Houdini Water Torture poster estimated at $70,000

A 1916 poster advertising Houdini's famous Water Torture Cell is to sell at Potter & Potter Auctions in Chicago.

Houdini water torture
Houdini's Water Torture Cell was feted as his most dangerous stunt

It will lead the June 25 magic posters auction with an estimate of around $50,000-70,000.

Houdini wrote on the full horror of the illusion (claustrophobes beware): "Imagine yourself jammed head foremost in a cell filled with water, your hands and feet unable to move, and your shoulders tightly lodged in this imprisonment."

The poster includes notice of a $1,000 reward for anyone that can prove Houdini is somehow breathing underwater.

Magician David Copperfield paid $150,000 for the original cell in a 2004 auction.

The record for a Houdini poster is $67,166, set for one advertising his starring role in 1919 movie The Grim Game.

We have this stunning signed Houdini photograph for sale.

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