10 Magicians Who Died During Their Performances



Dr. Vivian Hensley

An amateur getting over his head, Vivan Hensley was an enthusiastic magician from Australia who decided to a do a magic trick performed by swallowing a rusty razor blade. However, the trick went wrong and the razor went down his throat, which resulted in his death in 1938.

Janaka Basnayake

Trying to break the world record for the longest time buried alive, 24-year-old Janaka Basnayake from Sri Lanka didn’t realize that this is actually an escape illusion performed by magicians, who don’t actually spend the whole time being buried. Buried into a pit three meters deep, he died after seven and a half hours of being buried alive.