Val Walker worked as an electrical apparatus maker, later serving in the Royal Navy and was billed as the "Wizard of the Navy". Walker is credited as the designer of the Radium Girl illusion. His most famous escape was "The Tank in the Thames" where he was bolted in to a steel tank lowered in to the river Thames from the Sea-Scout Training Ship, Northampton on 20 August 1920.
He escaped in 20 seconds.
He retired from the stage in 1924, returning briefly in 1939, under the name of "Val Enson", with an illusion called "The Aquamarine Girl".