When asked who the greatest magician of all time is, most people will say Harry Houdini, because Christian Bale's character in The Prestige is not a real person. Houdini's name is synonymous with magic and bizarre escape stunts inexplicably labeled "magic." However, his name should also conjure up (get it? Because he's a magician) images of batshit insanity, because it turns out he was all about that, too.
3He Escaped from a Sea Monster
By 1911, Houdini was one of the biggest names in the world, renowned for his "challenge escape act," which was pretty much what it sounds like -- he would accept any escape challenge his audience presented to him. Normally this wasn't a problem, because your average wage worker wasn't likely to show up to a Houdini show with any restraints more complicated than a pair of handcuffs or a pillowcase. However, a group of Boston businessmen decided to bring something totally crazy to the table and challenged Houdini to escape from a large sea creature that had recently washed up in Boston Harbor.