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The magician, Chanchal Lahiri, went missing after his live stunt in the Hooghly River. The 42-year-old was famous as Mandrake, as that was his stage name. The magician had taken the permission, but as the security measures were not proper so probably he drowned. In the stunt he was lowered into a river while being tied up with chains in a six feet tall cage. The cage had six locks in it, was lowered at the Millennium Park but went missing near the pillar 28 of the Howrah bridge. The tricks of the magician are inspired by American stunt performer Harry Houdini who did these kind of magic stunts around 100 year ago.



The magician lives in the southern suburbs of the city, and he has been successful in doing the same magic trick 6 years ago when he was even assaulted for it. But this time the 2013 trick didn’t work out, and he feared drowned. The hands and legs of the magician were tied up but he was not blindfolded, and he was lowered down in the river with the help of a crane. The magic of coming out of the river failed, and if he has died then it is really sad way of death. "We tried to spot him. But it seems the stream has swept him away. Our divers dived deep, but could not locate him.



Because of darkness, we had to temporarily stop our search operation on Sunday evening. He had mentioned the act was to happen in a boat or vessel and there was no connection with water. Hence we allowed him permission. However, he vaguely mentioned an ''extra act'' which he did not clarify. We are investigating. The magic that Lahiri was to perform was very risky and complicated. We have started an investigation into the matter and as to how a crane reached the Howrah Bridge,” a senior police officer said.



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- Rajat Priyam
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