Magic shows depend on the skill of the magician to captivate, impress and entertain his audience. Understanding the tricks of the trade and the art of performance are crucial to become a successful magician. A great place to learn is Las Vegas, Nevada, where famous magicians perform elaborate, glamorous shows on a regular basis. Here you will discover some of the most practiced, entertaining, and impressive magicians performing in all types of venues, from the sidewalk to Caesar’s Palace.
Las Vegas Shows and Performers
Criss Angel performs in a show at the Luxor hotel where the magician mixes his act with the renowned Cirque du Soleil entertainment company. This show fuses the signature acts of Criss Angel with the story telling, artistry and other trademarks of Cirque performances.
The Amazing Johnathan represented a new genre of magician performing on the Vegas Strip. A close friend of Criss Angel’s, his performances will easily include macabre acts such as skewering his tongue or slitting his own wrists. He performs regularly at the Harmon Theatre.
The Mac King Comedy Magic show at Harrah’s Casino is a show intended for all ages that merges comedy with magic. Mac King has been performing there since 2000 and he prides himself on being able to entertain a diverse audience, “even surly teenagers”.
Penn and Teller are other magicians that combine comedy with magic at their show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. They incorporate novel elements like mime, pranks and gruesome tricks into their act and they specialize at horrifying and shocking their audience using comedy as a medium. You will be amazed at the tricks they perform and they will even contrive to share some ‘secrets’ with you that will add to your incredulity.
David Copperfield is a magician who is synonymous with Las Vegas and he has been performing there at the MGM Grand for numerous years. He is the most commercially successful magician ever, surpassing Harry Houdini, and he is renowned for incorporating storytelling into his magic.
Another famous magic act associated with Las Vegas in particular is Siegfried and Roy. Their show at the Mirage is known for including white tigers and lions in the acts. This pair has been performing together for over fifty years and retired from the magic business in 2009. They did take magician Darren Romeo on as an apprentice and trained him. Darren performs regularly in Las Vegas and in Branson, Missouri.
The variety and level of entertainment in these shows are sure to entertain those with all levels of interest in magic. When visiting Las Vegas, make sure you stop in, and, be ready to be entertained.