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Criss Angel Wins “Magician of the Century” Award

Las Vegas magician and illusionist and Luxor headliner Criss Angel has won the “Magician of the Century” award, which was presented to him after Angel’s second “Believe” show this Tuesday by Tony Hassini, founder of the International Magicians Society. 

Hassini was at the center of a controversy last year when questions arose after his society reportedly honored three different female magicians as the top female magicians of the year for 2008, including former Las Vegas headliner “Scarlett — Princess of Magic.”

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Mum’s the Word for Disappearing Las Vegas Magician Lance Burton

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.

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Las Vegas Magician Lance Burton Prepares to Disappear

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.

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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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Magician Steve Wyrick Mysteriously Disappears from Las Vegas

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.

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Jon Gosselin Brings Newfound Bachelor Lifestyle to Las Vegas

After treks to St. Tropez, the Hamptons and God knows where else, wayward Jon Gosselin will soon bring his newfound bachelor lifestyle to Las Vegas. JonGosselin

The father of eight and ex-husband to Kate Gosselin is set to host a pool party at MGM Grand’s Wet Republic in Las Vegas on August 29. 

Jon Gosselin, America’s favorite father starring in the Jon and Kate Plus 8 reality TV series, is coming to Las Vegas for a little R&R and will be hosting poolside. 

It’s, however, not an all play weekend– Gosselin is in town for the MAGIC fashion trade show with Christian Audigier. 

Last month, Gosselin took 22-year-old Hailey Glassman aboard Audigier’s yacht in St. Tropez, France, to discuss a new vintage-inspired motorcycle line and a potential television reality show about bikes.

If you would enjoy a professional article on this event, including photographs, for your publication, please contact Las Vegas Backstage Access by commenting on this article by August 19.

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Primp Clothing, MAGIC Convention & Las Vegas Go Hand-in-Hand

Designed in the 1980s by Emily Kersman and Wells Butler, what was then merely a primp clothing fad soon morphed warp speed when Paris Hilton, a regular Las Vegan, frequently cavorted in clubs wearing the stylish duds. primpclothing

The primp clothing fad became a smashing trend and the garments continue to be hotly sought after, being found online and in high end boutiques. 

Known for their hip and cozy look, the mix and match clothing designs include animal prints of virtually any beast.

Primp thermals and hoodies have become the fashion trend for indoors and street wear, worn by ordinary folk and the whose who of chicdom.  

The fashionable clothing is hugely popular among virtually all hip celebrities, including Britney Spears, Mischa Barton, Nicole Richie, and Lindsay Lohan. 

Now, with the Las Vegas Magic Convention coming to Las Vegas starting August 31, new Primp clothing lines are being introduced that will assuredly create even more fashion buzz. 

Las Vegas Backstage Access is offering to craft an article for your publication on the popular primp clothing trend, including designer interview, celebs, Magic offerings, complete with photography.   If interested, please fill out a reply to this article, kindly responding by August 17 so we can arrange interviews.

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