Manitoba escape artist will try to avoid tasting death in beer tank

WINNIPEG — Manitoba escape artist Dean Gunnarson says his next stunt will see him trying to avoid tasting death in a beer tank.

WINNIPEG — Manitoba escape artist Dean Gunnarson says his next stunt will see him trying to avoid tasting death in a beer tank.

Gunnarson says he plans to be handcuffed and locked inside a 240-litre vat full of the fermented malt beverage on Saturday at the Off-Campus Social Club in Winnipeg.

He says it’s a dangerous escape trick to pull off because of the fumes that beer in that quantity gives off.

The great Harry Houdini tried to perform it in the early 1900s, but he passed out and had to be rescued.

Gunnarson jokes that he’s got some friends and relatives who would probably pay to be plunged into a vat of beer.

But the resident of Clear Lake says he’s never had a sip in his life.

The event will include Mr. Lahey, Randy and Cory — characters from the “Trailer Park Boys” television series — who will help lock Gunnarson in the tank.

“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.”

Gunnarson grew up in Winnipeg and Texas and started making headlines with his escapes when he was about 18.

“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,” he says.

“You might see this at frat parties but there aren’t many 46-year-old guys doing it,” says the married father of two children. “If I don’t get out, I guess I’ll be well-preserved in alcohol.

“My wife can just kind of stick me in the corner by the fireplace beside the moose.”