The performer displays a block of wood which has a hole running through its center and a length of rope. The rope is now threaded through the block, which is then locked into an elevated wooden frame while still allowing the ends of the rope to remain in full view. Despite this restrained situation, the performer, without any cover, pulls the block forward until it is completely clear of the frame and unattached from the rope! The block is then tossed into the air while the rope can still be clearly seen through the frame where the block was imprisoned only a moment earlier! It is an incredible illusion.
Houdini Block Escape has been inspired by Jack Hughes’ Cuban Release which is still one of the very best block and rope penetrations in magic.
What elevates this far more than similar effects is that it only uses one rope with no looping or threads involved. The rope can also be immediately removed from the frame at the end of the performance!
The frame stands approximately 13cms high, 15.5cms wide, 6.5cms deep and the block is 2.5” square. This effect has been completely hand-crafted from genuine teak wood with a lightly distressed oil finish.
Special thanks to Mr. Tony Curtis for coming up with the name for this effect.