Dramatic video shows the moment that an escape artist nearly drowned in a locked box at a performance in New Jersey.

Spencer Horsman was chained up and supposed to escape a locked box filled with water as part of his “Water Torture Cell” stunt to promote a Criss Angel performance, but the daredevil couldn’t open the last latch.

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Four men rushed to free Horsman, who was locked inside for more than two minutes.

Horsman was rushed to the hospital, but is "recovering well," according to Angel's Twitter account.

Horsman said that this stunt has been a problem before and nearly killed him a few months ago.

NJ.com reported that officials didn’t know whether the stunt was a hoax or an accident.

Watch video of the incident below.

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