Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 6:08 p.m.
Our brave and relentless “Ghost Adventures” team led by hometown hunter Zak Bagans returned to The Goldfield Hotel, and it was their spookiest spirit communication yet. It will broadcast on The Travel Channel on March 22. Goldfield is 188 miles north of Las Vegas and 240 miles southeast of Carson City on U.S. 95.
Zak told me: “Because the level of evidence we have received in previous investigations, we have decided to return. This time, we do a two-day, two-night investigation ... the entire episode is a lockdown. We bring in an 80-year-old woman named Virginia who is the hotel's caretaker, and she shows us how she communicates with the spirit of Elizabeth.
“We were blown away when Elizabeth begins communicating with us, then tells us she is going to make something move on cue, which she does, and it is captured on camera. … We also catch poltergeist activity on camera that was so compelling, we had a university physics professor analyze this footage in addition to a motion-picture special-effects editor to validate the footage as authentic.
“This is not the first time we have captured poltergeist activity at the hotel. We also received additional communication from the spirits at The Goldfield talking about something that they remembered from our 2004 investigation. … This evidence on this episode has taken our research to another level. … We have observed spirit-conscious energy be intelligent, remembering events and helping the living better understand the afterlife. … It is spellbinding footage.”
In addition to the ratings success of “Ghost Adventures,” Zak is developing other exciting projects for Travel. He summed up: “Everyone, believer or nonbeliever, has to watch this episode for the sake of answers of the afterlife.”
ORANGE BURNOUT: It’s a head’s up so you don’t miss the start of NASCAR festivities as the superstars of the track roar into town for this weekend’s big races. Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is newly teamed with AMP Energy, celebrates his re-launch with an orange burnout in front of the Caesars Palace fountains at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Junior will be teaching fellow AMP Energy athletes MMA’s Urijah Faber and Olympic snowboarder Scotty Lago how to perform a burnout. Dale will race in the orange #88 Chevrolet on Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
NEW SALON: My pal and hair guru to the stars Michael Boychuck had a great turnout for the opening of his new, upscale Life Time Fitness Salon in Summerlin with 1995 Miss USA Shanna Moakler joining me to host the party. She looked stunning in a black Urban Outfitters dress, Prada clutch and leopard-print Christian Louboutin heels. The blonde bombshell and the celebrity hairstylist cuddled the adorable, pocket-sized Charlie, a foster pup from The Animal Foundation. Charlie later starred in a live auction, with the winning bidder paying $575 for the precious puppy.
Guests included new Mrs. Nevada America Ruth Gray (the wife of The Linq exec Jon Gray), tattoo artist Mario Barth, entertainer Zowie Bowie, plus, a fashion show with styles from the boutique R+D Hipster Emporium. The celebration raised more than $1,200 for The Animal Foundation.
GOLD CIGARS: I’ve had several inquiries about the 24K gold-wrapped cigar now on sale here. I’ve smoked one: Perfecto! Fascinating how when the 3-inch ash burn drops off the gold separates, and you can tweeze that up separately as a keepsake. I should have pointed you to LondonCutCigars.com, who manufacturer the product, and where it can be purchased other than the local distributor Coastal Cigars.
SEXY THEME: Jazz king Richie “Alto Madness” Cole recorded a theme for Sunset Thomas, our hometown sex-queen adult entertainer. “Richie played in Buddy Rich’s band, Doc Severinsen’s band, with Chuck Berry and Gladys Knight and The Pips. And that’s the short list!” beamed the blonde bombshell. “He’s a dear friend, and he wrote this scintillating samba song in my honor -- and believe me, I’m honored!”
SHINING STAR: One of the up-and-coming names in ballet is set to shine tonight when “The New York City Ballet Moves” is at The Smith Center. Justin Pecks is only 25 and was promoted to the rank of soloist last week. He’s been with the Corps de Ballet since 2007 and has choreographed three ballets in the past six months. He’s one of the most sought after choreographers right now, and this will be his first presentation here. The NYC Ballet produced a short video to showcase his work.
The first of the two live “American Idol” episodes airs from Cirque du Soleil’s “The Beatles’ Love” theater at The Mirage.
The Food Network’s hit series “Chopped” features Sensi executive chef Royden Ellamar. He’s hosting a viewing party at his Bellagio restaurant.
Pure at Caesars hosts A Most Interesting Woman party.
A sneak peek, behind-the-scenes look at the new film “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” filmed on The Strip reveals feuds between illusionists. Plus, our interview with Jarrett & Raja starring in “America’s Got Talent” at Palazzo, fiery chef Gordon Ramsay gets ready for a new season of “Hell’s Kitchen” filmed at Caesars, and NASCAR events begin.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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