“It’s more dangerous than the last time,” confessed escape artist/magician Demian Aditya to the “America’s Got Talent” judges during Tuesday’s Judge Cuts episode. He continued, “I saw this on the internet. The guy who did this died. I want to be the guy who succeeds doing this.” In order for Aditya to complete his act, host Tyra Banks, judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Howie Mandel and Chris Hardwick, and the audience all joined him outside as he literally bury himself alive. Watch Demian Aditya’s Judge Cuts video above.
Wrapped in a chain locked behind his back and handcuffed, Aditya laid down in a wooden box 10 feet deep with only 90 seconds to escape while dirt was shoveled on top of him. After the camera in the box went dark, the time soon ran out and his wife started screaming for someone to save him. As Cowell started approaching the hole, one of the men who was shoveling dirt removed a cap to reveal himself as Aditya, once again stunning the judges and the crowd.
Aditya previously performed a similar act back in the Season 12 premiere, where he somehow managed to escape from being buried in sand only to turn up as one of the men who smashed his hammer into the glass. How does Aditya keep escaping these death-defying situations? The judges clearly have no idea. “How am I supposed to judge this?” asked Cowell. “I genuinely thought you were dead in there. I either want to kill you or I want to kill the producers, because I thought I was gonna have a heart attack.”
“I’m gonna sleep outside,” joked Aditya as he held his wife, who was still visibly shaking. Was she genuinely fooled along with the audience, or could she have been in on the trick the entire time? Sound off below with your theories and wild guesses.