Houdini is first strapped in at the feet.
He is then hoisted upside down above the cell.
Full of water, Houdini is then lowered into the cell head first.
The tank is covered by a cloth so the audience cannot see.
Houdini then escapes after several minutes without oxygen.
One of Houdini’s most famous tricks, the Chinese Water Torture Cell has been performed or modified by some of the world’s top magicians.
A very dangerous effect the Chinese Water Torture Cell was the trick that killed Houdini in the Tony Curtis film. Although not true, it demonstrated how dangerous the trick really is.