If you are going to examine your self to the perfect magician ever, Harry Houdini, you’d higher be rattling good at what you do. Sadly for Joseph Burrus, who according to the LA Times thought of himself the following nice illusionist, his profession got here to only as sudden an finish as that of his idol.


On Halloween in 1990, Burrus was getting ready to carry out a stunt on the Blackbeard’s Household Enjoyable Middle. Usually, burying your self alive appears fairly loopy, however the ex-drug addict was doing it for a very good trigger: the Third Ground drug restoration clinic. Whereas harmless kids who have been about to develop up actually quick watched, Burrus was handcuffed and chained up, put in a see-through coffin, and lowered right into a gap 7 ft deep. When they began pouring dust on his coffin, he complained his chains have been choking him. That was handled simply sufficient, however then extra dust and moist cement was dumped on high of him. As quickly as they completed, the mixed weight crushed the coffin, burying Burrus alive. He was shortly dug up however makes an attempt to revive him failed.

In a method, Burrus did reside as much as his idol, sadly: Houdini additionally died on Halloween, making Burrus’s dying tragically ironic.