In his 1998 memoir Ron Cunningham, alias ‘The Great Omani’, presents tales and adventures from the life of a professional stuntman. Ron’s inspiration was the renowned escapologist, Houdini and in describing the exploits that he undertook as part of his unusual career, echoes of Houdini’s famous tricks can be spotted.

Ron once travelled from Hastings to London in a coffin filled with broken glass and then did it all again encased in concrete; he ate light bulbs on the radio, escaped from a raging bonfire and a burning house, performed handstands on the cliff edge, and jumped off the West Pier bound in chains. His stunts ranged from the bizarre to the spectacular and dangerous, all told with wit and charm.
Ron passed away in 2007, but this autobiography remains a testament to his inventiveness and daredevil spirit.

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