It is generally known that a magic trick is broken into three parts: the pledge, the turn and the final prestige, inside knowledge exposed by Christopher Nolan's 2006 movie, The Prestige.
Dressed in an ill-fitting black Mao suit, a pair of baggy pants and a rainbow wig with a red hat, the 1.8-meter-tall man bends over to shake the hand of a diminutive 4-year-old girl. As his hand touches hers, his hat falls to the ground and the child bursts into giggles. While most magicians revel in applause, Chris Parsons is all about the laughter.
Sichuan opera is one of the oldest forms of Chinese opera, distinguished by face-changing, fire-spitting and other stunts. Regionally Chengdu remains to be the main home of Sichuan opera, while other influential locales include Yunnan, Guizhou and other provinces in Southwest China.
Gods and goddesses from Greek mythology are often represented in Western art, but American-Australian artist David Jay Reed is more interested in the gods from Chinese folk legends and Buddhism.
"There is but one Paris," said Vincent van Gogh, and the Dutch master artist was but one of countless millions of visitors who have over the centuries been drawn by art to the French capital.
A quiet artist, Wang Xing-wei has been fascinated with paintings since he was a child.
It's the collection that Cats built.
Although Dai Ailian, the Trinidad-born doyenne of dance in China, passed away seven years ago, her spirit of exploring dance from different cultures continues.
It was love at first sight for African Neneh Ada Yang and her Chinese husband Yang Yan. They share the same passion for painting and have jointly exhibited their works.
When television showed the life in the Shenzhou VI manned spacecraft in 2005, Jiao Xuefeng was amazed to see an astronaut playing a puzzle game featuring facial makeup of Peking Opera, a work of his father.
It's a traditional Chinese art, but the facial makeup of Peking Opera is finding a modern renaissance with the magical touch of Jiao Yingming.
An exhibition of Meneghetti's paintings kicked off at the provincial museum here on Thursday.