Dean Gunnarson Risks it All

This Friday, October 29th, Inside Magic Favorite and world-renown escape artist Dean Gunnarson will go for broke.

We have mentioned several times that Dean Gunnarson is nuts and should be stopped before he kills himself again. (Recall that one of his first coffin escapes ended in him dying but resuscitated by incredible medical professionals). His newest stunt could bring incredible fame or posthumous second-guessing.

Here are the details of what he hopes to accomplish:

  • Dean will be chained, locked, and bound and placed inside a steel coffin;
  • The lid will be locked on and wrapped in even more chains and locks on the outside;
  • The coffin, with Dean securely locked inside, will be lowered 6 feet underground;
  • Dean will be buried alive with over 3 tons of dirt dumped on top of him.
  • He will remain within the coffin and beneath the 6,000 pounds of dirt for two days; and,
  • Dean will then attempt to escape on Sunday Halloween Day around 1:26 P.M. The exact day and time the Great Houdini died in 1926.

We should point out that he will not have access to water, food, or similar accoutrements.

Dean said his boyhood wish was to die on the same day as his mentor, Houdini.

Of course, Houdini would not have performed the stunt in the first place. The great escape artist tried it out with assistants at the ready. He nearly died. Houdini wrote in his diary that the escape was “very dangerous” and that “the weight of the earth is killing.”

“I know that from a physical and mental stand point this will be my most challenging escape ever,” said Gunnarson. “The last time I was locked in a coffin I died. (He was underwater for nearly 4 minutes before the coffin was raised back out of the murky waters and rescuers found his blue lifeless body). I never wanted to be in another one and I never have. I will have to conquer all my personnel fears and demons to make this escape on Halloween.”


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Dean Gunnarson to Kids: Get Busy

Inside Magic Favorite Dean Gunnarson is one of the fittest folks we know.  That’s one advantage of being an escape artist.  A recent study by the non-profit (but not by choice) Inside Magic Foundation showed a direct and correlative relationship between the physical fitness of an escape artist and his or her longevity.

To wit: Houdini was the gold standard of fitness for his time.  His career lasted for decades, throughout and despite spectacular physical injuries and infections. 

On the other hand, Tommy “Binge” Hardy II began his escape career on July 4, 1952 and ended six hours later.  It actually took firefighters only four-and-a-half hours to unlock the wheezing and whimpering performer from the portable toilet from which he was to escape. 

Dean Gunnarson is recovering from broken bones suffered in the well-publicized Chinese roller-coaster escape last month.  But he does not let a little thing like pulverized leg and ankle orthopedic structures get in the way of performing and encouraging others.

The Interlake Spectatorof Manitoba, Canada carries the inspiring story of Dean Gunnarson’s visit to a local school to deliver an important message for the kids.  "It's important kids learn how important physical activity is," Mr. Gunnarson told those at the Arborg Middle School’s Physical Activity Day.   As The Spectator noted, Dean Gunnarson’s “performances require him to hold his breath to escape from certain death.”

We love the turn of the phrase “escape from certain death.”  It reminds us of our favorite Houdini poster for The Milk Can Escape, “Failure Means a Drowning Death.” 

Dean Gunnarson performed some effects and then escaped from what looks like a rope tie or chain escape.  He also shared his secret for success. He told students of his vow in junior high school to live healthy; no smoking, no drugs or alcohol.  He made these choices precisely because he wanted to be an escape artist.  “These are the decisions I made in junior high school," he said. "You have to be in good shape. What I do is very physical."

Check out the full article in The Spectator here.

Be sure to visit Dean Gunnarson’s incredible web site at AlwaysEscaping.com.

Incredible Images of Dean Gunnarson’s Collision with Roller Coaster in Escape Attempt

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Dean Gunnarson's exploits are known to magicians and escape afficianados around the world.  Now, with the release of still images of his nearly fatal encounter with a speeding roller coaster, he has received notice and press coverage beyond expectation.

View the full series of images here.

Visit Dean's home on the world wide web at AlwaysEscaping.com for more information about this near tragic end to a fantastsic, but always dangerous, career.

An Insane Kegger: Dean Gunnarson’s Latest Escape

Dean Gunnarson Locked Up Tight and Ready for Most Dangerous Escape YetDean Gunnarson is an Escape Artist without peer and an Inside Magic Favorite.

We have been following his exploits and insanity for almost a decade now.

There are two questions for which we do not need an answer: Why does he do it? How does he do it?

This Saturday, April 10, 2010, he will attempt an escape even the great Houdini found difficult and dangerous.

The show organizers plan to place the Canadian phenom in a keg of beer and seal it.   As if this was not enough — and frankly, shouldn’t it be — Dean Gunnarson will be handcuffed.

He  assures us he intends to escape in full-view of the audience.

“They’re going to take a metal drum, fill it full of beer, handcuff and chain me up, submerge me inside the drum and then lock the lid on with chains and padlocks from the outside,” he told the CBC for broadcast across the country. “The cool part is that I’m not going to use any smoke or any mirrors, or anything like that. People will be able to see the whole escape.”

Dean Gunnarson is a teetotaler.  He tells us that he has never even tasted beer.  We are guessing he does not begin drinking on Saturday.


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Gunnarson Dodges Death Again

Dean Gunnarson RestrainedThe Prince Albert Daily Herald reports that we can stop worrying.

Dean Gunnarson survived to escape another day from one of the more dangerous escape stunts a trained expert can perform.

First, he was handcuffed and wrapped in chains, with a padlock around his neck.

Then, he was dumped in a 208-litre tank of water, with a lid placed on top and chained down, with a padlock on the outside.

He was able to escape in just under two minutes after cracking a combination padlock with water soaked fingertips.

Phew!

Read the full article here  The Prince Albert Daily Herald – Handcuffs and padlocks no match for Ex performer.

We have not yet seen the video but will be checking in at Dean’s incredible web site, Always Escaping for its release.