Take a deep breath.
You’re handcuffed and completely submerged underwater in a milk can.
The can is locked from the outside.
Your body wants to float, but there is nowhere to move.
You cannot breathe, you cannot speak.
No one will know if something goes wrong.
One of Houdini’s most dangerous and challenging escapes was his famous Milk Can Escape. The stunt featured a 55 gallon milk can filled to the brim with water. Houdini was shackled and manacled, submerged in the water, and the can was locked from the outside.
In the early 1900s, audiences believed that Houdini was able to escape the milk can because he possessed the power to dematerialize and walk through solid objects. It was this stunt that spurred rumours of Houdini’s supernatural abilities.
The psychological and physiological control required for this escape, combined with the obvious element of danger, mean that few escape artists are willing to risk this stunt.
In his version of the escape, Scott seamlessly blends the historical elements that made this stunt so famous with modern twists that make it unforgettable.