la David Thompson, one escape artist reports successfully accomplishing the maneuver.
The escape artist in question, Roslyn Walker, has a Web site here. He is described as "specialising in DEATH DEFYING ESCAPES, HIGH IMPACT JUGGLING, SIDESHOW LUNACY and MAGICAL COMEDY." Twenty-six years old, he lives in the UK.
Here's what he wrote in the forum:
HA HA HA HA!!!!!!
This is great.
No gimmicks, no worries... just did it at home.
The secret is revealed in the photo of the medium sat in the chair.
I think its a cool escape... but that's what it is, an escape. I'm gonna work on it and use it myself
Add some other bits and it'll be something that could play quite huge.
I think I'll even do it full view
Naturally I would love to see him do it in full view.
The "photo of the medium sat in the chair" is in this article.
Another participant in the discussion, Jari, adds:
Ros is right. No gimmicks. I thought it reading Sauropods first post. Picture makes thing clear. There's even two ways to escape. There would be good chance to Ros make some publicity with this case.
Two ways - count 'em, two - to escape! ("Sauropod" is me, by the way.)
And what's that about "publicity"? Ros writes,
He's [i.e., David Thompson] only doing a flippin' UK tour!!!
AND its gonna be during October!
Now, how can I get the most out of this?
I've not done any major publicity before, so if anyone has any ideas please help me
First, you find his schedule. Then, you contact the newspapers in the towns he's playing. It's reasonably certain that at least one town will have somebody who bites. It'll take some talking, but if you can expose him before he hits a town, you'll be able to sit back and chuckle. It won't stop the shuteyes from believing, but it could raise some fun problems for him.
Be prepared to do a reading or two, at the event. But figure a way to expose that too, without giving it away. It'd be nice if this guy went home with less money than his plane ticket cost.
Ouch. Another escape artist volunteers,
hi Ros we are fairly close may be we could tag team him?
I have to say, if Victor Zammit was ticked off at me before, he's probably even more unhappy now. But why should he be? If it's a trick, it needs to be exposed. Besides, he's the one who keeps throwing out that $500,000 challenge, like Gary Hart daring the media to follow him around. (Some of you are old enough to get that political reference.)
I hesitated about posting this because I hate to give David Thompson a heads-up. But I already said I would be asking this question on the Magic Cafe forum, so the cat was out of the bag. Anyway, I'm hoping it's too late for him to make any changes in his touring plans.
In any event, if he does make any changes, it will be clear evidence - no matter how he spins it - that he is afraid of being found out.
Update. I received a private message from Roslyn which he gave me permission to quote. Here it is, in full:
In case you haven't checked your thread on medium David Thompson I've cracked it and have discovered a method that makes escape possible from ungaffed chair, using ungaffed zip ties and it does NOT use an assistant or stooge of any kind.
I obviously have no idea if this is what he's actually doing, but rest assured it would definately be possible to recreate his seance without the need to use any form of mediumship or other psychic or spiritual phenomena.
Feel free to quote me on this if you want to. I'm planning a little press release right now.