Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat!
Houdini’s second variation on buried alive was an endurance test designed to expose mystical Egyptian performer Rahman Bey, who had claimed to use supernatural powers to remain in a sealed casket for an hour. Houdini bettered Bey on August 5, 1926, by remaining in a sealed casket, or coffin, submerged in the swimming pool of New York’s Hotel Shelton for one and a half hours.
Houdini claimed he did not use any trickery or supernatural powers to accomplish this feat, just controlled breathing.
Extra Note: The bronze casket Houdini created for buried alive was used to transport Houdini’s body from Detroit to New York following his death on October 31, 1926.
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