failed in 1915 as did British escapologist Alan Alan in 1949.
The Linthwaite-based daredevil had hoped to go one better than Harry Houdini
by escaping unaided after being handcuffed and buried in a standard-sized grave under six feet of soil.
The TV show, to be broadcast later this year on ITV, is based on the reallife friendship between the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the master illusionist Harry Houdini
SATURDAY IMPOSSIBLE Phill Jupitus, right, and Alan Cox go head to head as feuding Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini
The Episodes star will play the writer alongside House actor Michael Weston as magician and escape artist Harry Houdini
Then the greatest escape artist of all time Harry Houdini
came to the Oxford palace.
How thousands of fans flocked to see Harry Houdini
perform some of his most amazing stunts in the Welsh city he loved He was the most famous magician who ever slipped free of a straight jacket, whose name became synonymous with mystifying sleights of hand and death-defying stunts.
But what's less known about Harry Houdini
- the 140th anniversary of whose birth took place this year - was his love of a certain South Wales city, at which he performed some of his most spectacular feats and even got himself arrested in the process.
BORN PETER Jackson, film director, 1961, above VANILLA Ice, American rap star, 1971 JOHN Candy, US comic actor, 1950 DIED RIVER Phoenix, American film actor, 1993, above HARRY Houdini
, US escape artist, 1926 FEDERICO Fellini, scriptwriter, 1993
HOUDINI Channel 4, 9pm The first of a two-part drama following the life of legendary illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini
from humble beginnings at circus sideshows to sold-out concert halls.
escaped death time and time again, only to die of peritonitis and a ruptured appendix at 52 in 1926.
According to CNET, Stessel of New Jersey's Martinka, a magic shop that is considered America's oldest and was formerly owned by Harry Houdini
, developed the Magic Phone Stand as a fun way to make it look like a phone was magically charging high up on a thin cord.