Discovery-owned Science Channel will dig into the engineering behind iconic illusionist Harry Houdini in Houdini’s Last Secrets this January.
The series will explore how Houdini performed some of his most astounding stunts, some of which are still debated today, nearly a century after his death. The magician’s methods will be investigated by engineers, illusionists, and Houdini’s grand-nephew George Hardeen.
Historic tricks include catching a speeding bullet, being buried alive and submerging himself in a water torture cell, with each episode focusing on one standalone stunt. The series premiere will explore his famous water torture cell escape and the various ways he might have pulled it off.
The series is produced by Megalomedia for Science Channel. Jonathan Nowzaradan and David Barsky serve as executive producers for Megalomedia. Wyatt Channell is executive producer for Science Channel.
“Harry Houdini is the definition of mind-blowing,” said Marc Etkind, GM of Science Channel, in a statement. “He was clearly ahead of his time when it came to using engineering to accomplish his stunts, so much so that his methods continue to be debated by today’s master magicians. It’s no wonder that just the name Houdini still stirs the imagination of people, nearly a century after his death.”
Houdini’s Last Secrets premieres Jan. 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel.