Thursday, July 31, 2014

Houdini and the diving suit challenge

In the 1971 BBC documentary The Truth About Houdini, there is a quick shot of Houdini in handcuffs and leg-irons wearing a deep-sea diving suit. It's driven me crazy that I've never seen this photo elsewhere and complete.


But now the great Kevin Connolly has uncovered the full photo in a clipping detailing this challenge escape. So click on over to Houdini Himself and learn the story of Houdini's daring dive (on land)!

UPDATE: Kevin's site is now offline, but he has graciously allowed me to share his clipping here. This is the only account of this challenge that I know of. Enjoy.


It's worth noting that Houdini patented a deep-sea diving suit with an emergency quick release mechanism. No escape from the bends, however.

Thanks Kevin.

3 comments:

  1. Is Houdini's escape from his own invention, the fast release diving suit, still in the Master Mystery?

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    1. I don't recall. Somewhere I have a list of all the escapes in the existing MM print. I'll try to find that.

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  2. Two years later, I have the answer to that question HERE.

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