Harry Houdini

The king of illusions

Houdini's Milk Can

Houdini called the Milk Can "the best escape that I have ever invented." What made it great was not its difficulty -- it was perhaps the simplest of all his escapes -- but his dramatic presentation made the show so amazing.

Milk can

Just think Houdini is handcuffed and sealed inside an over-sized milk can filled with water and make his escape behind a curtain. As part of the effect, Houdini would invite members of the audience to hold their breath along with him while he was inside the can. Advertised with dramatic posters that proclaimed "Failure Means A Drowning Death", the escape proved to be a sensation.

Houdini's Milk Can

Houdini Milk Can Escape - Royal Lichtenstein Circus