A stuntman in India making an attempt to recreate a trick by magic legend Harry Houdini has been declared lacking and is feared useless, a day after he reportedly jumped shackled right into a river.
Chanchal Lahiri, who can also be identified by the stage title Wizard Mandrake, reportedly jumped into the Hooghly River on Sunday whereas tied up with rope and metal chains.
Earlier than the plunge, he was requested by an area photographer why he risked his life for magic.
Lahiri responded, in accordance with the BBC: “If I can free myself will probably be magic, if I can’t, will probably be tragic.”
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Chanchal Lahiri, seen right here making an attempt two totally different magic tips within the Hooghly River in Kolkata, has been declared lacking and is feared useless after his newest trick went unsuitable.
There are conflicting experiences about whether or not Lahiri jumped into the broadest a part of the river from the Howrah Bridge in Kolkata or was dropped in with a crane. The plan was for him to swim again to the shore after untying himself.
However native newspapers reported Lahiri – additionally recognized as Chanchal Sarkar by the Hindustan Instances – has not reemerged from the river since Sunday, sparking a large search.
“Now we have searched the realm extensively however neither Sarkar nor his physique may very well be discovered,” a police officer advised the Hindustan Instances on Sunday, including the stuntman couldn’t be declared useless till a physique was discovered.
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Lahiri is a resident of the southern suburbs of Kolkata and sought permission from each the Kolkata Police and the Kolkata Submit Belief earlier than making an attempt the stunt, police officer Syed Waquar Raza advised the Instances of India. Going into the river, nonetheless, was by no means a part of the unique proposal, Raza stated.
“He had clearly talked about the act was to occur on a ship or vessel and there was no reference to water. Therefore, we allowed him permission,” he stated. “Nonetheless, he did vaguely point out an ‘additional act,’ which he didn’t make clear. We’re investigating.”
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Lahiri has beforehand tried comparable tips. Greater than 20 years in the past, he escaped after being lowered into the identical river inside a glass field.
After one other Houdini-inspired plunge in 2013, nonetheless, he was harassed by spectators who claimed they noticed him escape by way of a secret trap-door constructed right into a metal cage after he was lowered into the water.