January 27, 1908

Magician Harry Houdini introduced his famous “Milk Can Escape” while performing at the Columbia Theatre in St. Louis.

Trivia: This stunt involved handcuffing the magician and putting him in a large milk can with the top padlocked on.  Later he went to the St. Louis City Hall and escaped from a straitjacket while hanging suspended from the fifth floor.

This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s  historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.

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