The Escapologist The Great Omani

The Great Omani preparing for his winter coffin ride on a bed of glass, from Hastings Pier to London, driven on the van of his palmist friend ‘Professor Cullen’, “a human reservoir for alcoholic beverage”. The journey took in many watering places.

Ronald Cunningham, later known as The Great Omani, was born the son of a wine merchant and went to Sherborne School in Dorset. When his father’s business failed he was looking for a way to earn a living when he came across a book on Houdini in a Charing Cross Road bookshop. Inspired, he set out on a life-long career as an escapologist and stuntman on the piers of Southern England. In the 1950s The Great Omani lived in Hastings, where he was famous for throwing himself off the end of the Pier in chains.

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