A MAGICIAN has been found dead in the River Ganges after a chains escape stunt went horribly wrong.
A crane lowered ‘Wizard Mandrake’ , born Chanchal Lahiri, into the river at Kolkata, while the Indian star’s loved ones, fans, reporters and police watched from the river banks on Sunday.
The moment Chanchal Lahiri was lowered on a hook into the Ganges on Sunday before being released[/caption]
Police now say they believe the shackled daredevil has drowned[/caption]
But the tightly-shackled 40-year-old failed to emerge from the water after being released into the current from a metal hook in a bid to recreate a Houdini trick.
Rescue workers discovered his body on Monday evening after a frantic 24-hour search.
The tragic news was confirmed by deputy commissioner of the port division of Kolkata police, Syed Waquar Raza.
Before Lahiri entered the river he reportedly said it would be “magic” if he freed himself, but “tragic” if he couldn’t.
Lahiri is known by his stage name ‘Jadugar Mandrake’ (Wizard Mandrake)[/caption]
The magician last successfully pulled off a similar stunt 21 years ago in the same river.
He was locked inside a bullet proof glass box and tied with a chain.
During this stunt he was dropped from Howrah bridge, but managed to come out in seconds, according to reports.
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But when he tried it again in 2013, he was assaulted by witnesses who claimed it was fake.
Onlookers reportedly saw him escape from the locked cage through a visible door, within seconds.
Harry Houdini became a sensation in the early 20th century with daredevil feats including escaping from a crate lowered into New York’s East River in 1912.
Lahiri escaped from a locked cage under water in around 15 seconds in this 2002 attempt[/caption]
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