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The Max Cita Escape Challenge

Think of the 'escape challenger' as the ' escape artist' and the 'challenger' as the person restraining the escape artist

Max has often attempted latex escape challenges:   in public on stage, just for fun, practicing or teaching. The discipline for successful escape challenges is to let the brain do its job in thinking through the possibilities on how to escape. It was said that to do escape performances it is 70% mental challenge and 30% physical challenge. Performing for audiences the challenge is to prove you can escape, anxiety can cloud the thought process and limit the possibility of success. Calm measured thought and physical action is required to get out of the challenge. And practice, practice, practice.

Having senses removed often gains a lot of favour with audiences. The blindfold has been popular for decades. Hoods less so, Gags seem to be attract fetish people and create a nervous anticipation in audiences. The audience might feel uncomfortable seeing something that they themselves would find unpleasant or not, but a touch of audience fear and anticipation adds to the build up for the escape.

As an escape artist there are two distinct tracks or roads that are taken in escape challenges. Obvious is the success of getting out of the restraints and the "good show" on stage. On the other hand there is the no escape, what happens then? In public shows, no-escape is not the expected result. The escape artist will practice every possible way to make sure there is success. In private challenges for training or experimenting the non escape is perhaps even more important than when successfully getting out. Once the escape artist knows that he cannot escape then remaining calm and relaxing is very important.  Any anxiety at the loss of freedom can lead to panic that can easily cause injury. The safeties can then release the challenger and focus on the what made it no-escape.

In trials where the escape challenge is more of a one on one thing for tests, perfecting escapes, or training the challenge is conducted with less showmanship and more about the skill of the challenger and the person doing up the restraints. Following is a Max escape in latex using rope.

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In any escape challenge the primary state is to insure that restraints are not so tight that they can cause injury such as loss of circulation of nerve damage while not so loose that escape is obvious to the viewer or in a no escape  - no way out.
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THe images indicate the degree of restraint. No commentary on the how to offered.
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The rope challenge is realistic and can go either way - escape or not
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Fist mitts limit what the fingers can do and add entertainment value - suspense- to the challenge
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Hood covering the eyes ears and mouth lets the audience know the degree of difficulty is higher. No mouth as a way to undo knots. No sight to see what or where the knots and rope are.
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Max leaves the hood on as he finds he can visualize the sequence to release rope with just the touch of his fingers.
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And a rest after a hard day at he office. This attempt is far too complicated for a stage show. Audience needs an escape in under 10 minutes. Houdini estimated 4 minutes maximum.
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