Rick Thomas Leaves Tropicana Heads to Stardust

 

 

Rick Thomas

Mike Weatherford, Entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Review Journal, reports this morning that Rick Thomas has decided to leave the Tropicana to accept a contract with the Stardust Hotel and Casino.  Mr. Thomas will perform his last show at the Trop on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, and open at the Stardust just one week later, March 25th. 

 

Mr. Thomas is too professional and too much a gentleman to discuss the reason for his departure.  He has been with the Trop since 1997 and does not want to discourage ticket sales or be seen as disloyal to his long-time employer. 

 

There has been speculation for months whether the Trop would remain a going concern.  Mr. Thomas’ departure would seem to indicate he was seeking the relative certainty of the Stardust over his present home.

 

Mr. Weatherford quotes an unnamed source close to Mr. Thomas as saying the illusionist was “waiting for news like everyone else.”  Ultimately, the source said, “everyone had to make some educated choices.” 

 

Coincidentally, Reuters is reporting today that Aztar Corp., the Trop’s parent, missed expectations by announcing a dramatic loss in profit for the fourth quarter of 2004.  Read Reuters’ article here.

 

Mr. Thomas will continue performances in the afternoon as at the Trop.  He is consistently rated one of the best shows on the Strip ? day or night.  We’ve seen his show several times and have been so impressed by not only his style and presence but the originality of his effects.  Mr. Thomas received a standing ovation at the recent Magic Live convention.  His performance of Asrah ended with a twist that completely devastated the audience.  We won’t give away the surprise ending ? trust us, though. 

 

The Trop says they’ll fill the afternoon show schedule with a new act soon.   We wish Mr. Thomas, his troupe, his cats, and family the best of luck on the start of their next venture.


 

 

Rick Thomas

Mike Weatherford, Entertainment writer for the Las Vegas Review Journal, reports this morning that Rick Thomas has decided to leave the Tropicana to accept a contract with the Stardust Hotel and Casino.  Mr. Thomas will perform his last show at the Trop on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th, and open at the Stardust just one week later, March 25th. 

 

Mr. Thomas is too professional and too much a gentleman to discuss the reason for his departure.  He has been with the Trop since 1997 and does not want to discourage ticket sales or be seen as disloyal to his long-time employer. 

 

There has been speculation for months whether the Trop would remain a going concern.  Mr. Thomas’ departure would seem to indicate he was seeking the relative certainty of the Stardust over his present home.

 

Mr. Weatherford quotes an unnamed source close to Mr. Thomas as saying the illusionist was “waiting for news like everyone else.”  Ultimately, the source said, “everyone had to make some educated choices.” 

 

Coincidentally, Reuters is reporting today that Aztar Corp., the Trop’s parent, missed expectations by announcing a dramatic loss in profit for the fourth quarter of 2004.  Read Reuters’ article here.

 

Mr. Thomas will continue performances in the afternoon as at the Trop.  He is consistently rated one of the best shows on the Strip ? day or night.  We’ve seen his show several times and have been so impressed by not only his style and presence but the originality of his effects.  Mr. Thomas received a standing ovation at the recent Magic Live convention.  His performance of Asrah ended with a twist that completely devastated the audience.  We won’t give away the surprise ending ? trust us, though. 

 

The Trop says they’ll fill the afternoon show schedule with a new act soon.   We wish Mr. Thomas, his troupe, his cats, and family the best of luck on the start of their next venture.

 

You can read the full article in The Las Vegas Review Journal by clicking here.

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