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Strip Scribbles: Prince Charles, Penn & Teller; ‘Marriage Can Be Murder’; WFC downtown



Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller flank the manager of the Hammersmith Apollo on Monday, June 23, 2014, in London.

‘Marriage Can Be Murder’ With Oscar Goodman

Mayor Oscar Goodman lies on a stretcher after being Launch slideshow »

It was a case of life imitating art imitating life at Monday night’s performance of “Marriage Can Be Murder” at the downtown D Las Vegas. One of the actors planted in the audience performed his “death” but actually passed out and fell to the ground.

Medics were called in to deal with the unexpected emergency. Veteran Las Vegas actor Jon Axelrod was wheeled out on the stage-prop gurney and taken via ambulance to University Medical Center.

Producer John Bentham confirmed: “In true show-business spirit, the show went on with two more fake ‘deaths’ as audience members tried to solve the award-winning murder-mystery dinner show. In his absence, Jon was given a standing ovation during his moment at the curtain call.”

As of this morning, Jon was being kept at UMC for a few days for tests and observation.

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Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller with Prince Charles, left, on Monday, June 23, 2014, in London.

ROYAL LAUGHS: Rio headliner magicians Penn & Teller had His Royal Highness Prince Charles laughing and baffled with their magic show at his fundraising dinner in Windsor Castle on Monday night. The magicians sat at the head table in Waterloo Chamber with Britain’s future king and actress Sarah Jessica Parker, who also attended.

“We had a royal dinner of goat cheese, asparagus, artichokes and Beef Wellington but had to forego dessert to prep the 20-minute show,” said Teller. They performed their Cups & Balls routine and Teller’s needle-eating trick in the Garter Throne Room of the landmark castle.

Penn commented: “It was a great final day in the U.K. for us. We started it by watching the dress rehearsal for the reunion shows of Monty Python and ended with dinner and a performance at Windsor Castle for Prince Charles. We are happy to be returning home to Las Vegas this week, but these past two weeks in the U.K. have been fabulous for us.”

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace

Elton John's The Million Dollar Piano at Caesars Palace on Sept. 28, 2011. Launch slideshow »


Is it true that our Caesars Palace resident headliner Sir Elton John is trying to set a record for most countries played to top all of his other achievements? Unfortunately, several countries he recently booked had to be canceled due to war breaking out.

Miss Nevada USA Pageant Director Shanna Moakler has set the Nov. 21 weekend for the 2015 pageant to be hosted at UNLV by 2011 Miss USA Alyssa Campanella and newlywed and morning-radio DJ Chet Buchanan. The winner takes over from Nia Sanchez, who won the 2014 Miss USA Pageant and is prepping for the Miss Universe Pageant.

Actor Kevin Burke is returning to the solo show “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s as of July 7 after an engagement in Laughlin. He was the lead for 10 years before turning it over last May to Chris Allen. “Caveman” is still the longest-running solo play in Broadway history, and during the run here, Kevin won the Guinness World Record for the most theatrical performances in a 50-day period and performed more than 3,000 shows here.

Rumors persist that as Pinot Brasserie ends its 15-year run at the Venetian, a chicken dining concept from Miami will move into the space.

The Tropic Beauty Model Search will return to the Strip mid-June next year for its fifth-annual world finals.

2013 World Food Championships: Finals

The final day of the 2013 World Food Championships on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Launch slideshow »

WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS: It’s known as the ultimate food fight with more than 500 competitors in nine culinary categories but only one winner. This year with 100 name chefs, the World Food Championships returns downtown from Nov. 12-18.

Food TV stars Ben Vaughan and Simon Majumdar and rising stars Whitney Miller, Emily Ellen and Roberto Trevino are among the first signed up. Ben, who hosts the WFC events, will present an exclusive chef’s table dining experience for competitors. You can get an advance look at all the action and surprises when a one-hour special from last fall airs on A&E’s new cable network FYI on July 10.

SPECIAL SHOW: Las Vegas cast members from “Mamma Mia!” at Tropicana visited Opportunity Village. After a tour of the Engelstad campus where they met several of the OVIPs at work, they put on a special surprise performance with “Mamma Mia!” hits “Money, Money, Money,” “Mamma Mia” and “Dancing Queen.”

LICENSING CELEBS: The Licensing Expo, the world’s largest and most influential annual trade show dedicated to licensing and brand extension, at Mandalay Bay attracted more than 5,000 brands and 15,0000 attendees from 90-plus countries. Attendees included Jeffrey Katzenberg, Nicole Richie, Priscilla Presley, Kathy Ireland, Tony Hawk, The Bella Twins, Kellie Pickler and Grumpy Cat.

Murray Sawchuck First Anniversary at Tropicana

Headliner magician Murray Sawchuck celebrates his first anniversary at the Tropicana with wife and onstage assistant Chloe Crawford and sidekick Doug Launch slideshow »

MURRAY’S MAGIC KIT: Magician Murray Sawchuck, a regular on History Channel’s “Pawn Stars” as the magic expert, has created a new product, “The Gold & Silver Pawn Murray Magic Expert Magic Kit.” It has 15 of Murray’s favorite magic tricks that are easy to learn from ages 4 years to 104. It goes on sale this week in Gold & Silver Pawn’s souvenir section and at Murray’s Tropicana show.


John Henton, Brian McKim and Tracii Skene headline at the Improv at Harrah’s through Sunday.

Music maestro David Perrico and his 20-piece Pop Evolution band are at Cabaret Jazz in the Smith Center.

It’s Lost Angels industry night at Hyde Bellagio.

Three Square food bank hosts a fundraiser with bowling and dancing at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq.


Plans for filming the family-feature film “Guard Dog” off Strip shift into high gear, plus our coverage of today’s 2014 NHL Awards at Wynn Las Vegas.

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