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Harry Houdini stays in a coffin under water for 1½ hrs before escaping

5th August 1926

He began first to escape from handcuffs, challenging local police to cuff him first. He moved on to an act escaping from a locked water filled milk can, straitjackets and then most famously a Chinese water torture cell where Houdini had to hold his breath for 3 minutes.

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