‘Scots Hou­dini’ hosts first es­cape ex­hi­bi­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

Scot­land’s an­swer to Hou­dini is giv­ing lo­cals an in­sight into the won­der­ful world of es­capol­ogy in the first ex­hi­bi­tion of its kind in Scot­land.

Opened by Re­becca Tay­lor, the daugh­ter of world fa­mous es­cape artist and ma­gi­cian, the late David De-Val, this fas­ci­nat­ing dis­play at East Kil­bride Arts Cen­tre is hosted by Scot­tish es­cape artist Andy Robert­son. As the only Scots mem­ber of the United King­dom Es­cape Artists (U.K.E.A) Andy has per­formed death-de­fy­ing shows through­out the coun­try, free­ing him­self from the con­fine­ment of ropes, hand­cuffs, chains and much more.

His most ter­ri­fy­ing trick is Harry Hou­dini’s fa­mous Milk Can es­cape at­tempt which he de­scribes as “bru­tal” and “very dan­ger­ous”.

And Andy’s most chal­leng­ing es­cape is yet to come when he at­tempts to break out of a se­cure jail at Aberdeen’s no­to­ri­ous Peter­head Pri­son on the an­niver­sary of Hou­dini’s death this Hal­loween.

Vis­i­tors to the Arts Cen­tre can mar­vel at the ap­pa­ra­tus used by the world’s most fa­mous es­capol­o­gists at the Arts Cen­tre ex­hi­bi­tion.

Andy told La­nark­shire Live: “At the ex­hi­bi­tion you can see many of the items used by world fa­mous artists like Hou­dini and David De-Val.

“There is a huge pic­ture of Hou­dini at the Glas­gow Pav­il­ion from 1920 – only the sec­ond time it’s been on pub­lic dis­play and an orig­i­nal Hou­dini Milk Can made by David DeVal. It’s a very real es­cape and there are only a few in ex­is­tence.

“There is also a large dis­play of hand­cuffs from all over the world on dis­play in­clud­ing an­kle and thumb cuffs.

“A me­dieval gib­bet gage is one re­straint on dis­play that can be seen close up – its very strange – and sev­eral strait jack­ets, one of which was spe­cially im­ported from the USA for the ex­hi­bi­tion.”

There is also a sec­tion on jail es­capes with a large col­lec­tion of rare and mod­ern pri­son locks on dis­play.

Andy will also be on hand to give some demon­stra­tions and an­swer any ques­tions.

He added: “The ex­hi­bi­tion has been a huge suc­cess so far with peo­ple com­ing to see it from all over the coun­try. The fact is it’s never been done in Scot­land means it’s a first for peo­ple to see.”

Wel­come to the World of Es­capol­ogy runs un­til May 28 from 10am to 8pm.

En­try is free.

Andy Great es­cape with an orig­i­nal Hou­dini Milk Can

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