The Masked Magician reveals the secrets behind magic's greatest illusions, including how to escape a platform of metal spikes that comes crashing down; how to walk through a brick wall; and how to shoot an arrow through the body of an assistant without harming her. Plus, the Masked Magician reveals the secret behind Houdini's famous escape from a water chamber while chained upside-down.
The Masked Magician reveals the secrets behind Magic's biggest illusions including how a world famous street magician pulled off the ultimate trick: walking on water, slicing off a woman's hand with a sharp blade and then reattaching it again, and how to take an empty enchanted throne and with a puff of smoke, make a beautiful assistant appear from nowhere.
The Masked Magician reveals the secrets behind Magic's biggest illusions including making a three ton truck disappear in the blink of an eye; pulling an auto registration through the windshield of a car; biting an ordinary quarter in two with your teeth; and walking through the spinning blades of an industrial turbo fan.
Judging by the reported one billion people who tuned in to watch the royal wedding of commoner Kate Middleton to Prince William in April 2011, it's safe to say we have a collective fascination with pomp and circumstance—particularly when we feel the princess being feted is 'just like us.' The transformation of an ordinary person into a royal is the stuff of fairy tales, but it does come true for a few lucky mortals. Some of the most visible and well-liked royals are commoners who married into their regal title. Here are some of the individuals who made the ultimate transformation.
They are the famous women who were born into royalty, or found their way to it by marriage, and grew up to be the ecelectic empresses who have inspired countless stories, books, plays and films. As Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in 2012, a celebration of her 60 years on the throne, the queens who have long been admired—some for thousands of years—for their grace, public charm, dedication to philanthropy, finesse and fashion sense, come back into the spotlight. Explore the lives of notable queens such as Cleopatra VII, Queen Rania and Anna Ivanovna, from the time they were crowned, to their tragedies and milestones as rulers and consorts.
United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors are prominent individuals who volunteer to highlight important areas of the U.N.'s work. Actors, athletes, authors and musicians use their celebrity to raise awareness of the issues faced by victims of poverty, famine, and violence worldwide. Goodwill ambassadors make widely publicized visits to the world's most troubled locales, and make appeals on behalf of their people. Here are some of the stars who use their famous names to promote causes close to their hearts.
Women and men have continued the call for full-fledged women’s rights in a number of venues, including voting access, fair treatment in the workplace and reproductive and sexual freedom. Find out more about this eclectic and electric group of global activists who include Shirin Ebadi, Coretta Scott King, Asra Nomani and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Visit Biography.com's Women's History group to explore more biographies, photos and videos of some the world's most fascinating women.