Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 | 5:15 p.m.
It’s no illusion! Congratulations look to be in order mid-month when magic headliners Penn and Teller celebrate their 20th anniversary in Las Vegas. They first performed at Bally's in 1993 and began their run at the Rio in 2001; Jan. 14 marks the 20th-year milestone.
I’m hearing reliable rumors that the two outrageous illusionists will get a massive six-year contract extension to take them through the off-Strip property through Dec. 31, 2018.
When signed, sealed and delivered, it will be one of the longest -- if not the longest -- contract extension in Las Vegas magic showbiz history with a total 25-year headline run. And, incredibly, Teller still hasn’t spoken a word!
Penn Jillette appears on Donald Trump’s upcoming “Celebrity Apprentice: All-Stars” on NBC raising more money for our beloved charity Opportunity Village.
I also am hearing very reliable rumors that The Venetian will soon confirm a contract extension for country superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill and their “Soul2Soul.” All are “very happy” with how it’s all worked out, so expect a new deal and dates shortly.
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Carnival lasts all year at the Rio. With a float occasionally passing overhead and dropping beads while feathered dancers fire up the gamblers below, the Rio tries to keep its 120,000-square foot casino jumping with excitement. Special Brazilian mixed-drinks are also served throughout the casino. The hotel suites tend to be larger than similar priced rooms on the Strip and many offer excellent views with floor to ceiling windows.
The Rio offers some quality shows like "Penn & Teller" and "Chippendales." Many come to the Rio for the nightlife at the VooDoo Lounge, located on the 51st floor, or McFadden's Irish Pub on the casino level.
Others come for a bit relaxation at the Rio Spa or pool area and still others come to shop at the hotel's 60,000 square feet of shops. In each of these endeavors, the Rio attempts to make the experience a bit more fun and spontaneous.
The Rio also offers guests a variety of dining choices from all-American food at the All-American Bar & Grille to Gaylord India Restaurant for something a little spicier and even Carnival World Buffet for the indecisive.