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Here we see someone billing themselves as "The New Houdini" performing "The Death Defying Act That Ultimately Took the Life of The Great Houdini". The poster artwork, showing two axe-wielding assistants hacking at the cell's glass, is actually pretty impressive. The performer himself is in the foreground with his feet up in stocks above what I think is the partially water filled tank below.
I don't know anything about this performer and I don't know anything more about this photo. In fact, I'm not even sure where I got it. (If this belongs to you, let me know and I will credit.) I'm also assuming this photo is post 1953. But if this pre-dates the Curtis movie...well, that would be very interesting.