Indian Houdini feared drowned as stunt goes wrong
Magic gone wrong
But Lahiri, his legs and his arms tightly bound, failed to emerge from the water, to the horror of onlookers including his family and team members.
"We fear he drowned in the river," he said.
What was the magic supposed to be
"I was inside a bullet proof glass box tied with chain and locks and dropped down from Howrah bridge. Then I came out within 29 seconds."
He admitted it would be tough to free himself this time.
"If I can open it up then it will be magic, but if I can't it will be tragic," he said.
He also said he was undertaking the death-defying stunt to "revive interest in magic".
When Lahiri tried another stunt at the river in 2013, he was assaulted by onlookers who saw him escape from a locked cage via a door that was clearly visible. He was beaten and punched and his long flowing golden-brown wig was pulled off by the crowd.
Almost a decade earlier, he declared he would walk on the river waters but had to beat a hasty retreat when the act went wrong.
Famous escape artists
Besides famous magicians in Kolkata itself, like PC Sircar Junior, who performed the same act or some variation of it, Gopinath Muthukad is known as the 'Indian Houdini' of the 'water torture escape act' and the 'Bhishma Puthamaha escape act'.