Daily Archives: March 16, 2010

Magician Tiff goes Terribly Wrong in Las Vegas

Magicians are a fraternal bunch, and The Amazing Johnathan got a big laugh at a December gathering to honor Lance Burton’s manager, Peter Reveen.

The dark-witted comic strolled out with stage blood on his face, and a made-up black eye: “I’m sorry, Scarlett — I swear I’ll never criticize your dove pull ever again.” 

A big laugh erupted, for the tribute came only days after news that 21-year-old Rachel Jessee, left, known onstage as Scarlett — Princess of Magic, had been arrested for misdemeanor battery. She later pleaded no contest to assaulting her then 67-year-old manager and offstage partner, John Lewis. 

Lewis was sitting next to Jessee at the Reveen tribute, and he was perhaps the only person not laughing. 

“It was like it was a big joke. I don’t find it a joke,” he said. “I was still suffering from a horrible black eye at that point. I let it roll off me, but my face (was) still sore. I wanted to put some makeup on my eye before I went to this, and Rachel said, ‘No, no, I want people to see how you look.’ ” 

Lewis’ attempt to make a Las Vegas star of Scarlett is a cautionary tale of a show business dream that consumed, Lewis claims, nearly a million dollars of he and his wife’s retirement savings and personal effects. 

It is also a sad story of domestic violence and — if Lewis had his choice in the legal system — elder abuse. 

A week ago, Lewis and wife Carolyn filed a breach of contract lawsuit against Jessee, whom Lewis was dating, in Clark County District Court. The lawsuit claims repeated physical abuse and financial improprieties in converting Carolyn Lewis’ assets without her consent. 

In an interview before the lawsuit was filed, Jessee denied any physical abuse beyond the November fight. 

But she now contends Lewis pesters her new manager with e-mails and text messages alleging drug and alcohol abuse, which she calls “crazy.” 

“I’m definitely not a drug addict,” Jessee says. “I did drink heavier than I should have when I was in the relationship because I was not comfortable, and it was kind of a way to cope. I wasn’t an alcoholic but I’d have a few drinks every night.” 

Lewis says there were several escalating attacks. One time she pummeled his rib cage. Another time she hit him in the face and broke a tooth. 

“It’s hard to believe that when you see her onstage, but she would just, like, turn into ‘The Exorcist,’ ” he says.”She’s got a terrible violent temper that just explodes. It’s hard to explain, because she looks small. But she’s extremely strong when she gets mad.”

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Amy Winehouse’s Plans to Remarry Former Jailbird Husband Blake Fielder-Civil in Las Vegas Faces Immigration Trouble

Amy Winehouse’s plans to remarry former jailbird husband Blake Fielder-Civil in Las Vegas are at risk of running into trouble with American immigration authorities.

U.S. Embassy officials in London may grill the British singer’s ex to reach a decision on his U.S. entry following his 2008 conviction for grievous bodily harm, which landed him a jail sentence.

Immigration sources claimed it is “highly unlikely” that Blake would be given a go ahead. “Anyone convicted of a serious violent offence will be given short shrift when it comes to trying to enter the States,” the Daily Star quoted a source as saying.

“It does not matter about his plans for getting married in Las Vegas. U.S. immigration chiefs are extremely scrupulous when it comes to serious misdemeanours,” the source added.

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Grand opening tonight for MEET Las Vegas brings celebrities, politicians to celebrate the city’s newest events center

Today, March 16, at 4:30 p.m. will be the ribbon cutting and blue carpet grand opening of MEET Las Vegas. It’s the city’s newest venue for corporate events, trade shows, weddings and more. Over 800 of Las Vegas’ most influential, talented and exciting members of the community are expected to attend.  The public is invited to attend. 

Many of Las Vegas’ public figures and celebrities will join the grand opening festivities including Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman, Rita Rudner, Holly Madison, Carrot Top, Criss Angel, Anthony Cools, Wayne Newton, Zowie Bowie, the cast of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding Las Vegas, Kerry Simon, Alicia Jacobs as well as Las Vegas corporate executives and community leaders.  A silent art auction to benefit Opportunity Village will be on the third floor of the venue.

MEET, offering unlimited options with its customizable digital design environment and flexible rigging infrastructure, is a 30,000 square foot three-story venue and outdoor pavilion located at 233 South 4th Street at Bridger Street in downtown Las Vegas. 

Accommodating up to 2,000 people, the first two floors are a blank canvas, providing expedient move-in and tear downs because the rigging and technology infrastructure are fixed elements. With color changing exterior and interior lighting, MEET Las Vegas provides “Customized Branding”. The third floor provides executive concierge services for VIP retreats and meetings as well as two state-of-the-art, computer equipped classrooms. 

The Bridger and 4th Street lobbies offer one of the most versatile exhibition and event spaces in Vegas. There is color-changing lighting capability for fully branded events. State of the art wall and ceiling rigging capabilities, with floor connection points, work in unison provides optimum versatility for events, product shows and exhibitions. The tension and weight load rigging points provide dynamic options without laborious and expensive temporary infrastructure installs. There are audio-visual TeleData tieline connectivity plates every 10 feet.

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St. Patrick’s Day Overflows in Las Vegas

Las Vegas celebrates most holidays with room rate specials and bonus points on players cards.  But St. Patrick’s goes beyond neon, music and fabulous food. 

Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo at Planet Hollywood will be serving up Chocolate Irish Mochas and “Greena colada’s” along with $5 pints of green draft or Guinness.  Wear a kilt and find out what other specials there are beside green tortillas burritos and quesadillas. 

Another Planet Hollywood locale, Blondies Sports Bar and Grill, is offering a one of a kind event – the Glow Green party.  Wear white – and be sure it’s something you don’t mind getting marked.  You’ll have to fork over $20 for cover, but you’ll enjoy all you can drink draft.  Once you’ve tossed back a few, you can put your drunk drawing skills to work when the black lights go on and the highlighters come out. 

If it’s a true Irish moment you’re really wanting to have, stop by Fado’s Irish Pub on Eastern starting at 8 a.m. with Kegs and Eggs followed by music by Finnegan’s Wake at noon.  The party goes on with more musical groups and, of course, a wonderful selection of Guinness, Harp and fine Irish whiskey. 

But for some of us, one day to celebrate St. Patty’s just isn’t enough.  Not nearly.  So why not join the four-day block party at O’Sheas on the Strip?  There promises to be beer pong with Peepshow starlet Holly Madison, music by DJ Irish and later by the Sin City Sinners and $1 Irish Car Bombs and $4 Guinness on tap.    The party goes on until midnight March 20 with Blarney rock-bottom drink specials and events every day.

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