Injured magician to miss 19 shows


Monte Carlo headliner/magician Lance Burton will miss 19 shows after breaking a foot bone during Thursday's show.

Burton is undergoing surgery Monday on his right foot, according to his publicist, Wayne Bernath.

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.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Michael Neal, who co-hosts the Melanie & Mike morning show on KSNE-FM 106.5 (Sunny), announced Friday during the show that he is taking a two-month leave of absence to undergo radiation treatment for prostate cancer. Tom Chase, operations manager for the Clear Channel station, along with KWNR-FM 95.5 and KPLV-FM 93.1, said Neal went public "to encourage men over 40 to get a PSA test."

NBC's "Last Call with Carson Daly" is in town doing a week's worth of shows. Daly is featuring the culinary extravaganza Las Vegas Uncork'd, along with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, "Peepshow" at Planet Hollywood Resort and the Wynn golf course, among other places. ...

A court battle between former "Crazy Girls" gal pals Marla Gomes and Angela Sampras has resulted in a $1.3 million judgment against Sampras and her husband, Matt Stabile, producers of "X Burlesque" at the Flamingo and "Men of X" at Hooters casino hotel. The award included Gomes' $150,000 investment as a co-producer in 2005, plus attorney fees of $74,596, and costs of $5,659. Sampras said she is filing an appeal. ...

Richard LeFevre of Henderson has qualified for the 93rd Annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on July 4 in Coney Island, N.Y. He chowed down 26 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes during Thursday's qualifying round on the Brooklyn Bridge at New York-New York. Second place went to Las Vegas photographer Ron Koch, who ate 23 dogs and buns.

Correction: The probe of former Crazy Horse Too owner Rick Rizzolo was separate from the corruption investigation that sent several county officials to prison. Stan Hunterton, a former prosecutor with the Justice Department's Organized Strike Force, made the "infamous hoodlum" comment about Rizzolo during Rizzolo's racketeering trial.

SIGHTINGS

Members of the Dave Matthews Band and friends, celebrating the birthday of bassist Stefan Lessard at the Playboy Club (Palms) on Thursday. Lessard and band mates, Matthews, Rashawn Ross and Jeff Coffin were joined by a large group that included actor Jason Biggs. ...

Actor Clifton Collins Jr. of the new "Star Trek" movie, taking in the view at ghostbar (Palms) on Thursday. ...

Grammy Award nominee Jason Mraz, at the 9:30 p.m. performance of "KÀ" at the MGM Grand on Thursday. ... David Spade, having lunch at The Country Club (Wynn) on Friday. ...

Uncensored hypnotist Anthony Cools appeared on Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker" on Thursday. The girl he picked, comedian Brie Johnson, is opening Cools' show at Paris Las Vegas through May 16. ...

Kyle MacLachlan of "Sex and the City" and "Desperate Housewives," showcasing his "Pursued by Bear" cabernet during the Las Vegas Uncork'd dinner at Bradley Ogden restaurant (Caesars Palace) on Thursday. He scored a robust 91 from Wine Spectator on what he called "my 300-case adventure."

THE PUNCH LINE

"It came out today that Paula Abdul only makes 5 percent of what Simon Cowell makes on "American Idol." To be fair, she's only awake 5 percent of the time." -- Jimmy Fallon

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

 

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