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Piff the Magic Dragon’s stale croissant earns big bucks at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

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Criss Angel, Mr. Piffles and Piff the Magic Dragon at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan.

Mario Lopez at Rose. Rabbit. Lie.

Mario Lopez attends “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan on Friday, April 11, 2014, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

The new Breakfast at Piffany’s at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan is as wacky and off-kilter as its eccentric star, Piff the Magic Dragon. Yet guests getting caught up in his free fringe comedy show are swept up in its insanity and shelling out thousands of dollars for four-day-old croissants he buys in advance from Walmart.

They’re stale by the time he puts them up for a bizarre and boisterous live auction, but the promise of succeeding with the winning bid has created a bidding frenzy.

The opening weekend brought in $4,490 for stale croissants, and for a day comedy king Brad Garret, whose Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club is at MGM Grand, had the top bid of $1,400.

But then I joined forces with Palms President Daniel Lee and his pal Ellis Landau, and we moved the record to $1,750. Just as we reached for the coveted pastry, it dropped on the floor, so we never even got to taste it.

With test-run previews of the 60-minute midnight show, Piff has so far raised $8,300, and it all goes to Communities in Schools. Our photograph now rests on the shelves of the study until the record is broken.

Winners were invited into a private room for a saucy striptease by six well-endowed male and female erotic-performance artists. Returning to our table, we faced “disgusting doggie treats” left at a miniature fire hydrant by the sidekick Chihuahua known as Mr. Piffles. They looked too realistic to tackle, but Piff devoured them, declaring them the best chocolate ever.

Breakfast at Piffany’s, under the watchful eye of several pretty princesses, is every midnight Wednesdays through Saturdays for one hour only in the study at RRL. It features incredible close-up magic, impressions, card tricks, illusions, audience competitions, thumb wrestling and a dangerous mind-reading trick by a goldfish trapped in a blender who doesn’t dare perform the act incorrectly.

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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