Unfortunately this isn’t just a magic act. The above video shows the disappearance of the the once great Aral Sea in Kazakhstan. This is a completely man-made “phenomenon” when the Soviets diverted water that fed into the lake for irrigation of crops. Over time naturally, humans got greedy and wanted more water until eventually one of the largest lakes in the world was split up into four individual lakes 10% of it’s former glory.
It’s a sad overview of the effects of man, and with satellite technology, it’s even easier to see the effects. Typical me would say that this is the result of the terrible Soviets, and communism, and I would be partially right, but at it’s core, it’s a trait of humanity in general, not limited to a single source of politics.