Houdini featured an escape
from a coffin which was sealed
and buried under earth, in a
large, glass-fronted case.
Before one of his coffin
escapes, he confided to his
diary, "I am being fitted for a
coffin today. I wonder how long
before I am in one for real. . ."
In the last months of his life,
Houdini had himself sealed in
an airtight coffin and held
underwater for record amounts
of time.
When he died, in Detroit, the
glass-topped coffin that Houdini
had used for the underwater
tests was used to send his body
back to New York.