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Lance Burton

Master magician Lance Burton performs at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino.

Bill Smith of Bill Smith's Magic Ventures at his workshop in Las Vegas on Wednesday, November 7, 2012.
Illusion builder stands behind Las Vegas' top magic acts
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Bill Smith works in a building surrounded by secrets only he can understand. They’re on his cluttered desk, pieces of graph paper with schematics of boxes and torturous-looking contraptions bursting out of a rack of manila folders. Some are recorded on VHS tapes stacked 10-high on his television to be copied to DVD, for his eyes and his customers’ eyes only.

Comedic magician Nathan Burton, 36, performs his afternoon show Wednesday in the Flamingo showroom.
Two Burtons make magic
Review: Nathan is winsomely funny; Lance slick and expert. Both shows on the Strip are crowd-pleasers.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Following the success of the tiger-taming twosome, Vegas became an abracadabra destination and magicians gradually stepped up in status, from part of a variety lineup to headliner status.
Master magician Lance Burton performs one of his magical acts as he makes a woman float in air Tuesday night, July 9, 1996, inside the Lance Burton Theater at the new Monte Carlo Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. With an unprecedented 13-year contract that could reach nine figures, Lance Burton is a big believer in magic.
Magic touch on command
THE STRIP: Kentuckian Lance Burton says you're not for real until you've performed at a family cookout
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Most nights magician Lance Burton performs in his multimillion-dollar theater at the Monte Carlo, surrounded by the bright lights of the Strip.
Lance Burton.
Lance Burton to stay 6 more years on Strip
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Legendary magician Lance Burton may be known to make things disappear, but his show won’t be vanishing any time soon.
Headliner Lance Burton cancels shows through June 2
Broken bone in foot needed surgery
Friday, May 8, 2009
Las Vegas performer Lance Burton will be offstage at the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino until June 2 after he broke a bone in his right foot.
Tricks of the trade
Monday, August 14, 2006
One has been a headliner on the Strip for 15 years; the other for two months. Lance Burton and Gerry McCambridge perform tricks. Amazing tricks. Jaw-dropping, head-scratching tricks. Tricks that astound audiences even though they know they are tricks.
Burton's magic takes many forms at Monte Carlo
Friday, January 17, 2003
More than 1,000 amateur and professional magicians were in town this week to attend the 26th annual World Magic Seminar, founded by Siegfried & Roy. At least 50 of them were at the Lance Burton performance one night at Monte Carlo. What they got was two magic shows for the price of one.
Columnist Joe Delaney: Burton banks his sixth year at Monte Carlo
Friday, June 28, 2002
Belated bests, Lance Burton, personal manager Peter Reveen and all concerned at Monte Carlo ... Burton was feted backstage between shows Friday on his sixth anniversary at the hotel, and was wished best wishes for the next seven years ... We were there at the start of the 1980s when Burton made his debut as a featured act in the Tropicana's "Folies Bergere."
Illusion Allusion
Saturday, January 27, 2001
It began with a silver dollar.
Columnist Joe Delaney: Burton's community endeavors deserve applause
Friday, October 6, 2000
Master magician Lance Burton is now in his fifth year of an 11-year run in his Lance Burton Theatre at the Monte Carlo ... We have followed his career from a 12-minute act in the 1980s, appearing in the Tropicana's "Folies Bergere," and cheered his progress when he moved to the Hacienda as star of his own production ... His Monte Carlo engagement, in a custom-built $27-million theater, was a winner from the beginning. During the past 20 years he has won top awards from the most prestigious sources ... These have been well-chronicled in the Sun and elsewhere ...
Magician makes B-2 disappear, plays chicken with roller coaster
Wednesday, February 24, 1999
LAS VEGAS - Magician Lance Burton has been buried alive and shackled in a water-filled chamber, but he says his game of chicken with a speeding roller coaster is the scariest experience of his career.
Columnist Joe Delaney: A textbook lesson on Burton's career
Friday, September 25, 1998
The young Kentuckian was the featured act for a number of years in a previous edition of the Tropicana's "Les Folies Bergere." ... His forte was prestidigitation and he did 12 minutes of incredible hand manipulation, no dialogue, dressed in tails, already an international award-winner.
Master magician makes tastelessness disappear
Friday, January 23, 1998
So, I didn't expect to be flabbergasted the last time I caught magician Lance Burton's act five or so years ago at the since-imploded Hacienda hotel-casino.
Columnist Joe Delaney: Burton No. 1 prestidigitator
Friday, July 11, 1997
Born into a Kentucky farm family, not too far from Louisville, on March 10, 1960, Lance was 5 years old when a magician named Harry Collins asked the lad to assist him onstage. ... The die was cast. ... A neighbor gifted him with a small book of magic and a career was launched.
Burton's trick for TV special almost was too much magic
Friday, February 21, 1997
But that was before he attempted a water torture stunt that magic legend Harry Houdini concocted but never performed.