Las Vegas| Margaret Manning, a 76-year old woman from Michigan, is reported missing yesterday after apparently vanishing during a magic show at the famous Casino Royale Hotel. The woman was picked from the crowd to take part in a trick in which the neophyte magician made her disappear, but was unable to make her reappear.
The stage magician, a new performer known as Erasmus the Great, placed Ms. Manning in a large box-shaped container made of clear glass, before placing a black velvet sheet over it and “making her disappear”. The elderly woman did vanish from the container, but did not reappear when the magician performed a similar gesture a second time, a few moments later.
The woman’s relatives started screaming in panic when they noticed that something was going wrong, followed by a large part of the audience.The crowd was evacuated after a few minutes, and security agents and and officers of the Las Vegas Police Department were called in to look for the woman. They searched every inch of the building over the following hours but have found no trace of Ms. Manning.
“I don’t get it… there’s a trap door, it’s mechanical, she can’t disappear for real” says the performer, clearly in a state of shock. “My stage assistants say she never came out on the other side, but that’s impossible! It’s like she just vanished!”
A police investigation should help elucidate this mysterious disappearance over time, and reveal what happened to the grandmother after she vanished from the stage.