Ronald Cunningham

Stunt Performer, Deceased Person

1915 – 2007


Who was Ronald Cunningham?

The Great Omani, real name Ronald Cunningham, was one of the oldest recorded escapologists and stuntmen.

The Great Omani was born in Windsor, Berkshire on 10 July 1915 the son of a wine importer and was educated at the Dorset public school Sherborne. When he left school he went into the family business however after his father died the company failed and was sold off. After being declined entry for army service in World War II due to a damaged heart he was curious with what to do with his life next. Browsing one day through a second hand book shop in Charing Cross Road, he fell upon a bookThe Secrets of Houdini by J.C. Cannell". The book was controversial due to its explanation of how the magic of the great escapologist Harry Houdini was performed, and The Magic Circle thought it would promote daring behaviour to try recreate these stunts. However this book inspired The Great Omani into the magic world and after experimental trials with underwater stunts, he was ready for public appearance in 1950.

He worked in Bognor Regis performing tricks in a straitjacket chained and padlocked to the legs of the pier as the tide rose.

Famous Quotes:

  • They put Omani in his box, They're using nails instead of locks. But at his funeral don't despair, The chances are he won't be there.

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Jul 10, 1915
Also known as
  • The Great Omani
  • The Great Omani
Oct 15, 2007

on July 23, 2013


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