Mr. Rouven said Mr. Angel’s version of the escape differs from the film and more closely resembles Mr. Rouven’s version. In the film, a magician needs to escape falling swords. The version Mr. Rouven performs in his show at the Riviera has an audience member choose the order of the falling swords.
Mr. Angel denied the accusation flatly. “They’re in a glass house,” he said.
Mr. Weatherford reported that Mr. Angel alleged Mr. Rouven performs illusions without the inventor’s permission. The Rouven camp denied those charges.
“I go out of my way to get people’s permission,” Mr. Weatherford quoted Mr. Angel as saying. “I deal with this on a much larger level than any of these people. … Do you think I would really need to do something like that?”
Fast forward to Robin Leach’s Strip Scribbles column one week later.
Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Mike Weatherford suggests only the the discriminating magic show consumer can decide whether the town really needs a half-dozen big-box illusion shows. He asks, “So many magicians, but who has the real magic?”
Mr. Weatherford points out that there may be six or seven shows but there is some overlap. “Each show pretends to ignore the others, which is one reason you see a lot of the material duplicated. Another is that none of the contenders has been humble enough to propose some type of Justice League of magic team-up; they all hope the others will go away.”
The review is good for the new name on the scene.
“He’s a young, likable German with charisma and only minimally goofy stage attire (sparkly yes, but no epaulets or animal prints),” says Mr. Weatherford.
Rouven presents one of the oldest of the “big-box” effects, Metamorphosis with a dangerous update. The magician and beautiful, but stealthy assistant Johanna Grajales perform the classic in “lighting fast” fashion. The speedy exchange is even more incredible considering Rouven begins the transposition securely locked in tank of water.