Thousands of people gathered at the Port of Aberdeen on July 1, 1909 to witness the world-famous magician and escapologist Harry Houdini dive into the chilly water whilst chained and handcuffed.
A cold and watery demise appeared inevitable for the man who was already a household name thanks to his incredible death-defying feats. The minutes spent underwater only led to the assumption that the Granite City would become synonymous for claiming the life of the Houdini.
Then suddenly, he resurfaced, triumphant and free from his shackles. Needless to say, his exploits ensured that his shows at the nearby Palace Theatre in Bridge Place were a huge success.
Houdini was in the North East to visit the grave and honour the memory of John Henry Anderson (1814-1874), nicknamed The Wizard of the North who, according to Wikipedia, is credited with helping bring the art of magic from street performances into theatres. Anderson was a hero to Houdini, and the escapologist arranged for the upkeep for Anderson’s tombstone, which still exists today in Aberdeen’s St Nicholas Kirk graveyard.