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Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | 4:35 p.m.
The wedding cake oozed “blood,” and every guest in the wedding chapel shouted loud objections when the minister asked if anybody knew why the couple shouldn’t be married. Several female guests fainted atop one another just before the groom began to recite his vows.
It was exactly the wacky wedding that magician The Amazing Johnathan and performance artist Anastasia Synn had promised each other and their off-kilter parade of eccentric guests. He even set the wedding certificate on fire when zany comic Gallagher handed it over for signature.
Guests included fellow magicians David Copperfield, Penn & Teller and Jeff McBride, with his wife Abigail, comedy hypnotist Anthony Cools, sexy singers Elise Furr and Stephanie Jordan and a varied assortment of Las Vegas zombies, Cirque du Soleil cast members, painted clowns, pro wrestlers and performance artists, including Snake Babe, who left her 9-foot python at home for the wedding reception.
Gallagher bought a $15 license to perform the wedding as an ordained minister at A Special Memory Chapel. Johnathan and tattooed Anastasia have been dating for the past year. The zany ceremony was linked via Skype to reception guests at Geisha House, where the wedding party arrived shortly after their “I do” promises were exchanged.
For more than 13 years, The Amazing Johnathan has performed on Las Vegas stages as the longest-running comic magician on the Strip with extended stays at the Flamingo, Riviera and Bally’s. Now because of diabetes and a heart imbalance, he’s retiring after six final shows this weekend at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. The shows are being videotaped for a future TV documentary.
A.J. told me that he didn’t feel well during the ceremony. “My heart is pumping at only 13 percent capacity. I really felt unwell. It’s not getting any better.”
His bride Anastasia added: “I had to hold him up a couple of times; otherwise, I know he would have just fallen down. I promised to look after him in sickness and in health, so this is my job for now — making sure he’s OK and that he gets better.”
Despite the groom’s health battle, he took his bride on the dance floor for the first dance, and over sushi and sake the newlyweds applauded a nearly two-hour nonstop lineup of wacky entertainment from balloon swallowers and puppeteers to magicians and clowns.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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