Deadly magic tricks gone wrong
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Five Magic Tricks That Resulted In Death
The Indian stuntman, 40, was found dead yesterday after being lowered into the Ganges River while tied up with steel chains and ropes. From magicians shot dead and mowed down by speeding cars to escapologists crushed to death while being buried alive, the industry is blighted by tragedy. And it's not just the stuntmen and women themselves who fall victim - a TV presenter was once stabbed through her hand with a nail during a paper bag trick live on air. Here, as 'Wizard' Chanchal Lahiri's family and friends mourn their loss, we look at the other stunts that didn't go to plan - often with deadly consequences. But Brit escapologist Antony Britton deliberately allowed himself to be handcuffed and buried under six feet, and six tonnes, of soil - all in the name of magic.
Magic tricks have long maintained their popularity because they offer observers a chance to escape from reality. The captivating and elaborate trick involved six assistants dressed as moths, all of whom appeared to dance as flames engulfed them. Balabrega was so fascinated with the illusion he purchased the rights to it — effectively claiming it as his own. The acetylene immediately ignited, and the magician and a nearby assistant were blown to bits in the resulting fireball. Chung Ling So Poster showcasing his signature trick. Magician Chung Ling Soo was actually a white man from Brooklyn.
Many of the world's most famous magicians have made a name for themselves by perfecting the illusion of danger onstage. In , Genesta attempted a famous Houdini trick: the milk-can escape. Genesta's milk-can escape involved a secret trap door that allowed him to escape despite the locks on the can's opening. What he didn't know, however, is that the milk can had been dropped en route, and the escape door was dented and no longer functioned. He was submerged in the milk can for three minutes before his wife realized something was wrong. Not used to using the locked door, the crew took another fateful minute to open the padlocks. Genesta momentarily regained consciousness and passed shortly after.
Magic isn't just for people who were lonely as children or thought it might be a way to pick up girls. It's also for the professionals, people who make a living out of pushing themselves farther than anyone else. - At the start of magic tricks and illusions, the audience is often warned not to try the trick for themselves.
Done right, magic tricks can fill us with a sense of childlike wonderment: From a clever card trick to a mullet-era David Copperfield illusion, we love to be fooled. Unfortunately, not all magicians escape their dramatic scenarios unscathed. In magic, tension is everything. While a performer may be holding his or her breath underwater, the audience is holding theirs, waiting for signs of life. South African Charles Rowan understood the appeal of melodrama, which is why he repeatedly consented to being secured in a straitjacket while a car sped toward him at 45 miles per hour.