He's a three-time world champion and at one point was a beltholder concurrently in two mixed martial arts weight classes. Before that he was a two-time Olympian wrestler. He's won 29 fights in a 15-year MMA career, during which he's not even once been knocked out. His list of conquests includes fighters renowned enough to be known just by their first names: Fedor, Wanderlei, Vitor, and so on.
In the wake of the GSA convention scandal that is still reverberating across the government, officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Thursday pulled a help-wanted ad for a magician to appear at a leadership training event for its staff in the Washington area next month.
The 3,200 passengers aboard the Costa Concordia cruise liner were enjoying a night of entertainment and relaxation off Italy's Mediterranean coast.
Would Teresa Giudice have the guts to flip a table on Victoria Gotti?
You've seen it a hundred times, in any thriller that finds the hero perched on a ledge or on the edge of a building's rooftop. The camera moves up and tilts downward, in a smooth unbroken shot, so that we can all know that the actor is really standing there.
The Oscar given Orson Welles for "Citizen Kane" some 70 years ago sold for $861,542 in an online auction that ended Tuesday, a Los Angeles auction house said.
CNN's Dan Rivers takes a look at the life of Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
"The Nutcracker" ballet, as most North Americans know it, is about magic. A wooden toy transforms into a prince, mice and toy soldiers engage in battle, a little girl journeys to a sugar-coated paradise where she is treated to a series of decadent dances.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen said Sunday during an unannounced visit to Afghanistan that he doesn't know whether soldiers will continue to receive paychecks if an agreement over the U.S. debt ceiling cannot be reached.
Looking for your own piece of paradise? When it comes to exclusivity, it's hard to beat vacationing on a private island.
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. -- In the week leading up to VCU's Sweet 16 appearance, the Mason Magic drumbeat thumped louder and louder. The upstart Rams were coming from the same exact spot in the bracket -- 11-seed, upper-right corner -- as their CAA Final Four forebearers after both teams used BracketBusters wins at Wichita State to bolster borderline at-large credentials.
It was a magical performance from a consummate performer, on that we can all agree.
It could be a plot straight out of a Disney film: a young person from a disadvantaged background stumbles on a magical place, and with a little abracadabra his or her life is changed forever.
CNN's Robyn Curnow learns there's no shortage of imagination at Cape Town's College of Music.
The Asian singing star makes a splash opposite Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz
CNN's Kyra Phillips looks back at the career and life of Tony Curtis.
The illusionist and his French fiancÃ©e are reportedly expecting their first child together
CNN World Sport takes a look at some of the greatest viral videos.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning Saturday for the public to stop using an instant coffee marketed as a sexual enhancer, the agency announced in a news release.
Sure David Copperfield can make the Statue of Liberty vanish in front of a live audience, but what can he do with an iPad?
George Clooney will participate in a telethon, Madonna gives $250,000, and more
Federal prosecutors say there will be no criminal charges against the magician
The reality star gets an unpleasant surprise while visiting Ashton Kutcher
They might have been trained to ride flying broomsticks and mix potions but life after Hogwarts is still a riddle for the young magicians of the Harry Potter series.
Someday, the magic runs out. Because that's what it is, right? Magic. The ninth inning is the Chinese Water Torture Cell. The ninth inning is handcuffs and shackles and a burlap sack and a solid oak box with shiny steel chains and seven unbreakable locks keeping those chains tight. The ninth inning is for escape artists, and escape artists grow old, and the magic runs out. Someday.
Scientists are one step closer to knowing what you've seen by reading your mind.
When I was young, I used to practice tennis trick shots. It was my way of handling the monotony of tennis practice. Well, I was never good with monotony. I would stand in the supermarket parking lot, and hit shot after shot after shot after shot into that brick wall, and I would imagine being on Centre Court facing John McEnroe. Then I would imagine being at the U.S. Open facing Jimmy Connors. Then I would imagine hitting the ball so hard that it would knock back the bricks, a millimeter at a time -- WHACK! WHACK! WHACK! WHACK! -- until finally I hit the final ball so hard that it would break through the wall and come out the other side, right into the produce section where it would hit the guy spraying lettuce with a water bottle. These reveries would usually sustain me for as long as 15 minutes. Then I would practice trick shots.
NEW YORK -- Rafael Nadal's defensive displays can resemble Jackie Chan's in style and improbability. Fans today half expect the magician from Majorca to climb the court's back walls, flip in the air and breezily land line-painting winners.
