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Seamus Burke

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Seamus Burke
BornMarch 4, 1888
Kilkenny, Ireland

Seamus Burke (1888-?) developed an act of entering, rather than escaping, which he called "enterology."


Burke, who never attended school, served in the British Army during World War I. After the war he worked as an elevator operator and began write songs for music hall acts.

In 1902, after a briefly joining the IRA, he build a shack in mountains of the Dublin and lived as a hermit. He eventually returned to England to peruse his writing career.

Burke was inspired to develop his act after reading an article by Brunel White in the World's Fair and premiered this act on December 16. 1935 at The New Hippodrome in Manchester.

Burke was capable of entering an examined trunk which had been locked and encircled with rope, without breaking a wax seal. He could also appear inside a sealed tissue bad which had handed to him after he was bound from head to foot with over 100 feet of rope.[1]


  1. Learned Pigs and Fireproof Women by Ricky Jay (1987)