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Strip Scribbles: David Copperfield offers $50,000 for missing award


B.J. Allen

David Copperfield is flanked by Jersey Boys stars Jeff Leibow, Rick Faugno, Peter Saide and Colby Foytik.

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David Copperfield's Magic Collection

David Copperfield's magic collection at a secret location in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Viva Elvis Blue Carpet @Aria

The blue carpet for the Viva Elvis world premiere at Aria in CityCenter on Feb. 19, 2010. Launch slideshow »

Celebrity Servers at Morton's Steakhouse

George Lopez, left, Charley Hoffman, second from right, and guests at the Celebrity Servers fundraiser at Morton's Steakhouse on Sept. 26, 2011. Launch slideshow »

It’s the disappearing act that incredible illusionist David Copperfield wishes hadn’t happened. One of his most treasured possessions simply vanished in thin air. So far, no amount of trickery has been able to make it reappear. Now our MGM headliner has resorted to not old-fashioned sleight-of-hand but a bona-fide $50,000 reward for the return of his new King of Magic Award.

At his magical island resort hideaway Musha Cay in the Bahamas, David confirmed that the Society of American Magicians honor was nowhere to be found after a VIP celebration party he hosted. Guests at his New York triplex penthouse after the award presentation included Roberto Cavalli, Owen Wilson, Michael Stipe, Donald Trump’s sister Blaine and photographer Peter Brandt.

When David returned home after a dinner celebration for his new cover on Fantastic Man magazine, he discovered his front door open and the valuable, once-in-a-lifetime plaque gone. He says “no questions asked,” and he’ll hand over the $50K if it’s returned safely.

*Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas shows were represented by Priscilla Presley of Viva Elvis at Aria and Criss Angel of Believe at the Luxor for the official opening of the company’s newest production Iris at the Kodak Theater in L.A. Alongside Priscilla and Criss on the red carpet were Cindy Crawford, Christina Millan, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Hendricks, James Gandolfini, Iqbal Theba, Patrick Dempsey and James Cameron, who has shot all of our Las Vegas Cirque shows for a 3-D movie spectacular.

Cirque founder Guy Laliberte and his top executives played host at a two-block Hollywood party. It’s the first permanent Cirque show in California, and Iris refers to the lens of the camera eye that captured the history of Hollywood, the theme of the new spectacular.

This Sunday, Cirque throws another celebration to launch its touring Michael Jackson show Immortal in Montreal. It heads off for a minimum four-year tour of North America, Europe and other global capitals; included is a Dec. 3-27 stop at Mandalay Bay. I’ll be reporting about the touring show from Montreal and the permanent Michael Jackson Neverland-themed show to open in Mandalay Bay Theater in 2013.

*Eleven PGA tour professionals put down the clubs and donned aprons to serve diners at Morton’s Steakhouse last night as part of Justin Timberlake’s week of fundraising efforts for Shriners Children’s Hospitals. The four-course meal for 160 high rollers was hosted by Charley Hoffman for his foundation and raised nearly $100,000. George Lopez and Greg Maddux were among those attending, with Jack Sheehan as MC.

*Juggling recipes and kitchen implements to make the perfect pancake is the easiest trick in the book for hometown entertainer Michael Goudeau, who opened as the comedy juggler for Lance Burton’s 13-year run at the Monte Carlo, so much so that he put together a collection of you-won’t-believe-it’s-pancake creations. Michael’s kit, available at Barnes & Noble’s Web site, contains laminated recipe cards, an alphabet template to write in pancake batter and his secret squeeze bottle to design whatever you want from batter.

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Extreme Pancakes.

The Lonely Forest at Body English

The Lonely Forest at Body English in the Hard Rock Hotel on Sept. 26, 2011. Launch slideshow »

iHeartRadio Music Festival: Night 2

Lady Gaga performs during the second night of the iHeartRadio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. The festival marks the official launch of iHeartRadio, Clear Channel's free digital radio product combining more than 800 broadcast radio and digital-only stations from 150 cities. Launch slideshow »

*With those triple-digit temperatures fading, Palazzo horticultural staff has welcomed the cooler weather with a Harvest Crush autumn display in the resort’s waterfall, atrium and gardens beginning today as part of a monthlong Bordeaux celebration. Palazzo has adorned its atrium with 20-foot-tall bittersweet and fall trees, 75 falling leaves, more than 10,000 grape clusters, 30 wine casks and 1,000 pounds of corks from the Venetian the Palazzo’s 30-plus restaurants. Bordeaux month kicks off with Festivino on Friday featuring wineries such as Chateau Giscours and Reserve de Barons de Rothschild.

*Photographer Erik Kabik was on duty front and center at last night’s The Lonely Forest concert at Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel. They have been on tour as the openers for Two Door Cinema Club and closed the tour here. Lonely Forest is singer, guitarist and keyboardist John Van Deusen, guitarist Tony Ruland, drummer Braydn Krueger and bassist Eric Sturgeon.

*If you’re an adrenaline junkie, step off the roof of the 51-story Rio and enjoy the view rappelling more than 400 feet to the ground. On Oct. 15, the Rio hosts Over the Edge, a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics Nevada. As many as 100 people will rappel down the northwest side of the building on two ropes, among them Flamingo headliner magician Nathan Burton, UFC champion Chuck Liddell and the UNLV mascot.

Star Surveillance

While on The Strip for the IHeartRadio Music Festival, Usher dined at Sushi Roku in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace. … Greg Oden of the Portland Trailblazers partied at Marquee Dayclub at the Cosmopolitan, rescheduling his flights so he could stay in town longer for fun. … Andrei Kirilenko of The Utah Jazz danced at Lavo in the Palazzo and showed off a choreographed routine when DJ Eric D-Lux played Beyonce’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It).”

Tonight’s Tips

Chateau Nightclub & Gardens unveils its new industry night Candy Shop Tuesdays with the I’m Not Pedro Birthday Bash for actor Carlos Ramirez, the identical twin of Efren Ramirez. CST will feature new decor of oversized candy and go-go dancers in candy-inspired attire. Among the expected attendees: Michael Lohan, Britt Griffith, Natasha Alam, David Dossett and Jennifer Woods. … Nick Griffin, Daniel Kinno and Alysia Wood headline at The Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

Tomorrow’s Teases

Who will be the bigger star? Sir Elton John or the $1 million piano built by Yamaha for his new residency premiering at The Colosseum at Caesar Palace tomorrow? We have a video of how the mega-bucks musical instrument was built for the piano prince’s two-year return engagement.

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