Escape Artists

Photo by Nick Karas, Rigging by TomFoolery

Photo by Nick Karas, Rigging by TomFoolery

Every once and a while I tie up someone who I would call an escape artist. Usually my rope bottoms are cooperative and do not try to get out of the rope. But it can be fun to build their escape into a scene. More often than not, I’ll be tying someone up and they will decide well into the rigging that they want to escape. This can be fun, but in reality if a tie is done decoratively and not done for and escape artist, it is pretty easy to get out. A little wriggling and out come the hands, and from there it is usually quick work to unravel an entire rope harness.

There is a trade off between comfort and how secure the tie proves to be. I like to leave room for circulation. The bottom can stay in the tie for longer if they are not having trouble with blood flow or nerve pressure. But this inevitably leaves lots of room for pulling arms and hands out of the tie. It’s not hard to make a rig harder to escape from. Leave less room, and use fewer wraps. This means there is less opportunity to squeeze out. But the bottom had better be ready for some tight rope work.

Of course when a bottom has escaped from a rig it usually leaves a knotted mass of rope, and I actually do enjoy untying them. It’s a little bit like slowly undressing them, which can be very erotic.

But my real point is that my experience with trying to make rigs escape-proof has ruined watching movies and TV for me. Now when I see someone tied up in a show, I see it in a whole new light. First off I know that most of the time they could probably squirm out of the rope. So, fine you say, they could just tie it tighter. The problem is that if it is really tied tight enough to keep them in, I am sure they will be experiencing purple hands and numb nerves before very long. It is just plain difficult to tie someone up securely and safely for any length of time.

Of course the ancient Japanese solved this by making ties that were intentionally painful and even dangerous in order to prevent escape. But coming back to movies and TV, you can bet that the villains tying our heroes and heroines up did not get all the rope training they needed to effectively secure their victims. In fact I am not even sure the makers of the shows really have people on hand to make it work safely and effectively. Hmm, sounds like my dream job.

So now when I see movies I simply suspend my disbelief a little bit and just try to enjoy the show.

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