Wouldn't surprise me if one of Donn's books dealt with a "buried alive" promo. I don't know if the information you're seeking is strictly academic, but forgive me for saying the obvious, but if you are considering DOING this stunt, remember what is just flash, and what is riskly behavior. This has more to do with escapes, but it is amazing how many try stunts without considering the risks, Houdini/Blaine would not take themselves, and hurt themselves. Too many don't get it, that Houdini/Blaine TESTED it out fully with several paid trusted employees, had plan B,C, and D, if needed. Remember the man in California 10 years ago, who tried to do an escape from a coffin buried alive in dirt and Concrete(!), not thinking, (because it wasn't tested) the weight could crush the coffin and kill him, which it did.
An escape/lock consultant told me he could not count the times the FIRST time a performer did a milk can/torture cell, with water ,under real performance conditions, was with his FIRST
audience. Most will at least try their first ball & vase once before showing it to friends!
If all goes wrong, do you know what to do? End of sermon.