Rumi draws Madonna to Turkey

Rumi draws Madonna to Turkey
Madonna
Updated 16 March 2017

Rumi draws Madonna to Turkey

Rumi draws Madonna to Turkey

TURKEY: International pop star Madonna will soon visit Mawlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s adopted home of Konya, Turkey, a Turkish newspaper reported Thursday.
The singer, who has expressed interest in Rumi’s teachings in the past and recorded an English translation of one of his poems, will be accompanied by her friend, Turkish fashion photographer Mert Alaş. The newspaper reported that Madonna was also expected to attend a series of events in Konya, which will be held to mark the 789th anniversary of Rumi’s arrival to the Anatolian city after fleeing a Mongol invasion of Central Asia.
Madonna will stay in Konya for two days before leaving for Bodrum, a popular vacation resort in southwestern Turkey, the Daily Sabah reported.
The 58-year-old singer last visited Turkey in 2012 where she performed in a concert in Istanbul.
Rumi is one of the best-selling poets in the US.


Magicians mark 100 years of sawing people in half

Magicians mark 100 years of sawing people in half
Updated 15 January 2021

Magicians mark 100 years of sawing people in half

Magicians mark 100 years of sawing people in half
  • They came, they sawed, they conquered
  • London-based Magic Circle organization will host the celebrations

LONDON: He came, he sawed, he conquered. One hundred years ago on Sunday, illusionist P.T. Selbit put a woman in a box on the stage of London’s Finsbury Park Empire and sawed right through the wood, creating a magical classic.
Now, 100 years on, magicians from around the world will be getting together online this weekend to celebrate the centenary of that landmark performance.
“This took off and became the most influential and the most famous illusion, in my opinion, that there’s ever been,” said magician and historian Mike Caveney who is writing a book on the illusion.
“The magician wasn’t doing this trick to an inanimate object. He was doing it to a human being, which raised it up to a whole new level.”
In the original version, the saw went through, the box was opened and the person emerged unharmed.
Down the years magicians developed refinements, with the two halves pulled apart. Celebrity magician David Copperfield came up with his own version “The Death Saw” where he was the one tied down to a platform as a giant rotary blade sliced him in two.
Sometimes he actually got injured, Copperfield said in an interview filmed for Sunday’s online event.
“I got cut a few times by the blade because the blade was a little bit off, you know, stages are different every theater you have,” Copperfield said.
The London-based Magic Circle organization will host the celebrations with a live streamed-event on Facebook from 1800 GMT on Sunday.
Guests will include Debbie McGee, the wife of the late British TV magician Paul Daniels, who will describe the many times she survived the procedure.