How to Escape When Tied Up


When your captors start binding you, expand your body as much as possible.

  • Take a deep breath, puff out your chest, and pull your shoulders back.

  • Flex your arms against the bonds.

  • Push against the bonds as much as possible.

When your captors are away, suck in your chest and stomach.

Wiggle free with the extra room you have given yourself.


Push or flex against the bonds as your captors are tying you.

Keep your wrists apart, if possible.

Use a pointed object that protrudes (a spike or hook) to work the bonds loose.

You may also be able to work the knots free with your teeth by biting and pulling on the knots.

Free yourself by relaxing your hands and wrists and working until the slack can ride over your palms and fingertips.


While being bound, flex your thighs, knees, calves, and ankles against the bonds.

  • If being bound at the ankles, force them apart by bracing the toes of your shoes and knees together.

  • If being bound at the thighs or calves, force them apart by keeping the toes of your feet together and your legs turned slightly outward.

Relax your legs and work the bonds down.

Use your hands to pull the bonds off your legs and ankles, even if your hands are bound.


Rub your face or head against a wall, a piece of furniture, or anything projecting to slip the gag down over your chin.

Great EscapesWCS Staff