One detail the story revealed was that Houdini traveled with the can inside a round wicker basket. David points out that the very basket can been seen in Milbourne Christopher's Houdini A Pictorial Life. All these years of looking at these photos -- and that basket -- and never once did I realized I was looking at Houdini's original Milk Can in transit. I love this kind of thing.
Houdini using a wicker basket to transport the Milk Can makes some practical sense when you consider it probably had to be moved in the high speed of Vaudeville while still wet. However, using a basket also opened up the can to potential damage, and a dented Milk Can could prove to fatal. This was the case in 1930 with a Houdini imitator named "Genesta" who drowned when he failed to escape from a can that had been dropped before his show.
Maybe that's why a later "Houdini Milk Can" -- currently on display as part of the Houdini Art and Magic exhibition (and I suspect is actually Hardeen's 1928 can) -- had a custom made traveling case which survives to this day (below).
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