Actor Edward Norton already wanted to be in better shape for his 40th birthday than he was on his 30th when the idea hit -- why not join members of an African tribe famous for its runners and run the New York marathon?
A fashion model, 22, claims the magician "traumatized" her on his private island
Prohibition-style bars and speakeasies have been popping up all over, but these lounges go beyond the gimmicks in their near obsessive devotion to the art of old-time cocktails and decor.
Michael Caine describes himself as "retired from the movies."
Planning to go without food for a long stretch? Drink lots of water, says the illusionist
It's a girls' night in Vegas as the singer scores top award and Taylor Swift takes album honors
So I met a magician the other night. For real. As in a guy who makes a living pulling rabbits out of a hat, mostly at corporate retreats and such.
A magician traveling with Spears dishes on her body, her dancing and sawing her in half!
CNN's Phil Black reports on the launch of the latest book by Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling.
When the subject of Australia is as ambitious as the character of an entire country, and the filmmaker is as effusive as Down Under's native son Baz Luhrmann, a ballsy Aussie cinematic razzle-Bazzle is to be expected. To be longed for, actually.
Here are a selection of clips from some of the latest movies to come out of Australia -- a country set to become a global over-achiever in the movie-making field.
Jennifer Bilotta thought she and her husband Michael had the perfect present for his cousin's wedding. The gift in question -- a fused-glass plate decorated with a "tacky scene of a bride and groom," she recalls -- had been given to Bilotta at her own wedding a few years earlier.
He went a record-breaking 17 minutes without breathing, thanks to intensive training, stamina and some lucky human evolution
David Blaine set a new world record Wednesday for breath-holding, 17 minutes and 4 seconds
The magician will attempt to hold his breath underwater for more than 16 minutes and 14 seconds
Yuan Hongwei is accused of not just pirating a U.S. glue manufacturer's products but copying the whole company. He has jumped bail and become an unlikely Chinese folk hero
Do Siegfried and Roy have another trick up their sleeves?
Pamela Anderson's life these days is all about Vegas magic shows, tutoring math at her kids' school and cozy nights at home with new hubby Rick Salomon. But now, she's talking retirement – saying she's got "five more years" of show-biz work in her.
By borrowing elements from the book series, a school in England has turned its grades around
Did David Copperfield perform a vanishing act? Foreign promoters are suing the illusionist for nearly $5 million, claiming the embattled star skipped out on a planned Asian tour once word got out that he was under investigation for sexual misconduct.
The FBI investigates magician David Copperfield after allegations of sexual assault. CNN's Ted Rowlands reports.
David Copperfield's lawyer strongly denied the magician committed sexual misconduct – a claim reportedly behind an FBI investigation.
The FBI investigation of David Copperfield involves a sexual misconduct claim against the magician, a Las Vegas newspaper reported Friday.
Authorities are investigating a Seattle woman's allegation that she was sexually assaulted by illusionist David Copperfield, two law enforcement sources told CNN on Friday.
Magician David Copperfield has been linked to an FBI investigation, authorities confirmed Thursday.
Pamela Anderson has said "I do" for the third time to longtime pal Rick Salomon.
"Have a little faith/There's magic in the night," Bruce Springsteen sang on 1975's "Thunder Road." And for keeping the faith along the decades of back roads and stylistic detours, fans get their beautiful reward with "Magic," his best record since "The River" in 1980.
Illusionist Criss Angel says his image as a serial dater is simply, well, an illusion.
And now, for his next magic trick - Criss Angel makes Britney Spears appear by his side.
Nurturing a talent in college sports into a full-time, profitable career is hard enough, but a profession out of locker-room antics -- can it be done?
Last Potter book goes on sale
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," the final book in J.K. Rowling's seven-book series about a youthful wizard and his magical and darkening world, arrived at 12:01 a.m. Saturday local time around the globe.
Criss Angel is a magician by trade, but a lawyer claims to have "documentary evidence" he's really a juggler.
With ex-husband Tommy Lee by her side and a room decked out in her favorite color - pink - Pamela Anderson turned the big 4-0 with an exclusive Planet Hollywood Hotel birthday bash in Las Vegas on Saturday.
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Storm clouds are gathering over the world's most famous wizard in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," the fifth film to be adapted from J.K. Rowling's magical saga
And now for her next trick ... Pamela Anderson will make her past reappear.
