As previously reported by Las Vegas Backstage Access, the Monte Carlo magician has indeed called it quits after headlining and performing about 15,000 Las Vegas shows for the last 14 years. Lance Burton will close his Monte Carlo run in Las Vegas on Sept. 4.
Burton reports that the decision to leave was his, though he remains guarded and vague when it comes to providing specific reasons for his departure.
“About three ago I had a moment of clarity when it just all became clear to me that I’m not on the same page as the hotel,” Burton said, adding, he doesn’t plan to badmouth the hotel where he spent at least a third of his career and has a deep emotional connection.
Some say that Burton and MGM Mirage officials were at odds over budgeting and cost-cutting issues, but, Burton says, that’s not the primary reason he gave notice.
Monte Carlo headliner magician Lance Burton will be mysteriously and suddenly packing his magical Las Vegas suitcases and announcing his departure this week.
Lance Burton is ending his current six-year contract at the Monte Carlo at the end of this summer — five years earlier than planned.
Burton had headlined at the Monte Carlo casino resort for 13 years before renewing the deal last year that would have taken him to 2015.
After breaking his right foot during a show in May [previous Las Vegas Backstage Access article], magician Lance Burton is staying on the Las Vegas Strip for another six years.
Burton and the Monte Carlo hotel-casino said yesterday that they have agreed to a new contract that will keep him as the resort’s headliner through 2015.
The 49-year-old illusionist says he plans to return to the stage on Tuesday, July 7.
Burton began his Las Vegas career 27 years ago with an eight-week trial engagement at “Folies Bergere,” which turned into a nine-year run.
Monte Carlo headliner Lance Burton will miss 19 shows after breaking his foot during his May 7 show in Las Vegas.
Burton is undergoing surgery in Las Vegas on Monday on his right foot, according to his publicist, Wayne Bernath.
The accident occurred 15 minutes into the show as Burton was preparing to do the floating bird cage act with Elvis the bird. When Elvis flew into the audience, Burton left the stage and retrieved the bird. The injury occurred when the entertainer twisted his right foot on the way up the steps. Burton finished the show despite considerable pain.