Monday, July 8, 2013 | 4:44 p.m.
Flight of the Tatas
Many Las Vegas magicians will be among the 70 illusionists and sleight-of-hand artists filming for six days on one Hollywood stage for the new CW series “Masters of Illusion. The Las Vegas performers include Nathan Burton, Murray Sawchuck, Jarrett and Raja, Michael Turco and Rick Thomas.
The stars will record 13 all-new, one-hour episodes. Nathan told me: “We are shooting on Monday, July 22, in L.A. in front of a live audience on our one day off from The V Theater. The series is produced by Gay Blackstone, a legend in the magic industry, as she is the widow of Harry Blackstone Jr.
“I am performing several big illusions, including making a snowmobile appear, a giant pink hairdryer levitation and my large showgirl box where I make four showgirls appear in less than 2 seconds. The series first premiered a couple years ago, and I taped that, as well. This is the second time they will be back on TV, with new magicians and new acts.”
Added Murray: “We are shooting my episode July 19 in North Hollywood at Red Studios in front of a live studio audience, and we are going to make my 1973 Corvette Stringray appear in the middle of an empty stage. We are shipping the car to Hollywood for the shoot.”
NAKED HUMOR: Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club is adding a comedy and magic component with its own Comedy Hour Club. It kicks off Friday with 25-year veteran comedian Michael “Wheels” Parise headlining. He’s opened for Andrew Dice Clay for more than 20 years. Also at Sapphire Comedy Hour: magicians Chris “Scandal” Randall and Mon Dre and five-time Playboy centerfold Kalani Kokonuts.
21ST BIRTHDAY: The Act Nightclub in the Palazzo had a packed house as actress Nathalia Ramos celebrated her 21st birthday with a group of friends, including boyfriend Derek An, Spencer Peterson (Chiddy Bang), Casey Bond and Dathan Kuppin. The Spanish actress donned an asymmetrical white-and-gold dress by Keepsake the Label and strappy Steve Madden heels. The group enjoyed vodka cocktails and made a 21st birthday toast with tequila shots, and Nathalia was presented with a red velvet birthday cake.
AMERICA’S CUP ACT: The Quad headliners Recycled Percussion performed at the opening ceremonies of the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco on the Fourth of July. The day’s program for the 34th Cup included cultural performances and exhibitions from each of the four competing nations: The United States, Sweden, New Zealand and Italy. The group created a custom performance designed around popular American melodies that concluded with their ladder act. Justin Spencer of Recycled Percussion said, “We are humbled to be representing this great country in this amazing event. They could choose any act, and they chose us, so it’s a big honor.”
BLUE MAN GROUP ON TV: Monte Carlo headliners Blue Man Group were featured on The Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” on Sunday night in an episode centered on their grand opening at the casino resort. Top bakers battled it out in the hourlong special to have their custom cupcakes as the centerpiece at Blue Man Group’s grand-opening celebration. Phil Stanton, co-founder of Blue Man Group, served as the guest judge.
A LEG UP! Marc Savard, hypnotist at David Saxe’s V Theater in Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood’s, shared the following: “This week, I had one of the most unique and awesome things happen onstage. This guy volunteered for the show, and it was around the ‘Orchestra’ routine that I noticed he had a prosthetic leg. When the music started, the leg popped right off, and he started using it as an instrument! This was easily one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever seen.
POLICE COVER-UP: Local police officers insisted that the topless skydiving record with porn princess Jesse Jane couldn’t be topless. There had to be cover-ups by T-shirt, pasties or bikini tops. Contributing videographer Richard Corey kept his lens well focused for the pink carpet last Tuesday at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club and The Flight of the Tatas fundraiser on July 4. His video posted on YouTube includes Jesse, Murray, David Arquette, Ron Jeremy, Sunny Lane and Chris Phillips, who had a message for yours truly.
Dive in Monday kicks off at Boulevard Pool in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
DJ Cedric Gervais is at XS in Steve Wynn’s Encore.
Swedish DJ duo Rebecca and Fiona are at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan.
Tickets go on sale today for NASCAR Weekend events in The Neon Garage and at Las Vegas Motor Speedway from March 7-9.
Brad Garrett presents “The Mark Sweet Hypnosis Show” and K.T. Tatara at his comedy club at MGM Grand through Sunday.
Luxor headliner Criss Angel sets a remarkable 2,000-show record with Cirque du Soleil’s “Believe” and reveals secrets of his new Spike TV series. Plus, guest columns from dazzling dancer Tara Palsha of “Vegas! The Show” and “Rock of Ages” stars Mark Shunock and Kevin Hegman.
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Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.