My history hero: Christopher Clayton Hutton (1893–1965)
Chosen by Dennis Wheatley, BBC History Magazine reader
Christopher Clayton Hutton, known as ‘Clutty’, was born in Birmingham in 1893. Fascinated by escapology as a young man, he challenged Houdini to escape from a box built by one of his uncle’s carpenters. Houdini succeeded, but only by bribing the carpenter.