Tag: Lance Burton

22,000 Square Feet for Criss Angel

 Robin Leach goes full bore with a virtual open house tour of Criss Angel’s new home in Nevada.

Nicknamed Serenity, Robin Leach describes it blithely as “inspired by an Old World Tuscan castle, Criss Angel’s extraordinary 22,000-square-foot home is a breathtaking 2 1/2-acre mountaintop paradise with spectacular views of the mountains and the entire Las Vegas Strip.”

How nice is it?

Well, The Association of Pool and Spa professionals named his 22,000 square-foot pool and spa as one of the “Top Five Most Beautiful Residential Pools in America, and it won the Gold International Award.”

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Magicians = Creepy Anti-Hero?

The new trend in horror film stars are described by Cinematical today as “brooding, pale-skinned, sparkly, fangless, vegan vampires.”

The on-line movie site longs for the days of real horror icons.  Cinematical wants real vampires, real, carnivorous creepy types trolling the earth for victims, not lovers.

Take, for instance, the 1980’s classic Fright Night.  There were no pale, blotchy, moribund slivers of human flesh to be found in the film.  The men were men and the women were victims and  usually half-naked, according to the author.

To provide artistic balance to the wimpy, dysthymic, translucent-skinned, after-picture-for-a-weight-loss-plan-marketed-to-anorexics, boys and girls made fashionable by the ponderous paper-doll dramatis personae of Twilight, Hollywood is producing a remake of Fright Night.

The producers wanted a creepy, scary anti-hero and determined the best fit would be a Las Vegas magician.

David Tennant of Doctor Who fame will play Peter Vincent, a Vegas illusionist known for his horror-themed stage shows, who presumably overcomes his fear of vampires to become their worst enemy.

In an earlier piece on the pre-production gossip, Cinematical offered its hope for remake’s choice of characters.

The only concern with the new plot information is that the remake may stray too far from the original. The addition of Charley’s Chriss Angel mentor proves that even if our hero lives in a cozy abode off The Strip, we’ll eventually find ourselves under the Vegas lights . A straight remake was never the answer, but let’s hope (script writer) Noxon doesn’t push this too far.

We could see a Criss Angel type playing a vampire and a vampire hunter but think it would be so much better to have Lance Burton for either role. Lance Burton is classy, healthy, and has the beguiling smile sufficient to hide the horrific fears and emotions felt by the Vincent character. Or, maybe if they want to go contrary to all stereotype, why not use Carrot-Top?

Master Magician Lance Burton Starts Final 5 Months

Master Magician Lance Burton will end his historic run at Monte Carlo September 4, 2010.

The final performance follows 14 years of captivating audiences at the resort’s Lance Burton Theatre.

Beloved by fans worldwide  and named the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s “Best Magician” for a dozen years running, Burton has been with Monte Carlo since its opening day on June 21, 1996.

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to have Lance Burton headline at Monte Carlo for the last 14 years,” said Monte Carlo President & COO Anton Nikodemus.  “We are proud to have called Lance a member of the MGM MIRAGE family and wish him nothing but the best as he pursues a new chapter in his legendary career.”

Known for his astounding illusions and mesmerizing sleight-of-hand, Burton will continue to delight audiences at Monte Carlo through Labor Day Weekend, celebrating one of the longest and most fruitful partnerships in the history of Las Vegas entertainment.

“Performing at Monte Carlo and introducing over five million people to the world of magic has been a fantastic experience for me,” said Burton.  “I have loved every minute of this historic run and look forward to turning my attention to new opportunities.”

Visit the website of our craft’s finest at LanceBurton.com

Lance Burton Cancels Show for Mother’s Funeral

Las Vegas Strip magician Lance Burton canceled the Tuesday,  April 13th performance to attend his mother’s funeral.

Lance Burton’s spokesperson said Hilma Burton, 73, died peacefully in her sleep at her home in Columbia, Ky.  Lance Burton will attend her funeral and return for his show Wednesday, April 14, at the Monte Carlo.

According to the Las Vegas Fox affiliate, Lance Burton has no deal in the works other than to take time to fish and possibly produce a film based on a script written by the Magician himself.

The 50-year-old headliner announced this week that he is ending his run at the resort after nearly 14 years. Burton’s final show will be Sept. 4.

Burton Cancels Show After Mother’s Death – Las Vegas News Story – KVVU Las Vegas.

Reports: Lance Burton to Leave Monte Carlo 5 Years Early

John Katsilometes and Robin Leech of The Las Vegas Sun gave hints of the potentially incredibly bad or frustrating news earlier this holiday weekend.

Apparently based on a rumor heard while covering the Bernard Hopkins – Roy Jones Jr. boxing match at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Mr. Katsilometes  wrote that Lance Burton “is suddenly the focus of reports originated by Channel 3 entertainment reporter Alicia Jacobs that he is abruptly leaving the hotel.”

