The magic of North Korea: a disappearing plane

Tue Mar 15, 2011 3:51am EDT
 
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SEOUL (Reuters Life!) - North Korea, renowned for its secrecy and incredible artistic performances, is now planning the ultimate magic show -- complete with disappearing aircraft.

The North's state-run KCNA news agency reported that the capital Pyongyang would host a "new form" of magic show in which the aircraft, a bus full of passengers and elephant would be made to disappear.

The Pyongyang Circus, which has conducted 250 tours around the world, has won more than 70 awards including 36 gold prizes at 38 international circus festivals, KCNA reported.

Impoverished and isolated North Korea is famous for its mass gymnastics and dancing performances, with children trained from the age of five to perform in mass games such as the Arirang Festival to mark the birth of the state's founder Kim Il-sung.

(Reporting by Jeremy Laurence; Editing by Jonathan Hopfner)