In 1935 Hardeen had an accident while doing the Double Fold Death Defying Milk Can escape in New York. [See update.] He was saved by the quick actions of Jim Collins. Here is an account of the incident from The Gettysburg Times, May 6, 1935.
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UPDATE: I've now found a second account of this incident and, unless this happened twice, it appears this actually took place on March 30, 1935, during a matinee performance at the "Grand Congress of Magicians" at the Lyric theater in Allentown, PA. What's even more interesting is this was Hardeen's very first performance of the Double Fold Death Defying Mystery.