A hot Strip headliner is seeking a magic kingdom in Las Vegas.
Shin Lim, who has just expanded the “Limitless” magic show he fronts with guest star Colin Cloud, is becoming an actual Vegas resident during his Vegas residency.
The effort began this month, as Lim has extended his schedule at The Mirage through June.
“I’m moving here, I’m going to relocate from L.A., and I’m looking for places to live,” Lim said during the latest episode of PodKats! “It’s crazy. It’s a dream come true, obviously.”
Yahoo reported Tuesday that Lim was looking at estates in the same gated Lake Las Vegas neighborhood where Celine Dion resided during her headlining years at Caesars Palace. Lim has visited several mansions in the area, including one known as Water’s Edge that carries a listing price of $7.5 million.
That’s a pretty high water mark for Lim.
“Let’s just say we are looking into many other options,” Lim said Saturday, “and some more conservative than that Lake neighborhood.”
Channing chimes in
“Magic Mike Live” film star and stage-show co-producer Channing Tatum checked on the adult revue Saturday night at Hard Rock Hotel. The show ends its run at HRH next Sunday, moving to Sahara in January.
Perrico goes Latin
A Las Vegas lounge act made it to the national stage on Thursday night when David Perrico’s expanded Pop Strings Orchestra backed Bad Bunny at the Latin Grammys at Mandalay Bay Events Center. The 36-piece band of Vegas players performed behind Bad Bunny’s hit “Callaita.”
Bad Bunny music director Sam Hyken was turned on to the Pop Strings by Vegas pianist Dave Siegel. Hyken reviewed video of the band during its Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace performances, and enlisted Perrico to contract the musicians and retool the arrangement played in the show. Ricky Martin, a former Park Theater resident headliner, introduced the number.
Jaclyn at the front
Vegas vocalist Jaclyn McSpadden is the star in the latest Postmodern Jukebox YouTube effort, a cover of “Every Breath You Take” by the Police.
McSpadden was a cast member in PMJ’s run at 1 Oak Nightclub at The Mirage, where the video was recorded. She also co-starred in “Baz” and has been a popular call-up during Brian Newman’s “After Dark” shows at NoMad Restaurant.
PMJ has a widespread presence on YouTube, with 4.3 million subscribers, including this one.
The Killers announced their new album, “Imploding The Mirage,” on Friday, a day after the MGM Resorts International announced expanded hours for The Mirage volcano.
The album title is a metaphorical reference, of course, and the volcano is an actual, exploding thing. Nonetheless, a great only-in-Vegas coincidence.
This is the most inspired use of a watermelon since Gallagher’s heyday.
Penn & Teller have returned to the stage at the Rio after Teller underwent minor surgery on his back three weeks ago. The duo have been characteristically busy with new acts, including one just added, called “Watermelon Surgery.” The duo actually claim to perform laparoscopic surgery on a watermelon.
As Penn Jillette posted on Twitter, “Yup, we’ve got the camera and the surgical tools and a magic trick.” I understand the watermelon is covered by Aetna …
What about a lounge appearance someday for Raiders President Marc Badain? I asked Badain about this concept during the announcement of the team’s 10-year partnership with M Resort as its official hotel partner.
“I certainly hope not,” Badain said with a grin. “I would feel sorry for anyone who came in and saw that.” Don’t rule it out. Trust me, charities in Las Vegas are very persuasive into turning such a performance into a donation effort.
The Who, here?
Following up my online report this week that The Who’s Pete Townshend posted a note on Instagram that the band would play in Las Vegas next April: The smart money is a show at T-Mobile Arena.
The Who will be on an arena tour, which does not line up with a residency on the Strip. T-Mobile is open for them in April.
John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His PodKats podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.