What should have been a dramatic escape act turned into a tragic disappearing act, when an Indian magician failed to free himself from the chains and padlocks that bound him after being lowered upside down by a crane into a river.
Chanchal Lahiri was lowered into the river by crane as family members, media and police watched from the banks.
This wasn't the first time Lahiri attempted this kind of trick - AFP reports that, in 2013, he tried it in the same river in a locked cage, but during the trick, spectators looked underwater and saw that there was a secret door in the cage, which Lahiri used to escape.
'We fear he drowned in the river, ' he said.
Chanchal Lahiri, a 40-year-old magician, who went missing while performing tricks like legendary magician of escape games Harry Houdini is feared drowned.
The magician told him that he wanted "to revive interest in magic".
Mr Lahiri, also known as Mandrake, was lowered into the river from a boat.Читайте также: Gary Woodland Wins US Open With Birdie Putt on 18
"We tried to spot him".
Sumit Kharbanda, president of the Indian Brotherhood of Magicians in New Delhi, said the magic trick has been performed successfully by Mr Lahiri on at least a dozen previous occasions. But it seems the stream has swept him away. "He [Mr Lahiri] smiled and said, 'If I do it right, it's magic. We will resume it tomorrow", a senior police officer said.
The stunt involved Lahiri being blindfolded, and his hands and legs tied up.
People watching the performance began to panic after Lahiri did not come out of the water even after 10 minutes.
But local newspapers reported Lahiri - also identified as Chanchal Sarkar by the Hindustan Times - has not reemerged from the river since Sunday, sparking a massive search.
Police and a diving team have searched the area since he went under but have been unable to locate him. Divers searching for Lahiri on Sunday failed to find his body, according to officials who conducted a rescue operation. He had declared a decade ago that he would walk on the river, but had to beat a hasty retreat when the act went wrong.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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