Here’s magician and master of escape Harry Houdini performing his upside-down straitjacket stunt on Broadway and 46th Street in 1907. It only took two minutes for Houdini to get out of the straitjacket once he was suspended in mid-air.
Escapologist—now that’s a great professional title.
Houdini died in 1926 from a ruptured appendix; the story goes that after giving a lecture, he let a college student punch him in the stomach to see if he could withstand the blows. He couldn’t.