One summer day 11 years ago, I'd just moved to Hartford, Conn., and on my third afternoon I found my way up the block to the park and a pickup hoop game. It was your typical city playground tableau, a bunch of African-American guys in their teens and 20s, plus me, thirtysomething white guy. And this little 11-year-old white kid. The kid was tiny. Why are they letting this munchkin play? I wondered.
Getting a secret out of a magician is tougher then pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but Criss Angel opened up to PEOPLE about Cameron Diaz - sort of.
I expected one of the world's most expensive meals to start with a few sublime cocktails and some mind-blowing appetizers prepared in exquisite style by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
From the team hotel to the post-game locker room, SI.com's Luke Winn spent 12 hours with the Wisconsin Badgers on Wednesday to get an inside view of life on the road with a top-five team. The public could only see UW's 8 p.m. game against Penn State, which the Badgers won 71-58, but there was plenty more action behind the scenes.
Steve Nash is a wizard on the basketball court, able to conjure up magic with the flick of the wrist. But the Suns' point guard might be on the verge of a trick nobody would have imagined even just a short time ago: a third straight MVP award.
From the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas theatres, seeing is disbelieving this month as Richard goes on a Quest for magic.
"It took a long time to figure out what the film was," says director Christopher Nolan of his latest, "The Prestige."
A baseball zooms through clouds, straight through a wall and into the waiting hand of actor Adam Smith, who is tricked out like a magician, complete with wand, tuxedo and top hat. "How do you do it?" Smith asks conspiratorially. "You just need a small enough ball, of course."
Doctors and hospitals once held onto medical records as closely as a poker player clutches a straight flush. But thanks to Dr. Daniel Z. Sands and collaborators, Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is laying its cards on the table.
I have enjoyed the magical charms of the Harry Potter franchise since the highly anticipated (and highly hyped) first film, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," cast its spell upon the big screen in November, 2001.
"Confound this conundrum!" said the Chairman as he searched the pockets of his robe for his wand.
The first truckload of new Harry Potter books arrived at a bookstore Monday, but there's apparently no wizardry on Earth that can help fans get a sneak peak before the books go on sale at midnight Saturday.
Hoaxes, urban legends, clever parody and flat-out lies are, of course, as old as humanity.
ON THE PAIN SCALE, WATCHing bad comedy probably falls somewhere between dental surgery and having dinner with Anna Nicole Smith. It's pain that John Hakel, vice president of government relations fo...
It was love at second sight for Fred Savage and his new bride, Jennifer Stone.
I'm just wild about Harry.
"We are very competitive, but not within the family."
In the big Vegas magic acts, tricks are performed with wands and rings, scantily clad female assistants, and the occasional Siberian tiger. At the intersection of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, th...
Every 13 weeks--four times a year--we go through a song and dance called earnings season. And that means it's time for "surprises." One company after another announces earnings that, oddly enough, ...
Years ago David Levy foresaw how ergonomically ugly computer keyboards would get when shrunk to the size of Barbie's suitcase. Not that it's impossible to use the lentil-sized keys on the latest st...
Even the words sound antiquated: "trade" suggesting--what?--some leather-aproned craftsman at his bench; "secrets" conjuring up all manner of theatrical and flyblown things--sliding bookcases, invi...
Consider hiring Heiko Thieme for your next party. A semiprofessional magician, he wows spectators with vanishing sugar cubes, a deck full of card tricks, and his sleight-of-hand specialty: wolfing ...
Tired of using pie charts and handshakes to inspire employees and woo customers? Call Bill Herz. He's a professional magician who teaches sleight of hand to CEOs and other top corporate brass to he...
On a cloudy afternoon last New Year's Day, Robert L. Edgell, 68, sat on the railing of the balcony of his Longboat Key, Florida, condominium and paused. The pavement was seven stories below. Then h...
BOUNDING INTO THE center of the Clyde Beatty-Cole Bros. Circus in outlandishly padded nurse's drag, clown Elmo Gibb chases down another clown patient and administers a slapstick physical exam that ...
RARELY have the accomplishments of a select group of self-made men -- and of a self-made woman -- been more diverse. Estee Lauder built a great cosmetics company, unabashedly appealing to the sin o...
The voice on the telephone answering machine had said it was ''an important call.'' But James Randi, the renowned magician and exposer of pseudopsychics, had a more pressing matter -- an appointmen...