‘Masters of Illusion’ to open in Bally’s

Updated October 10, 2017 - 9:23 am

The shuttered Jubilee Theater at Bally’s is coming back to life — and the hit CW television series, “Masters of Illusion,” which is America’s largest touring magic show will open there Dec. 6, I have learned exclusively.

The spectacular with five master magicians has been touring across the U.S., around the world and seen on the CW TV network. Vegas native Chris Randall will be one of the stars and Greg Gleason, who has performed a record-breaking 9,000 shows, — many in Las Vegas — is another star. Three of the magicians call Las Vegas home.

Expect hysterical comedy magic in this 21st-century magic show and jaw-dropping grand illusions. the “Masters of Illusion” has been seen by more than 100 million viewers on the CW network and tens of thousands of people in 125 other countries around the world for the past six years.

The official announcement will be made this week but in advance, Damian Costa, vice president of Las Vegas Entertainment Operations told me: “ ‘Masters of Illusion’ has massive TV appeal through the CW series and this had to be the best. The Jubilee theater stage is huge with a great history and lots of abilities over other world stages. So these are the biggest illusions at one time than what can be done anywhere else.

“Everyone who is performing on stage at Jubilee has been seen on the CW show. The big illusion numbers tie all five magicians together. From the opening to the finale this truly is big and memorable and unlike anything audiences will have seen before — and moves from closeup to major illusions. Each of the stars are grand in the scale of their different magic disciplines.”

How will it compete against the other magic shows of Criss Angel, David Copperfield, Mat Franco, Raja and Jarrett in town? Damien commented: “Ours is a show that gives you five different compartments with the artists doing their biggest moments.”

Meantime, I can reveal that Caesars entertainment officials haven’t forgotten the “Jubilee” showgirl tradition as a future late-night attraction there.

“Someday, we will do something but we do not have that clear path yet,” Damien said. “As a company, we’re still ‘Jubilee’ ready. We keep what it was intended to be and the costumes are still safely in storage. … We’re just waiting for the premiere opportunity to present a new ‘Jubilee,’ the showgirl, is too Vegas to be forgotten and we will protect it for the future.”

David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Bally’s, summed up: “These are some of the greatest magicians in the world. It brings a new exciting level of magic to our property.”

GIADA’S NEW RESTAURANT

In another exclusive, I can officially confirm my long-ago wicked whisper exclusive that diminutive star chef Giada de Laurentiis will announce her new Caesars Palace restaurant on Wednesday afternoon (Oct. 11) this week. She’s flying to her existing restaurant at The Cromwell to reveal her new Italian concept, which will be in the Payard Patisserie & Bistro opposite Rao’s. She says it will not be fine dining like Giada’s but more casual and an introduction to her recipes and dishes. We’ll also learn if it will be called Pronto!

NEW YEAR’S OPENING

Set to turn up the heat at Caesars Palace this winter, is Gordon Ramsay’s new Hell’s Kitchen — the world’s first that draws its red-and-blue inspiration from the top-rated TV hit series. It will be his fifth restaurant in Las Vegas. As construction continues, I have another scoop — we may well see a New Year’ Day opening. Depending on Gordon’s travel schedule it could be pushed back to Jan. 2, but it certainly kicks off 2018 with a bang and as Gordon says: “Our diners become part of the show.”

WICKED WHISPERS RACY RUMORS

• Is it true that master magician Lance Burton is coming out of retirement? The incredible illusionist who headlined at the Monte Carlo theater for 15 years is rumored to be going on tour with his friends starting in Des Moines, Iowa, over Thanksgiving weekend. The tour is tied to television shows under the name, “Top Secret”. and includes comedy and juggling and audience interaction involving a young magicians showcase. Vegas magician Fielding West is already part of the CW Iowa spectacular.

“Not officially coming out of retirement. Some guys go camping and fishing with their buddies. We do shows and entertain each other. I look at this as a fishing trip with my close friends,” Burton said.

• The legendary band Chicago has landed a nine-show run at The Venetian starting Feb. 7 and they’re donating $1 for every ticket sold to the Las Vegas Victims Fund created after the recent tragic Rt 91 Harvest Festival gun massacre.

• Guitar guru Carlos Santana has added eight new shows to his ongoing residency at the House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. Carlos has signed on for the new dates of May 16-27.

HOTEL SITE

Bidding, if any, will start at $400 million Oct. 19 on the Strip opposite Encore. The 34.6 acres is the former home of the New Frontier and was destined to become Australian billionaire James Packer’s new proposed Alon casino project. The mogul reportedly paid $280 million for the land when Israeli investors shelled out $1.2 billion for the New Frontier hotel there in 2007 and demolished that project and never rebuilt it. CBRE broker John Knott estimates the $400 million starting price represents 33 percent of its peak value.

HOMETOWN HEROINE

Legendary international pop icon Pink, who calls Las Vegas home returns here May 26 next year for a stop on her world tour at the T-Mobile Arena. She has 40 dates set for North America and today (Oct. 9) as part of the decision to return home, she releases the new track “Whatever You want” from her seventh studio album that will be officially released on Friday (Oct. 13).

HOMETOWN HERO

“Mindfreak” magician Criss Angel bid against himself up to $100,000 to purchase a painting by a cancer patient, Taylor, at the Childrens Specialty Center during the eighth annual Circus Couture Prysym charity event at the Hard Rock Hotel. Taylor created his painting “Atoms” with collaboration with Alex Huerta and K.D. Matheson. Circus Couture is a volunteer-based organization with no affiliation to any company although comprised primarily of performers, technicians and employees from shows on the Strip.

TAPPING THE KEG

Showman and singer Frankie Moreno hosted Oktoberfest Bavarian beer hall celebrations at the 14th annual Hofbrauhaus festival to kick off the weekend and was followed Saturday (Oct. 7) by the Cher and Elvis Presley tribute artists from Legends in Concert. This coming weekend headline hypnotist Anthony Cools taps the beer on Friday followed by comedy magician Nathan Burton on Saturday.

TONIGHT’S TIPS:

The Alice Steampunk Concert fantasy is at the Red Rock Resort in Summerlin.

DJ Ruckus kicks up a storm at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

G-Squared spins the dual DJ decks at The Dorsey in The Venetian.

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