Thursday, Oct. 9, 2008 | 3:29 p.m.
If you missed magician Steve Wyrick’s Sept. 12 Strip-side spectacle where he made a motorcycle appear out of what seemed to be warm fall air, tonight you can see what you missed from the comfort of your climate-controlled living room.
The stunt will be included in tonight’s episode of "American Chopper" on TLC. The show airs at 7 p.m.
Wyrick performed the stunt last month to mark the 1,000th performance of his show, “Steve Wyrick Real Magic,” at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.
The dynamic trio of Teutuls who make up the "American Chopper" cast – Paul Sr., Paul Jr. and Mikey – personally delivered the custom SW-1000.
The black bike is covered in flames and chrome accents and features an “invisible” gas tank. (It’s actually hidden in the rear wheel well.) Saw blades from the magician’s signature “Blades of Death” illusion were also incorporated into the wheels.
Wyrick said he was “speechless” when he first saw the bike.
“I’ve had a lot of bikes in my life but none like this,” he said. “It’s almost like pop art. It’s super bright and it’s crazy, but on the flip side, it’s very classy.”
“It’s sick,” he said. “It’s really, really cool.”
He called the Teutuls, who designed and built the bike especially for Wyrick, “super talented guys.”
Though he’s had the Chopper for less than a month, Wyrick said he has already gotten plenty of use out of it. He said he has driven it around Red Rock Country Club and out to Mount Charleston and is impressed with its smooth suspension.
“I thought it was going to be kind of a rough ride,” he admitted. “It’s a lot smoother than I thought it would be.”
The Chopper will be showcased tonight at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone for fans and bike enthusiasts’ drooling pleasure. Afterward, it will be put on display in the lobby of Wyrick’s theater.
The first of two episode viewing parties will be at 9 p.m. tonight at the Hawaiian Tropic Zone. Wyrick said he will stop by the party in between performances to chat with fans and give a short speech.
The illusionist will put in a longer appearance later in the evening when he and his cast host a second viewing party in Triq Ultra Lounge, adjacent to the Steve Wyrick Theater. That soirée is expected to go from 10:30 p.m. until midnight.
Wyrick has been performing magic shows for over a decade. The Texan had his Vegas debut at the Lady Luck, but eventually moved to the Sahara and later, the Aladdin Hotel. His show moved into the Miracle Mile shops in 2007.
He performs two nightly shows, six days a week, Saturday through Thursday. Tickets start at $69.95. For more information, call 702-650-5081.