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Lance Burton Interview: Retirement, Criss Angel

The Las Vegas Weekly interviewed Master Magician Lance Burton for their “A Few Minutes With . . .” feature today.
The piece is very short but to the point. You can read his thoughts on retirement, Criss Angel, innovation in magic, and what today’s audiences expect from a “magic show.”
In case it is not obvious, we worship Lance Burton and are delighted he decided to stay at the appropriately named Lance Burton Theater in the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino.
Mr. Burton brings more than a great show to Las Vegas, he brings his compassion and willingness to help others through his own charities or the work of others.
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Lance Burton Surgery Scheduled

Lance Burton, Master Magician, will be out of commission for possibly as long as four to six weeks after orthopedic surgery next Monday.

Norm Clarke of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Mr. Burton has been forced to cancel 19 shows due to the injury.

The Associated Press and other outlets covered the story extensively but none explained how the incredible showman injured his foot during the show.

Leave it to Norm Clarke to dig a little deeper:

The accident occurred 15 minutes into the show as Burton was preparing to do the floating bird cage with Elvis the bird.

When Elvis flew into the audience, Burton left the stage and retrieved the bird. The injury took place when the entertainer twisted his right foot on his way up the steps.

Burton finished the show despite considerable pain but “not knowing anything was broken,” said Bernath.

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Supermodel Heidi Klum to Join with Lance Burton

The Master Magician will meet up with The Supermodel this winter.

Although Robin Leach began his Las Vegas Sun gossip column this morning with news of a “hickey” or “live bite” on the neck of Criss Angel’s current fling, Holly Madison, he saved the best Magic in Vegas News for last.

Confirming The Las Vegas Review-Journal‘s Norm Clarke’s scoop that the beautiful supermodel Heidi Klum will be filming segments for Germany’s Next Top Model in Las Vegas this January.

Ms. Klum intends to work with Lance Burton to bring some of his magic and magical effects into the hit television show.

Mr. Leach says Ms. Klum has asked Lance Burton to levitate her in one of the scheduled segments.

We always thought Ms. Klum was classy and intelligent.  Her selection of Lance Burton only confirms it.
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Peter Reveen Profiled

The Times and Transcript (CA) has a wonderful profile of an amazing performer, producer, and inspiration, Peter Reveen.

The profile traces Peter “The Impossibilist” Reveen from his early beginnings in the circus sideshows of Australia to his current home in and about Las Vegas as part of Lance Burton’s long-running show.

The paper included the feature in advance of Mr. Reveen’s scheduled run at Moncton’s Capitol Theatre October 26 and 27th.

What’s the secret to his success?  Peter Reveen says there is one golden rule that has carried him through a career in show business that has spanned nearly half a century.

“Keep the show clean. You won’t have people coming back if you keep throwing filth at them. We’ve always followed that rule and its never let us down.”

As hard as it is to believe, Mr. Reveen is 74 years-old.

He is in good health but needs his rest to keep up with the physical and mental demands of performing his legendary hypnosis show. Although the show has changed many times over the years, the premise remains basically the same.

Through the performance, Reveen brings volunteers from the audience to the stage, gives them a quick test and quickly evaluates their hidden talents. He then hypnotizes them and allows them to search for their own inner hidden talents. It’s a scenario he has played out thousands of times over the last 50 years in theatres all over the world, often with some surprising results.

Mr. Reveen easily resists the tendency of many stage hypnotists by always maintained a sense of dignity to the show, never asking the people to do anything lewd or “filthy,” unlike some other hypnotists who play to the darker side for a quick laugh.

“We don’t make fools of people.”

Check out the full article for a great review of Mr. Reveen’s formative years in Melbourne, Australia.  Whilst his dad was fighting in World War II, relatives brought him to vaudeville shows to see magicians, comedians, singers and other performers.

He loved watching the techniques performers used to “lure in the crowds, make their entrance and keep the people interested.”

That interest, obsession, eventually brought him to Canada with less than a dollar to his name.  Through his dedication to the craft and his maxim, Mr. Reveen became a star in his own right.  Read the article, however, to learn why he has an aversion to the title “star.”

Mr. Reveen’s abilities and philosophy have enhanced the success of Inside Magic Favorite Lance Burton.  He describes himself as “settled into the lifestyle of Las Vegas.”

A great and well-deserved profile of one our art’s best.

Why Do We Love Lance? Is that a Rhetorical Question?

Beyond being a great guy, a fine example and role-model for kids, a fantastic promoter of the magical arts, a supporter of adoption, and one of the few superstars of magic that ever said “hi” back to our shouts in the hotel, he is a funny, creative guy.

The man who performs what Johnny Carson once called “the finest 12 minutes in Magic,” spent some bucks for an April Fools joke.

His billboard was placed about half-way between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Why?

Because, it’s funny, that’s why. It was just a practical joke he decided to offer those leaving Las Vegas. Drivers will be able to read it in their mirrors but might be confused without the special optical help.

Does Lance Burton have to advertise?

Probably not.

Does he have to remind folks what show they just saw at the beautifulLance Burton Theater in the equally wonderful Monte Carlo Resort and Casino?

Nopey.

Is it a nice touch from someone who seems to rise above the commercial aspects of the high-end segment of the biz?

We think so.

Is it obnoxious to explain something with rhetorical questions?

What do you think?

Of course it is.  Sue us.  We can represent ourselves for free.

Thank you, Lance Burton for all you have done, all you do, and all you will contribute to our wonderful art.

It is one of the few performing arts in which its participants can still be young and playful at heart.

Check out Lance Burton’s website.