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‘KWTD’: Chloe Crawford spins magic in and out of ‘Fantasy’

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Murray Sawchuck and wife Chloe Crawford attend the grand opening night of The Jacksons in “Rocktellz & Cocktails” on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Planet Hollywood.

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“Fantasy” at the Luxor star and Playboy Cyber Girl Chloe Crawford.

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Chloe Crawford attends the grand opening night of The Jacksons in "Rocktellz & Cocktails" on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at Planet Hollywood.

Chloe Louise Crawford is the Playboy “Cyber Girl of the Month” for February and is a familiar figure year-round as a cast member in “Fantasy” at the Luxor and the sinewy sidekick for the afternoon magic show at Tropicana’s Laugh Factory.

A longtime friend of the co-hosts of “Kats With the Dish” — they being Tricia McCrone and myself — Crawford appeared as a guest on this week’s program that aired Friday at 9 p.m. on KUNV 91.5-FM the Source.

Highlights of our chat with the British-born performer:

On meeting her husband, magician Murray Sawchuck:

We met about seven years ago. We were both doing shows in Mexico. I was dancing in a show and he was doing his magic show. His magician’s assistant was leaving, and he asked if I wanted to take her place, and I thought, “Yeah, I like magic.” I was a big fan of it watching it on TV when I was a kid, so I thought, “Why not?” I started working with him, and it just kind of went on from there, and seven years later we got married.

On moving to Las Vegas from England:

It was never the plan. I was always open to trying new things and going new places, and he (Murray) just happened to live here. It’s really worked out great for us.

On getting the job dancing in “Fantasy”:

I was here for a few months doing Murray’s show, and I started looking for shows in town that worked with our schedule. At that point, his show was at 7 p.m., so I didn’t get out until 8:30 p.m. That kind of cut out all of the early shows for me. An audition for “Fantasy” came up, and so did a few other shows, and I was really lucky to get a couple offers. I saw “Fantasy” four of five years ago, and I said, “I think this is the one.” I was really lucky. It kind of just all fell into place.

On doing other projects with Murray:

We’ve done a few random TV things. We’d love to host together or do reality TV together. It would be nice if we could just go about our already crazy lives and have someone shoot it and put it on TV.

On working with Playboy:

I shot with them last year. My “Cyber Girl of the Week” stuff came out in January, and I’m “Cyber Girl of the Month” for February. I have one other set coming out in a few weeks, then I kind of just see where that goes. It’s kind of been progressing. I just went in to see if they would take me at all, and we started with this.

I also shot for Playboy TV. They came in and did a “day in the life” with me. That was pretty cool. It was lot of fun, and I thought, “I could do this every day.” It comes on Playboy TV in either March or April. I am waiting to hear.

On performing magic on her own:

People always ask me in interviews if I can do tricks, and I thought I better learn something. I learned an old act of Murray’s that he did a few years back with umbrellas and silks and stuff. It’s not very technical, but it’s a great start for me. I performed it at a Christmas show we did, and I did it again when we were in Palm Springs. I enjoy it, but it is so scary. I was so nervous. I’m so comfortable in “Fantasy,” and I’m half naked in that one. Maybe I just have to do topless magic.

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