Abbotts Stocks of Zanzibar
Here is a fast and sensational illusion! After the stocks have been examined, your assistant's head is locked into position by enclosing her neck in the stocks. It seems impossible for her to accomplish a release without outside assistance. The performer stands in back of the assistant and the stocks. He holds a cloth in front of the assistant and the stocks so that his head is visible. He counts to three, raising the cloth on each number above his head. When the cloth is lowered after the final number ... there stands the assistant! The cloth is swept aside and the magician is seen to be locked securely in the stocks! He cannot be released until the padlocks are removed. This outfit is tastefully decorated and breaks down for packing. Can be performed as either a transposition or as a straight-forward escape feature.