Escapology Day

Anyone who fancies themselves an escape artist, or merely someone who enjoys solving puzzles, might want to consider observing Escapology Day. This holiday is observed annually on September 21st and celebrates escape artists, magicians, and others who manage to get out of sticky situations.

But this holiday doesn’t just celebrate the professionals in the “escape arts”; it also celebrates the escape rooms that have become popular over the past few years. Escape rooms, also known as exit games or riddle rooms, are games where a team of players tries to complete a task (such as escaping a room) by discovering clues and solving puzzles. It’s fun for everyone involved and a great way to observe this holiday.

The History of Escapology Day

Escapology dates back hundreds of years, to ancient times when “mystics” would miraculously escape from ropes, chains, and other restraints. However, it wasn’t until the 18th and 19th centuries that it was really refined into an art form.

One of the most famous escape artists was Harry Houdini, who performed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His daring acts often involved straitjackets, chains, and handcuffs, and captivated audiences all over the world, making him a household name.

Over the years, there have been a variety of escape artists who have graced stages and entertained audiences. These include David Blaine, Penn and Teller, and Criss Angel, among others. Likely, these types of performers will continue to be popular among audiences because who doesn’t love watching someone escape from a seemingly impossible situation?

Speaking of seemingly impossible escapes, this holiday also celebrates escape rooms. One of the first modern escape rooms was created in Kyoto, Japan, in 2007 by a publishing company known as SCRAP. Escape rooms have been popular ever since, delighting all those people who are looking for a fun problem they can solve alone or with their friends.

Observing Escapology Day

No matter how a person celebrates this day, it’s sure to be a blast. People who love to watch escape artists can find some to watch, or if there are no known ones that can be seen live, by watching videos of popular escapes online. People can also take the time to sign up for an escape room.

These rooms are a lot of fun, especially when they’re done with friends and family members. Everyone who is observing this holiday might also want to share their love of it online using the hashtag #EscapologyDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
September 21 Saturday
Next year (2025)
September 21 Sunday
Last year (2023)
September 21 Thursday
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