Tuesday, July 15, 2014 | 8:02 p.m.
As Robin Leach settles into a northern Italian lake district lifestyle before his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus Lake Como and Lake Maggiore this year — many of our Strip personalities have again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue today with Almas Meirmanov, one of the trio of high-wire walkers The Frat Pack in the hit show “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace.
Performing has been a part of my life since the age of 5. Now at 29, it’s second nature. I grew up traveling all over the world and came to the United States from Russia with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the 1990s.
After several years of traveling, my family settled down in Chicago where I finished high school and took on corporate gigs and special events.
Already then, subconsciously, I was being introduced to the fine tune of balance. With my background as an acrobat, I was able to portray roles as an actor/stunt performer in movies and TV shows such as “The Dark Knight,” “The Unborn,” “Fred Clause,” “ER,” “The Beast” and “Chicago Code.”
Since relocating from Chicago to Las Vegas to perform as the closing act in “Absinthe,” life has been quite a balance. Sharing the stage with performers Paul “Fat Frank” Lopez, Andrew Adams and the rest of the cast has been a blast!
There is something unique and daredevil-like about walking the high wire that I love. There is an adrenaline rush when you first step on the high wire in a live performance, and the feeling is unexplainable.
The pole that I use for balance weighs 45 pounds, which now feels lighter than a feather, and besides the sound of cheerful audience members and the music, all I can hear is training tips from our coach Lijana Wallenda and that little voice in my head that reminds me to stay focused.
In reality, performing the high wire is about trust and belief in yourself, your abilities and your fellow partners — and that’s a fine balance.
Since beginning the three-year run with “Absinthe,” this year has been the busiest. Outside performing 10 shows per week, my wife Katia and I are expecting our first baby.
As we prepare for our due date, we have also started another venture, opening a fitness studio in Henderson with a unique program that I’ve been developing for the past several years: Intermix Fitness, a high-end boutique studio.
I’ve been physically active my whole life, learning and perfecting different techniques and methods on how to live a healthy lifestyle, and I want to share that with everybody. Between mental and physical strain, it’s not always 50/50, so you have to find what works for you.
I have great support from family and friends, my loving wife keeps me focused, and along with discipline and determination, I am able to stay on track and walk the most challenging tightrope: life.
Check out our other “Absinthe” guest columns today from burlesque beauty Melody Sweets and death-defying acrobat Cadence Alexia of Duo Fevrier. On Thursday, comedian George Wallace has us laughing, and we have a producer’s behind-the-scenes peekaboo of “Sydney After Dark” from the land Down Under at Planet Hollywood.
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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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.