Magician to escape suspended above Times Square

Magician Criss Angel plans to hang in a cube encased in concrete and suspended 40 feet (12.2 meters) above the ground near Times Square next month in a stunt that will test his Houdini-like ability to escape. If he does not make it out within 24 hours, the cube will come crashing to the ground. Angel's stunt, beginning June 4, is being done to promote the third season of his A&E Network television show, "Criss Angel Mindfreak," which debuts the next day. A&E is taking over a parking lot, where passers-by will be able to watch and hear him work. The illusionist will be manacled and placed in a glass box four feet high, wide and deep. About three inches (7.6 centimeters) of cement will be caked around the cube before it is hoisted into the air. If all goes well, Angel will use a rope to lower himself to the ground. If not... "If you're not scared of death, what is there to fear?" Angel told The Associated Press on Tuesday.