Dynamo Is Dead was an ominous title for his new show, but the escape artist will live on after pulling off a death-defying act that even Houdini couldn’t pull off.
The 40-year-old magician, whose real name is Steven Frayne, had talked of his wish to lay his alter persona to rest as he embarked on his most daring performance yet: burying himself alive on live television, including digging his own grave and covering himself in soil until he was six feet beneath – without a coffin.
Harry Houdini, the legendary escapologist, tried the act in 1915, but panicked while digging his way out and fell unconscious, forcing his aides to pull him free by the time his hand reached the surface.
Dynamo’s effort had viewers enthralled as he had five tonnes of earth poured over him with the clock running down the three minutes he knew he could hold his breath for.
After two minutes and 47 seconds, an assistant grabbed a shovel, but the magician fled just in time, doing what Houdini and others had failed to achieve.
The credits began to roll as he regained his breath in complete quiet, ostensibly marking an end to Dynamo, with the star resurrected under his actual name.
Fans couldn’t look away from the scary scenes, with viewer @DiscoEllmore writing on X (formerly Twitter): ‘Jesus, that was tense #dynamoisdead’
‘I honestly thought he was gone, but my God that was scary. Then that’s how it ended??? I need to know he’s okay,’ added fan @LolaWargen21, while a third person, @AshGarrod, tweeted: ‘#DynamoIsDead well that was INTENSE. Believe what you like but he is incredible, what a way to come back. Bravo ’
The programme was a full circle moment for the magician, who has had a particularly difficult four years, including fights with Crohn’s disease and arthritis, as well as dealing with despair and sorrow.
‘My nana and my dogs died in the same weekend just over a year ago. It crushed me,’ he told metro.co.uk before the latest special aired.
‘My mum had me really young, and my nana was my second mum. When she died, I felt like the magic in me died with her. I felt like I didn’t have a reason to live.’
In the programme, he revealed he wanted to ‘bury his past’ and be ‘reborn’, and did just that at the burial site underneath the Angel of the North statue.
In the show, he explained the decision not to use a coffin, pointing out: ‘If a magician’s in a box, people assume it’s a trick box.’
There was plenty of pre-recorded footage of Dynamo meeting various celebrities to talk about mental health while leaving them dumbfounded with close-up illusions in the run-up to the burial.
From Tyson Fury, Pete Davidson, Demi Lovato, and Coldplay to Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale, Tony Hawk, and Bugzy Malone, they were all astounded by his abilities while discussing a very serious subject.
Because of his experiences, the Dynamo fans saw on the programme was different, as he believed a rebranding was required to represent who he is today.
‘I didn’t feel like continuing as I was before because I’m not that same person anymore,’ he explained. ‘Maybe it’s time to put Dynamo to rest with nana and move forward to something new.’
Dynamo is Dead is available to stream on NOW in the UK.
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