Dead Men’s Tales: Harry Houdini

Throughout his career, Houdini (born Erik Weisz; March 24, 1874 – October 31, 1926) performed three variations on a “Buried Alive” stunt/escape. The first was near Santa Ana, California in 1917, and it almost cost Houdini his life. Houdini was buried, without a casket, in a pit of earth six feet deep.

He became exhausted and panicky trying to dig his way to the surface and called for help. When his hand finally broke the surface, he fell unconscious and had to be pulled from the grave by his assistants. Houdini wrote in his diary that the escape was “very dangerous” and that “the weight of the earth is killing.”

 

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  • Andre E. Bordeleau

    I almost feel ashamed from being from Montreal, sucker punch or not… a great showman and escape artist, I learned a bit more about a man who knew how not just how to control his body but his audience…shame on you mc gill university …

  • Andre E. Bordeleau

    I almost feel ashamed from being from Montreal, sucker punch or not… a great showman and escape artist, I learned a bit more about a man who knew how not just how to control his body but his audience…shame on you mc gill university …

  • Andre E. Bordeleau

    I almost feel ashamed from being from Montreal, sucker punch or not… a great showman and escape artist, I learned a bit more about a man who knew how not just how to control his body but his audience…shame on you mc gill university …

    • Attractivue

      Relax man, his death wasn’t caused by the Whiteman’s punches!

      • Samuli

        I suppose you’re one of those persons who subscribe to the somewhat ridiculous conspiracy theories about Houdini being poisoned, yes? As wonderful as it would be to believe that the great Houdini could not possibly succumb to such a mundane ailment as a ruptured appendix, no serious historian puts any weight in those flights of fancy, my good sir. Do remember that there were no antibiotics available at the time, and even now an untreated case of peritonitis (ruptured appendix) always leads to death.

    • lakshmi

      oh man, I know, right? Shit. Damn McGill kids. I love my city, but I had no idea one of our own could have actually been the cause of Houdini’s death >.>

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  • gaboora

    Interesting film and footage. Self promotion can kill, as it did in Houdini’s case. He shouldn’t have ignored his health issues. And what kind of career is escapism, anyway?

  • Gi

    This is interesting. like the circus people get a kick out of amazing or gagging people. and this is an interesting career. genius in manipulating his body and training his body to do these amazing things. A lot of work entertaining people. as with many things people like that just take it one step too far. one must know their limits. and don’t try to over do it.