The artist firmly tied and apparently unable to escape, faces an imminent death... time runs inexorable and places the artist closer to a dreadful death while he exhausts himself with fruitless efforts to lose free and agony overcomes the expectant public... But at last, when everything seems to be lost, the artist miraculously frees himself from the ropes and escapes death.

This way of entertainment called escapism was developed at the end of the XIX century by magicians performing in European and North American theatres. Evidently, the most refulgent character in escapism art was Harry Houdini, who in addition of being a great magician was his own excellent promoter and performed some of his most famous escapes in public places, gathering crowds to see him break free from chains and straitjackets, which was great advertisement for his performances in the theatre. Since then numerous Houdini followers have escaped from dying drowned, burned, frozen, hung, pierced with a stake, sawed, buried or electrocuted, defeating death in the last second... although some of them have not been so lucky and have paid with their lives their decision to become escapists.

Although in this art the difference between the quantity of magician men and women is overwhelming, escapists women like Undina were the closest competitors of Houdini because the public was fascinated to see a helpless damsel in danger, probably due to the subconscious memory of damsels being sacrificed, which was a common practice of almost all ancestral cultures. And it is precisely due to this morbid pleasure of staring at young virgins in the altar of sacrifice that, although there are not many magician women, virtually all magic shows include a feminine presence and most magicians use beautiful escorts as the victims of their sadistic tricks and sentence them to die in the most frightening ways we may think just to save them at the last minute.

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