Harry Houdini escapes a straitjacket while hanging from a crane in New York City, a feat he accomplished by dislocating his shoulders (1907) (via) Video footage of one of his hanging straitjacket escapes here.
Important advice from Harry Houdini:
“No performer should attempt to bite off red-hot iron unless he has a good set of teeth.”
“Flames from the lips may be produced by holding in the mouth a sponge saturated with the purest gasoline.”
“To cause the face to appear in a mass of flame make use of the following: mix together thoroughly petroleum, lard, mutton tallow and quick lime. Distill this over a charcoal fire, and the liquid which results can be burned on the face without harm.”