Las Vegas Sun

November 17, 2017

Currently: 70° — Complete forecast


Who will win Merlin Award for Best Sleight-of-Hand Artist?


Cashman Photography

Criss Angel, with Maestro and Nathan Burton, celebrates the fifth anniversary of his Cirque du Soleil show “Believe” at the Luxor on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at a party at Rx Boiler Room in Mandalay Place.

I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but one Las Vegas magician will receive the Merlin Award for Best Sleight-of-Hand Artist of 2016 on Monday.

The president of the International Magicians Society, Tony Hassini, will present the award, which is the equivalent of the Oscars to the movies and the Emmy to television.

Past Las Vegas winners include David Copperfield, Siegfried & Roy, Penn & Teller and Criss Angel.

The Merlin Award is presented to magicians who have achieved the highest level in their craft on the national and international stage.

The International Magicians Society is the world’s largest magic society as recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.

I can tell you that the award will be presented during magician Murray Sawchuck’s show at Sin City Theater in Planet Hollywood on Monday, but Murray isn’t the recipient.

Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

Follow Robin Leach on Twitter at

Follow Las Vegas Sun Entertainment + Luxury Senior Editor Don Chareunsy on Twitter at

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy