TV magician and mentalist Vincent Raven, the artist name of 50-year-old Swiss national Andreas Plörer, offered a €3,000 bounty to the person whose information leads to locating his lost bird, a talking raven called Corax.
The bird either escaped or was stolen from an enclosure at the beginning of November in the Waldviertel area of the Austrian state of Lower Austria.
Vincent believes that someone has stolen his feathered stage partner. The police have said that as a result of the reward being offered, they have been given several tips which they are following up.
A police spokesman said: "Some people have said they have seen the animal in Vienna or Burgenland."
Vincent Raven said: "I can imagine the bird was sold to a falconry or a dealer in the Czech Republic. But I hope the money helps me get it back."
Vincent Raven rose to fame by winning the German-speaking version of the Israeli TV show "The next Uri Geller", a contest which tried to find the most talented new mentalist. In his shows, Vincent won many hearts by appearing with his speaking raven Corax.
His career is not without its controversies. One picture allegedly showed Vincent Raven at a ceremony of a satanic group called the "Black Order of Lucifer". The mentalist denied reports that he is a member of the group.
He also made headlines in his native Switzerland by saying asylum seekers are "unpolished, stupid, disrespectful people".
Vincent Raven explained: "Wild animals are more social and socialised. They are parasites, for example like ticks, too much of them and there will be no chance to keep them under control."
Story courtesy of Central European News.