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Strip Scribbles: Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada returns to town July 17-20


Miss Universe Organization

2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned 2014 Miss USA by 2013 Miss USA Erin Brady of Connecticut at the 2014 Miss USA Pageant at Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La.

Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez in Baton Rouge

Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez in Baton Rouge, La., for the 2014 Miss USA Pageant, which airs Sunday, June 8, 2014, on NBC. Launch slideshow »

Mac King’s 2014 Magical Literacy Tour

Comedy-magician Mac King fans out a deck of cards during his Magical Literacy Tour: Nevada Reading Week 2014 with students at Vegas Verdes Elementary School Tuesday, March 4, 2014. For the fourth year, the Harrahs headliner will visit schools to perform magic tricks, talk about the importance of reading and distribute books collected during book drives. Launch slideshow »

For the first time since winning the 2014 Miss USA Pageant in Baton Rouge, La., in June, hometown beauty Nia Sanchez is returning to Las Vegas for a pageant models reunion with former Miss Nevada USA contestants.

The women will be here from July 17-20 along with pageant director Shanna Moakler for Nia’s welcome-home celebration. Nia, the first Miss Nevada USA to win the Miss USA crown, resides in Henderson.

Meantime, 2014 Miss Nevada Teen USA Alexa Taylor is set to compete for the title and crown of Miss Teen USA at the Atlantis Paradise Island resort on the Bahamas on Aug. 2.

MAGIC PROPOSALS: Harrah’s comedy magician headliner Mac King is coping with increasingly numerous requests to help out fans with their marriage proposals. He did two at his show on back-to-back days this weekend.

Mac told me: “The couple arrives at the show and are seated on the aisle near the stairs on to the stage. She doesn’t suspect anything; as far as she’s concerned, they’re just attending a show that her boyfriend wants to see. After they’re seated, he excuses himself to go to the bathroom, and he’s brought to my dressing room, where he gives me the ring and we go over the plan. He goes back to his seat, and the show starts.

“Five minutes into the show, I invite the woman up on stage to help with a card trick. At the end of the trick I say we're going to try one last extra-impossible variation. I give her the ring box to hold between her hands and tell her that her card will appear inside the little box while she is holding it between her hands. The card disappears, and she opens the box. She sees the engagement ring and looks confused.

“That look turns to joy when she glances up from the box to see that her boyfriend has stepped onstage and dropped down on one knee beside her and is proposing to her in front of hundreds of people. It only takes a few seconds for it to dawn on the audience what they’re seeing, and they start clapping, whistling and cheering. It is really a wonderful moment.”

Thomas De La Cruz

MAGIC MAN: He’s known as Smoothini, the Ghetto Houdini, and he’s wowing Howard Stern and Howie Mandel, two of the judges on “America’s Got Talent.”

Thomas De La Cruz describes himself as America’s best close-up bar magician living and working here in Las Vegas, and here’s a YouTube video as he now prepares for the hit NBC series’ quarterfinals.

SIN-FALL: The Las Vegas Sin of the Legends Football League (formerly Lingerie Football League) hosted their final season home game at the Thomas & Mack Arena against their Western Conference rival Chicago Bliss.

After a back-and-forth game, the Sin lost to the Bliss 27-18 but hope to improve their 2014 season stats July 26 taking on the Seattle Mist in an away game.


I’m hearing rumors that acclaimed chef Ferran Adria from El Bulli in Catalonia, Spain, will be here in September for a private gourmet dinner. His revolutionary cooking has made it one of the most famous restaurants in the world, declining 400 requests for tables daily.

Sylvester Stallone’s brother Frank Stallone will be recording tracks for a debut album this summer with producer Ron Dante in preparation for a pop-hits and classic Frank Sinatra-Bobby Darin show on the Strip.

Olivia Newton-John Arrives at Flamingo

Olivia Newton-John, with Chippendales at the Rio stars Ryan Stuart, Jon Howes and Nathan Minor, makes her way to the Flamingo on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, in Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

Pop princess Olivia Newton-John has agreed to extend her “Summer Nights” residency at the Flamingo, as originally forecast here. Tickets go on sale Friday for new concerts from October through January next year.

Spike TV has officially ordered a second series of 10 episodes of “Thrift Hunters” with Las Vegas gurus Jason T. Smith and Bryan Goodman, also as reported here several weeks ago. The new season is now filming here and will air Sunday nights this fall following “Auction Hunters.”


‘Sydney After Dark’

Dancers rehearse for the new production “Sydney After Dark” on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Planet Hollywood. Launch slideshow »

The Australian topless revue “Sydney After Dark” opens for previews at Planet Hollywood.

Guitar Gods is at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay.


Flamingo headliner Donny Osmond holds down the fort with our first guest column as I fly off to Europe for my annual summer vacation. Plus, David Siegel discusses plans for his recently acquired Westgate Las Vegas (formerly LVH).

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