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.
Magician Steve Wyrick has been a solid mainstay in Las Vegas since 2007, performing in a $35 million showroom located in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. He has disappeared nightly; but, this time the vanishing magic act is apparently a indefinitely canceled show. The performer failed to appear for last night’s show and, apparently, the show is no more.
Wyrick shaped his reputation performing supposed dangerous stunts, but blew his magic cover when a July 4th vanishing act went awry after stage curtains around his “Death Drop” stunt burst into flames and a crew member was injured.
Speculation about his Las Vegas reappearance has not materialized, yet.
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.
Comedy-magic duo Penn & Teller will present Goodwill of Southern Nevada with hundreds of men’s and women’s business suits that were collected throughout the Harrah’s Entertainment properties. The event starts at 11 a.m. April 15 at the Penn & Teller box office in the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The event’s purpose is to raise awareness of Harrah’s Entertainment’s ‘Giving Back to the Community’ resource fair that focuses on professional and personal development on Thursday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rio Pavillion Ballroom in the Rio Convention Center at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
Workshops and presentations planned for April 16 include opportunities to improve skills in job searching, health and wellness, nutrition, and create awareness of financial and community resources available. Highlights include resume review, interview practice and feedback, free mammograms, health screenings and dental checks, healthy cooking demos and more than 30 organizations that provide services to Las Vegas.
Both events are free and open to the public.