Since I first saw the Houdini biopic and read his biography as a kid, I've wanted to see Houdini's famous Chinese Water Torture escape performed live, and I finally got that opportunity last night at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
How many assistants does it take to cut a watermelon? One of 52, if you ask master conjurer Ricky Jay who wowed the crowd at The Paley Center for Media last Thursday night. He has starred in a show, expertly fanning his deck at nightclubs around the country.
If human centipedes, Houdini-like escapes, Cirque de Soleil-style aerial acrobatics and lots of very sexy, muscular performers in dance belts appeal to your sense of fun and aesthetics, then Pilobolus' annual run at the Joyce Theater should be your cup of tea.
The author and star of The Secret, had been actually keeping a secret. While making movies, videos, and writing books on all the things he firmly believes in, not once did he mention his interest in collecting rare books.
"Among other things I do," says the British musician, "I'm the music director of an organization called TED or Technology, Education and Design. That's an annual get together of people sort of figuring out how to save the planet."