Born Erik Weisz in 1874, Harry Houdini soon made a name for himself as a master escape artist. By the 1890s, the Hungarian-American performer was already wowing crowds with his ability to escape from terrifying situations.
In one of Houdini's most famous tricks — called "Chinese water torture cell" — the magician locked his ankles into a frame and dangled his body headfirst above a tank of water. Then, he was lowered into the tank — as the frame locked to the top of the cell. Houdini then used his signature skills and tricks to miraculously escape unharmed.