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September 1, 2014

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Photo: Clint Holmes performs at Cabaret Jazz in the Boman
A Holmes-coming for Bill Fayne at the Smith Center; Teller’s take on venues is theatrical
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers was honored by UNLV’s College of Fine Arts as Alumnus of the Year, but it likely won't be his last award from his alma mater. This is the first step in the school awarding ...
Photo: Aaron Posner and Teller, pictured here Tuesday, Ma
Strip Scribbles: Teller’s ‘Tempest’ triumph; Michael Jordan’s golf benefit; George Clooney’s tequila
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Teller hosts his star-studded premiere and celebration Saturday at the new 500-seat tent theater in Symphony Park outside the Smith Center, and even with “The Tempest” being extended from two weeks to one month, people are still fighting for tickets.
Photo: Aaron Posner and Teller, pictured here Tuesday, Ma
Magic set is larger as Teller’s passion, ‘The Tempest,’ prepares to open at Smith Center
Friday, March 28, 2014
Headliner magician Teller’s fascination with changing reality has not ebbed over the years, and William Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" is a heartfelt project that built steam years ago at the Rio.
Photo: Tims Vermeer by Rio headliner magicians Penn & Tel
Teller wins copycat lawsuit against European entertainer; Nathan Burton vs. Murray Sawchuck?
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Rio headliner magician Teller went after Belgian-born Gerard Dogge — an appropriate last name under the circumstances — for posting his copycat “The Rose and Her Shadow” illusion on YouTube with an offer to sell the instructions for $3,000.
Photo: Elise Hansen, Criss Angel, Robin Leach and Claire
Strip Scribbles: Gloria Estefan, Criss Angel, Robosaurus, Carlo’s Bakery, ‘Pawn Stars,’ gay dayclub Xposed!
Monday, March 24, 2014
More headline names are being added to the Keep Memory Alive tribute to Gloria Estefan, but I’ve learned exclusively that Carole King, Jordin Sparks, Rita Moreno, Fantine, Ricky Martin and Jon Secada will all perform duets with Gloria at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Photo: The Tempest by William Shakespeare.
Q+A: Teller reveals secrets of his William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’ at Smith Center
Thursday, February 20, 2014
When the Smith Center unveiled its Season 3 of Broadway productions Tuesday night, magic master Teller dazzled attendees with an advance look at his upcoming version of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” which isn’t in the new nine-show lineup.
Photo: Criss Angels
Surgery doesn’t put Criss Angel in straitjacket; Terry Fator returns to Letterman in media blitz
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Criss Angel’s shoulder surgery has shelved “Believe” at the Luxor, but a clip of the operation is now in “Magic Jam” in the same theater. After undergoing the major procedure Jan. 9, Angel was told to take it easy for six months.
Photo: Criss Angels
Q+A: Despite surgery and rehab, Criss Angel presents ‘Magic Jam,’ reveals ‘Believe’ illusion
Friday, February 14, 2014
Magician Criss Angel was told that if he didn’t undergo shoulder surgery, he might be eventually forced to give up performing magic. The Luxor headliner and global and TV superstar knew that he had no choice but to go under the knife.
Photo: Guy Fieri and Rachael Ray on the finale of
‘Rachael vs. Guy’ finale: Penn Jillette vs. Herschel Walker — who won?
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Four contestants made it through to the finals: Actress Florence Henderson was on Rachael Ray’s team with Penn Jillette, and singer Tiffany was on Guy Fieri’s team with Herschel Walker. They battled preparing a three-course meal on a dinner cruise.
Photo: Randy Couture and Rick Harrison at The D Las Vegas
Strip Scribbles: Penn vs. Florence Henderson; Criss Angel debuts ‘Magic Jam’; Randy Couture, Rick Harrison at D Las Vegas
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Rio magician headliner Penn Jillette was voted safe on Monday night’s fifth episode of “Rachael vs. Guy” on the Food Network. Now he goes into next week’s finals with fellow team member Florence Henderson to see which one wins the $50,000 prize for charity.
Photo: Las Vegas Wranglers President Billy Johnson and hi
Wranglers’ Billy Johnson: ‘I was assaulted’ by Las Vegas magician Seth Grabel
Monday, February 3, 2014
Billy Johnson is filing a civil suit against Seth Grabel, who allegedly assaulted Johnson after a show by The Amazing Johnathan in January 2010.
Photo: Bobby Flay.
Strip Scribbles: Olivia Newton-John at Flamingo, Bobby Flay’s burger joint, Penn on ‘Rachael vs. Guy’
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
From separate reliable sources, I can confirm that singer Olivia Newton-John will be opening her show this spring at the Flamingo on dates when resident headliners Donny & Marie Osmond are away, as was previously reported here at Vegas DeLuxe last year.
Photo: Criss Angel post-surgery on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 201
Criss Angel reveals secrets and surprises of ‘Magic Jam’ debuting next week at Luxor
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Despite still being in recovery and rehab from intensive 3-hour-plus shoulder surgery, magician Criss Angel vows that his new show “Magic Jam” will premiere on schedule one week from tonight.
Photo: Gordon Ramsay, Francois Payard, Guy Savoy and Mich
Strip Scribbles: Vegas Uncork’d sells out; Helen Reddy returns to L.V.; Motley Crue’s farewell tour
Monday, January 27, 2014
My Twitter spies alerted me: Have casino rivals Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn joined forces to form “LV2016” with prominent Republicans to explore the GOP Convention being held here? Did a blackjack player really turn a $200 investment into a $1.2 million win?
Photo: Murray Sawchuck and Chloe Crawford attend the 2014
Strip Scribbles: Magician rip-offs? Plus, ‘Spider-Man,’ Terry Fator, Veronic and Chinese New Year
Monday, January 13, 2014
There’s an amazing grab bag of Wicked Whispers & Racy Rumors to kick off the week. Tropicana headliner Murray Sawchuck lashed out today at four other Las Vegas illusionists on tour in Australia, Asia and Europe for reportedly ripping off his steam-locomotive vanishing act.

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