Born in Italy , as “The Escapologist”, thousands of people have witnessed his thrilling performances all over the world including Sydney Opera House, London’s Hammersmith Apollo, the Arena di Verona in Italy and over 100 theatres and major arenas in Europe, Mexico, Australia, South America, Asia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand and the United States.
His show is a high energy and entertaining audience participation spectacle, featuring the world’s first FULL VIEW Original Houdini Water Torture Cell. This is Basso’s extraordinary signature piece which TV and newspapers have been talking about across the globe.
Film historian Bruce Scivally is Vice President of New Dimension Media in Chicago. Previously, he taught classes in scriptwriting, film history, media theory and pre-production at the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Columbia College, Facets Multimedia and Flashpoint Academy.
Scivally has written articles for Filmfax, Variety, High Life and British Esquire. His latest book, Dracula FAQ, explores all facets of both the historical and literary Dracula. His prior books include Billion Dollar Batman, a comprehensive history of the Dark Knight from 10 cent comic book to global icon, and Superman on Film, Television, Radio and Broadway, which celebrates 70 years of Superman in popular culture.
He is co-editor of The Special Effects and Stunts Guide (Lone Eagle, 1989) and co-author of James Bond: The Legacy (Abrams, 2002), which was featured on The Today Show, CNN, Fox News Network and Headline News, and was highlighted in magazines as diverse as Glamour, Entertainment Weekly, New York Magazine, The New Yorker and Playboy.
The Wizard of Oz’s Ruby Slippers Conservation
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is heading down the Yellow Brick Road on a Kickstarter campaign to fund the conservation and display of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers, made famous by the official landmark 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. The Ruby Slippers have become one of the most iconic artifacts in film history and one of the most asked about objects at the Smithsonian. They have been on view at the museum for three decades, and as a Smithsonian cornerstone, they are deserving of special care and attention as a beloved icon to so many.
The museum launched their Kickstarter on Oct. 17, with a goal of $300,000. The funds will be used for immediate conservation care and a new, state-of-the-art display case designed to protect them from environmental harm and slow their deterioration.
Future plans call for the Ruby Slippers to move into a new exhibition on American popular culture, scheduled to open in 2018. A successful campaign will ensure that millions more people can enjoy the Ruby Slippers for many generations to come.
The public can back the project on the Kickstarter page, si.edu/kickstarter, and can follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #KeepThemRuby. The campaign ends Nov. 16.