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Strip Scribbles: Criss Angel, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue models and ‘Fantasy’


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Guy Laliberte and Criss Angel arrive on the blue carpet for Cirque du Soleil’s “One Night for One Drop” at Hyde Bellagio on Friday, March 22, 2013.

2013 'Fantasy' Calendar Release Party: the Show

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Las Vegas tattoo artist Joey "Hollywood" Hamilton.

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"Vegas! The Show" celebrates its third anniversary at Planet Hollywood on Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

Spike TV today finally revealed the title of Criss Angel’s new magic series. It premieres Oct. 15 and features many of the illusions he’s filmed here in Las Vegas as we have reported at Vegas DeLuxe.

The program will be named after his Cirque du Soleil show at Luxor: “Believe.”


“Fantasy” at the Luxor will get a new look and dance numbers this fall, with producer Anita Mann hiring a new leading lady as Lorena Peril leaves for a world tour of the musical “Grease.” I can confirm that in mid-July, the curvy creatures will shoot their 2014 calendar and that it will be unveiled along with the new show and star on Oct. 18. I can’t reveal her name yet, but she will be well known to Las Vegas audiences.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue beauties arrive tonight for their pool and nightclub parties Friday at Steve Wynn’s Encore. They’ll pose, sunbathe and swim at Encore Beach Club and then continue the nighttime celebration at Andrea’s and Surrender, all part of fulfilling the promise to return to play a summer edition when they were here in February for the annual swimsuit issue.

Las Vegas comes in fifth on the Top 10 Priceline rankings for July 4 destination trips. We placed behind Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco and New York but beat out Hawaii, Paris , London, Montreal, L.A. and San Diego. Priceline’s reservation stats are used for the rankings. Bad news: Domestic airfares for July this year are 4 percent higher than last year.

Possible 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Ron Paul will speak to voters and politicos at the Golden Nugget on July 13.

TATTOO REALITY TV STAR: Hot-shot Las Vegas celebrity tattoo artist Joey “Hollywood” Hamilton of Club Tattoo will star in the new season of “Ink Master” vying for a $100,000 prize when it premieres July 16 on Spike. Rocker Dave Navarro hosts the series, and renowned artists Chris Nunez (Miami Ink) and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) will be the judges.

Joey will compete in challenges designed to test technical skills and creativity. On each episode, one artist is named the winner and the loser sent home. Obviously, I can’t reveal any results, but Joey receives very nice exposure. During a 10-year stint in the U.S. Air Force, Joey fell in love with the art and refined his skills in Florida before establishing himself here. Incidentally, he’s joining forces with Penn & Teller for a summer charity event.

ANNIVERSARY CONGRATS 1: David Saxe’s “Vegas! The Show” achieve a three-year milestone Wednesday night and heads into its fourth year at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. More than 1.5 million have seen the production since its June 26, 2010, opening, There’s a cast and crew of 100, plus, an 11-piece live orchestra led by Pat Caddick and Jerry Lopez, and cake and champagne were served to them all between shows last night.

CONGRATS 2: “Defending the Caveman” celebrated its sixth anniversary at Harrah’s this week. Producer John Betham and new solo star Chris Allen were presented with certificates from Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Gov. Brian Sandoval and U.S. Sens. Dean Heller and Harry Reid. Carolyn declared Monday “Defending the Caveman Day.” The long-running solo play made its Las Vegas debut on June 24, 2007, with more than 3,000 shows since.

CONGRATS 3: Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Harrah’s celebrates its eighth anniversary Saturday with food and drink specials, and Cef Michaels Band performs 9:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.

COMEDY BURLESQUE: My “Real Housewives of New York” star friend Sonja Morgan emailed me about the news item I posted here two days ago of a possible Strip show debut. She wants me and thus you to know it will be a comedy standup show with cabaret burlesque skits woven through it: “It’s really fun and beautifully naughty for Las Vegas,” she wrote.


The Underground Music Series debuts at Foundation Room in House of Blues at Mandalay Bay with local musicians and performers showcasing their talents for four hours. The lineup includes Paul Shortino, Chris Phillips and Lydia Ansel, Frankie Scinta, Elisa Furr a Dave Perrico. They play separately and together.

Wiz Khalifa performs at Tao in The Venetian.

Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown play Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The pop-up traveling luxury boutique Maison de Mode boutique opens at Crystals in CityCenter.

And Happy Birthday to my friend model beauty Hope McBane, who will celebrate at Foundation Room with Vince Neil and I playing host to her glamour posse.


Music fans will be divided with the weekend attractions of “Michael Jackson One,” Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Ne-Yo. We’ve got the Royal Robin Rundown in our Weekend Celebrity Preview, plus, Terry Bradshaw’s Strip premiere, a tattoo festival, and the Hard Rock Hotel starts its five-week bikini contest.

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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