The Handcuff King

Still from The Handcuff KingThe Palace Theatre building, Union StreetPoster by William Hibberd for The Handcuff King at Stonehouse Action's Union Street street party

The Handcuff King takes its starting point from a performance made by Harry Houdini in Plymouth’s Palace Theatre in 1909. Houdini challenged local shipwright joiners to make an inescapable box. Houdini then escaped from it in twelve minutes.  The artist worked with locksmiths and contemporary shipwrights to create an ‘inexact re-enactment’ of Houdini’s show. To view the video, click here.

The Handcuff King was a PVAC Constellation commission for the British Art Show 7. With thanks to Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth City Council and Arts Council England.