U.S. illusionist Criss Angel began a 24 hour stunt Monday that involves escaping from a cube encased in concrete suspended 40 feet above the ground in the heart of Times Square in midtown Manhattan, before it comes crashing to the ground.
About 100 fans gathered in downpouring rain to watch the escape in a parking lot just off Times Square, the same spot where magician David Blaine spent two days in November shackled to a gyroscope hoisted in the air before escaping.
Angel, 39, sat in a four foot square clear box, manacled, after three inches of cement was caked around the cube and was hoisted up. The death-defying illusionist plans on spending 24 hours enclosed in the cube before escaping and lowering himself to the ground using a rope.
The stunt is in order to draw attention to the third season of his show "Criss Angel Mindfreak", which debuts Tuesday.