Friday, November 18, 2016

The Chinese Sudsy Happy Cell

The Dayton Daily News has a nice article by Lisa Powell about Houdini's appearances in that city. Among the photos shared from their archives is the advertisement below. While I've heard of Houdini's Milk Can being filled with beer (a challenge he frequently arranged with local brewers), I've never heard of a beer challenge using the Water Torture Cell. That's a lot of beer! The escape took place on December 15, 1916.


The assistants must have loved this one.


For more check out the full article at the Dayton Daily News. Assistants photo from The Original Houdini Scrapbook by Walter Gibson.

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1 comment:

  1. Wow! Failure to escape might mean drinking your way out of drowning.

    According to the article, Harry returned to Dayton in 1925 with his 3 in 1 show. He did the packing case escape so it would seem that some of the old effects were just too entertaining to drop. It may have also been a welcome break from the strain of the USD.

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