The crew challenged Spade to perform "Houdini's famous 100 foot of rope escape" and was told he could have the handcuffs if he escaped in 60 seconds. Spade made the escape in record time and won the cuffs, which according to the article were "issued in Paris in 1906 and are signed by Houdini's brother Theo Hardeen." The crew reportedly purchased the handcuffs at an American auction along with authentication paperwork.
Nice story, and quite a prize for Spade, but what I find most intriguing is the revelation that Discovery is doing a new "Houdini documentary". This is the first I've heard about this.
However, as Spade was asked to do an appraisal on the cuffs, it's possible this is just a segment for one of Discovery's many auction/pawn/pickers-type reality shows. I'm not even sure Discovery makes traditional documentaries anymore.
Still, this is one I'll be tracking.
|Steve Spade with his Houdini handcuffs (The Sun).|
UPDATE: As I suspected, this was a reality show. Read and watch: Houdini handcuffs on Baggage Battles.