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US NewsIndian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt

12:17  17 june  2019
12:17  17 june  2019 Source:   uk.news.yahoo.com

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An Indian magician , who attempted to recreate Harry Houdini 's famed trick by jumping shackled into a river , is feared dead . Chanchal Lahiri was meant to escape and swim to safety but did not emerge from the Hooghly river in West Bengal state. Spectators who had gathered to watch him take the

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Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt Indian magician Chanchal Lahiri is missing after attempting a dangerous water stunt (Picture: Reuters)

An Indian magician is feared dead after attempting to recreate a stunt made famous by Harry Houdini.

Chanchal Lahiri, also known as “Wizard Mandrake”, jumped into the Hooghly river in West Bengal state tied in steel chains and rope.

He was supposed to escape his shackles while underwater then swim to safety, but he did not resurface.

Spectators who gathered to watch Mr Lahiri perform the trick on Sunday alerted the police, who say they are searching for him.

Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt © Provided by Oath Inc. Mr Lahiri waves to the crowd before a previous stunt in the Hooghly river in 2002 (Picture: Reuters)

He had been lowered into the river from a boat, bound with six locks and a chain as a crowd on two other boats looked on.

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The Hooghly river was Sarkar’s stage for most of the acts and he also landed in trouble a few times. In 2013, some spectators harassed him saying they saw him escape through a secret trap-door built into a steel cage (another act inspired by Houdini ) after it was lowered into the water. A few years before

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Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt © Provided by Oath Inc. Mr Lahiri has performed a number of water stunts in the past (Picture: Reuters) A crowd also gathered on the shore and on Howrah Bridge in Kolkata.

Police and a diving team have searched the area since he went under but have been unable to locate him.

Eyewitness Jayant Shaw, a photographer with a local newspaper, told the BBC he spoke to Mr Lahiri before the trick began.

"I asked him why he risked his life for magic," said Mr Shaw.

Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt © Provided by Oath Inc. Mr Lahiri is lowered into the Hooghly river in a previous stunt in 2002 (Picture: Reuters)

"He smiled and said, 'If I do it right, it's magic. If I make a mistake, it becomes tragic.'"

He said the magician told him he wanted to perform the trick to “revive interest in magic".

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On this stop, Jay examines Houdini 's famous "East Indian Needle Trick As Jay says, it's a prime example of Houdini 's ability to blend the "mysterious with the dangerous ." -- A tour of the exhibition " Houdini : Art and Magic " with renowned magician Joshua Jay at the Contemporary Jewish Museum.

After his death , Houdini 's props and effects were used by his brother Theodore Hardeen, who eventually sold them to magician and collector Sidney H. Radner. Much of the collection could be see at the Houdini Museum in Appleton, Wisconsin, until Radner auctioned it off in 2004.

Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt
Indian magician ‘Wizard Mandrake’ feared dead after attempting dangerous Houdini river stunt

Mr Lahiri has successfully performed underwater tricks on other occasions - 20 years ago he emerged from a glass box after being lowered into the same river.

Mr Shaw said: "I never thought he would not come out of the water this time.”


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