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Escape artist credits aliens for his powers

July 3, 1997
Web posted at: 3:32 p.m. EDT (1932 GMT)

From Correspondent James Martone

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CAIRO, Egypt (CNN) -- Bound tightly with rope and chains, Abdel Karim jumps into the Nile River, sinks below the water and -- moments later -- rises to the surface, having cheated death with Houdini-like skill. Asked to explain his unusual abilities, the 34-year-old Egyptian credits ... aliens.

Eight years ago, Karim says, he was "sucked into a flying saucer and in it were three tall extra-terrestrials (who) gave me these extraordinary powers."


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