Houdini: Unlocking the Secrets is an American magic sprecial that first aired in May, 1995.
Production illusion Edit
Under Water Chain Escape Edit
Out on the lake, Charlotte Pendragon will brave the icy waters. Her brief swimsuit leaves no hiding places as she is shackled hand and foot. She must escape under water.
Explanation of Jacket Escape Edit
Lance Burton explained how to get out of a straight-jacket and how Houdini was thought to have done it.
Sawing a woman in half Edit
Houdini rarely performed his unique versions of this most famous illusion. Charlotte Pendragon places Melinda Saxe into a trance to recreate a baffling vertical sawing: Melinda's hands and feet remain in full view as the saw slices through her.
Thumb Tie Edit
Back on the beach, Melinda Saxe does a zaney version of Houdini's Thumb Tie.
Houdini would be proud to see the speed that The Pendragon's perform Metamorphosis. If you blink you miss it all.
French Guillotine Edit
In her tiny bikini, there's no place for Charlotte Pendragon to hide. Melinda Saxe straps her down, and uses a genuine French guillotine to slice off her head. Charlotte's head visibly drops into the basket.
Water Torture Cell Edit
Melinda Saxe recreates one of Houdini's more dangerous stunts. Shackled and placed in water upside down, Melinda must escape from the small space before she runs out of air.
Needle Swallow Edit
David Williamson goes crazy after swallowing a handful of needles.
Coffin of Death Edit
Jonathan Pendragon recreates Houdini's dynamite escape. Wearing a brief silver bikini, Charlotte is blindfolded, gagged, cuffed hand and foot, and then placed inside a small wooden coffin suspended in the air. In 90 seconds a timed bomb attached to the coffin explodes: can she escape?
Vanishing Elephant Edit
Charlotte Pendragon presents Houdini's masterpiece. A five ton elephant vanishes from the middle of the stage, with Melinda Saxe on its back. Melinda does not reappear.
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